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There really is no magic bullet to quitting smoking that I have found. The problem for me is not the nicotine withdrawal - that was over pretty quickly, but the "habit" itself is a constant wolf at my door. It became very clear to me during a day of high stress when I told my husband I HAD to have a cigarette. I was a real mess. He did get me some cigs - but the amazing thing was, it didn't make things any better or any worse. It was just a cigarette "action" from a half century of smoking. I didn't beat myself up about it, although I did tell myself that I was being weak. Admittedly I am going through a huge amount of change all at once. I gave up sugar and carbohydrates at the same time in order to lose weight. So I have put myself into a hugely stressful situation. I have lost 9 kilos in 9 weeks though, which I am certainly proud of. I did rather set the bar a bit high for myself, but here I am, 69 days smoke free (bar one ciggy) and 9 kilos lighter. I have 38 kilos to reach my goal. There is no getting away from the fact that it is a struggle to change long established habits, so I am still only taking one day at a time and living through that. I do hope everyone is coping with the process and I wish you all good luck on this journey we are all on together
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