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DAB57
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Hate Them They are the Enemy

Posted in Quit experiences 07 Sep 2018
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I am now two months, two weeks and four days free from the disgusting cancer sticks. As a 61 year old female I started smoking at 14 because at the time it was a cool thing to do. I never ever, thought I would be able to get out of the clutches of the evil that had consumed and controlled me, from the moment I woke til I went to bed. In health and sickness, if nicotine had continued on it's destructive path in my life, it would have been "til Death Do Us Part"! After wondering for weeks how I could stop, what I could do to take back control of my life, I decided to make it mind over matter, the ultimate strategy and it worked. I had two smokes left in the packet and I made those smokes the most disgusting things that they actually were. I broke up my love affair with this life long abuser. The tips I undertook when I had an urge was to dry smoke, while closing my eyes and really letting the disgusting previously disguised taste get into my subconscious. I told myself how disgusting they were, how much I hated them. Then I would take a couple of deep puffs while the smoke was lit and continue with the hate and disgust talk. I made sure to really take notice of the bad smell and taste with both the lit and unlit cigarette. These two cigarettes were my last two and I have never looked back. I chose not to use any NRT, but to go cold turkey as I did not want to extend the withdrawal process. For anybody who is having a hard time and feeling overwhelmed and feeling like quitting the good fight, please don't, remember, you will get through it, it does get easier. This is the most powerful thing you could ever do for yourself. This is a huge deal, a very big deal. Well done and congratulations to all on here.

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  • Pisces24, Central Coast December 06, 2019 | 14:32
    Hi dab57...what an achievement. I'm on Day 2 and I look at s Tories like yours and know that I can maybe just like you. 🤞
  • Leeann , Central Coast September 08, 2018 | 9:34
    Hi Dab57 I am Day 82 today and I like Robn have had many many quit attempts in my life. My best effort was a 7 year quit. I am determined to rid myself of the demon for once and for all and I like your devil and Angel approach mindset as it is a mind game to quit and it takes sheer guts and determination. I am definitely going to try the quit smoking meditation guide as that sounds helpful to keep drumming in those positive reinforcements just like I find this website very encouraging and helpful to stay focused and on track😊 Keep up the good work, you have got a great mindset!!
  • joanne4514 September 08, 2018 | 1:58
    interesting..will try this meditation guide, thanks :)
  • DAB57 September 08, 2018 | 0:57
    Hi Leeann
    Sorry I got you and our post friend mixed up with the other post. Thank you very much for your kind words.
  • DAB57 September 08, 2018 | 0:54
    Hi Joanne, sorry I got you and Leann mixed up in my response.
    It is very nice to meet you. Yes having control over this is very empowering. I was on day 3 not too long ago and I viewed all the people on this forum who had made it to the longer days and I wished to be them. I can now say I have made it and your day 3 this will soon turn into week 3, then month 3, so just stay in control, if you get a bad withdrawal remember it is your body healing itself. All withdrawals will subside and it is one day at a time. The time goes really fast and before you know it a milestone has been reached. It is good to imagine the old angel and devil on your shoulders if a temptation hits and tell the devil where to go and give the angel a high 5, it sounds nuts but it works. Another thing i found very useful was listening to a quit smoking meditation guide which I would fall asleep to at night. I really believe it reached my unconscious while I was sleeping. It can be found on you tube there are a few of them but I found the gentle guide was the best as it would help me to believe of myself as a non smoker. You are not alone and you will make it. We are strong and determined individuals, smokes and their makers are evil and we have power over them.
  • DAB57 September 08, 2018 | 0:49
    Hi Leeann
    It is very nice to meet you. Yes having control over this is very empowering. I was on day 3 not too long ago and I viewed all the people on this forum who had made it to the longer days and I wished to be them. I can now say I have made it and your day 3 this will soon turn into week 3, then month 3, so just stay in control, if you get a bad withdrawal remember it is your body healing itself. All withdrawals will subside and it is one day at a time. The time goes really fast and before you know it a milestone has been reached. It is good to imagine the old angel and devil on your shoulders if a temptation hits and tell the devil where to go and give the angel a high 5, it sounds nuts but it works. Another thing i found very useful was listening to a quit smoking meditation guide which I would fall asleep to at night. I really believe it reached my unconscious while I was sleeping. It can be found on you tube there are a few of them but I found the gentle guide was the best as it would help me to believe of myself as a non smoker. You are not alone and you will make it. We are strong and determined individuals, smokes and their makers are evil and we have power over them.
  • joanne4514 September 07, 2018 | 20:05
    Thank you for posting these wonderful to hear words of encouragements! It is possible!! really really needed to hear this as i am, like you a long time smoker, quitting without NRT and i'm on day 3! it's challenging! you have to really want it!
  • Leeann , Central Coast September 07, 2018 | 19:46
    Well done Dab57 on taking control back and choosing to end the slavery. You are very determined and you are now reaping the success. Your story is inspirational, keep going and never turn back😊
  • DAB57 September 07, 2018 | 19:22
    Thanks Robn. It is such a huge achievement. I don't think we give ourselves the credit we rightly deserve, considering the battle it is. In saying that though, I have to admit, I have been surprised at how easy the quit road has been for me, if I had known it was as easy as I have been lucky enough to experience, I would have done it years ago. I had a few random tears in the first few days to a week, but since then, nothing. I have no desire to light up. I have saved approximately $1000 in the past 11 weeks. That is just amazing and I have just rewarded myself with a nice new chair.
    Congratulations on your four months, and yes you're right it has everything to do with mindset. It is great speaking to former smokers and ready to quit smokers. This is a great forum.
  • Robn September 07, 2018 | 17:30
    Congrats to you too DAB57....well done. It is a very big deal, taking back control after many years of smoking is a huge achievement.
    I believe it is mostly your mindset that will see you through....and hating those smokes is a huge part of that. Four months for me...and after many failed attempts....I just knew that the time was right. Just as I know I will never go back to that slavery again. Stay strong and focused...you got this.
  • Robn September 07, 2018 | 17:30
    Congrats to you too DAB57....well done. It is a very big deal, taking back control after many years of smoking is a huge achievement.
    I believe it is mostly your mindset that will see you through....and hating those smokes is a huge part of that. Four months for me...and after many failed attempts....I just knew that the time was right. Just as I know I will never go back to that slavery again. Stay strong and focused...you got this.

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