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A random thought.

Posted in Staying quit 06 Dec 2018

A random thought just popped into my head that I reached another milestone in my quit. I realized today that I no longer understand why I used to smoke. However, I do remember the pain of quitting. I wish the same realization to everyone on this forum.

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  • Safe2017 December 06, 2018 | 13:43
    And my friends and family would ask why I won't quit my truthful answer was that I have will and power but don't have will power to quit. If after 40+ years of smoking even I could quit then you can too.
  • PuffNoMore, Southern NSW December 06, 2018 | 14:33
    Hi Safe
    I'm glad to hear of your milestone!
    ITS A biggie
    We mortal nicotine addicts choose not to smoke, despite wanting a puff. I can still remember that instant hit of gratification of the cancer stick. But i resist it. Its still difficult not to remember the hit.
    I happened to read some of your earlier posts where your temptations were everywhere. So to i will continue to resist and look forward to the milestone like you are celebrating today
    You seem totally free of the nicotine monster today. After all the "pain of quitting" you've been through, its truly encouraging to me
    Well done mate

  • Safe2017 December 06, 2018 | 15:45
    Hi PuffNoMore, you reminded of the the rush and a false feeling of satisfaction i felt inhaling after a long transatlantic flight. Glad it’s over and even now thinking about it it doesn’t bother me anymore and I didn’t get any urge to run and light up. You can get tonsmokeless nirvana too.
  • PuffNoMore, Southern NSW December 06, 2018 | 16:29
    I'm old enough to remember that smoking was allowed at the back portion of planes. And when smoking became prohibited on them I got caught smoking in the toilet in those small toilets. It was 9/11 .lleyton hewitt won the US open and I have been feeling embarrassed being a smoker ever since getting sprung in that toilet in that plane
    PuffNoMore will be embarrassed no more
  • Happiness December 06, 2018 | 16:40
    That's great Safe. So glad your mind is in the right place. Be a Happy Non-Smoker!
  • PuffNoMore, Southern NSW December 06, 2018 | 17:11
    safe sounds happy and free of the monster today Happiness.
    hoping my days of freedom from nicotine are near.
    After 39 smoke free days i will quit my nicotine inhalers real soon
  • Leeann , Central Coast December 06, 2018 | 18:28
    Hi Safe2017 what a lovely feeling to have its great that you share your continued success and you always show good encouragement to others. I totally get your realisation of freedom. We all get it some quit easier than others but we've all got 1 thing in common. We all let a stupid little stick rule us around as we were all dumb enough to think we liked it. I recoil at the thought of a cigarette now that I'm withdrawels free, smelling lovely and have a huge relief of not living with the shame of smoking. You are awesome😊
  • PuffNoMore, Southern NSW December 07, 2018 | 11:46
    Yeah. The shame and embarrassment of buying those stupid things let alone smoking one THAT'S CRAZY
  • Safe2017 December 07, 2018 | 14:43
    PuffNoMore, We are our own worst enemies. And during initial stages of quitting one part of the brain says you can’t have any but another part says that one puff won’t hurt anything. But one puff and you are right back to square one. After two previous semi long quits, one for about 2 years and another for about a year, I went back to smoking and I think the reason was that even though I quit smoking i still wanted them subconsciously. Like a prohibited fruit. This time around i no longer want cigarettes because there is no upside, only downside. And you all know the downside or you wouldn’t be in this support forum. Good luck.
  • PuffNoMore, Southern NSW December 07, 2018 | 19:58
    Thats true Safe2017 "We are our own worst enemies". Personaly I wouldnt wish this addiction onto my worst enemy. It beats me why we ever let ourselves to become prisoner to the drug.
    I'm still addicted but its losing its grip after 40 difficult days and nights.
    I've had similar quits to yours. My last was 2 years ago when I was totally smokeless for 5 long months. Of note was that i was on some form of NRT for all of it.. This time around Im keen to eliminate My "habit' of a few little cartridges of nicotine each day to test my resolve.
    I reckon i have learnt (from previous attempts) not to have one puff because it always starts from one puff, doesn't it.
    I do think that while i'm on NRT my receptors for the drug have been kept awake and i now believe that those brain receptors can soon be turned off when I stop ingesting nicotine!
    Ill keep the forum updated with any major developments especially when i quit the nicotine. One good thing is that I've definitely quit the smokes for good. and soon to quit the trickle of nicotine
  • Happiness December 10, 2018 | 3:35
    Hi PuffNoMore. (and Safe, you rock!) I am glad you are thinking in forever terms and getting rid of the inhalers soon. ( I think i just read somewhere that you have just) You are through the worst, your days are occupied without the cigarette, you rule now, so in about 3 days you should be home-free. The psychological is what you have been dealing with. Believe it or not the nicotine is the easiest. I could tell you that there is no nicotine withdrawal either, but I can't hardly convince others that the mindset will relieve you of all psychological cravings.

    Remember to stop thinking in terms that you want it at all. REVERSE! 72 hrs and counting down to be free! That's nothing! You are nothing but a fleeting "feed me" and i have the power to STARVE you. I hope you suffer, like you have made me suffer! Show your face and i will SMILE, knowing that you are at deaths door.

    You have this PuffNoMore. I don't think you even need our support anymore. Of course , we are here if need be dear friend.

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