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Winning the battle

Posted in Quit experiences 27 Jan 2019

Hi everyone; here’s my update. Smoke free for 31 days now, and the general health improvements are noticeable. Week 3 was torture, and I’m still amazed at how I got through it. Since the end of that week, though, the cravings to have a cigarette are happening less often and with less intensity. Like so many on here I was in despair at times; all but ready to light up again because nothing seemed to be getting any better and there were no signs that they ever would. But they did get better; as they did for those who quit before I did, and as they will for those who are only just setting out on their quit journey.

It might well be premature to say I’ve got this monkey off my back but I am saying it anyway because my resolve to never touch a cigarette is that strong. The ultimate test for me was to have a cold beer (as a smoker I’d have definitely lit up while having a beer) with some mates who are still smokers and who did smoke in front of me. The first time that happened wasn’t as difficult as I’d imagined, but that smoke sure did smell good the next few times. I’ve been in that situation 8 times now and although I’m not yet finding the smell of cigarette smoke repugnant, its presence is beginning to annoy me.

I’ve still got a nicotine addiction to deal with (NRT; nicotine lozenges) but I’ll conquer that in time.

In looking back at what kept me going at times, this forum was definitely a factor. I’m so glad I found it, and hope it works as well for others as it has for me.

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  • Debbie317 January 27, 2019 | 21:14
    Hello again Grimbling,
    Day 31 my how the time has gone. lol I still have the money and that dang thing bites or something like it. Not feeding that furry thing. lmao

    So when you have a cold beer does not smoking bother you?

    I don't think the NRT will be half as hard as giving up smoking. I did cold turkey so if I could give it all up in one go I am sure you can do just the NRT. And if you don't give them up is there any real harm? cant be a bad as smoking.

    I agree this forum is fantastic! Your a winner
  • Leeann , Central Coast January 28, 2019 | 0:55
    Hi Grimbling you are doing an amazing job and you should feel super proud!! Take your time with the NRT they recommend approx 3 months. This is gives you YouTube to break the habit which is 80% of the addiction. Once you get to that point, although scary, it was is relatively easy to make that last leap of flicking the NRT. I too quit with NRT, I started with the gum and then changed to lozenges. Stay strong and focused, you are going great guns😊
  • Happiness January 28, 2019 | 2:41
    Fantastic job Grimbling. So many great stories and successes building even more great stories and successes! Gotta love that! It is never too late to quit and gain the health benefits. It is surprising how forgiving our bodies are.

    The habit seems to be the longest and most challenging process from what i have read. By the time you decide you are ready to become a Happy Non-Smoker, in every sense, the dumping of the nicotine will be easy in comparison.
    Stay strong, stay free......

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