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Chilli16
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11/02/2019
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Feel better now!

Posted in Quit experiences 15 Mar 2019
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31 days off the smokes, and I feel great. I was a smoker for 20yrs. I did the 1st 2 weeks with patches but after that I just went cold turkey. I have no urges I just try to keep myself busy and definitely go for a walk everyday that helps I think. Just felt like sharing my story thanks for listening.

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  • PuffNoMore, Southern NSW March 15, 2019 | 13:24
    Hi Chilli16.
    Did you have any urges to smoke at the start?
    Thanks for sharing your story
  • Chilli16, Southern NSW March 15, 2019 | 13:50
    I did and I used food to stop them healthy food like dried fruits and nuts stuff like that so I could have a nibble when I felt a craving.
  • PuffNoMore, Southern NSW March 15, 2019 | 14:02
    So when did the cravings stop? Would it be after about 3 days or maybe after you stopped putting nicotine into your body via the nicotine patches?
  • Chilli16, Southern NSW March 15, 2019 | 14:07
    Don't get me wrong puffNoMore I still get minor cravings now but the major ones stopped around days 7 to 10 roughly. You just have to push through them, think of something totally different, keep busy.
  • PuffNoMore, Southern NSW March 15, 2019 | 14:12
    A craving is just a thought, so thinking of something else makes perfect sense doesn't it.
  • Chilli16, Southern NSW March 15, 2019 | 14:22
    That's the one! How long have you been off the smokes?
  • PuffNoMore, Southern NSW March 15, 2019 | 14:29
    I think its a mind game. Those little cravings will lose their grip if we dont feed it with our thoughts. Stay in control.............
  • Chilli16, Southern NSW March 15, 2019 | 14:32
    Will Power is the key! Everyone has it, but it's your choice if you want to use it.
  • PuffNoMore, Southern NSW March 15, 2019 | 14:50
    Unfortunately I have had 3 failed Quit attempts in the past 5 months. I clocked up 100 days smoke free and wondering why I keep failing to stay Quit.
    I think I dont have enough mind control? LOL. I was determined and I had the will. But I still struggled most days.
    I've got to dust myself off and try again, soon. The price off ciggs are killing me, cant afford burning money these days.
  • Chilli16, Southern NSW March 15, 2019 | 15:08
    When your minds in the right place. You'll give it another go.
  • PuffNoMore, Southern NSW March 15, 2019 | 15:16
    yeah, thank you for your input. Clearly WILLPOWER IS KEY.
  • Nuts March 15, 2019 | 18:35
    Was at the shop today and the person in front of me at the checkout was buying smokes. The same size pkt and brand i used to smoke. They are over $60 a pkt now. What a terrible waste of money. I would love to have all of the money i wasted on smokes in my bank account. Well done Chilli16. Stay strong
  • PuffNoMore, Southern NSW March 15, 2019 | 18:51
    It is a waste of money Nuts, its a shame to burn that much cash.
    They go up in price again in April by 19% I think. Maybe 13 % ?
    But in any case, you guys don't need to worry about it anymore.
    YOU ARE FREE
  • Chilli16, Southern NSW March 15, 2019 | 19:24
    Thanks Nuts. My partner still smokes he smokes rollies but there still dear enough $35 for a 25g pouch. I'm glad I don't need to worry about them anymore.
  • PuffNoMore, Southern NSW March 15, 2019 | 19:51
    does he roll about 50 or 70 smokes from that pouch? maybe 3 to 5 days?

    I just paid $29 for a pack of 20.

    the addiction is really stupid
  • Chilli16, Southern NSW March 15, 2019 | 19:55
    He gets I think 4 days out of a pouch. It's cheaper than buying tailormaids. Either way still no good for you.
  • PuffNoMore, Southern NSW March 15, 2019 | 20:05
    4 days is not bad for $35 of tobacco, good for him. And good for you for being strong minded enough to Quit
    Stay committed
  • Happiness March 16, 2019 | 0:36
    PuffNoMore. Please stop thinking of ways to keep affording ways to smoke. Concentrate on ways to quit! Did the Allan Carr book have ANY affect on you? You must be done it by now. I hope you read and understood every word, not skimmed. Ask yourself, WHY do you want to smoke? Tell us here and whatever reasons we will try to debate with you. Tell us your fears, or what you think holds you back. Maybe something will resonate in our replies???? Please do not start smoking unfiltered rollies, vaping would be a better option (not to encourage you) but what kind of damage it may cause is unclear. The problem to is that people start to smoke it everywhere and end up consuming even more nicotine.
    Find the will to quit. Let us help you.

  • Happiness March 16, 2019 | 0:44
    Thanks for sharing your story Chilli16. I hope some find it encouraging to know that major cravings can be short lived. As you say, they are thoughts, and you just tune them out and keep busy. If we ignore the little monster he will stop persisting. Like a whinny child, once you stop letting them get under your skin and giving them their way, they learn they can't control you and stop wasting their time. They may whine from time to time , but who doesn't? lol. You can have peace from the nicomonster, once you have determined who is boss!
    Congratulations on your successful quit Chilli16. Stay positive and stay free!
  • Chilli16, Southern NSW March 16, 2019 | 8:18
    Thanks Happiness, I will stay free from nicotine. I feel a great achievement even though it's only been 32days. I feel it's going to be easier the longer I go. Your body and mind love you for it to.
  • Nuts March 16, 2019 | 10:03
    Hey PuffNoMore. I saved $1,600 in 69 days. Think what you could do with savings like that.
  • PuffNoMore, Southern NSW March 16, 2019 | 14:11
    Hey Nuts, If I had of stayed Quit I could have saved $2,200.00 over 73 days.
    Any spare cash I have left goes into my $17,000.00 credit card debt.
    The smokes are to blame for it.
  • Nuts March 17, 2019 | 10:22
    If you quit now, it wont take long to pay off that credit card. Wouldnt that be great
  • Thisisit March 18, 2019 | 22:23
    Thank you for this thread Chilli16. I am finding it an inspiration. I've tried and failed so many times but this time really is it, and I'm doing similar to you, using patches just for a few days to wean off nicotine as quickly as I can. I tried vaping but it made me breathless. I tried Champix but it made me feel weird. I keep trying cold turkey but get depressed so by day 3 I give in. Hence this way, with a low strength patch to tide me over (and I'm allowing myself a low strength lozenge if I need to, though I haven't yet), and the goal of coming off any NRT as soon as I can. I so want to be free of this addiction. I am a slave to it and I've had enough.

    I've smoked for approaching 50 years so it is an ingrained problem but I am going to beat it this time. Already this year I've spent most days as a non smoker, trying one way or another. Now I just need to keep off the cigs and wean off the NRT. I haven't smoked at all for 12 days, so I'm heading in the right direction. My husband is off everything now for 4 days, so he's ahead of me which is a great help. I just want to catch him up asap and meet him on the other side.
  • PuffNoMore, Southern NSW March 18, 2019 | 22:46
    im hearing you Thisisit. i think the way chilli has done it with a little nicotine at first to soften the blow is the best way to do it.
    BUT
    WILLPOWER IS KEY
  • Thisisit March 19, 2019 | 10:54
    Thank you for this thread Chilli16. I am finding it an inspiration. I've tried and failed so many times but this time really is it, and I'm doing similar to you, using patches just for a few days to wean off nicotine as quickly as I can. I tried vaping but it made me breathless. I tried Champix but it made me feel weird. I keep trying cold turkey but get depressed so by day 3 I give in. Hence this way, with a low strength patch to tide me over (and I'm allowing myself a low strength lozenge if I need to, though I haven't yet), and the goal of coming off any NRT as soon as I can. I so want to be free of this addiction. I am a slave to it and I've had enough.

    I've smoked for approaching 50 years so it is an ingrained problem but I am going to beat it this time. Already this year I've spent most days as a non smoker, trying one way or another. Now I just need to keep off the cigs and wean off the NRT. I haven't smoked at all for 12 days, so I'm heading in the right direction. My husband is off everything now for 4 days, so he's ahead of me which is a great help. I just want to catch him up asap and meet him on the other side.
  • Nuts March 19, 2019 | 11:38
    Cut your patches in half for a few days and then quarters. I had hardly any cravings doing it that way. Good luck
  • Chilli16, Southern NSW March 19, 2019 | 18:50
    Thanks ThisIsIt, I hope my post has helped other quitters. You are doing great, if you believe in yourself and your partner and family support you, you won't have any problem in quitting for good. Keep up the good work.

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