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It's getting tiring

Posted in Reasons to quit 21 May 2019

Well, this is like my 7th try I think. I just look back sometimes when I was not smoking and I wonder how on earth did I agree to this bad habit. If I stayed so many years without smoking in my life, why can't I be like that again?! Anyway, will see how this time goes :)

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  • Red-67 May 21, 2019 | 3:29
    HI, and Welcome :)
    You can be a non smoker again, and it can be as easy as you make it.. Don't "see how this time goes" You are the one that MAKES it work. Be positive, and just do it. It sounds like,, you think you want to quit,, but you still want to smoke. Make up your mind,, you do NOT WANT to smoke.. I smoked for 45+ years, and only tried to quit once. That was over 2 years ago, and you CAN do it too.. You can be a passenger, on the smoking addiction bus, or you can take the wheel, and stop thinking like a smoker..
  • Happiness May 21, 2019 | 9:08
    This is not a vacation and time for relaxing. You need to make up your mind to quit smoking and be assertive. There is no reason to smoke and it is highly unnatural. So many benefits to be gained as a non-smoker. Absolutely no reason to smoke, as it does nothing for you but cause the cravings. Every few minutes the nico monster is begging to be fed. It is time to stop feeding the addiction and end it once and for all. It can be done, and you can do it too. In just 72 hours the nicotine can be out of your system and the addiction is ended. The behavioural changes we need to make are not so easy. It can be easy if your adopt the correct mindset. The understanding of the addiction and a genuine desire to be free of it will enable you to do so with ease. Read and Learn. Knowledge is power. Thing positive and it will happen.

    I have a post called "If you've given up giving up. try this!" and also a book by Allan Carr. Both are helpfu in obtaining the correct mindset for this journey.

    Quit once and stay quit!
  • softly40, Mid North Coast May 21, 2019 | 10:01
    I agree with the comments already made. For me too it was also a few times before I eventually succumbed again to the nicotine and tar stick. This time I realized that although I was honest in my wanting to quit my understanding of nicotine was sadly lacking. You need to think of Nicotine as the most dangerous thing or person that you can create, and The Book that Happiness has given you, can help in understanding more about the mental aspect of falsely thinking that you are depriving yourself. This forum has also helped this time around, and to date have not succumbed to any Nicotine or Tar fix for 72 days and still going strong, I still have a way to go but will be in constant touch when things get tough. Giving it another go should be congratulated so please try again.
  • Nuts May 21, 2019 | 14:46
    After 6 failed attempts, you should know where you are going wrong. Learn from it and try again. With the right mindset it is easy. I quit on my first attempt because i was determined to quit. The cravings dont last long, and after that it is all in your mind. Be strong and you will win
  • Happiness May 21, 2019 | 15:02
    Nicotine can be out of your body 72 hours after the last fix of nicotine. Drink plenty of water to help flush the toxins , eat a breakfast, as many of us have skipped it for years. This keeps the sugar -levels in balance and cut back on caffeine by half when you stop consuming nicotine, as nicotine used to diminish the effects of caffeine. Without doing these things, it is possible to get feelings associated with cravings.
    Remember that cravings are merely thoughts. Turn your attention to other things and it will pass in a minute or two. Do deep breathing, dishes, chores, a phone call... anything to divert your mind from it. A craving is the nico monster begging for food. Deny him and he will go away much faster. Ignore him and he will stop begging. One puff will reignite those receptors that start shutting down in 72 hours and all shut down totally in 3 weeks. That is why we adopt the mantra NOPE... Not One Puff Ever!
  • Robn May 21, 2019 | 16:11
    Hi Lori, if you have the attitude “see how it goes”, I can tell you how it will will not quit. You have to really want to quit, no ifs or buts about it....want it 100% and get your thinking right. That is the only way it will happen. Lots of people want to try and quit but deep down they still want to smoke. You need to decide which camp you live in.
  • Lori_me May 22, 2019 | 1:04
    Thank you so much for your messages :) I know that there is no grey area, you either want this to go away or not, true, but this is addiction we are speaking of. I am really just taking this one step at a time. Finishing up ALLEN CARR'S EASY WAY TO STOP SMOKING, for the second time :)) Day 2 of smoke-free :D
  • Robn May 22, 2019 | 20:03
    Hey, day 2 is great, one day at a time.....and you will soon be at 1 week, then 1 month. Lots of us here have smoked 30 or 40 plus years, yes it is an addiction...but get your mindset right and you can leave it behind. It will be just some5hing that you used to do. The addictive part is the habit, br3aking the habits that we formed when smoking. You can do this if you really want to. Stay focused on why you started this journey....
  • PuffNoMore, Southern NSW May 22, 2019 | 20:29
    we're all cheering you on. one day at a time is how you do it. its well documented that nicotine can be out of the system within 72 hours. just hang in for the next day to pass and if your determination is strong enough you can be free of the addiction FOREVER.
  • Rafiki May 24, 2019 | 14:47
    Keep going Girl.............................
  • Lia May 24, 2019 | 22:01
    Hi. Like Red-67, I quit cold turkey and am approaching 4 yeas quit after 45 years of stupidity. But you really must want to quit. Hang in there and find your own reason to quit.

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