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Hunter New England

Starting tomorrow

Posted in Getting started 02 Jun 2019

I’m quitting tomorrow. Truly over all the crap that comes with smoking. I’ve attempted a few times in the past but this time it feels different.. I’m not scared of doing it and I feel more determined. I’m always up for tips and tricks to help me stay on track.

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  • Happiness June 03, 2019 | 1:19
    There are plenty of tricks and tips if you read posts here and on line. This forum is great for support and knowing that it is quite possible to kick the nasty habit to the curb. Understanding the addiction and how nicotine is out of your body in just 72 hours, get you through that part, but it is the 80% habit or void that it leaves is what bothers most the most. This void is described as a craving. Cravings are mere thoughts and will leave if you divert your attention elsewhere.

    When you quit nicoine, cut your caffeine in half, as nicotine used to diminish its effects.
    Drink plenty of water to help flush the toxins .
    Eat breakfast, that many of us may used to skip. Eat a balanced diet of whole foods. (cut sugars, starches and be mindful of what you substitute with eating rather than smoking)

    Remember that cigarettes or smoking did anything for you. You have been deceived for many years.

    You seem to have a very healthy, positive attitude towards this venture, so I am prediction a very good outcome soon. Positive attitude does bring positive results!
  • Misfit_Melz, Hunter New England June 03, 2019 | 7:05
    Thanks for the support. Day 1 is here!! I am noticing that purely out of habit I am craving which is why I have logged onto here - this is a good distraction.
  • Happiness June 03, 2019 | 9:28
    Yes, this is a great way to spend some time while helping others as well as yourself. Welcome and I hope your will have a speedy journey with no detours, and become an inspiration on IcanQuit.
    Read and Learn. Knowledge is Power. Mindset is Key.
  • softly40, Mid North Coast June 03, 2019 | 14:30
    I would hate to say how many times I quit and started again Misfit, it is rather daunting and as Elizabeth says its good to read as much as possible. This time I have the help of others here and I take their advice pretty much all of the time, I had been smoke free for a few years and the only thing I needed to get my head around was the knowledge that nicotine is the addictive part of the cigarette, I am on Champix now (half of recommended dose,) you don't say if you are on patches etc. Your memory of past times should put you well ahead of the game.
  • Misfit_Melz, Hunter New England June 03, 2019 | 14:56
    Sorry Softly, I did forget to mention that. I’m on patches for this quit journey and will work on lowering the patch strength & cutting it all out over 12 weeks. I have the full mindset of never ever having another puff because I know what will happen if I do. It will be a tough week as my husband has just started Zyban so is still smoking for a week or 2 but I just have to be strong and not go outside when he does. I really don’t want the “smoker” tag anymore.
  • Happiness June 05, 2019 | 7:31
    Realize and believe that you are giving up nothing. Nicotine and smoking cigarettes have never done anything for you except cause most of the stress you experience. Money, health, and general appearance (and smell) have all been negatively affected.
    Stop romantacizing the cigarette and see it as the sneaky tobacco industry controlling you until you are bled dry. Stop putting your hard earned dollars into the coffers of the government who sanction this practice. They hope you don't make it to retirement and that if you do, you will be so broke trying to afford the habit that you don't eat properly and give up on life in disgust.

    Breaking the nicotine addiction is not as hard as you have led to believe. 72 hrs! The habit is harder and is the 80% psychological part of the journey. By changing your routine, but mainly by changing your mindset, you can not only succeed in becoming a non-smoker, but do it quicker and more easily.

    A craving is a thought, a desire to have something. If you do not want something , you will not crave it. Find the reasons for not wanting the cigarette in your life, and believe in those reasons and in your belief in yourself to overcome.
    It is nice that your hubby is also quitting but please don't make it a competition. Just waiting for the other to fail so you feel justified in failing too is not an option here. You started this journey for yourself. Don't start out by thinking it is a "can I outlast him" venture.
    Why try at all if you don't mean it? It only serves to think of yourself as a failure, which is the exact opposite needed for your frame of mind. Put other attempts behind and start fresh. This is a new journey with a new beginning and new ideas and feelings and hopes. New information, new support groups and new belief in yourself can bring the results you strive for.
    My comments are not necessarily directed at you Misfit. I think you sound pretty positive and will do well. Show us you can do it!
  • softly40, Mid North Coast June 05, 2019 | 9:17
    Wishing you the best for your plan, great idea I have yet to work out a plan for stopping Champix, it will be sometime after my holiday in July and now I have this forum it should help me around this time.

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