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Sweet Tea

The Journey

Posted in Staying quit 29 Jul 2019

My Second Journey and on Day 9. I started smoking as a teenager and it went on full force until I was 39. I quit for 12 years and then smoked one lousy cigarette and here I am two years later on Day 9. So dumb. I guess I forgot how ridiculously difficult withdrawal is. My advice, one day at a time and if I think about a smoke ask myself how much I enjoy withdrawal! I am starting to breathe better again!

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  • FreshAirOK, Hunter New England July 30, 2019 | 7:48
    Hi sweet tea you are doing really well. You'll have 2 weeks under your belt soon. Good to hear your breathing is improving its one of the many benefits of not smoking. Stay strong and enjoy your life as a non smoker. Have a happy healthy day.
  • softly40, Mid North Coast July 30, 2019 | 8:18
    Good Strategy sweet tea, one day further along for you. So happy to hear you have thought of the withdrawal in the past tense, it makes sense doesn't it, just one can put you back where you started. Only one way to go and thats up. Day 10 soon.
  • Happiness July 30, 2019 | 10:18
    Great job Sweet Tea. Before you know it you will be a non-smoker once again. Breath easier and be've got this!
  • Nuts July 30, 2019 | 10:32
    You have quit before, so you know that it is worth it. Day 10 and you are over the worst. Hang in there and reap the benefits
  • Happiness August 03, 2019 | 2:33
    You are into the double diigits! Keep it going and enjoy the better breathing and sense of smell. Reward yourself for your great work! You are worth it!
  • NotThisTime August 04, 2019 | 22:49
    Reading your post makes me realize that I must always be conscious of the nico demon and NEVER to allow myself to believe I can have just one. Thankfully, I understand the first cigarette would be disgusting (as I am not hooked at that point) and I would get nothing from it EXCEPT intaking the nicotine required to start the cycle all over again. Knowing that makes it a bit easier to resist the temptation. It also helps to have the mindset that I don't want a cigarette and I am a non smoker, not an ex smoker. People that have never smoked before do not crave, so believing I am a non smoker is powerful for me. I also get empowerment knowing that with each passing second the scales tip further in my favour rather than the nico demon. I visualize a vile little monster getting weaker and weaker. After nearly 1000 days quit, my nico demon now has little power over me and gets a little less powerful each day. Please continue to post and get strength reading others quit journeys, tips and tricks and reminding yourself that no matter how strong you think you are, NOPE is a good strategy to ensure a final long term quit.

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