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Hunter New England

Day 1

Posted in Getting started 31 Aug 2019

Hi, I set my quit date today and didn't renege which I'm happy about. I have smoked for approx 30 years and have given up for approx 12 months on two separate occasions. My best friend's husband was just diagnosed with lung cancer and to say that did not hit a note for me would be a lie, I am frightened for him, for my friend and as a smoker myself. I tell myself I enjoy it but really I don't. It smells, I have to refrain in certain situations, I'm unfit, the cost, the list goes on but I do enjoy the ritual of smoking and will endeavour to change this today. I am using patches as I feel cold turkey for me is too crazy. Around the 5-6 month mark, history tells me I start to think about smoking again, any tips to help with that would be wonderful.

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  • Nuts August 31, 2019 | 12:20
    Hi Bjc1 and welcome to our forum. You are among friends here. We have all been where you are. Congrats on day 1. I used patches when i quit as well, cause i felt i needed a bit of help. I only used them for a month and then ditched them. You need to stay strong and positive as mindset is a major part of quitting. The hardest part for me was breaking the habit. It takes a while for your brain to realize that you dont smoke anymore. Be strong. When you get to the 5th or 6th month, and you think of smoking, just remember, Its just a passing thought, not a craving. I am sorry to hear about your friends husband, and wish him well. I think that we have all told ourselves that we enjoy smoking. Not true. Its just an excuse to keep on smoking. Tell yourself everyday that you dont enjoy it and kick those little tubes of nastiness to the curb. You can do it 🤠👍😙
  • Happiness August 31, 2019 | 13:01
    Welcome Bjc1 . I always feel that knowledge is power and knowing yourself and understanding nicotine will put you in the drivers seat. Nicotine has controlled us for far too long. We did not choose to become addicted, we got hooked and found excuses to keep on smoking because we thought we were powerless to kick the habit. We even convinced ourselves that it tasted good. How quickly we forget that first drag that was so awful that we gagged and our stomachs churned in protest. Smoking is not natural, and it is amazing how much better we breathe and feel in general once abstaining. You have experienced this a couple of times in the past but make the mistake of taking a puff and getting sucked into the vortex. It will only suck the life out of you, keep you its slave and keep your financial situation at a low. Imagine how much money you would have saved over 30 years. You can save that in the future 30 years, so let that be one of the motivational driving forces to spur you on. This time just remember the mantra NOPE. Not One Puff Ever!

    Read and learn my friend. Read Allan Carr's e-book for free. Click on my name and find my story and the link while it is still available. Mindset is everything, and the truth shall set you free.
  • Happiness August 31, 2019 | 13:30

    I left another reply but entered it in "My Story" by mistake. As I am here I will leave the link here as well. The Pdf file is included in the article and is absolutely free to read Allan Carr.
  • Bjc1, Hunter New England August 31, 2019 | 17:28
    Thankyou for your support. Every word rings true. It's bad enough realising how much you have wasted financially but to be told you've got incurable lung cancer frightens me more. Thanks again and I will read Allan Carr's

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