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1st week is over - NAILED IT!!

Posted in Quit experiences 08 Jan 2020

Thanks to all the support I have received from my family, and my friends on this site, the journey has been pretty smooth sailing. Have had some pangs, but they don't last long, and are very minor. Reading the Allen Carr book has been a great help as well.

I was pretty determined when I started out that this time would be be the forever time. If this first week is as hard as it gets, then I see my future with an ongoing status of non-smoker forevermore.

I have not made any drastic changes to anything I do - still enjoying a few beers, and feel so much better on social occasions because I am not the one moving away from the group to get that fix.

Looking forward to my continuing freedom for the rest of my weeks and months to come.

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  • Pisces24, Central Coast January 08, 2020 | 13:18
    WOO HOO!
    WINNER WINNER chicken dinner!!!
    The switch is flipped.
    Dont forget to really watch (and smell) the smokers when you have a beer...
    Keep thr "big picture" of being nicotine free, healthy, proud and not to mention the dollars saved...ive saved over $550 in 1 month and I wasnt a big smoker. Log that into you quit plan.
    You'll be shocked how much money you were burning.
    Good on ya🙋‍♀️

  • Happiness January 08, 2020 | 14:30
    It really is such a refreshing change not to be the one to slink away for a fix while in a group setting. My smell has certainly returned, and I am mortified that that is how i once smelled. I truly had no idea, so I guess people were trying to be nice about it. I may still smell , as I do go out with smoking friends on poker breaks to chat. Someone is always wishing they could quit, but don't. When I first quit, i told them it was easy, but they haven't asked again.

    Wishing, or waiting for your lucky day will not start you on your wonderful journey . A need, a strong desire to be better, healthier or other self interest will give you the desire and belief. When I did stumble on this opportunity I was ready to grab hold. Seeing others succeed was motivating. I no longer feared to quit smoking but feared what I would be missing if I didn't!

    It is in the perception of things. It was an OPPORTUNITY.
    Great Job Lando. If only we could get everyone to read the book and open their minds to the truth! If word was to spread that quitting could be easy we could starve those tobacco companies that filled their coffers on our addiction. To make us feel better about it all they spend billions making sure their product was glamorized. .....

    I am so glad my eyes are opened. I am so glad others are finding the mindset . Pisces amazed us all and all that read her story are hopeful that they too can quit smoking easily. It seems it worked for you, and I hope you are one the first of many here. ....

    While it may be too late for us to quit as easily as some, the mindset, NOPE and visits to iCanQuit in the future can keep you free.
  •, Northern NSW January 08, 2020 | 17:19
    Day 9 still having some moments but still positive yay !!!!!
  • PuffNoMore, Southern NSW January 08, 2020 | 18:09
    Day 9 means you mean business! bgpymon
    How did you do it?
    Do you have a profile or membership on this site?
  • Leeann , Central Coast January 08, 2020 | 19:31
    Congratulations Lando, you are doing well, keep up the great work👍👏
  • PuffNoMore, Southern NSW January 08, 2020 | 20:37
    Your nailing it Lando.
    so are you bgpymont&
  • Jill67 January 09, 2020 | 0:33
    Way to go!! That’s awesome!!
  • Happiness January 09, 2020 | 2:13
    Hi Lando. I replied to the question of whether the second round of Champix is necessary , and I as you see no point in it either. From what I understand it is a 12 week course of varying strengths to stop the enjoyment of smoking. I looked up how to administer, and it says that nicotine is out of the system in 48 hours..... I have always said 72 and then there is by product of nicotine still in your nail for months. However, the effect of nicotine on you is so greatly diminished, lets not split hairs....
    It seems you are to take one lot of pills for 2 weeks and quit smoking....or set a date within 5 weeks if you did not quit smoking. Even if you took the full 5 weeks, and THEN did not smoke, nicotine would still be out of your system by the end of the 6 weeks....let alone 12 weeks. The receptors take 21 days to shut down, but as you say , they only diminish the enjoyment of smoking, which you are not.

    I don't see the need for a second 12 week prescription if a person wants to quit smoking. Either the drug works or it doesn't. If you have counselling, as the package recommends,(that would be us even) then you (I hope) really do want to quit smoking. You are here, not just handed a prescription from the doctor and clueless. Understanding nicotine and you really is key. The product does it's job in stepping you off of nicotine, but ultimately it is you who has to embrace the journey and want to be a non-smoker. No one and No thing can force us to do what we do not want to do while we work against doing.
    As with any drug I would want to be off of it as soon as possible. They have so many side effects. Only you know you. You know when you had your last cigarette and when you are nicotine free...after that it is only a placebo in my mind.
  • Pisces24, Central Coast January 09, 2020 | 6:47
    Yes Happiness I totally agree because of my own experience.
    Should you wean yourself off them slowly Lando??? Better check with your Dr.
    You get to that place in your quit where you "Take off your training wheels" and toss your NRT... Even if they are only a placebo security blanket, who cares!!!
    The NRT got you where you are today...
    OR DID IT?
    I'll never know.
    Keep looking forward and you go girl!👸
  • Nuts January 09, 2020 | 18:46
    Way to go Lando . You've got this. Stay strong
  • Happiness January 10, 2020 | 4:07
    It doesn't matter how you get here Pisces, although I had no cravings after the 72 nicotine withdrawal and you had no cravings stepping off the nicotine once you embraced that mindset. We may never know if cravings are necessary at all. Allen Carr says that they are hardly perceptible. I just call them thoughts, and then fleeting thoughts and mere fleeting thoughts. We know that they are the merciful pleas of the nicotine monster needing his feeding in order to survive. He is dead after 3 days and all that is left is to celebrate our freedom. Like a prisoner released after 20 years behind bars and let into society, he doesn't know where he fits in anymore. It should not be like that for those who quit smoking. We will no longer be the outcast. We regain our respect and get admiration and even go on to be mentors to those we love. If you won a lottery that would change your life, would you mope around and fear that you would miss the old life? You still have the same family and can hang with the same friends, do the things you love to do and MORE!

    Money can't buy happiness, but it helps. Money certainly cannot buy health. You cannot buy friends, not real ones. You can't buy respect, you earn it. Count your blessings, you are immeasurably richer than you think!
  • Pisces24, Central Coast January 11, 2020 | 7:47
    Mr NICOTINE is the outcast here and hss no friends. 👿👿👿

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