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Hunter New England

My quit journey

Posted in Getting started 12 Apr 2020

Monday is quit day. Cold turkey. No more excuses. I've had enough. Something HAS to change. For me. For my step children. For the baby I want to start trying for. I am happy. I am loved. I am free. Smoking does NOT serve me any purpose. Smoking is KILLING ME. My health is declining. I've only lived 27 years and have put my lungs and body through so much the past 14 of them. My body has carried me this far and I owe it at least this. I can do this. I am strong enough. I have overcome so much worse. I am enough. I've got this.

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  • softly40, Mid North Coast April 12, 2020 | 9:51
    Welcome Jess8493 I agree your young body needs a break, keep it healthy and strong, your mind is ready, and we are here for you anytime.
  • Jess8493, Hunter New England April 12, 2020 | 21:28
    Thank you!!
  • jimmyboy1 April 12, 2020 | 22:09
    Started cold turkey 6 weeks ago, after 35 years of smoking, still no cigarettes, you can do it, there will be challenging times that you will get through, I now feel great!! Good luck
  • Jess8493, Hunter New England April 12, 2020 | 22:59
    You are an absolute legend!! And a great inspiration! I've 'saved' $279 on cigarettes since I started cutting back on 16/2, so even though some days have been worse then others, in the whole period overall i have smoked 208 cigarettes LESS then i normally would have, average of 7.7 a day less (can't leave out the .7 lol)! That on it's own has been so hard but the fact I've done it is a huge motivator already, i tell myself always cold turkey every day but when i slip i record them and continue trying, that's my biggest promise to myself right now, that i won't give up om giving up, worst case at this stage it will be a cut back whixh is working so far :)
  • Jack505 April 14, 2020 | 19:41
    You can do it! Be strong!
  • mandella, Mid North Coast April 15, 2020 | 8:57
    Stay true to yourself, withdrawal pangs last only minutes, distract yourself for those few minutes maybe by getting onto this forum and reading others stories, keep doing this and the pangs will be fewer and fewer, and above all Believe in Youself, YOU can do this
  • Red-67 April 16, 2020 | 6:11
    Hi Jess :)
    I too, cut back over a few weeks, and then went cold turkey, after smoking for 45+ years.. We would pick up a smoke and light it, without much thought. In the beginning, I would make myself stop, and just look at that thing,, and ask myself why I wanted it, and ask myself if I had to have it now. I soon found it easy to just put it back. This may also help you. Give yourself that moment to think past the addiction.. Once I accepted the fact, that SMOKING MAKES YOU STUPID, the quit was fairly easy. I did not throw anything away. I kept smokes, lighter, and ashtray right where they always were, and made them something I no longer WANTED.. This is what worked for me. Maybe some part of it will help you.. Find your path, and stick with it. Quitting can be as easy as you make it :)

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