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2 Weeks

Posted in Getting started 23 Apr 2020

I have been smoke free for exactly 2 weeks now. 4-8-2020 was my quit day. One good thing that came out of having to stay at home. I started smoking when I was 26, crazy I know. A friend worked for a tobacco company, she smoked, and would bring cartons over to my house. It first started recreational and then a full blown habit. I never considered myself a heavy smoker. I smoked about 9-10 cigarettes a day and smoke about 1/2 of each one and then throw away. I don't relight cigs. I have made 2 attempts to quit and each lasted 3 months and then I would start again. This time will be different as I will never pick up a cigarette and tell myself it is only one. It only takes one to set me back. I can already breathe in deeper and have noticed very little coughing. I went cold Turkey so I could just get the nicotine out of me quickly. I had my worst withdrawals on day 4, went to bed and slept through it. I am going on more walks and finding lots to do in my yard and home to keep myself distracted. Any tips would be great.

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  • Red-67 April 23, 2020 | 3:59
    From what I felt, and what I have read, it takes about 3 weeks to completely free your body from nicotine, and, if all goes well, your addiction to smoking. You are well on your way to FREEDOM :) The key here, is to stop thinking like a smoker, then there is no need, or want, for that, just one. :) Let go of any good thought about smoking, and allow yourself to see it was just the addiction talking. Once you make that cigarette something you just do NOT WANT, it gets easy :)
  • Happiness April 23, 2020 | 6:37
    You have ample time to click on my name here and Read Allen Carr's free e-book that I have made available. It should make your quit easier and more sustainable.
  • Soul & Heart April 23, 2020 | 8:01
    You got this, Dixie. This time you will kick the habit for good. Find a hobby to distract you and keep you busy any time a craving comes. Believe in yourself and be strong.
  • mandella, Mid North Coast April 23, 2020 | 9:55
    Welcome Dixie, congrats on your 2 weeks well done! Stay close to this forum read the stories and tips it all helps. For me, my problem was not so much withdrawals, ( thanks Allan Carr ) but what to do with my hands, they had to be busy so i signed up for a online touch typing course ( Free ). Everytime i had "busy Hands " i would start touch typing. It not only kept my hands busy but doing it distracted me from thinking of smoking. I am now 11 weeks free so this has worked for me, Be imaginative and creative good luck
  • Aquarius May 03, 2020 | 2:22
    I am very good at quitting! I have done it 3 or 4 times in the past 35 years, and I actually lasted a year a couple of times. This time I stopped. In my mind, that means it is final this time, not just a trendy term with 50-70% success rate.

    I don't know if the notion of "stopping" will help you to conceptualise it as something more final, with no going back this time, or if there is another word that will help you to frame and internalise what you are doing as absolute and non-negotiable, but if there is such a word for you, I hope you can find it!

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