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That's It! I Quit!

Posted in Getting started 15 Jul 2020

I've been smoking for 17 years and I am so over it. I have not enjoyed smoking for quite a long time now; probably 6 months at least. I'm just tired of feeling like crap all the time.

I have never really given quitting a real try; I always manage to find some sort of excuse not to do it (which is ridiculous!)

I read Allen Carr's book about 3 months ago and for some reason it did not resonate with me on any level. I get what he's saying and I love the concept but it went in my brain and instantly out.

So, I have set tomorrow July 15 as my official Quit Date. I have half a pack of smokes left and that will be enough for the rest of the day then I AM DONE.

I have so many reasons to quit, health and money being the biggest (as they are for most people). I live in Canada and a pack of cigarettes are $16.00+ - I was smoking a brand up until about a month ago that was $19 a pack. I CANNOT afford it and no longer want to put off buying other needed things just to make sure I have a pack of smokes.

My health; I have so many things working again me in that department. I am overweight, have severe arthritis in one of my knees, I am short of breath ALWAYS, my back hurts, my whole body hurts...ALL THE TIME. I am tired of felling tired.

My plan is going Cold Turkey; I am not interested in any NRT's because I don't really believe in that method - I want to challenge myself and I feel like doing it this way will be more rewarding once the day comes that I do not have cravings. I have spent hours going through all the information on this website and countless others but really like this page. I love all your success stories, hints and tips and I think the accountability of sharing stories will be very helpful.

I wish all the best for all of you that have made or are thinking about making the decision to quit this nasty habit - Good luck to all!

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  • Happiness July 15, 2020 | 10:14
    And Good Luck to you too, although it is really not about luck. Anyone can quit smoking and understanding how it does nothing for you enables you to let it go easier. The nicotine is the addiction part we face first going cold turkey, but I believe it is the psychological part that is the hardest for most people. Adjusting how you think about smoking and desiring to be free of smoking rather than thinking you are missing out. I am glad you have been in the background learning. Knowledge is power. Belief gives the strenth and determination to plod on when things get trying. Let us know how you are doing. Reread Allan Carr. It is among my posts and free. Quitting can be easy.
  • softly40, Mid North Coast July 16, 2020 | 7:15
    Hi There ChickieBanana It seems like you are tired of being tired, yes smoking does not help you or your health, you will need to do some work on your very strong reasons for stopping smoking, you have the will now you have to find the way psychologically that is, we are all different so I invite you to look at the video "How to grow to be a happy smoker" presented by NASIO DAVOS TedxUniversityofPiraeus. It is on utube. Something may resonate with you if you look at it a few times and are honest with yourself.

    You still will need some support and this is just one way to go. The other is to keep in touch with your feelings symptoms which you are experiencing, above all you need to focus on the big picture. NOPE (not one puff ever)

  • Safe2017 July 16, 2020 | 23:20
    Good luck to you in your quest to quit. Allen Carr’s book didn’t resonate with me either but it’s not a prerequisite for a successful quit. Practice NOPE - not one puff ever and you should be fine. Good luck.

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