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4 Weeks Down

Posted in Quit experiences 24 Jun 2021

One month down (28 day technically). I haven't logged back on here in the last couple of weeks, so it was nice to see people like Jess still staying strong. 28 days ago I was an absolute wreck. Smoking nearly 2 packs a day for 12 years to quitting cold turkey was rough. But now that's its been a month, and 1,000% easier, I love how I feel now.

For a recap, I binged jolly ranchers, Netflix, video games, ice cream..... anything else that was edible. My mental goal was to give myself everything that I wanted that wasn't a cigarette, and not stress or beat myself up over it for 21 days. And it worked!! Yes, it was still EXTREMELY HARD, and I wasn't really okay even at the 21 day point, I still had struggles, but they were manageable. But today for example, I thought about it a couple times, had to take a couple deep breathes, but out of the entire day, that took about 2 minutes of it.

But since it was cold turkey, there is ZERO stress about weening myself from NRTs and experiencing minor withdraws. I quit some time ago using CHANTIX and I quit for 3 months. But I stressed about when I would stop, then when I did I had withdraws and relapsed (I said just one was okay lol).

Now its been a month, no NRTs, not one cigarette for ANY reason. Back in the gym working off the metric ton of ice cream and jolly ranchers I consumed. Feeling absolutely great. =]

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  • Jessfreeof, Northern NSW June 24, 2021 | 19:35
    Congrats Soren on your 28 days cold turkey 🙌 today is day 25 cold turkey for me and I very much relate to the joy and amazement of having nothing to wean ourselves off. I too have been eating anything I want lollies chocolate cake icecream etc from Monday I will be pulling myself up on junk food and focus on health and fitness. Congrats to you again and I'm looking forward to hearing more on your journey 😊
  • Happiness June 25, 2021 | 7:45
    I can see the sense in slaying one dragon at a time. Quitting smoking seems a daunting task to begin with, so whatever gets you going and motivated is good.
    Making a plan and sticking to it is a good strategy. You have come a long way and it would be a shame to let just one puff end such a wonderful accomplishment. NOPE...not one puff ever!

    Congrats on staying the course. Remember that you CAN do this!
  • softly40, Mid North Coast June 25, 2021 | 8:48
    Great post Soren, and a wonderful turn around, NOPE (not one puff ever) and deep breathing sure goes a long way. Congratulations

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