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Setting my quit date

Posted in Quit experiences 03 Sep 2021

After years of believing I am only a social smoker I have had numerous periods of non smoking in my life but would relapse if certain events took place. After a particularly stressful period 2 months ago I started again. Reflecting back I now thank that I was kidding myself that I was only a social smoker. I regularly smoked up to 15 cigarettes per week for a long time. Not a lot by some standards but still an addiction I wasn’t ready to admit to. I’m more determined now to quit and have set my quit date as next Thursday. I feel that is achievable and need time to approach my target. Seems stupid that I can’t just quit as I’m only smoking 2 or 3 a day now but that’s how it is. I need a target date and I’ve set it.

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  • NOPE-2021 September 03, 2021 | 10:12
    Welcome Johnno!! I feel everyone is different and what works for one might not work for another. I think it's perfectly fine to set a date in the future. Actually, that is what I did and I think many others have done the same. Set a date, get your mindset in the right place while you get closer to your target date.

    You know you want to quit so that is the first step. You set a date, so I think that was your second step. Third step is to get to your target date and absolutely do NOT smoke a cigarette all day. Then, one day at a time. You CAN do it. You are getting yourself nicely prepared to do the best thing you can for yourself.

    Do some reading on this site and use the search tool. I find this community to be filled with inspiration. I still find time to read from this site on a daily basis (I do think it gives me strength in many ways). Be proud of yourself for taking the first step. Keep sharing with us whenever you want to. We are here for you. Best.
  • Johnno September 04, 2021 | 8:04
    Thank you NOPE-2021 it’s good to have a positive affirmation. Yes, getting my mind into the right mindset is exactly what I need to do and am doing.
  • Happiness September 05, 2021 | 7:13
    I am glad to hear your positive attitude and that you have taken the first step of choosing a quit date. Concentrate on every smoke you have until then. See how awful the taste, the stink , how you smell and how you take time out for it while you could do something else. Come to think of smoking as taking a med, not an enjoyment. You certainly don't need it, as smoking never did and never will do anything positive for us.
    Look forward to being a non-smoker once again. We did and we do! So can you!
  • Johnno September 08, 2021 | 20:23
    Thank you Happiness, I appreciate the comments. Day 1 is tomorrow. I have had my last cigarette today.

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