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Chronic smoker

Posted in Getting started 25 May 2015

Hi, I'm definitely a chronic smoker. I've had various attempts over the years (40 years a smoker), once I went 2 years. So anyway I've started again today. I'm using a patch and I started at 2:30pm today. So its 4 hours since then and I told my wife "I really feel like a smoke now!" to which she replied, "Log on to the iCanQuit site. So here I am. She asked me what my strategy is and I said, "I'm hangin on", it will pass. So that's it.

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  • Bronte, Mid North Coast May 25, 2015 | 21:01
    Hi, 40 years is a long time to be stuck with them, bout time you called it quits. Well done so far. If you stick with us & read, read, read as many comments and posts here as you can you will soon work out many different strategies and which works for you. You'll also find great advice and will discover that you are not alone. Keep hangin on! Good luck, wish you all the best!
  • davegoodo , Murrumbidgee May 27, 2015 | 14:30
    I've now made it to 2:30 today which is now 48 hours without a smoke. It feels like a week! Anyway, I physically feel a lot better, breathing better definitely. Mentally, hmmm, lots of bargaining going on in my head. Lots of "just one last packet". The main thing is 2 days has ticked over without a smoke, one day at a time.
  • annemarie May 27, 2015 | 21:14
    Stick to it . You are not an your own . We are many . I am taking one day at a time each, day smoke free is closer to every day
  • Bronte, Mid North Coast May 27, 2015 | 21:19
    48hrs, Well Done! Keep going, you can do it.
  • davegoodo , Murrumbidgee May 28, 2015 | 20:42
    Sorry guys, I picked up a smoke today. I feel bad for having it. It wasn't a physical thing, more of a mental urge. Addiction. But I'm not going to let this beat me. I do want to quit. My main thing is having a coffee, a strong companion. I'll have to reduce that down. I know the "World No Tobacco day" is coming up, I want to make that my new quit date, when I get there. I'm now going to prepare myself for that. Thanks for the support.
  • Bronte, Mid North Coast May 29, 2015 | 11:03
    Ok, so you slipped up, not a big deal when you know you can start a fresh when your ready again. It happens to all of us, often, over & over again, so promise me there will be no beating yourself up over it. Reason being, the smokes are already inflicting enough of their insidious damage upon you let alone make you feel guilty for going back to them as well. Don't let it bother you. Take back control. You've got this, you can & will do it. Doesn't matter how long it takes or how many tries, it can be done, as long as you keep trying and never give up on giving up. Good luck.
  • davegoodo , Murrumbidgee May 31, 2015 | 19:06
    I've made a new quit date, today! Is it "World No Tobacco Day"? Anyway, thanks for some super encouragement Bronte. I want to stay quit. I just need to take it "one day at a time" - its a cliche, but it's a cliche because it is TRUE! I got a nice look at being clear of smokes and it was good. Thanks to all the supporters that have written in. This site is a big help. Knowing I can jump on here and share my story let's me know I'm part of a community of non-smokers, it is a great resource. I'll make sure I check in and keep my experience current. I'm feeling a lot more positive about quitting now.
    Thanks, Dave.
  • Bronte, Mid North Coast June 01, 2015 | 11:22
    Your welcome. I didn't know there was a World No Tobacco Day, but yes I see it was the 31st. I would have previously been ignorant to such a thing, probably would have made me cranky & smoke more! However, now I think it is a marvelous thing to have such a day. It's great to see you having such a quick come back, the sooner the better! I'm so glad your feeling positive and up for the fight again. Yes, one day at a time is so very true and that's literally the only way you can do it. Some days, even a minute at a time is necessary. I think this will change as we slowly creep forward but at the moment I'm still going a day at a time. I'm still aware of it every day, even if I haven't had any cravings at all (slowly becoming more prominent)thank goodness. Baby steps is the way to go. Glad you got a nice look at being smoke free, yes it really is good, I just can't express how much it has changed my life. It goes deeper than just giving up a bad habit, it's an emotional ride of many realizations, just speaking for myself. Good luck, stay strong & keep us posted, even if you do slip up again, we are not here to judge but to help.
  • davegoodo , Murrumbidgee June 03, 2015 | 18:07
    I relapsed again. So, I get back on the horse and continue the ride. My new ride starts today. I have reviewed why I've relapsed and I can now get on with making a fresh start. Take care, and away I go again!
  • Bronte, Mid North Coast June 03, 2015 | 22:14
    I know it's really no laughing matter but I just had to have a bit of a laugh. If you don't laugh you cry. Not laughing at you..... but just looking at the big picture, the whole smoking & quitting thing. Oh dear me, it's just bloody crazy isn't it? You'll be right, just keep giving it your best shot & your right to keep reviewing how you slip up, each time you'll be more aware, more determined and get better at giving up for good! You learn all the mind games & become one step ahead of them. You gain a bigger suit of armour each time so eventually you'll be ready for anything. Just like most things I guess, the more you practice the better at it you will be. Keep at it!
  • davegoodo , Murrumbidgee September 21, 2018 | 16:24
    Well, here I am back in 2018, and I have history on this site, but I'm not going to beat myself up with it. This is a fresh start and I've done 10 days, which is great and now I'm feeling stronger. I'm using a patch each day and I have also started with Nicorette Inhalers which seem to be a new thing on the market. When I learn how to use them correctly I'll be a lot happier, but at the moment I'm just using them as best I can.

    What else has changed? I'm a lot more calmer these days, I've done some meditation and mindfulness which seem to have helped me stay more together. I hope this site is going as strongly as it was 3 years ago, it has been a good support mechanism. Anyway, I'm going to stick with it and report back in regularly.

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