I am on 39 days and holding. Decided to use the patches and the long term program of 6 weeks- I have nine 21mg patches left, and then will go to Stage 2. My younger sister, who has become my role model has been quit for almost a year. She has been invaluable- even though we are 2600 miles apart, we communicate by email. Nice to have a accountability partner. The only problem I have with the patches is the marks it leaves on my body. I figures that a few red blotches is way healthier than smoking. The first ones from 30 days ago have faded. I have tried Chantix in the past, and it had some side effects that left me weepy most of the time. I have tried cold turkey and got through about 15 days before I wanted to slap everyone I met! LOL
So for me the patches are carrying me through the worst times. I tried to unpatch for a day and the cravings were crazy. Could have been in my mind, isn't that where all addictions are based?
I love this group. I backed off the computer for a bit, just because it was one of my triggers. I started an exerplay program. I hate exercise so decided to rename it something I do like.. Play!!
One of the classes I am taking is chair yoga. I am 65 and not very flexible. I am learning to "Yoga" breath, which is basically breathing through the diaphragm. The first week of class, I hacked up a bunch of yuck! The instructor says that is because deep breathing clears the lungs.. who knew that junk was so deep?
I am playing ping pong with three pounds, up a little, down a little, but at least one of my fears about a big weight gain has not been realized. My sister did have a large weight gain, and advised me to be careful.
I do want a cigarette, and I understand that part will never go away, but the physical craving and anxiety have all but passed. Drinking water and realizing that I am actually hungry and need a snack help a lot. Smoking was a substitute as it affects the blood sugar. So I am keeping veggies chopped in the fridge and have a snack ( not to exceed 180 cal) when I get that afternoon crave.
I know everyone has their own journey, but stay the course. You can do it!
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