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I've had these urges to satisfy a craving over the last couple of days. I'm not sure any more if my cravings are less than they were while I was smoking but I think they probably are. I have a hunch that my cravings right now (even at their worst) are nothing compared to what I had when I was using nicotine. If I want to find out, I guess if could conduct an experiment. I could smoke a cigarette to find out but that would be too costly an experiment for me. I'll just have to assume that what I am saying now is correct. I think its entirety possible that I'm more sensitive now and so any kind of craving that is not satisfied gets amplified if I'm not in the greatest of mental states. I've had some problems over the last few days and have felt threatened in some way, so I should not be surprised that I want to resolve those problems by lighting up. My body has been telling me that lighting up will help me (actually is it my body or my mind? Good question huh?) but the training I've given to my mind over the last 70 days has told me to stay away from cigarettes and nicotine, no matter what happens. All of you guys writing the same stuff over and over is good advice and we should not forget that sometimes simple things are profound. You say to me " Stay away from the first puff!" "Just hold on ! - "It won't last forever" - "This too shall pass!"
I feel somehow that if I was in a race, that yesterday was the first day of races and I was not told how many meters to run. I just started running and I'd done 390 and was about to throw in the towel because I could not see the finish line. Some dude in the audience watching shouted out "Hey you're only 10 meters away from the finish line, so don't give up now!"
So, I woke up today (day 70) after a really great nights sleep. I don't think I've had a sleep like that in ages and at this moment as I write, I don't have any urges to smoke or take nicotine.
I guess I've got through one more of my own cycles of craving and ceasing to crave. I hope this is helpful to someone who has less time behind them and is feeling that they need to smoke. Actually, you don't need to do it. Hang on in there. Hang on till this cycle is over because it won't last forever!
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