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Quit 1 year 1 month ago posted 1 month 1 week ago
We have made some changes to the QuitNow website. We are committed to continuous service improvements for QuitNow, and as part of this work, we have made changes to our website.

Welcome to the new QuitNow Community Forum. You may notice the Forum has been refreshed, and you aren’t seeing any past posts. We look forward to seeing your new posts and messages of support for each other.

If you are new to QuitNow, you can Join Now to get started on your journey to becoming nicotine-free. As a member, you can reach out to our experienced Quit Coaches by phone or live chat, participate in our Community Forum, and create a personalized Quit Plan.
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Lucille Brown Log in or register to post comments
Quit 4 years 10 months ago Commented 1 month ago
I preferred seeing the past posts, I liked to go back and read the many posts from others, they were very helpful to myself and the members. Why the big change and how can we retrieve all the information and past posts that we answered. Will they be archived or just trashed. Really disappointed . I've already answered most of these posts and now have to do them all over again. Lucille.
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Quit 1 year 1 month ago Commented 1 month ago
Dear Lucille,

Thank you for reaching out. We’d like to share our response to you with the rest of the QuitNow community here.

We have been planning our website update for a while now and discussing this very issue about the forum content. We have kept all of the posts, and are reviewing them to help us to improve our systems. We are also taking a closer look at ways to bring the posts back in a future update.

Your support is integral to our community and we are excited to see you continuing to share your encouragement and support for other members as the forum grows back in size.

~ The QuitNow Team
Lucille Brown Log in or register to post comments
Quit 4 years 10 months ago Commented 1 month ago
I don't know how the other members are going to react to this new forum, I only hope they continue to offer their advice and support as we all need to work together to see it reach fruition. I know change is good and sometimes it has to be that way, but this is way more than I expected. I hope the others come back as we need everyone on board in order for this to continue and there are many more here who have put their heart and soul into it, I admire each of them and always look forward to reading their advice and their posts. I really hope they all come back.
judythebeauty Log in or register to post comments
Quit 2 years 11 months ago Commented 1 month ago
QuitNow Team....Lucille is right, from a member's point of view or perspective, it was definitely nice to have the history, of the feed. Some days when you feel you just can't go one more day, it was refreshing to be able to read what the others are going through, and to scroll back and read supportive comments from fellow ex smokers. I mean most everyone on here will admit there are some crazy times...for example in the middle of the night, when you feel like you have to have that smoke and you have no support around....the forum was always a guarantee of being there and rereading the older comments from the feed. I think you will find it was something that a lot of us can relate too. As well, we formed on-line relationships with these ex-smokers, and by reading and going through the history of comments, it was definitely something that I for one felt inclusive of when I thought the average person would not understand.
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Quit 1 year 1 month ago Commented 1 month ago
Hi judythebeauty,

We hear you, and understand the importance of the history of the feed to many members. Please know, we are looking at ways to make this change.

We hope you continue to help support other’s journeys with encouragement and support on the Community Forum here.

~ The QuitNow Team
Lucille Brown Log in or register to post comments
Quit 4 years 10 months ago Commented 1 month ago
I prefered the old forum but I guess I'll have to get use to this one.
Green Meenie Log in or register to post comments
Quit 3 years 11 months ago Commented 1 month ago
My impression of the changes to the website: I'll score them as Touchdowns or Fumbles

Touchdown - The multitude of services provided by this Provincially funded smoking cessation program are presented in a much improved way now particularly for new people exploring the site who are just thinking about maybe quitting.

Fumble - Forum has suffered in that it seems much more cumbersome and more difficult to navigate than it was previously. Would liked to have seen some added graphics capability with the forum such as enabling the posting of simple jpg or png images and direct link access for helpful smoking cessation information. Instead, even imagery for member names has been eliminated. Text only is visually mundane/boring.

Lucille Brown Log in or register to post comments
Quit 4 years 10 months ago Commented 1 month ago
I agree with Reciprocity, and I think there are many of the old quitters that will agree as well. At least try to incorporate some of the old forum into it. Bring back the avatars etc. and why do we have to answer one post at a time rather than all at once. It's more time consuming and needs a little something. Right now it is rather boring. It doesn't do anything to attract you to it.
judythebeauty Log in or register to post comments
Quit 2 years 11 months ago Commented 1 month ago
Totally agree with reciprocity, the graphic capability would be amazing.
Blondiee13 Log in or register to post comments
Quit 1 year 3 months ago Commented 2 weeks 6 days ago
This new format is not as good
sabritas@sabrosas Log in or register to post comments
Quit 3 weeks 4 days ago Commented 1 week 4 days ago
When I sign in to this site it says Welcome... my name is Sabritas... my reasons for quiting are.... (did you get that quitting has two t’s) even the most basic auto correct could catch that. Updates are needed to the site and the Forum . Thanks, Sabritas
EPerry-511 Log in or register to post comments
Quit 10 months 3 weeks ago Commented 1 week 3 days ago
It's a shame that the old posts are gone - I thought of my old posts as my "quit diary" - I'm a bit sad that I'm not able to take that stroll down memory lane, and if I'd known it would be deleted I would have recorded my journey somewhere else concurrently!

Either way Quitnow is an amazing service and I don't think I could have made it through those first 6 months without it, so thank you all for what you do :)
Lucille Brown Log in or register to post comments
Quit 4 years 10 months ago Commented 1 week 3 days ago
Can somebody please tell me how to like a post, everytime I press on the like, unlike comes up and I have to press it again to get rid of it. I can't even add my like to the post. It's rather annoying and unimpressive. So many things need changing, please.
Green Meenie Log in or register to post comments
Quit 3 years 11 months ago Commented 1 week 3 days ago
The "unlike" shows after you have liked a post to show you your current status. In other words, if you see "unlike" it means you have already liked that post or comment. If you see "like" then you haven't liked that post or comment.
Lucille Brown Log in or register to post comments
Quit 4 years 10 months ago Commented 1 week 2 days ago
GM, thanks for explaining. I'm still totally confused when it comes to this new forum. Hopefully change will be coming soon. Just want things to be back to the way they were. I can't even delete my own posts when I want to. Lucille.
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Quit 2 years 11 months ago Commented 1 week 2 days ago
I noticed the same Lucille, throws you off the first time, until you click it a couple of times and figure it out. Let's keep our fingers crossed some changes are coming?
Green Meenie Log in or register to post comments
Quit 3 years 11 months ago Commented 1 week 2 days ago
You can not delete a post completely, as you could before but you can eliminate the content of your post by going into the post and back-spacing the copy out. (I'll post another below and back all the copy out (it will look odd for sure). You can't highlight the copy and hit the back space once because for some reason, the first 15 or 20 characters of the post won't accept highlighting (weird indeed).

You won't get the old forum back but for sure there's some fixes they should be able to execute to make things a little easier to navigate. Let's hope so anyway because I agree, it's kind of pooched at the moment.
Green Meenie Log in or register to post comments
Quit 3 years 11 months ago Commented 1 week 2 days ago
Hi! I'm writing

I stand corrected. You can't eliminate all copy in a post, only a portion.
Lucille Brown Log in or register to post comments
Quit 4 years 10 months ago Commented 1 week 2 days ago
I agree GM, it's not working the way it should. Thanks again.
Shannon C
Quit 1 year 3 months ago posted 49 min 52 sec ago
Hi Folks
Just wanted to pop in and say hi to all the wonderful people both new and old on the quit forum, and wish every one a happy sunshiney non smoking friday
NOPE NOPE NOPE😉
1 Comment last reply 37 min ago
GregD Log in or register to post comments
Quit 1 year 2 months ago Commented 37 min 3 sec ago
Thanks Shannon, you as well. Gotta find our snow shovel before Sunday- that's where the benefits of being a non-smoker truly kick in, as he keels over lol.
NeoMetalz
Quit 2 weeks 3 days ago posted 9 hours 37 min ago
Well despite words to the contrary.,.. i am still here. lol
After not smoking for nearly 2 weeks, I was really not prepared for the onslaught of emotions, that cigarettes have been snuffing out for such a long time. A lot of stuff came up, & i had a bit of a meltdown, all while angrily smoking 5 packs in 4 days..( nothing or anyone was harmed in the process ) , just myself a bit.... cough cough/ & once again I found myself at that point of feeling, sick and tired, of feeling sick & tired ( i know the cliché,.... groan... but it really is true ! )
I started to do a bit of poking around the interweb, searching among articles pertaining to the mind, body, spirit connection. The one biggest thing i saw in common, was meditation. Looking at all the alternatives, dealing with all this quitting stuff, meditation really looked to be the least harmful of them all. I have done meditation a bit here & there in years past, but never REALLY seriously, until just this week. In those years of past, almost laughable attempts at meditating, I was still indeed searching for some inner peace and all that, but trouble was, i never really "practiced" it.. or really took it seriously... Hence why I have continued to smoke, etc..
I have also recently, realized that my previous approach to meditation, (without realizing it at the time) , was that some of the energy I was meditating with, came from the "ego" as well.... & well, that's really not the way your supposed to do it ! lol
I have learned it is for me only!! ... it is personal, its not something to chat about with to your friends... unless of course, they are supportive & open to spirit & healing in a genuine way, but certainly, not to appear to anyone, that you have it "together" or that your better than anyone else because you “meditate” thats totally not what its about. Even though meditating is truly personal, it is at the same time, also about everyone else. All beings... everything.
Doing some proper meditation, ( for me right now is 20 min or more if I have lots of time, 4 times a day, ) With a candle, & a mindful purposeful "shut down" of everything, getting connected with the "breath" is really, i think, key, into getting out of the constant "cigarette" & "quit smoking" chatter that rolls around in the head all the time. You become alive in a way, that there is just has no room for smoking. Once you let go & get into focused breath, the beautiful & bright healing light each one of us possesses, is revealed & just naturally doesn't think about smoking. Yes the thoughts of a cig come up when i meditate, but i just toss it aside like any of the other 4 million thoughts that come along, just refocus on breath & repeat. It takes a bit of effort & practice, but soon, after a couple of days of steady purposefulness, I have noticed the cravings etc, at least, feel a lot more gentle now. Meditation allows me to get away from myself for a while... sort of like when a roommate is constantly there, then they are gone for a couple hours or days, even if you like them...there is that, “ahhhhhh” kind of feeling right ? Or like a traffic jammed highway, vs the open road, its like that.... at least for me it is. Even if its for 10 min a couple of times a day... but if you truly want to benefit from meditation, it must each time, be done with intent!
I am only in the teeny weeny stages of understanding meditation & what it really means & what it is supposed to be & what its not supposed to be...much of what i am learning right now comes from Buddhist teachings . I find it to be extremely humbling, & yet very gentle at the same time. I also am finding it to be very intellectually stimulating!
So i am on day 2 now of not smoking again & tonight, i made myself a really nice steak & mushroom & onion dinner with roasted garlic, baby potatoes, & cauliflower. Took my time to prepare it, & cook it... enjoying the process, enjoying the smells, constantly bringing myself right back into the moment of what i am doing, any time my mind wandered off, be they thoughts of smoking, or anything that was not conducive to growth & healing. Warmed my dinner plate as a little extra luxury, lol & then sat down, took my time, & enjoyed every delicious bite!!

There is one thing in life though, you can ALWAYS count on, & that is dishes!!!
Tonight, i actually enjoyed doing them! lol .... ( though, there weren't many left, as i clean as i cook ) ;) but what made me enjoy doing the dishes a little bit more than usual, ( ok i never REALLY enjoy doing the dishes... lol ) but today, while out getting the ingredients for my dinner, i saw & purchased for the first time, a natural Basil scented dish soap. I thought I would give it a try. ( i don't have a dishwasher ) Well let me tell you, the scent is fantastic!!! & soooo much nicer than the typical Palmolive or whatever. Its a little more expensive but, its a nice treat for the nose, as I am really noticing the “chemical” smell in so many things now. This Basil scented soap... im telling you... is a treat.

Once I was finished those damn dishes... lol … I sat down to relax, & suddenly thoughts of those here in this forum came to mind, wondering how everyone is doing. Though i wasn't here for very long, the start of my journey to being a non smoker, really started here. I truly felt supported by several of you , alongside your own commitment to stop smoking... & so with the continuance of my wanting to quit, i felt this sudden urge to write this little story, with a thought, that perhaps it might help someone with their struggles of quitting. Remember, this journey is not for anyone but you ! Everyone else in your life will benefit too, but no one else can do the work... Its sort of like when you live alone.... there is no one else thats going to do the damn dishes... lol … but doing the work, it is nice that, when a friend does pop over, they aren't going to see dirty pots & pans everywhere......something like that... lol .

So light that candle... get comfy, sit in lotus, or in a chair or lay down... whatever is comfortable, put on some meditation music if you have other noises that may be distracting... ( kind of like white noise effect, but more soothing ) focus on just simple breathing...close your eyes, visualize your body in 3 dimensions, each section of your body, scan it in your mind, in 3d... visualize it, right down to your bones.... from the top of your head, to the tips of your toes, down your arms, to your fingertips. Take your time, notice each individual part of your body.... shoulder, arm elbow, wrist, fingers.... sensing each part muscle tendon bone. Breathe & breathe....& breathe again.... you are very much alive!
If you do this correctly, with practice, you will notice that the, "calm" carries with you long after the meditation.... After doing this a few times, you will begin to look forward to, more than anything else, another meditation! seriously !@
cigarettes ?? ... whats a cigarette ?

There are many many good meditations on youtube... find something that resonates with you....& enjoy....
Anyways,.,, thats my say for today....
i hope you all have a really really good day.... on purpose !
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Liz S Log in or register to post comments
Quit 2 months 3 weeks ago Commented 4 hours 30 min ago
Hi NeoMetalz 🤗. I’m so glad to see you back here!! It sounds like you had an eventful week!!! Isn’t the whole stuff the emotion and smoke thing crazy?? I had no idea how much I stuffed until I stopped smoking. It was definitely a coping mechanism for me for many years. Sounds like your meditation practice has been flourishing as well .. that makes me happy! My family has been doing yoga (trying each night) which I’m actually liking very much. I’m thinking about adding a solo morning one in too. Well I just wanted to chime in and wish you a great day too, and let you know it’s great to hear from you!! 👏👏👏
Lucille Brown Log in or register to post comments
Quit 4 years 10 months ago Commented 3 hours 7 min ago
NeoMetalz, who ever said quitting was easy. By practicing mindful meditation you actually train your brain to exert the power within you to subsequently leave anything that may interfere with your health and your mind. That's what Mind over Matter is, control of whatever may be present in your life that is causing mental breakdown. Your mind is a wonderful tool that allows you to take control and take charge of miscontrued thoughts and gently release them so that you can reach a higher energy. There is nothing more powerful that can give you peace and objectivity in whatever your heart desires. Breathing is also a big part of it, by taking deep breaths and exhaling you begin to feel yourself relax and feel the tension draining from your body. You've found an excellent way of improving your self worth, your health and your quit. Don't rush it though as it takes practice and dedication. You're allowed a meltdown every now and then and relapses are fairly common in the first month or two. Learn from your mistakes and remember to say NOPE as it is a great mantra as well. Remember one day and one step at a time. I'm sure meditation will help you grow wiser and better. Thanks for having the courage to share your story with us. I know you will succeed if you remain focused and determined. Hang in there and just do the best you can. Hugs, Lucille.
GregD Log in or register to post comments
Quit 1 year 2 months ago Commented 8 min 26 sec ago
Somehow just a short response seems unworthy but I do want to say how happy I am for you and others who practice this. Maybe, unknowingly, I do too but I doubt it lol. I think I'd know right? Anyway you most certainly have what it takes to see this through and no shame in slips, only lessons. I find a certain heartfelt joy in knowing that this place was remembered even though you may not have been here, welcome back.
KMT
Quit 1 year 6 months ago posted 22 hours 56 min ago
You can do it! You can do it! You can do it!
2 Comments last reply 14 hours ago
Lucille Brown Log in or register to post comments
Quit 4 years 10 months ago Commented 19 hours 15 min ago
Holy KMT, that's totally fantastic. Thanks for sharing and continued success. Hugs, Lucille.
Quit Coach Linda Log in or register to post comments
Quit 5 years 12 months ago Commented 14 hours 57 min ago
KMT, congratulations on your success! You are doing wonderful at 1 year and 6 months smoke-free. Thank you for sharing and be sure to do something special for yourself to celebrate this amazing milestone. You got this. Cheers to continued success!
Liz S
Quit 2 months 3 weeks ago posted 23 hours 4 min ago
It’s been an off week ... mornings I wake up and just cry 😢. I keep thinking about Green Meanie’s saying about romancing the cigarette ... I am not sure if the 12 week mark plays a factor in it but man, my brain has been doing some romancing for sure. I kind of feel like the excitement of quitting has disappeared, and reality has set in. I have not buckled and don’t plan to ... I just wish I would stop thinking about smoking. 😔. Happy Thursday fellow quitters 👋🏻
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Lucille Brown Log in or register to post comments
Quit 4 years 10 months ago Commented 19 hours 18 min ago
Liz, after 2 months and 3 weeks, you've made a major discovery and feel that the excitement of quitting is gone, and it may be. However the benefits that you've accumulated over the months and weeks are still occuring every day you don't smoke. You may not feel them but they are definitely healing all your organs, heart, kidneys, etc. Don't let that slip away, you're too important to let your health go and although you feel less than enthusiastic, things are looking up. Just think of all you'll be able to do when the covid is over and all the money you'll save and most important the Freedom you'll feel never having to deal with smoking again. Hugs and hang in there, Lucille. We're always here for you and call 1-877-455-2233 to speak to a coach if you feel you need to.
sherdon Log in or register to post comments
Quit 2 months 1 week ago Commented 19 hours 6 min ago
Hi Liz: You and I are going along the same trajectory. I go through periods where I romanticize smoking, especially if I'm watching a tv show or movie and people are smoking. I too have cried a lot this week. I also eat a lot of chocolate which makes me feel bad because I don't want to gain weight. We will keep up the good fight and continue to say NOPE!! I'm proud of you and myself too!
QuitCoach Katerina Log in or register to post comments
Quit 10 years 10 months ago Commented 19 hours 2 min ago
Thank you for sharing your progress, Liz S! Sorry to hear you've been finding mornings tough. Great job reaching out for support on the forum and sticking with your quit! It is normal to have feelings of sadness after you've quit. Quitting smoking as you know, is a HUGE change, both physically and emotionally. Please continue to get support by reaching out on the QuitNow community forum, to a friend, family member, or a Quit Coach. You may find it helpful to lift your mood by rewarding yourself by spending some of your savings, eating healthy foods or getting some exercise. If depression lasts for more than a month or you experience extreme sadness, please think about talking to your doctor. You may find you will go through some trial and error to find your new go-to strategy for coping. Please remember the Quit Coaches are available by phone and chat if you would like brainstorm ideas together. Keep up the great work, we are here for you!
Liz S Log in or register to post comments
Quit 2 months 3 weeks ago Commented 18 hours 48 min ago
Thanks everyone ... Sherdon my go to has been jelly beans 🤣. I will keep my tears in check. I did live through depression many years ago and remember when things were really hard to maintain. I guess I wish I still didn’t have smoking as my last thought before sleep and first when I wake up. My logical brain knows that it will take time for reprogramming ... it just sucks right now. On the plus side, most times of most days are void of smoking thoughts so that is a positive. When it hits I hang on ... I must practice just letting go. Big hugs to all. I really do appreciate the safe space to just release when needed and I absolutely love celebrating everyone as well ❤️ PS Lucille I bought myself a new fancy coffee machine yesterday and am eyeing up a new stove with my saved money ... my husband is holding his breath right now 🤣🤣🤣. I’m a crazy shopping machine 🤣🤣🤣
Green Meenie Log in or register to post comments
Quit 3 years 11 months ago Commented 17 hours 36 min ago
Kick those loving thoughts of smoking out of your mind when they seep in. Make a concerted effort to focus on all the good things that have happened since you quit. How many cigs not smoked? How much $ saved? Any little burns on your clothes now? How do you, your car and your clothes smell these days? What about your breathing when exercising? There's tons of good stuff happening to you and on top of that, you're no longer killing yourself slowly - that's a huge deal!
You're almost to the 3 month mark which is when you are starting to enter "No Man's Land". This is a place where as you mentioned, the excitement of your early quit has worn off yet you're still struggling not so much with cravings but with the ability to function normally day to day without those intermittent hits of dopamine from lighting up and your mind is still confused as to why you're not smoking after a meal, after some bad news, after some good news, after a job is complete etc.

You know how to quit. You've proven that to yourself! What's required now is simply patience. Allow more time for your new nonsmoking routine to become your new normal (in your mind). This takes a lot of time. You don't have to fight huge craving battles now as you did in your early quit but you have to believe in the process of quitting and most of all believe in yourself. You're more than half way there, just keep marching. I promise you it will all work itself out providing you just don't smoke (NOPE).
Liz S Log in or register to post comments
Quit 2 months 3 weeks ago Commented 17 hours 20 min ago
I sure do appreciate you Green Meenie 🤗. That’s a hug for you! When you say I’m half way there, do you mean that the 6 month mark provides some relief?
Green Meenie Log in or register to post comments
Quit 3 years 11 months ago Commented 15 hours 57 min ago
I think you'll find between 4-7 months you will experience a real "light bulb" moment at some point when you just know you have this thing beat for good and you want to be a nonsmoker more than you want to be a smoker. That's not to say it's a rough road between here and then but yes, you'll still struggle a bit some days. The more you focus on the positives and see the negatives of smoking for what they are the quicker you'll get there. You can control your thoughts if you set your mind to it.
GregD Log in or register to post comments
Quit 1 year 2 months ago Commented 10 hours 53 min ago
I agree with everyone! You are doing fantastic Liz, steady as she goes is all I can really express to you, along with my support.
Liz S Log in or register to post comments
Quit 2 months 3 weeks ago Commented 4 hours 53 min ago
Thank you Greg 🤗. I am so looking forward to being where you longer timers are mentally!
Lucille Brown Log in or register to post comments
Quit 4 years 10 months ago Commented 2 hours 49 min ago
Liz, I was the same as you , I cried and my emotions got the better of me during my quit but as time passed it did get better and it felt good to cry as it released some of the tension I felt. I still get depressed sometimes but smoking is not a release any longer for me, instead I pick myself up, dust myself off and try to start my day with a smile instead of a frown. It really helps keep things in perspective. I still have days where I crave a smoke but those are far and in between, besides there are far more important things in my life to consider. My health first and foremost and my priorities, my grandchildren and my family. I still get depressed, but who doesn't during this time of uncertainty. We're all looking for better days ahead and soon because we've given up smoking, we'll be the better for it. In saying this you're not alone. We're always here if you need us, we're a part of the quit now family and we look after one another just like real family. If you like shopping then so be it. You deserve rewards . Hugs, Lucille.
Saken Log in or register to post comments
Quit 4 months ago Commented 2 hours 17 min ago
Hey Liz S! Congrats on getting this far. I know it was a tough battle for me especially first couple month. But what I wanted to say over time those cravings paling away. I still get them here and there when I see smoker on the street or start thinking too much about smoking. But the thing after 4 month I don't get those strong urges for smoke which I'm pretty sure every smoker knows about. Keep up the good fight!
Liz S Log in or register to post comments
Quit 2 months 3 weeks ago Commented 42 min 52 sec ago
Thanks again Lucille and Saken ... this whole breaking addiction patterns do suck ... but I keep telling myself I was born a non smoker, so somewhere in my memory bank there was a life without addiction. I hope everyone has a beautiful Friday ❤️ I think I will bake something today!
susanbrennan@shaw.ca
Quit 3 weeks 1 day ago posted 1 day ago
I’m struggling hard today....we have a very stressful situation in our home. I had a half a smoke yesterday and am fighting through not driving to the store. I fought so hard these last 3 weeks, I don’t want to go through it again but my brain is telling me otherwise
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Lucille Brown Log in or register to post comments
Quit 4 years 10 months ago Commented 23 hours 14 min ago
susan, ask yourself if the situation will change if you smoke, I can guarantee it won't . Stress will continue wether you smoke or not. You've put in 3 weeks of hard work, do you really want to compromise your quit. Give the quit coaches a call at 1-877-455-2233 and speak to a quit coach for free. Take deep breaths count to ten and exhale, this may help you relax or reach for a nicotine replacement product such as gum or lozenge that will help keep the cravings away. Your situation will get better eventually but if you smoke you'll hate yourself for it and make matters worse. Remember who's in charge and take control, tell that darn nicodemon to go back to hell where he belongs . You've got the courage and the strength to do this, just say NOPE and remember that your worth it. If you want, scream, rant, cry or take out your frustrations here on the forum. We've all been there, we'll understand and it may make you feel better. Hang on tight and remember things are never as bad as they seem. Believe me when I say that, because I've been to hell and back. Hugs, Lucille.
Liz S Log in or register to post comments
Quit 2 months 3 weeks ago Commented 23 hours 10 min ago
Take some deep breaths Susan and remember what you went through to get here. You can do it!! And Lucille is right, smoking won’t fix your situation ❤️
susanbrennan@shaw.ca Log in or register to post comments
Quit 3 weeks 1 day ago Commented 22 hours 20 min ago
You are so right Lucille. It will not change the situation, it would in fact make it worse. I have to keep thinking that. I’ve worked hard, we have all worked hard and I don’t want to throw it away. The darn demon is so convincing. I have to remember it is just that.... a demon
Lucille Brown Log in or register to post comments
Quit 4 years 10 months ago Commented 19 hours 33 min ago
susan, you're going to be o.k. remember you are much stronger than you think you are. You've got this.
QuitCoach Katerina Log in or register to post comments
Quit 10 years 10 months ago Commented 17 hours 7 min ago
Hello Susan, sorry to hear that you are going through a stressful situation. Nice work fighting off the temptation of going out to purchase cigarettes and reaching out on the Community forum for support. Remember that quitting takes practice and having a slip is part of the process. This should not be considered a failure but more of a learning experience. The best thing to do is to get right back on track. Don’t be hard on yourself, quitting smoking is hard and it can take numerous tries before you quit for good, so don’t get discouraged. Please know that we are all here to support you. What strategies have you found helpful for you? Coaches are available by phone or chat if you’d like some one-on-one support. Wishing you all the best!
Donzequit
Quit 4 days 10 hours ago posted 1 day 2 hours ago
Day Four - When the going gets tough, the tough get going. A few cravings, some difficult esp. after meals and in the morning. I'm aware of the automatic actions of my hands. It's the habit that's the hardest. My friend is still doing fine; he's going to bring some of those hand-squeezing balls to make our lives easier. Happy quitting everybody!
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Liz S Log in or register to post comments
Quit 2 months 3 weeks ago Commented 23 hours 9 min ago
Awesme job!! 🎉🎉🎉
Lucille Brown Log in or register to post comments
Quit 4 years 10 months ago Commented 23 hours 8 min ago
Stress balls are great for keeping your hands busy and off of cigarettes Don, do whatever needs doing to stay the course and remember, you're worth it. You're doing awesome. Hugs, Lucille.
Quit Coach Linda Log in or register to post comments
Quit 5 years 12 months ago Commented 12 hours 27 min ago
Don, congratulations on all your hard work! Having something to hold in your hands such as a stress ball will not only keep your mind distracted, but also prevent you from picking up a cigarette. Here are some other ideas that you may find helpful for keeping your hands busy and mind distracted: play a game, do a crossword puzzle, text a friend, read a book, play with a pen, drawing, painting or coloring, take a picture, build something, play with a fidget spinner, flip or turn a coin etc. Please continue with what works for you. You are doing amazing!
Keljune
Quit 1 week 6 days ago posted 1 day 18 hours ago
Hi everyone I hope you are all doing good and staying strong. I’m still here and halfway through day 12. Starting to feel so much better. I seriously don’t want to endure that first week again and it’s what I keep telling myself .. it helps get through the rough patches. It does get better !!! Hugs to you all
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Green Meenie Log in or register to post comments
Quit 3 years 11 months ago Commented 1 day 17 hours ago
They don't call that 1st week Hell Week for no reason. It's a tough go for sure. You're besieged by strong cravings while enduring all sorts of other quit symptoms at the same time. Not easy!
The good news is that to get through that 1st week, you have to develop tools to fight against the lure of your addiction which is what's causing all the problems for you in that first week.
Celebrate the fact that week 1 is now behind you! Rewards for accomplishments along the way are important so treat yourself to something special. Be proud of how far you've come and ..... keep marching!
Lucille Brown Log in or register to post comments
Quit 4 years 10 months ago Commented 1 day 16 hours ago
Keljune, you've gotten through the toughest week you'll have to face and by doing that you stand an excellent chance of moving forward and gaining all the benefits that will present themselves. You should be extremely proud of yourself. Congratulations and keep moving forward, you've got the power and the determination to reach the ultimate freedom. Reward yourself with the money saved as you deserve it. Hugs, Lucille.
sabritas@sabrosas Log in or register to post comments
Quit 3 weeks 4 days ago Commented 1 day 15 hours ago
🥳yay Keljune! I am cheering you on!
Time seems to heal all. You are close to 2 weeks now that’s awesome. Keep on going you have got this.
Sabritas
QuitCoach Shikha Log in or register to post comments
Quit 6 years 8 months ago Commented 1 day 13 hours ago
Hi Keljune, you are right! The first couple of weeks are the hardest, but it definitely gets better and its SO worth it. Have you experienced any health benefits yet? Keep track of the changes that your body is going through (for the better) and keep reminding yourself of your motivations. This is what will keep you going. Now that you have been smoke free for a while, start planning for future triggers and challenges you may face! All the best!
Quit Coach Linda Log in or register to post comments
Quit 5 years 12 months ago Commented 1 day 12 hours ago
Congratulations Keljune for all your efforts and hard work! You are now so close to your 2 weeks smoke-free, that is so amazing. Keep up the great work and keep celebrating every step of the way. Each day that you don't smoke is a small victory. You are doing wonderful!
Liz S Log in or register to post comments
Quit 2 months 3 weeks ago Commented 1 day 4 hours ago
Awesome Keljune 👏👏👏👏
ken Log in or register to post comments
Quit 2 weeks 6 days ago Commented 1 day 2 hours ago
Good job keljune! Keep up the good work, cause that's what this is... Work lol. I'm on day 20 and feelings pretty good. Still having some cravings butt they aren't very strong anymore. I feel great and I hope you so as well.
Cheers
David.C
Quit 2 months 3 weeks ago posted 2 days 1 hour ago
2 month 20 days, who would have thought.. When I see 2034 smokes not smoked it baffles me. To those in early start, such as me , I just wanted to report today, that the longtimers were not wrong! The crave does fade and the mind game gets easier. Thanks to all of you for your support. NOPE, NOPE, NOPE. My new mantra.
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Green Meenie Log in or register to post comments
Quit 3 years 11 months ago Commented 2 days ago
Great work David! Keep marching. Lifelong freedom is straight ahead!
Lucille Brown Log in or register to post comments
Quit 4 years 10 months ago Commented 2 days ago
Excellent work David and as you head into your 3 month and beyond, continued success with your quit. Congratulations, Freedom is within your grasp, just hang on tight and know you have the power to say NOPE at any time if the nicodemon should make an appearance. Hugs, Lucille.
Quit Coach Linda Log in or register to post comments
Quit 5 years 12 months ago Commented 1 day 13 hours ago
Congratulations David! You are getting closer and closer to your 3 months milestone. We are so thrilled for you! It's so wonderful to hear that overall your quit is getting easier for you. Please continue with "Nope" and all the strategies that worked for you. You are on your way to a life of good health and freedom. Keep up the great work. You are doing awesome!
Liz S Log in or register to post comments
Quit 2 months 3 weeks ago Commented 1 day 4 hours ago
Awesome David 👏👏👏🎉🎉🎉
SheilaT
Quit 6 months ago posted 2 days 19 hours ago
I'm so proud of myself its been a few days shy of 6 months for me. I never thought I'd be able to do quit, but I did it.
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Quit Coach Linda Log in or register to post comments
Quit 5 years 12 months ago Commented 2 days 18 hours ago
Sheila, you are doing amazing. Congratulations on your success! 6 months smoke-free is something to be really proud of and worth celebrating in a big way. We are so happy for you. Thank you for sharing this wonderful quit journey with us. Keep going strong and be sure to reward yourself for all your hard work. You got this!
Liz S Log in or register to post comments
Quit 2 months 3 weeks ago Commented 2 days 17 hours ago
Congrats Sheila 🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉
Lucille Brown Log in or register to post comments
Quit 4 years 10 months ago Commented 2 days 17 hours ago
Sheila, you believed in yourself and you succeeded being smoke free for 6 months. Congratulations and continued success. Hugs, Lucille.
Green Meenie Log in or register to post comments
Quit 3 years 11 months ago Commented 2 days 17 hours ago
Nice work Sheila! 6 Months is great. Be sure to celebrate the occasion big time.
sabritas@sabrosas Log in or register to post comments
Quit 3 weeks 4 days ago Commented 2 days 13 hours ago
6 months Sheila! 😀 congrats to you, how does it feel?
Hope you treat yourself to a good cup of tea/coffee and celebrate your ongoing victory over addiction. ❤️Sabritas
GregD Log in or register to post comments
Quit 1 year 2 months ago Commented 2 days 8 hours ago
So very very proud of you too Sheila! You are now where all of us only dreamed of being when we started our quits. It seemed so so far away and almost unattainable didn't it. This place gives you your control and freedom back. The freedom to make your own choices again! Well done.
David.C Log in or register to post comments
Quit 2 months 3 weeks ago Commented 2 days 1 hour ago
Wow Sheila congrats. This is very inspiring to me.