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sabritas@sabrosas
Quit 2 months 1 week ago posted 3 days 20 hours ago
I am wondering if I waited too late to quit. Tonight I found a paper model of a cigarette made with a rolled up piece of paper stuffed in the arm of the couch. One of my kids must have made it and hid it. It has cotton “smoke” and coloured ash on the end. I wish I had quit before my kids ever figured out I was a smoker. So even now they know I quit but that secret still hovers and what could I do to prevent them from ever smoking? I guess I don’t have that power.
My Father was a secret smoker when I was growing up. We all knew but were never allowed to talk about it. It made me so angry that he smoked because I figured he wanted to die and didn’t love us enough. So I stole his cigarette packs from his pocket every week and threw them behind the deep freeze in the basement. Well guess what? We had a flood and they all bloated up and floated around. He was so angry with me.
And stupidly I started smoking in my 20s because I was in a serious relationship with a smoker. I hated the smell so I started smoking too. I regret that decision. Even after we broke up I kept smoking, occasionally and then regularly. That’s why smoking is nostalgic to me, remembering the good and hard times of my 20s.
But now as a parent? It’s just 100% shame I feel for ever smoking. For following the pattern my Father practiced.
On the bright side, now I am free and I don’t have to go back. I can live in the freedom from addiction and I don’t have to feel ashamed or embarrassed anymore. But I am fearful of repeating patterns and what I have put my kids through. Thanks for listening compadres it’s not easy sharing but I know that of all the people in the world you all have a good understanding of these dirty secretsThanks!😘Sabritas
3 Comments last reply 2 days ago
Liz S Log in or register to post comments
Quit 4 months 1 week ago Commented 3 days 20 hours ago
❤️ thank you for being honest ❤️. None of my three kids took up smoking thank god ... two are 24 and one 26 if that makes you feel any better. I do believe that I was already addicted as a child with two parents who smoked in the house and car. My sister ended up smoking too. Hopefully your children won’t because you didn’t do it around them 💕
sabritas@sabrosas Log in or register to post comments
Quit 2 months 1 week ago Commented 2 days 19 hours ago
Thank you Liz and Green Meanie and Lucille, It means a lot to me to hear what you have to say. I know that even after we have quit there is a lot of reflecting and even some complicated feelings including guilt. Thank you for sharing your Letter to Heaven GM and being so awesome Liz and Lucille. 🤟🏻❤️☀️Hugs, Sabritas
GregD Log in or register to post comments
Quit 1 year 4 months ago Commented 2 days 8 hours ago
Don't be overly hard on yourself Sabritas. Your beautiful, perfect children will grow into this world and be exposed to the best and worst life has to offer. Them knowing you have made the choice to enjoy life's best choices will guide them to make wiser decisions even if, heaven forbid, they should stumble. I think it's called leading by example and you're doing just that! Cheers to you.
randygrandkuds
Quit 4 days 16 hours ago posted 4 days 3 hours ago
Have health problems
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Green Meenie Log in or register to post comments
Quit 4 years 1 month ago Commented 4 days 2 hours ago
Have you called the get help now number shown to the right on this page? You can hook up with a quit coach & get good help in planning for your quit.
Quitting will help you no matter what your health problem(s). Continuing to smoke is simply not an option as by doing do you're poisoning every functioning system in your body.
Quitting's hard - no question. You need all the help you can get and use every tool you can muster in order to gain your freedom from nicotine addiction. Many people do it every day and are successful so why not you? You deserve it just as much as anyone. All you need is absolute commitment and belief in yourself. Rely on the quit coaches and many here on the forum to help support you along the way.
Make that call Randy!!
Lucille Brown Log in or register to post comments
Quit 5 years ago Commented 4 days 1 hour ago
randy, do as Green Meenie said, your health problems will improve and you'll feel much better for it. You can also read the previous posts for ideas and tips on how to proceed. The quit coaches can be reached at 1-877-455-2233 and it's completely free, so take advantage of it. You won't regret it. Hugs, Lucille.
QuitCoach Katerina Log in or register to post comments
Quit 11 years ago Commented 1 day 22 hours ago
Welcome randygrandkuds to the QuitNow Community. A warm welcome from your fellow Community members! We are sorry to hear you are having health problems. Many health conditions can improve upon quitting smoking. You may wish to speak to your health care provider about these problems. Congratulations on being 2 days and 17 hours smoke-free! As Green Meenie and Lucille have mentioned, QuitCoachs are available if you would like free one-on-one support via chat or by phone at 1-877-455-2233. Keep up the great work and please know we are here to support you throughout your quit journey.
LPRPresents
Quit 2 weeks 1 day ago posted 4 days 5 hours ago
Champix, my journey so far, looking for shared experiences

I started Champix 4 days ago, and I can already see how effective it will be as a quit smoking aid. Smoking is already not very enjoyable, I light a cig up usually out of habit (in the morning usually), but typically put it out after a few puffs. Smoking tastes like im swallowing an ashtray, I taste it in my throat, lungs, it's gross and I am trying to hold on to that.

The side effects are concerning, as they vary wildly...

I have no trouble sleeping at all, in fact I have been having GREAT sleeps, out cold almost immediately after my head hits the pillow. I have woken up twice in the last 4 days with a weird kind of 'sweat', around my neck, which is weird as I sleep with a fan on me. Moving into the direct flow of air just made me cold, but I fell asleep pretty quickly after waking up. In the day, I notice clammy hands and varying body temps, where I feel cold, or hot, briefly, while in a temperature controlled room.

Also, last night I felt a strange burning in my chest, near my heart. I have mild scoliosis and have felt similar burning in the front of my chest from sore muscles on my back, I attribute it to that, and the fact that I have been overly sedentary the last few weeks (I was sick with a viral flu, and started champix as the flu ended but spent a lot of time laid up in bed)

No nausea, at all, but I make sure to eat before taking it.

I've only had vivid 'pre' dreams. Like, as I fall asleep that space between consciousness and asleep, its almost like Im watching TV. But I don't wake up remembering dreams.

I don't feel like smoking ANYTHING. I used to smoke quite a bit of marijuana, more joints than cigarettes truthfully, but I am not smoking weed, at all. I find it exacerbates my strange mental state where I am placing all these strange side effects in the wrong columns, like heart attacks and cancer.

I am EXTRAORDINARILY tired. All day. Completely out of it. I mean, there are moments when I have clarity and drive to get out and do something, but that fades usually the second I stand up and realize how fatigued I feel. I went for a walk to revitalize myself this morning thinking it could be my covid quarantine induced inactivity, but I got back with a strangely faster than should be heart beat (101bpm) and feeling like I needed to nap. This has been the hardest to deal with, the fatigue and overall light headedness. tbh it kind of feels like many of the effects of smoking weed, without the safety of knowing Im just burnt out, and so far the fatigue is near perpetual.

Ive read across many many forums of similar feelings, and that has given me some relief from he anxiety I feel. It might sound strange but reading other peoples experiences really helps me know Im not alone, that im not going to die, and that what I am feeling is normal.

Thus, this post. Maybe people on Champix can relate with their stories?
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Liz S Log in or register to post comments
Quit 4 months 1 week ago Commented 4 days 4 hours ago
Hi LPR. First and foremost congrats all your accomplishments. You are definitely heading on the right direction. Sadly I have no shared champix stories, as I took the Zyban route. I just wanted to say congrats and look forward to reading your experiences in the future - this forum has been a life saver for me! 😊
LPRPresents Log in or register to post comments
Quit 2 weeks 1 day ago Commented 4 days 3 hours ago
a quick followup, from this morning even, shortly after I made this post, I feel far less fatigued than I did the previous days, and generally in a better state of mind!
Green Meenie Log in or register to post comments
Quit 4 years 1 month ago Commented 4 days 2 hours ago
This is what quitting is all about. No matter what methods you choose to assist you in the early days, quitting is a roller-coaster ride. Ups & downs that gradually, very gradually, over time smooth out to form your new road to freedom! And, from your initial post may I just say that it is the sole purpose of these forums to share our experiences with other quitters for the very reasons you stated. So that no one feels what's happening to them is weird, unusual or threatening in any way. Quitting is a huge upheaval, physically but in particular mentally! So, buckle up and enjoy the ride. There's many here to help you along. Use every tool, including us, to quit. If you do and stay true to the commitment you made, you'll make it!
Lucille Brown Log in or register to post comments
Quit 5 years ago Commented 4 days 1 hour ago
LPR, sounds as if you've been through a lot with the Champix. However glad you're beginning to feel better. If you find it too difficult however, please consult your doctor or your pharmasist about the side effects as there are many other products that may be less invasive for you. In the meantime you're doing excellent and congratulations on getting past Hell week. Remember to take it one day and one step at a time, say NOPE when necessary and reach out anytime you need our help. Stay well and keep up the good work, Lucille.
QuitCoach Katerina Log in or register to post comments
Quit 11 years ago Commented 1 day 22 hours ago
Firstly, congratulations LPRPresentson being 1 week and 6 days smoke-free! Great job reaching out on the forum for support. So good to hear that the forum has been educational and has helped you feel some relief from the anxiety you have been feeling. As the other members have mentioned, please consider speaking you a health care professional if you continue to experience these side effects. We just want to ensure you are getting the correct information from an expert. Thank you for sharing your quit journey and being apart of the QuitNow Community. Please keep up the great work and we look forward to hearing more!
SandraM
Thinking about quitting posted 4 days 5 hours ago
Haven’t set a quit date yet. I’m leaning towards the gradual reduction method which I am on day 4 of. It’s not been bad. I haven’t picked up the NRT gum yet, just using sugar free so far. I have a PET scan on March 31 as have a growing nodule on lung. If it is cancer, surgery can be done. I must quit.
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Liz S Log in or register to post comments
Quit 4 months 1 week ago Commented 4 days 4 hours ago
Hi Sandra. I’m glad you are on your way to quitting!! Stay close to this forum and take advantage of the quit coaches should you need them. We are all here to help you succeed 🤗🌹
Lucille Brown Log in or register to post comments
Quit 5 years ago Commented 4 days 1 hour ago
SandraM., best to quit altogether than do the reduction as 1 cigarette will always lead you to another and another. Your best bet is to get rid of all smoking paraphernalia, set a quit date and stick to it. I know I sound harsh and I hope you won't take it personally, but you've got a chance here to improve your health and your prognosis. It's entirely up to you, only you can take control, but if you need help we'll be here for you no matter what the outcome is. In the meantime give the quit coaches a call, at absolutely no cost to you, at 1-877-455-2233. They'll help you formulate a plan and the encouragement and support is beyond measure. Just give it a try and do the best you can. Don't wait for the result of your catscan. Your health is at risk and we care about you. Hugs, Lucille.
Green Meenie Log in or register to post comments
Quit 4 years 1 month ago Commented 3 days 23 hours ago
Sorry to hear you have this frightening situation in front of you and I wish for the very best outcome for you.
Quitting, although difficult, is always the best option regardless of the outcome of your test. Lucille provided you with the wisdom of a successful quitter and I agree with her 100%. Just make the commitment then quit all together. Cutting back only prolongs your withdrawal from the drug nicotine that you're addicted to. You simply can not just test the quit waters and expect to be successful. It's an all or nothing commitment that is required at this time. Yes, it's difficult, particularly in the beginning but what you are doing is trading your ultimate self destruction for a future full of freedom. Freedom from slavery to nicotine. I say that's quite a good trade-off. What say you?
QuitCoach Katerina Log in or register to post comments
Quit 11 years ago Commented 1 day 22 hours ago
Welcome SandraM to the QuitNow Community! It is so important to go with whichever method feels right for you. Remember, you are the expert in your quit! Gradual reduction is a great strategy for harm reduction and a positive step in the right direction! Wishing you all the best with your up coming PET scan. As the members have mentioned we do offer free non-judgmental one-on-one support. If you would like to speak to a QuitCoach by chat or by phone, we would be happy to discuss coping strategies, barriers etc. Our number is 1-877-455-2233. Please know that we are here for you. All the best!
EPerry-511
Quit 1 year ago posted 4 days 8 hours ago
I can't believe it's been an entire year since I quit! I've made it through all 4 seasons, and it feels absolutely amazing. I can't even begin to express how much all of your support meant to me in those first few months - I really don't think I could have done it without this community.

To everyone just starting out, please persevere! Seek support from the Forum and the Quit Coaches and take advantage of the free NRT in BC! I smoked for 17 years and I didn't think I could quit either - if I can do it, you can do it too!

I'm so happy to be able embrace my new identity as an ex-smoker. I know I'll still always be at risk for relapse, but 1 year after quitting the temptation is gone and the thought of smoking isn't appealing at all. The smell, the taste, and the raspiness in my lungs don't fit into my lifestyle any longer. I'm never looking back!

THANK YOU TO EVERYONE!!!
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Liz S Log in or register to post comments
Quit 4 months 1 week ago Commented 4 days 7 hours ago
Congratulations 🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉.
Green Meenie Log in or register to post comments
Quit 4 years 1 month ago Commented 4 days 7 hours ago
Congrats on 1 Year! It's the most memorable quit anniversary you will ever have so be sure to celebrate your freedom big time.
SandraM Log in or register to post comments
Thinking about quitting Commented 4 days 5 hours ago
Awesome 👏
GregD Log in or register to post comments
Quit 1 year 4 months ago Commented 4 days 2 hours ago
Well done EP! I never had a doubt that you would succeed in your quit. If I recall correctly, you did slip a few times but learnt from those events and adjusted to the 'NEW' you that you so much wanted. Now you have it, congratulations on this magical one year mark. I, for one, am very very proud of you! NOPE (Not One Puff EVER) girl!!
Lucille Brown Log in or register to post comments
Quit 5 years ago Commented 4 days 1 hour ago
Congratulations EP, you did most of the work and deserve kudos and credit for persevering as long as you did. Taking back your health and freedom are without a doubt the most quintessential reason for quitting. You did good, now reward yourself with the money saved and celebrate this huge milestone. Hugs and continuous success, Lucille.
Quit Coach Linda Log in or register to post comments
Quit 6 years 1 month ago Commented 3 days 18 hours ago
EP, we are so happy for you! Congratulations on achieving this wonderful milestone. One year smoke-free is a huge achievement and it’s worth celebrating in a big way. You have worked very hard, persisted through the tough time and accomplished something fantastic! Be sure to take some time to do something special for yourself and celebrate your achievement. Thank you for sharing this amazing quit journey with us. Cheers to continued success!
Donzequit
Quit 2 weeks ago posted 4 days 10 hours ago
10 days quit. I talked with my quit coach Kari yesterday. She gave me the skinny on Zyban so I threw away my patch immediately. Now I'll take the occasional lozenge but that's all. My body won't want nicotine while I'm taking Zyban so it's pointless to give it any. I'm glad we talked yesterday and we'll chat again next week. Onward ye quit folk! We can do it! Just will it and make it happen!
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Lucille Brown Log in or register to post comments
Quit 5 years ago Commented 4 days 9 hours ago
Onward is right Don, good on you for working with a coach as your chances of quitting for good double because of it and you always have someone to help if you find yourself at a standstill. Already into your second week, that's fantastic. Lucille.
Liz S Log in or register to post comments
Quit 4 months 1 week ago Commented 4 days 8 hours ago
You will do this Don! Your will and determination are shining through ... congrats on getting through 10 days 🎉🎉🎉🤗
GregD Log in or register to post comments
Quit 1 year 4 months ago Commented 4 days 2 hours ago
Things are lookin' UP Don!!
dying to quit
Quit 1 week 5 days ago posted 4 days 22 hours ago
This sure isn't easy at times. I was on my way to the smoke dealer but I turned around and went home. Realized it was time to change my patch. After about 15 minutes or so I was ok .Devilish this nicodemon. But I sure am glad I had the where with all and go home. IT'S SO EASY TO to psych yourself out of a quit. Resolve becomes weak. But good to say I am on day 8 smoke free.Got over the hurdle, other than nicotine I don't miss a damn thng about smokimg.It has totally ruined my health. I am no spring chicken and if you keep smoing you can look forward to tons of problems which I face.I'm not going to name them all as I already have. Please quit before it's too late........................Love to all.......Paul
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Liz S Log in or register to post comments
Quit 4 months 1 week ago Commented 4 days 21 hours ago
Paul it will get easier I promise ... great job turning around!! The first few weeks are the hardest to get through but it’s doable as you can see YOU ARE DOING IT! We are all so proud of you!!! Doesn’t matter how old we are, letting go of this drug brings us to our knees and exposes us as our raw selves. I am so glad you are doing your journey right alongside all of us 🤗 hugs!
Green Meenie Log in or register to post comments
Quit 4 years 1 month ago Commented 4 days 20 hours ago
Paul, every one of us has defining moments during our quit journey. This today was one of yours. The important thing is that you had the mental focus to stop your own junkie thinking which was about to ruin your quit and instead, you have won a major battle against your dying addiction! This is a very proud, personal moment for you Paul so be sure to celebrate that. It's a huge step forward!
Keep marching.
Quit Coach Linda Log in or register to post comments
Quit 6 years 1 month ago Commented 4 days 18 hours ago
Paul, keep going strong. The easy days are ahead of you. You have faced a "tempting situation" but you managed to remain smoke-free and come out victorious on the other end. Way to go! You got the control over the situation. You have accomplished something that was not easy, something to be really proud of. Be sure to keep celebrating and rewarding yourself every step of the way. You are on day 8 now, that is so wonderful. Keep up the great work. You are doing amazing.
Lucille Brown Log in or register to post comments
Quit 5 years ago Commented 4 days 9 hours ago
Paul, if it were easy , we would have all quit by now. There wouldn't be anyone left to smoke or to tempt us. However in saying that we've certainly come a long way into making it a little more difficult for the nicodemon. There will be many days when you'll feel a little threatened but you've already proven you have what it takes to send him packing. Just remember to stay vigilant, say NOPE and remain positive. The days will move faster and be easier to deal with and your health will benefit exponentially day to day. 8 days and going strong, congrats, Lucille.
kdlife
Quit 1 week 6 days ago posted 5 days 5 hours ago
Day 8 and it's going well. I've faced triggers from all angles and have managed to not give in. My biggest challenge is driving. I enjoyed smoking while driving, but I also chain smoked while driving. I'm putting my smoking money into an account to have my car detailed - I can't wait for that!!
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GregD Log in or register to post comments
Quit 1 year 4 months ago Commented 5 days 5 hours ago
Ya, the nicodemon will try any and every which way to get you back! Your tougher than that kd, wrestle this to the floor and stick a fork in it.
I bought this stuff from Canadian Tire that I put in my vehicle, ran the air conditioning while the can vaporized and it took all the smoke smell away! Gone.
kdlife Log in or register to post comments
Quit 1 week 6 days ago Commented 5 days 5 hours ago
You got that right Greg. The thing is, we are ALL tougher than that nicodemon. It's in all of us to quit for good. I believe in all of us who have quit and who want to quit.
I'll check out Canadian Tire - I wanted to try changing my own cabin filter so now I've got 2 reasons to go
Liz S Log in or register to post comments
Quit 4 months 1 week ago Commented 5 days 3 hours ago
👏👏👏👏 you are rocking it KD! My worst time is when I stop doing manual jobs ... I always took a smoke break for a rest period. It’s all in my head though ... physical cravings are long gone 😅. Keep on trucking!!!
sabritas@sabrosas Log in or register to post comments
Quit 2 months 1 week ago Commented 4 days 22 hours ago
That is awesome KD I might steal your idea and get the car detailed too. That would be a treat to not have to clean my own car 🚗 Sabritas
Lucille Brown Log in or register to post comments
Quit 5 years ago Commented 4 days 21 hours ago
kd, you've got control of the situation, not the other way around. If the nicodemon says yes, you say NOPE(Not One Puff Ever) and if he tries to convince you otherwise, kick him back to where the sun don't shine . Good on you for taking the time to air out your car, as there are so many other altenatives that will keep you from smoking while driving. Hang in there and do what's right for you. Hugs, Lucille.
Quit Coach Linda Log in or register to post comments
Quit 6 years 1 month ago Commented 4 days 20 hours ago
Kd, we are so glad to hear that your quit is going well. You have faced different triggers and you managed to remain smoke-free, that is so amazing. Congratulations on all your efforts and hard work! Keep doing what you are doing. You have a great way to stay motivated: to have your car detailed with the money you saved from not smoking is a wonderful idea and a nice reward to look forward to. You now have 8 days smoke-free behind you, that is so awesome. Keep up the positive mindset and the great work!
Green Meenie Log in or register to post comments
Quit 4 years 1 month ago Commented 4 days 14 hours ago
Try getting some suckers or hard candies of any sort (sugar free if you must) and try sucking on those while driving for the next while if you are finding it hard to get over that trigger. Your brain will know instinctively it can't smoke and eat a candy at the same time.
I did that for a whole year when I quit. Sucked on hard mints. Never had a hard mint before or since but they did the trick for me while I was healing from my addiction.
EPerry-511 Log in or register to post comments
Quit 1 year ago Commented 4 days 7 hours ago
Great idea on saving for a detail! That will be a great reward to get the smoke smell out of your car. Congratulations on making it through the first week! It's by far the hardest :D
Mary McKenzie
Quitting in 5 days 7 hours posted 5 days 7 hours ago
Had bypass surgery, quit for 3 months. Brother passed away so started again. Want to quit for health and has become too costly
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kdlife Log in or register to post comments
Quit 1 week 6 days ago Commented 5 days 5 hours ago
I'm so sorry to hear about your brother and your own health issues. You can do it!!! We're here for you!
Liz S Log in or register to post comments
Quit 4 months 1 week ago Commented 5 days 3 hours ago
Welcome aboard Mary. We are here for you ... and I’m so sorry about your brother 😔
Quit Coach Linda Log in or register to post comments
Quit 6 years 1 month ago Commented 5 days ago
Mary, welcome to the QuitNow community. We are so sorry to hear about your brother and the health issues that you experienced. Please know that you are not alone in your quit journey and we all want to support you in any way we can. You are motivated to quit for your health and we believe that you can do this! You have successfully quit for 3 months and you may use the same tools and strategies that worked for you. You may also call us and read the other posts to get more ideas and tips on quitting. If you plan to use a nicotine replacement product or quit medications, please discuss with your pharmacist or doctor about your options. No matter how long you’ve been smoking, your health will improve when you quit. Your body will heal itself and start to reverse some of the damage done by smoking. There are so many benefits of quitting and it is so worth it. If you have any questions and would like some support, please feel free to reach out anytime. We will be happy to help you plan and prepare for your quit day. We are so glad to have you here with us. Keep us posted and let us know how you are doing. Take care.
Lucille Brown Log in or register to post comments
Quit 5 years ago Commented 4 days 22 hours ago
Mary, welcome to the forum. My sincere condolences on your brother's passing. It's difficult to stay quit when faced with the unexpected and dealing with your own personal health issues in the process. I'm afraid though that cigarettes aren't a solution, you always feel worse after smoking as it induces more stress and anxiety. You have however decided to try once again, which tells me that you are much stronger than you think. You have quit for three months before and you'll do it again, because you have the help of the forum and that of the quit coaches who will help you formulate a plan and offer you support and encouragement. We'll all do our best to advise you throughout, one day and one step at a time. To reach a quit coach call 1-877-455-2233, it's free and you won't regret it. Hugs, Lucille.
Thisthyme4good
Quit 1 month ago posted 5 days 9 hours ago
I can’t believe I’ve quit for over 3 weeks now. What a struggle. I had to stop using the patch. For some reason it causes my heart to race. So now I’m just going cold turkey. I crave a smoke everyday.
Everyday I am smoke free!!!!
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Liz S Log in or register to post comments
Quit 4 months 1 week ago Commented 5 days 9 hours ago
🎉🎉🎉🎉 congratulations!!!! Holy cow you are one strong person! Isn’t it amazing to be free of that habit!!! Freedom is my greatest gift!! Have an amazing day and keep it up 🤗🤗
Lucille Brown Log in or register to post comments
Quit 5 years ago Commented 5 days 9 hours ago
That's great Thisthyme, the struggle is so worth it and the benefits are such that you'll start to feel more in control every day. Congrats on 3 weeks and 4 days. Don't forget to reward yourself for a job well done. Lucille.
QuitCoach Katerina Log in or register to post comments
Quit 11 years ago Commented 5 days 8 hours ago
Wow Thisthyme4good! Great profile name, shows your true dedication to quitting for good! Congratulations for being over 3 weeks smoke-free. You must be so proud! You have a great awareness of what method is best for you. You have worked hard to get to where you are, be sure to reward yourself. Keep up the great work. All the best!
GregD Log in or register to post comments
Quit 1 year 4 months ago Commented 5 days 5 hours ago
Smoking doesn't have much to offer us really. For me, at this point, having a smoke would be a giant let down on so many levels. When I've caved in past quits, smoking again never was even close to what it promised it would be. Over three weeks, closing in on a month!!
kdlife Log in or register to post comments
Quit 1 week 6 days ago Commented 5 days 5 hours ago
I somehow managed to quit cold turkey and it's been the best choice for me. Congratulations on 3 weeks (and 4 days!!!) SMOKE FREEEEEEE - what are you doing with the money you've saved?
EPerry-511 Log in or register to post comments
Quit 1 year ago Commented 4 days 7 hours ago
Thisthyme4good - try a lower dose of the patch if you're interested in NRT! I had side effects from Step 1 but when I swapped them for Step 2 the side effects went away. Congratulations on three smoke-free weeks!!!
Donzequit
Quit 2 weeks ago posted 5 days 11 hours ago
Tenth day today. I'm feeling stronger every day. I can't feel or notice the Zyban yet, but I think that'll come in time. I know that most of this process is willpower and I'm meditating every day to give me strength. I use the word "HU", pronounced like hue, to build up my resolve. And it works! Happy quitting everyone!
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Liz S Log in or register to post comments
Quit 4 months 1 week ago Commented 5 days 10 hours ago
Congrats Don! 🎉🎉. You are doing amazing 🤩 Have an beautiful day today 🤗
Lucille Brown Log in or register to post comments
Quit 5 years ago Commented 5 days 10 hours ago
Don, just keep doing what you're doing and keep your positivity up as you'll succeed if you remain so. Lucille.
kdlife Log in or register to post comments
Quit 1 week 6 days ago Commented 5 days 5 hours ago
When I used Zyban in the past, I remember waiting for that sensation of feeling it work. One day, I just didn't feel like smoking anymore and stopped. You're doing a fantastic job!!! Congratulations
Quit Coach Linda Log in or register to post comments
Quit 6 years 1 month ago Commented 5 days 1 hour ago
Don, you are doing awesome at 10 days smoke-free. Keep moving forward and continue with all the activities that are working for you. Many people find helpful to practice meditation or any “body-mind” exercises or techniques that help reduce stress and are aimed at strengthening self-control. By practicing meditation, people learn to recognize and accept how their body is feeling or their emotions. When they have a craving, they begin to accept these “feelings” and mindfully choose to let the cravings pass or change the way they respond to the cravings. We are so glad to hear that you have found a helpful way to stay smoke-free. Once again congratulations on all your hard work!
dying to quit
Quit 1 week 5 days ago posted 5 days 18 hours ago
If I want to quit smoking for good.....there is a bottom line.....never ever put one in my mouth and light it. That's really the bottom line for me.....stay positive........practice the 4 d's........and have a plan when a craving comes and they will come. I am on day 7 now and I already can deep breathe with out hacking and coughing, I can smell and taste better in such a short time don't put one in your mouth and light it and you will remain smoke free. I know sometimes it's not that easy, but other people on here are doing it....why not me?. I'm just taking it slow and easy and avoiding that bottom line. Just don't light up.....................Love to all Paul
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QuitCoach Katerina Log in or register to post comments
Quit 11 years ago Commented 5 days 11 hours ago
Congratulations Paul on your 1 week smoke-free milestone! Be sure to reward yourself. Such wonderful strategies you are using to keep busy and work through those cravings! Thank you for sharing what is working for you and updating us on your quit journey! Such awesome benefits you are already experiencing, your body is going through so much healing! Drinking plenty of water is a great way to help your body flush out toxins. Keep up the great work and strong will-power! With time this will indeed get easier. All the best!
Liz S Log in or register to post comments
Quit 4 months 1 week ago Commented 5 days 10 hours ago
❤️ you got this ... it’s exactly how each of us have to tackle our demon. Have a beautiful day today Paul and sending a virtual hug!
Lucille Brown Log in or register to post comments
Quit 5 years ago Commented 5 days 10 hours ago
Excellent work Paul and many more benefits to come. It's amazing at how fast the body heals itself after you quit smoking and you're at a point in your life that has to be difficult to deal with, but by god you're doing what it takes to strengthen your resolve and your health. You're worth it. Congratulations on getting through Hell week and continued success. one day and one step at a time. Lucille.
Lucille Brown
Quit 5 years ago posted 5 days 21 hours ago
You are a champion! You have done what is hard and persisted and prevailed. You have found silver linings and triumphed over your troubles. You have shown strength and courage and held fast to your dreams-dreams that were destined to come true, because you have been and will always be extraordinary you! Options always outnumber obstacles. (WW)
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Quit 2 months 1 week ago Commented 1 day 19 hours ago
Thank you Lucille for always being a bright light so encouraging and uplifting of everyone here on the forum. I am somewhat inept with technology for a younger person and could not find how to send you a message. It is important to tell people when they are positive influencers and thank them so I am thanking you. You are appreciated and valued and you go above and beyond to make positive posts, respond to others with thoughtfulness and a generosity of heart. Thanks Lucille! 🤗❤️❤️Sabritas
Manuel
Quit 12 years 2 months ago posted 6 days 2 hours ago
I don't remember my exact quit date, but I remember the situation. I was homeless in Victoria, in 2009. I was so desperate for cigarettes I would take them off the ground. I had tuberculosis, and I wasn't doing much to treat it. I hacked for so long that by the time I took care of the problem, I found the thought of putting my lungs through more hell was revolting.

I tried many times before that. I tried replacing with chocolate. I tried not having coffee or beer, because they were my urge triggers. Every morning if I had an errand to run or a job to go to, I didn't feel like I was ready to do it until after I had a cigarette. Of course, there was also only one reason for me to take a "smoke break."

Today, there are some crucial things I do to cope. First off, I set strong boundaries to flat out refuse some of the problems that gave me stress in the first place. Secondly, I don't let non-smoking get in the way of my social routines. I used to enjoy joining everyone where they smoked. I've found, now I can have coffee and not crave a cigarette, so I join them where they're smoking and I just drink coffee.

It helps that my wife doesn't want to be with a smoker. She wouldn't have dated me if I was one. It also helps thinking of the money. Every day the money I save by not buying a pack gives me all kinds of options.

I'm afraid for my daughter, and for a lot of young people. I get the appeal. I remember taking a cigarette to fit in. And it's true that sometimes it's hard to fit in if you don't "do what the romans do." But there are other ways. And the test is not really about smoking. The test is about standing in your own integrity. Not easy, but possible.
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QuitCoach Shikha Log in or register to post comments
Quit 6 years 10 months ago Commented 6 days 1 hour ago
Hi Manuel. You have really strong motivations to quit smoking. You are doing this for yourself, your family, the cost of it. It sounds like you have the right mindset to go without smoking and are working very hard to stick to your goals, and that takes a lot of strengths. Keep doing what you are doing. Keep pushing forward, keep thinking positive, don't place your focus on how hard it is, but on how you can overcome it. All the best!
Liz S Log in or register to post comments
Quit 4 months 1 week ago Commented 6 days 1 hour ago
Thanks for your guidance Manuel 🤗. It gives us all hope for a normal feeling future!
Green Meenie Log in or register to post comments
Quit 4 years 1 month ago Commented 5 days 21 hours ago
With so many other real problems in your life back then I commend you for quitting when you did Manuel. Hats off with a big salute to you sir! Thanks for relating your journey. It WILL help others and that's a great thing you have done today.
Lucille Brown Log in or register to post comments
Quit 5 years ago Commented 5 days 21 hours ago
Manuel, in the face of adversity you've come out with a positive outcome. 12 years and 2 months is outstanding and I hope to one day go as far as you've gone. Mind you I'll be 80 by then and hopefully still smoke free. No, I will be because nothing but nothing can make me go back. Who knows what tomorrow will bring. Thanks so much for sharing your success with us, it gives us all hope and inspiration to keep going and to never give up on our dream. One day we'll all look back on our lives and realize that we all did a good thing. We may not be perfect but we all have the same goals in mind. Congratulations, Lucille.
GregD Log in or register to post comments
Quit 1 year 4 months ago Commented 5 days 14 hours ago
Well said my friend, cheers to you!
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Quit 3 years ago Commented 5 days 4 hours ago
Manuel, I commend you for a job well done, we all know it’s not easy, and congrats on your continued success and lifestyle changes!
Kaybee
Quit 5 months 3 weeks ago posted 6 days 19 hours ago
Change negative thoughts to positive. When cravings hit, don't think "I miss smoking" or "I wish I could go have a smoke". Instead, praise yourself. Say "I am so happy to be smoke free", "I have made it so far and fought so hard for these gains" and "I love not smoking, it has made things so much better"

WWND - What Would a NonSmoker Do? Nonsmokers don't light up after meals, they enjoy the meal for everything that it is. Nonsmokers don't light up after work, they listen to music and stretch and breathe. Believe in yourself, be kind and patient with yourself, and you will succeed as a non smoker.
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Lucille Brown Log in or register to post comments
Quit 5 years ago Commented 6 days 10 hours ago
Kaybee thanks for sharing your insight into being a non smoker. I'm sure it will help others tremendously. Your positivity and determination are two main traits that will work for you to remain smoke free in the months and years ahead. Congratulations, you're almost a half year into it and at the rate you're going we're all extremely happy for you. Now reap those benefits and celebrate and reward yourself for all your hard work and perseverance. Kudos to you, hugs, Lucille.
Green Meenie Log in or register to post comments
Quit 4 years 1 month ago Commented 6 days 6 hours ago
That's right Kaybee! Positive thoughts followed by positive actions and repeated over a period of time is how we break the mental control nicotine addiction held over us. It was exactly how nicotine enslaved us in the first place. Now, we're just unravelling all that mess to get back to where we should be. Living life smoke free!
QuitCoach Katerina Log in or register to post comments
Quit 11 years ago Commented 6 days 6 hours ago
Thank you Kaybee for sharing some wonderful strategies to the QuitNow Community. Congratulations on being 5 month and 3 weeks smoke-free! Thank you for updating us on your quit journey and returning to the forum with such inspiring input! Thank you for being apart of the QuitNow Community and contributing to its welcoming and informative atmosphere!
GregD Log in or register to post comments
Quit 1 year 4 months ago Commented 6 days 3 hours ago
Bingo!
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Quit 1 month ago Commented 5 days 9 hours ago
That’s awesome advice. Thanks for that. That’s exactly what I needed to hear. Your awesome!
SMOKE FREE IS THE WAY TO BE!