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Rainn370
Quit 9 days ago
Confession time... I caved these past two days and had a couple of smokes. And then today I got up and told myself that today is THE DAY FOR SURE! And I made it through without a smoke ! I didn’t have strong cravings and when I did want one I just took a couple of deep breaths and distracted myself. Oh, and I chewed gum all day... and wore a patch... 
Tomorrow will be day two!
I CAN DO THIS! 
I was so afraid to try to quit... the last time was about 7 years ago and my anxiety got so bad I ended up taking medication for it. I still have anxiety and I’m still on meds for it... and now that I’ve gotten a full day 1 behind me I’m not so afraid any more... 
I don’t think I could have done this without reading all the encouraging words here, so, thank you to everyone who posts and to everyone who takes the time to reply with such honesty and kind words...
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    Shannon C
    Quit 11 days ago
    October 9 @ 10:52 pm
    Hi Rain
    I keep reading the NOPE (not one puff ever) I know its hard to stop the triggers from coming, but from this point forward, I am going to recite NOPE to myself everytime I crave. We are all going towards the prize, to be healthier, more self satisfied, less dependant on substance, and lastly richer in our pockets. 
    I have quit several times over 35 years, but feel this time is it. ..this one is for me, not anything or anyone  else. I am so damned determined this time, but that doesnt make it any easier. My day 3 is done, and as of tonight, with a very anxious day behind me, I cant wait until tomorrow, when I can wake up, look in the mirror and honestly say to my self, I did it, I am still a non smoker
    Keep going, do it for you :)
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      judythebeauty
      Quit 602 days ago
      October 10 @ 8:08 am
      Hang in there Rain, the first few days are extremely tough.
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      judythebeauty
      Quit 602 days ago
      October 10 @ 8:11 am
      Sounds like you’re doing all the right things Shannon, welcome to Day 4.
  • Green Meenie
    Quit 992 days ago
    October 9 @ 11:16 pm
    Nice job both of you (Rainn & Shannon)! Yeah it's tough in the early days but what worth having in life isn't worth struggling for. Stay determined and like Shannon said, do it for YOU! This is one venture you need to be completely selfish about. 
    Distraction for the cravings and deep breathing for the anxious feeling - those are perfect! Do whatever you have to in these early days to get through the challenges because they will eventually get less intense. Just stick with NOPE! That's the only rule 🚭 Watch your cigarettes not smoked and $$ saved numbers climb each day 👀Positive reinforcement 👍
  • Lucille Brown
    Quit 1,319 days ago
    October 10 @ 8:09 am
    Rainn and Shannon, nothing would please us more if you could both reach your goals.  Rainn, mistakes happen so don’t worry they can be avoided next time.  The most important thing is that you don’t give up and keep trying.  Shannon, keep saying NOPE, it helps you gain confidence and take control. Perhaps you and Rainn can support each other.  Either way, I wish you both happy quits  and all the best on that road to freedom. Well done both of you. Lucille 🚭🙋‍♀️👏❤️👍🎗🤗
  • DianneE
    Quit 374 days ago
    October 10 @ 11:19 am
    Don't beat yourself up for those couple of smokes, you still had a great start and substantially cut down for a couple of days.  Maybe you needed a small practice run at it for the real thing.  And you're attitude sounds great, that will go a long way in helping you quit.  Welcome and good luck!