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chatkat
Quit 140 days ago
So I haven't had a cigarette in 10 days now.  And I gave up my NRT's 5 days ago. So far I am doing OK.  I still have moments....and those moments are more due to missing the rituals that I have entrenched in my life as a smoker.  The withdrawal from nicotine is not the primary problem now, it is the habits that are part of my life.  But as I am having surgery in 2 weeks it is very important that I am smoke free.  I went to the doctor at the smoking cessation clinic yesterday and he took my carbon monoxide reading.  It has dropped from 6 to 1 in 10 days,  Unbelievable.  I should be totally free from this toxin within week.  And the doctor recommended keeping one of the NRT tools just in case.  So I have kept a supply of gum.  Information like this keeps me going...To all of us who are attempting to kick this terrible addiction all that I can suggest is to do it one day at a time and to have a good day today.
  • Green Meenie
    Quit 905 days ago
    March 15 @ 1:01 pm
    You have a very good handle on both how this addiction works and how to beat it chatkat! I too did something similar when I quit. started with NRT then decided to drop it after a few days. No for everyone but it worked for me. 
    You are 100% correct that it's the mental part of quitting that takes the most time to readjust to. You likely smoked for years and years and smoking creeps into every aspect of your life. It's no wonder that it takes a while to rewire your brain so that you can function normally again day to day as a non-smoker. 
    My guess, from what you have said, is that you will make it all the way to freedom :) 
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    judythebeauty
    Quit 515 days ago
    March 15 @ 1:14 pm
    Congrats chatkat, you are doing so well, and good luck on the surgery!
  • Lucille Brown
    Quit 1,232 days ago
    March 15 @ 1:50 pm
    Chatkat,  welcome to freedom and congratulations on 10 days.  From the very first day you stopped your body is getting rid of  all the chemicals that were introduced when you first started smoking. The benefits of quitting are astronomical and you have proven that the mind is more powerful that what we originally thought.  We are so proud of you as I'm sure you are of yourself.  Wishing you all the best towards your surgery and your outcome.  I'm sure that everything will go well, and remember we are here for you should you need us.  Thoughts and prayers are with you.  Much love, Lucille.
  • DianneE
    Quit 287 days ago
    March 15 @ 7:18 pm
    Congrats chatkat, you are doing so great with your quit!  You seem to have a firm handle on your quit and are very determined.  Good for you and keep it up!