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Quit 12 days ago
Hi, I'm new to this site, my planned quit day is July 1st.  I have never tried to quit before. My ideal plan is, I downloaded music on my phone and plan on take a walk around the block when cravings hit. I am determined that I'm not going to fall into the "gain weight" category that seems to go with quitting. Just wondering if my idea is unrealistic? I am not normally a big walker, and don't normally exercise, so I thought it would be a good replacement. Hubby thinks it's taking on too much and I'll over do it. Any thoughts?
Last reply: July 1 @ 9:11 pm
  • Lucille Brown
    Quit 1,588 days ago
    June 29 @ 9:37 pm
    Megmeister, you sound as if you’re really prepared to take this on. Good for you. Preparing ahead of time for your quit will show that you’re ready, determined and motivated.  Walking is an excellent exercise to stay fit and as part of your routine to stay healthy.  You can also get a lot of tips from the posts on the forum.  Welcome to the QuitNow community.  Another thing to add to your plan would be to drink plenty of water as it really helps by keeping you hydrated and flushing out the toxins from smoking. If you wish you can also get in touch with the QuitNow coaches at 1-877-455-2233, it’s free and they can help you formulate a plan.  For cravings take deep breaths, count to ten and exhale.  Say NOPE  (Not One Puff Ever) to yourself often, it helps you stay focused.  Let us know if you need help as we’d love to see you reach freedom.  It takes s lot of work to quit, so take it one day and one step at a time and just do the best you can.  No need to race through this as it’s not a marathon.  Stay well and safe, Lucille 👏🙋‍♀️🚭😷🤗
  • Green Meenie
    Quit 1,261 days ago
    June 29 @ 10:06 pm
    You are already ahead of the challenge Meg!
    Changing your routine is an excellent way to distract yourself which is so important in the early days of your quit. Going for walks is a great idea, I used that one quite often and it worked wonders. If the weather was nasty outside, I'd walk inside, Whatever works! Remember deep breathing exercises as well. They can help squash building anxiety if that becomes an issue. These are all tools you can gather as you face the challenges of quitting. Remember, there's only one rule: NOPE (Not One Puff Ever) after you quit.
  • N
    Quit 97 days ago
    June 30 @ 12:46 pm
    Megmiester, I have been quit for 2 months and 23 days.  When I was smoking I never went for walks, I hated walking.  Since quitting, I walk every day, sometimes twice a day and absolutely love it.  I think because I am experiencing the health benefits of quitting the nicotine, I breath better and feel better.  For me, I don't seem to replace smoking with food etc.  I certainly do get cravings, however, they do not last long.  When I get a craving or a thought that i want to smoke, I tell someone right away, I find for me, this takes the power away from the craving.  To be honest with you, my motivation today is the health benefits I am experiencing and keeps me going every day.  Good luck to you on your journey.
  • GregD
    Quit 257 days ago
    June 30 @ 1:37 pm
    I am so happy to hear that you will be quitting this disgusting habit! Good for you. I am taking on as much as I need to in order to quit. It's a goal that has become top priority, at least for the immediate future. Megmiester, this is not an impossible task and you are completely capable of ridding yourself of this addiction like hundreds of thousands before you have.
  • QuitCoach Linda
    Quit 5,644 days ago
    July 1 @ 9:11 pm
    Megmeister, welcome and congratulations on your decision to quit! You seem well prepared and ready to put this smoking habit behind you. You have already set a quit day and made a plan with great strategies, that is so wonderful! We are so glad to hear that you have found helpful ways to quit smoking. Walking is a great exercise and offers numerous benefits for our body and mind. Many studies have shown that any type of physical activity can help reduce the urge to smoke and the severity of nicotine withdrawal symptoms. It can be a wonderful distraction tool and a great motivator for a positive change. Megmeister, you are heading in the right direction: a life of freedom and a healthier lifestyle. Yes, you can do this! If you would like extra support, do not hesitate to call us and we would be glad to answer any questions that you might have. Keep us posted and let us know how you are doing. All the best with your quit!