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13 years ago 0 Ballooncrew 17 logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo 0
Why is this so scary?

Hi Everyone,
 
I found this website through my work a few months ago and kinda went through it but ...
 
Now I am seriously looking at this website and everyone who participates as a means of support ... thank you :)
 
I've already started using the patch at work, it's too cold out to go for a smoke LOL, so I don't smoke during the day and when I quit I will continue to use the patch.  I've quit for 2 years before (about 10 years ago) and again for 8 months about 5 years ago. 
 
Just the thought of quitting and going through physical/emotional withdrawls makes me so anxious and I hate that cigarettes have that hold over me ... ughhh!!!
 
My partner also smokes and we are both going to try and quit, however we have not set a common quit date, that will be up to each of us individually.  We don't smoke in the house, we stopped that with our last new house.  I have set my date as this coming Monday ... so onward and upward :)
 
Thanks everyone,
Sue
13 years ago 0 Ballooncrew 17 logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo 0
Thinking about trying again

Hi PB,
 
Only my second post here ... but like you have fallen off the wagon before ... ugghhh!!
 
I've set my quit date for Monday ... gotta tell ya though ... it makes me anxious just thinking about it LOL.  Allen Carr's book is great and someone just reminded me to pull it out and start reading :)
 
I'm hoping that by being involved, believing in myself and taking one second will get me through it :) ... although crawling into bed and pulling the covers over my head for 3 days sounds tempting LOL
 
Good Luck PB .. to both of us :)
 
Ballooncrew
13 years ago 0 Ballooncrew 17 logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo 0
Why is this so scary?

WOW ... I have definitely come to the right place :)
 
HP ... your right, there is a whole team!!
Josie ... I can already see that the support is amazing :)
Jazz ... WOW Congrats more than 1 year ... wooooo hooooo!!
Kelly ... You're right, the fear will hold me back :)
 
You've all made me feel so welcome and I am really excited that I came to this board ... thank you so much :)
 
Sue
13 years ago 0 Ballooncrew 17 logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo 0
Why is this so scary?

Hi Everyone and thank you :)
 
Everyone's so positive, I love coming here to read the posts!
 
Todash, that was hilarious LOL ... I love it!!
SueinNC ... you are so right ... it's scary because it's a crutch ... I want to throw away the crutches :)
 
I've changed my quit day by one day, to next Tuesday instead of Monday.  I've decided to take the day off with my partner on Monday to surprise her and so Tuesday it is.
 
I couldn't find my copy at home of Allen Carr's so I went out and bought another one.  I might spead a lot of Monday reading ... that book is sooo motivating.  When I've quit before I really just wanted to sleep through the cravings, so I have already given my boss a heads up that I might not be in LOL
 
I'm using the patch at work right now and plan on continuing using the patch full time.  Part of me wants to just do it, not use the patch and get it over with, at some point I'm going to have to go through the physical withdrawl.  
 
Part of my problem I think is I have gotten into the habit of using the patch for work then taking it off for evenings and weekends and it's easy to go from non-smoker by day to smoker by night.
 
I'm just so torn ... what are some thoughts out there??
 
Sue
13 years ago 0 Ballooncrew 17 logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo 0
Going to make another attempt

Hi Bryan,
 
I'm soon to be a non-smoker, quit date is next Tuesday :)
 
There is soo much support here, I'm so glad I found it and that you did too!
 
It's funny ... sometimes I think the hardest part of the quitting is actually making the decision to quit and that build up to your quit day.  Your either trying to fit in every last smoke you can (your almost sick of it) or the whittling down to almost nothing and constantly watching the clock till your last smoke ... it's almost a relief when you can let go of all that anxiety and beginning building your new path.
 
Good luck and visit often :)
 
Sue
13 years ago 0 Ballooncrew 17 logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo 0
Anyone have Stats on the stop smoking aids

Hi Caligirl,
 
Congrats on 4 days ... that's a huge accomplishment :)
 
I did a quick search online and I found an article on webmd
 
Below is a quick summary ... huh I never knew there was a nasal spray ... gonna check that out
 

In the study, published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, researchers compared 69 clinical trials on smoking- cessation therapies involving nearly 33,000 people.

The results showed six therapies were more effective than placebo at helping smokers quit, including:

  • Chantix (2.4 times more effective than placebo)
  • Nicotine nasal spray (2.37)
  • Zyban (also known as Wellbutrin) (2.07)
  • Nicotine patch (2.07)
  • Nicotine tablet (2.06)
  • Nicotine gum (1.71)
Although the findings also favored the effectiveness of the nicotine inhaler over placebo, the results were not conclusive.
 
Hope this helps,
Sue
13 years ago 0 Ballooncrew 17 logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo 0
Why is this so scary?

Thanks everyone ;)
 
So today is the day ... I got up at 3 am and put my patch on.  Not doing too bad today, however I'm used to not smoking at work, however I did not have one first thing this morning or in the car on the way to work.
 
I did have a little bit of a panic attack ... my patch just about fell off LOL ... need to stay away from body lotion for the next little while and (note to self) ... ALWAYS carry an extra patch LOL
 
I did have a thought about having a smoke and so decided to come and read and post in the forum :)
 
The bigger challenge will be at home ... plan ... do some cooking, make some jewellery, do some reading of Allen Carr's book, play Rock Band (that's a good one),  I have another game that I just rented that I could spend some time with ... an excercise machine that is calling my name ... and if things get REALLY bad, crawl into bed ... WOW how did I ever find the time to smoke before LOL
 
Have a great day everybody :)
Sue
13 years ago 0 Ballooncrew 17 logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo 0
Symptom or Craving

Hi Jay,
 
Please hang in there ... this is only my second day (3rd time quit) and I understand and feel what you are saying.  :)
 
Sounds like you have some time on your hands between loads ... If you can, get a hold of Allen Carr's Easy Way to Stop Smoking ... quitting smoking is a total mind game and Allen Carr has a totally different perspective from any other 'quit' book.  He explains the 'brainwashing' part of smoking and how to fight it, it's so motivating!!!
 
One moment at a time :)
Sue
13 years ago 0 Ballooncrew 17 logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo 0
Crave Control Mantra Suggestions

 
How about 'I'm a Winner, not a quitter!'
 
Kinda lame I know but the word 'quitter' always sounds so negative, so let's make it positve :)
 
Sue
13 years ago 0 Ballooncrew 17 logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo 0
January 2009 Winners!

Hi Everyone,
 
Thought I would start a new thread for all of us who have quit in January 2009!
 
When my partner was diagnosed with Breast Cancer in 2007, we would frequent a very popular support group online and they had a thread for each month for people starting chemo in that month.   You could see how the flow of the thread changed from 'anxiety and panic' in the first few days and weeks and then to 'acceptance'.  It was such a great show of love and support from the people who were newly diagnosed and from those who were further along in their treatment. 
 
So today is my second day, yesterday was ok ... am I ever feeling spacey though, I will be talking and come to a dead stop with no idea what I was going to say or what I was talking about LOL.
 
I kept myself busy last night until I just really wanted a cigarette and so I went to bed instead at 9pm LOL
 
I'm at work and probably spending more time on here than I should, however I find that reading the posts is very theraputic.
 
Have a great day everyone :)
Sue