I am so glad I found this site! I just completed all the exercises and found, being honest with myself, that I have been really angry because I was under the impression it would all be over in 72 hours. I would have the nicotine out of my system and the cravings would stop. Well, they didn't, instead they got stronger and I've been binging on mints and saltines for a whole week. I also don't feel quite connected. I spent so much time preparing to quit and cutting down gradually, that I thought it would all be over once I finally did it! Well I haven't had a cigarette since October 30 and the cravings are still bad. But I'm sure I'll stay with it--I just want to be normal again.
And tomorrow afternoon I'll be facing a stressful situation and I'm a bit scared of that. So anyway, it is really nice to have this stop smoking support group to post to. Thank you for being here!
My Quit Date: 10/31/2009 Smoke-Free Days: 8 Cigarettes Not Smoked: 160 Amount Saved: $32.00 Life Gained: Days: 1 Hrs: 3 Mins: 46 Seconds: 2
Thank you both! I found when I was doing my exercises on this site that a big proud smile is my daily reward. That's because when I was slowing down and got to 7 a day, I was so very happy and grinning from ear to ear, but when I actually got to the last day of smoking and the first day without a single cigarette, I didn't find it joyous at all. So my smaller rewards are going to be to make myself smile. I'm smiling now.
My Quit Date: 10/31/2009 Smoke-Free Days: 8 Cigarettes Not Smoked: 160 Amount Saved: $32.00 Life Gained: Days: 1 Hrs: 3 Mins: 54 Seconds: 19
The cravings are finally getting better! I stepped down from a 10 to a 9 in my cravings diary! And I faced a stressful appointment without feeling any cravings--at least until I got out and then I felt it. But a cough drop on the way home got me through. Thanks for all the encouragement and ideas!
My Quit Date: 10/31/2009 Smoke-Free Days: 9 Cigarettes Not Smoked: 180 Amount Saved: $36.00 Life Gained: Days: 1 Hrs: 7 Mins: 22 Seconds: 0
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