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6 years ago 0 Timbo637 740 logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo 0
I quit on April 5th

Hi Treelover,
 Wow almost two weeks already. Sounds like you are doing GREAT!  You've past the hard physical part already, and now you just have the mental part to deal with. You seem to have the right attitude too, a CAN DO attitude. Have you rewarded yourself yet for your great accomplishment? 
 Feeling blue is part of the steps to quitting. Anger, depression, feeling like you've lost your best friend are all a part of the healing process. Do check out the forums here, there is a lot of good hints and tips to help you on journey to freedom from smoking. If you ever get an urge to light one up, stop in here 1st and leave a message. Hopefully by the time you've left the message the urge will be gone.  Hang in there and just take it one day at a time, and fight that urge to smoke.
 
6 years ago 0 Timbo637 740 logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo 0
Hello! Tomorrow is two weeks smoke-free for me!

Hi Treelover,
 I used the patch to quit too and it worked great for me.  It took care of the physical part and let me concentrate on the mental part, which seemed to be the hardest part in my opinion. Feels good to take in a deep breath of fresh air now huh?  Things will only get better for you now. The struggle might be tough at times, but it will get easier as time goes by. Watch out for all of the triggers and hang tough. Oh and welcome to the SCC! There are a lot of good people on here that will help support you on your journey if you let them. 
Hang in there...
N.O.P.E.! 
6 years ago 0 Timbo637 740 logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo 0
Lemontwist 6 month anniversary

Hi Lt,
 Congratulations on making it 6 months on your quit!  I think I'm a couple of days late on this though. Anyhow WAY TO GO GIRL! 
6 years ago 0 Timbo637 740 logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo 0
Belated Monday Stat Parade

I'll join the parade, a day late though, but none the less I'm in line. 173 days smoke free and I've gained a month of freedom to tack on to the end of my days on this wonderful planet! 
N.O.P.E.! 
6 years ago 0 Timbo637 740 logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo 0
I am Quitting - April 24th

Hi Motivated,
 Welcome to the Stop Smoking Center. There are a lot of good people here that can and will help you on your quit. There is a lot to read here in the forums too, to help you on your journey to freedom from nicotine. 
Congratulations on deciding to quit. It sounds like you've did a little research as to what to expect on your journey. Good for you! The more you know the better the chance is that you will be able to accomplish your quit. Yes it is a little scary making that final decision to to quit and wondering if you can actually do it or not.  Keep a positive attitude at all times, it really does help. Since you've tried this before you know that it can be hard at times. You just need to keep fighting.....fighting for your LIFE. I hope your 1st day is going good. Are you doing this cold turkey or using NRT, nicotine replacement therapy? 
  I wish you the best and hang in there, it's going to be a bumpy ride for awhile. Remember if you really want this to happen you CAN do it! 
  
6 years ago 0 Timbo637 740 logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo 0
Hello, I?m New Here

Hey Motivated & Ytsgalaxy,
 You both sound like you have the right attitude to do this.  It is hard at the start but it does get a lot easier as each day goes by. After 3 days all of the nicotine is purged from your system, then it's all mental, the hardest part in my opinion. But if you have that CAN-DO attitude, you can do just about anything you want to.  Life only gets better each and every day of your quit. 
Hang tough and stay strong..... 
6 years ago 0 Timbo637 740 logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo 0
Tips for quitting smoking

A number of tips for a successful quit. If you have anymore, please add to the list. That one tip may be all that a smoker needs to try and kick the habit!

1. This is THE most important tip. You have to have a positive attitude for this to work. If you think you will fail, you probably will fail. If you think you can do this, chances are you will do this. Keep a "Can Do" attitude with you at all times.

2. It's not as hard as you think. Once you begin to be honest with yourself and to look at the facts about smoking, it will become a pleasure to remove this addiction from your life.

3. Square off with your smoking habit. Look at it and size it up. Ask yourself exactly what it is doing for you,` then ask yourself what it is not doing for you. You can begin with your hair and work your way down to the tips of your toes. It is a medical fact that smoking affects every organ in the human body in a harmful way.

4. Look at quitting cigarettes as giving yourself a gift - a very big gift. You are giving yourself a better quality of life and, very possibly, a longer life. You are giving yourself a healthier body. You are giving yourself more self-esteem. Wrap all this in a package and look at it for the gift it really is, then "Go for it"!

5. Set a date. Make a commitment. Give it a try. Remember, it is alright if you don't succeed at first. Just keep trying. The only way you can lose is by ceasing to try.

6. Don't look at it as if you are giving up something. This makes it seem too much like a loss. What you are really doing is tossing something out of your life that has done you harm and doesn't belong here anymore. You are throwing away pure garbage. No longer are you going to allow your lungs to be a resting place for nicotine and tars.

7. Stay away from negative people and worrisome situations if at all possible.

8. Quit for yourself. Even though your family and loved ones will benefit tremendously from your quitting, it is you that will benefit the most.

9. Treat giving up smoking with the respect it rightly deserves. Become willing to go to any lengths to remove it from your life. If you are not willing, try praying for the willingness. This sometimes works.

10. Look up the word "nicotine" in your dictionary and write down the definition in big letters: "A poisonous alkaloid used as an insecticide." Put it where you can see it.

11. Don't say "I'll take my chances" and continue to smoke. They are not ours to take. We didn't give ourselves life and we don't have the right to "take our chances" on giving it away. That is up to a higher power.

12. Don't fool yourself by saying you have too many pressures in your life right now to give up cigarettes. If you are smoking, this in itself is a pressure, a very great pressure. Every day is a gamble and your life is at stake. By getting nicotine out of your life, other things will become easier to handle. You will feel better about yourself and you will have more energy. You will have accomplished something more meaningful than all the money and material objects you could ever acquire. You will have given yourself what no one else could give you. You will no longer have the pressure of being a smoker.

13. Don't use the excuse that you might gain weight to justify your continuing to smoke. Even if you do gain a little, the fact that you will be more active and will get more exercise should counteract most weight gain. Remember, overeating, not stopping smoking, causes weight gain.

14. Plan to do things that will keep your mind off smoking. Sometimes our minds can be our worst enemies. They will tell us that we need a cigarette for just about any reason that is handy at the time. By doing things like going to the movies, munching on popcorn or licking on a sucker, we can keep our minds occupied and get a break. Go to museums and other places where smoking isn't allowed. Swimming and walking are a good idea too.

15. Quit smoking one day at a time and think only about the part of the day your are in. "I am not going to smoke before noon." "I am not going to smoke before 3 o'clock." Sometimes just do it one hour at a time. This is a lot easier than trying to quit forever.

16. Don't subject yourself to smoky situations. If you do come in contact with someone who is smoking, just say to yourself, "He is having the cigarette I might be having", then, be grateful you don't have to have it.

17. While you are quitting, look at it as an investment. Once you have quit for one hour, you have invested this hour in becoming a healthier person. Now, invest one more hour. Continue to add to your investment hour by hour. It will grow and become more valuable as the hours go by. You will begin to see and feel the rewards from this investment more and more. Protect and guard it just as you would a treasure.

18. Start being kind to yourself. It is the beginning of a new way of life for you and you are the most important one there. Treat yourself with respect and love and remember, you are no longer filling you system with poison every few minutes. Breathe the clean air and breathe it deeply. Smell the different and wonderful fragrances. Begin to spend time outdoors close to nature. Many new sensations await you.

19. Don't get too angry. If we are angry, our minds tell us we need a cigarette to cope. Until your mind learns that it doesn't need a cigarette to cope, try to avoid situations that might be setting you up. Avoid certain people that may bother you. If you can't get some time off, quit smoking on a long weekend. Avoid, as best you can, things like getting stuck in traffic. Use a lot of caution. Anger can be very destructive.

20. Don't get too hungry. It is amazing how our minds will tell us that everything's wrong when all we really need to do is eat.

21. Don't get too tired. If we are tired, it is easy to become irritated and when we get irritated our minds will tell us that only a cigarette will help. Our overall resistance becomes weak and it is easy to say, "Oh well, I guess I'll have just one smoke."

22. Don't get too lonely. It is good to know some people who are going through the same thing.

23. You can remember these four things by the word "HALT": Hungry, Angry, Lonely, Tired. If you feel you need a cigarette, stop and check. Make sure you are not experiencing any of these.

24. Don't get too bored. It is hard to just sit and not smoke. Keep busy. Find things to do that you enjoy. Bike riding, hiking, swimming, exploring new places, trying new restaurants. This is the time to indulge yourself.

25. Have something to fidget with. We are accustomed to holding a cigarette; being without one might leave our hands at a loss. Get a small rubber ball, a stress ball or even a yo-yo. Play dough is good as is a piece of clay. Rubber bands work too.

26. Have something handy to put in your mouth. Life Savers, sugarless gum, suckers, etc. Try to avoid fattening foods like cookies. They don't last long and they fill you up. Experiment while you are still smoking to see what will relieve the craving. If Life Savers work, then stock up. If fattening treats are all that will work for you then go for it. You can work on your weight loss once you get your quit under control. Quitting smoking is your #1 priority right now.

27. If you always have a cigarette with a cup of coffee, stop drinking coffee before you quit smoking.

28. Don't drink alcohol while you are quitting. Once alcohol is in you system your defenses will be greatly diminished.

29. Remember that the discomfort you experience in the first 2 weeks of your quit will definitely come to an end and you will never have to go through it again.

30. Frequently give yourself a pat on the back. What you are doing isn't easy by any means. It takes a lot of guts to try to quit smoking. Make sure you reward yourself for this great feat you are attempting.

31. If you are feeling pain from withdrawal, let it become a lasting memory to serve as a reminder of exactly how strong the drug nicotine is and how hooked you really are. Yes you are a drug addict. You are addicted to the nicotine.

32. Remember: every minute you were sucking on cigarettes they were sucking the very life out of you. Don't let them have any more.

33. Avoid the self-pity trap. If we begin to feel sorry for ourselves, our minds will tell us that we deserve a cigarette to make us feel better.

34. Remember: if you just keep trying, you will win. It is good against evil and the odds are stacked in your favor.

35. Before quitting, plan your activities for the first few days after you quit. This way you won't have to make too many decisions while you are withdrawing. At first, making decisions may be hard without a cigarette.

36. If you are not going to quit right away, then start cutting down. If you smoke 2 packs a day and you cut back 1 cigarette a day for a month, you will be down to just 10 cigarettes a day. Some people, however, have found cutting back to be almost as hard as quitting.

37. Drink lots of liquids to help flush the poison out of your system. Orange juice is good because smoking depletes the Vitamin C content in our bodies.

38. Remember: it is the first cigarette that gets you started. It takes only one. This is the one you can't have. You can always put off lighting that first one for a little while. Don't fool yourself and think you can start and stop at will. You can't. Many people have tried this and gone on to live the rest of their lives never to experience freedom from nicotine again.

39. Frequently remind yourself about the differences you have noticed in yourself. Things like: your breath no longer smells like a dirty ashtray, your fingers aren't stained from tobacco, that sickly sounding smoker's cough is disappearing, your senses of smell and taste are returning, your complexion is beginning to improve, your general attitude about yourself is better because you are beginning to really care about yourself.

40. Give it away. Whenever you have a chance to give your experience, strength, and hope to another smoker, use it. This act of giving will insure your chances for staying off nicotine and give strength to others who need it. There is much reward in helping someone else to gain freedom from this harmful substance.

41. Have a follow-up program. Don't assume it is over because you have made it through a couple of weeks. Nicotine is very cunning.
 
42. Keep a journal of your quit. It's nice to look back on when you are successful, and if you slip and trip up, maybe you can learn why you failed so the next time that issue comes up you will be prepared for it. Never give up!
 
 
 
 
6 years ago 0 Timbo637 740 logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo 0
Help! Quit date is May 10 (or sooner), and I?m panicking!

Hi Roxy,
 To start off, it looks like you need to go through "My program" at the top of the page. It will help you determine what would be best for you on your journey of quitting smoking. I see you have your meter running already, that's a good thing. It's nice to keep track of your progress. Are you using your cravings diary here? If not, I'd start using it unless now you want to keep it private, then just keep a log offline on your computer. Your start date is a few weeks out. While you're waiting to start, read though the forums here. There is a lot of great information from fellow users and health educators. You'd be surprised how many people have the same issues you have concerning your quit. No two people are the same though, so what works for one person may not work for another. The thing is you just have to keep trying. If you stop trying the nico-demon has won. It's okay to be scarred too. It is frightening not knowing if you have the will power to do this or not. That's why you need to read and learn as much as you can. Knowledge helps lesson the fear and it builds up your confidence. If you know what to expect, you can be prepared for it when it happens. The best advice I can give you is that you need to have a positive attitude at all times. A "CAN-DO" attitude. You're a drug addict, addicted to nicotine. If you really want to quit you CAN do this but you need to be prepared. It's going to be a bumpy ride, but it will get easier as time goes by. You've already decided to quit, and that's a BIG step in your journey.  Machiavelli has some great tips too. Do whatever it takes to take back control of your life from that nasty cigarette. 
Grab hold and hang tight, I wish you the best on your journey!  
6 years ago 0 Timbo637 740 logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo 0
Hello, I?m New Here

Hey Motivated,
 Sounds like you've got day 2 whipped and are moving on to day 3, awesome!  Just keep fighting that nasty urge and soon hell week will be over.  Pretty soon you're going to start smiling more because in the back of your mind you KNOW you CAN do this! 
Stay strong and hang in there... 
6 years ago 0 Timbo637 740 logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo 0
Tips for quitting smoking

Hi Ashley,
 Of course #1 is the most important in my opinion. Then there's 15, 25, 26 and can't forget good old number 30.  You've got to reward yourself for the effort it takes to accomplish this feat.  
N.O.P.E.!