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Sparrow1975
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2 years ago 0 Sparrow1975 175 logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo
Tired of Stumbling, Quitting in a Few Days

Awesome QFG! Im so happy for you. It sounds like you are doing it easier than you expected...thats great! Your subconscious bringing up thoughts of cigs at routine times is normal enough...you sound strong enough to shake them off. It sounds like whats important to you now is steering clear of triggers....like going for that beer. Congrats for making the right call there and prob best to hold off on the drink til you know youre strong enough. For me drinking doesnt happen without smoking. As for me l quit again (two times...lol) and failed two times Withdrawals are getting the better of me. I have another quit planned tomorrow. Fingers, toes, everything crossed. 
Thanks for inspiring me by testing out week 1 for me....you didnt die  And actually you sound very positive. WTG!!
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2 years ago 0 Sparrow1975 175 logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo
Day 3 so far the worst

Hi enya lm also in early stages of quitting but so far l keep failing for the same reason...l cant stop thinking about lighting up to the point its causing big depressive bouts. Apart from distractions, keeping busy etc lm not sure that there is an easy way to stop thinking about it in the early stages. I think its an unavoidable part of the process. One thing lve done is written down a list of all the reasons l want to quit and also a list of things to keep in mind while quitting....the golden nuggets of info l find that give me strength eg - get through week 1 and the worst is over and different things that give me strength. This reminds me that my reasons for stopping are more important than my thoughts about smoking again.
When my mind is overcome with thoughts of smoking its a good idea to read over these things and try and fill my mind with these thoughts instead. Ive also written down all my triggers and what to do (a coping strategy when each one comes up) 
Day 3 way to go! Give yourself a reward...you deserve it. Hang in there it will get easier and the thoughts will lessen. Keep us updated on how youre going. It helps me to connect with quitters who are in the early stages.
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2 years ago 0 Sparrow1975 175 logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo
Day 3 so far the worst

Enya another thing thats written in my list of helpful nuggets is something l read somewhere. It says "Trigger moments are re-conditioned by a single moment the subconscious doesnt receive the expected result (smoking). Embrace each episode as each reflects a beautiful moment of subconscious healing" 
Each time we beat a craving our subconscious is healing. Good luck! I hope we can beat this sham of a n addiction together. 
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2 years ago 0 Sparrow1975 175 logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo
Quitting tomorrow

Ive had problems with addictions in the past and conquered them all. Compared to the scale of a drug addiction l figured smoking was nothing and l was ok with doing it all my life. But now lve realised its that same thing of something external having control over me that l hate. I tell myself that compared to drug addiction this should be a piece of cake. But quitting smokes creates in me those same ugly feelings that it did with quitting drugs. And in some ways its harder because smoking is an action you perform all day long. I want to reclaim my freedom once and for all from ALL negative influences in my life. Though lve been trying to quit for about a year now l dont think l was serious enough about it until recently.
I have a lunch this Tuesday with smoker which is too tough for me in these early stages so lve decided lm going to cut down until then and stretch this packet l have to last me until then. So l will be smoking 2 and a half to 3 hourly and make Tuesday my last day. After that l have all the time in the world to do this with no interruptions or stresses as lm off work and single so no family pressures or anything.  I realllllly want the sunshine and rainbows  l know quitting will bring me. Take 10.
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2 years ago 0 Sparrow1975 175 logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo
At my wit?s end

Congratulations for lasting 2 months at a time...thats a big accomplishment. But l know you must be feeling whats the point if you fail again and again. I guess the point is you CAN do this because you do it but then something triggers you and you go back. Tims advice about finding other solutions to your triggers is right on. Sadness is a big trigger for me too and lm struggling to quit but lm not going to stop trying. Dont give up trying. 
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2 years ago 0 Sparrow1975 175 logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo
Day 2 of me quiting

Hi Canaan good for you for doing this and being here. Maybe you need some nicotine therapy to help you in the early stages...lm not sure if you feel thats right for you. 10 years ago l thought l was happy to go on smoking forever but l was just deluded by a lie. I wish l knew then what l know now...how important it was to quit because now lm on 20+ years of smoking. The sooner you do this the better. Good luck, keep us posted.
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2 years ago 0 Sparrow1975 175 logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo
Quitting tomorrow

Hi guys
Your unexhaustive confidence in me is undue lm sad to say   l failed aggggain. Im getting really sick of myself, really pissing myself off. Thankyou so much for supporting me and not giving up on me. Ive decided lm not coming back here until l have some decent time under my belt.  I havent given up by a long stretch but its getting rather embarassing  Still holding the happy dream 
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2 years ago 0 Sparrow1975 175 logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo
5 days into the journey.

Hi Fool (haha never addressed someone that way before)
I completely relate to your feelings of not wanting or caring to stop smoking. I felt the same for many years. I thoight ld smoke til l die and didnt mind doing so until the last year l finally came to some sense and realised lm not unfallible...l can die from this. Im sorry to hear about your health problems. I dont think it makes it any easier to stop when youre forced to because of health. I understand your unhappiness in these early stages....lve also been trying to quit so far unsuccessfully. All l can offer is that if you hang in there tackling one day at a time your sadness will soon change to gladness. Though quitting takes a long time mentally l dont think it will take your feelings about smoking as long to change. You will feel better soon that yoire doing something positive for your health. Keep busy/distracted and keep posting here about how youre travelling. All the best with yoir health issues 
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2 years ago 0 Sparrow1975 175 logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo
June quitter

Wow stella youre nearly at 3 months. WTG!!!! I hope youve got a well deserved reward planned. I read your post about having overcome drug addiction in the past...pleased to meet you. I can totally relate to the mindset you had that smoking was nothing in comparison. Thats a lie l told myself because until youre clean of everything youre still a prisoner of the addiction monster. It must feel soooo liberating for you to finally be free of all addiction. Thankyou for sharing your journey as its very inspiring for me to see how you did the hard yards and how wonderful youre feeling now. Celebrate your freedom from all addictions every day and NEVER give up your liberty to anything negative ever again. Congrats girl! I think you found the rainbow 
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2 years ago 0 Sparrow1975 175 logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo
Quitting tomorrow

Awwww thanks sweetie. Ok then l'll stick around  
Really thats exactly where lm at....self loathing every time l cave and buy another pack. And like you said its 25 relapses every time. And l keep stopping mid detox and have to do it all over again. Im having difficult detox too....my body is really feeling it. Ive got a nicotine spray and that helps a bit but its all the other chemicals as well.
Thanks again for your support guys. Im so glad l found a forum where l get some response. It is very helpful. Im not giving up til l get this.