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Quit 6 months 1 week ago posted 4 months 3 weeks ago
Hello and welcome to the Community Forum!

Whether you’re thinking about quitting, have set a quit date, or have quit and are continuing to experience a tobacco-free life, this Forum is for you. We encourage you to share your own quit story, and support one another through challenges and milestones, in the path to better health.

We are cheering for you, and know you can do it for the long-term!

~ QuitNow Team
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Quit 5 years 7 months ago Commented 4 months 3 weeks ago
There's no time like the present to take a chance. It may be the best decision you've ever made and if you value your health and your life well worth it. There is no better feeling than knowing your hard earned dollars are going back into your own pockets and not that of those who continue to poison us with their tobacco products.
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Quit 2 months 2 weeks ago Commented 2 months 2 weeks ago
Thank you Liz and Lucille! Appreciate your encouragement and advice.
I did read Carr’s book and even tried his method a long time ago. And here I am again!
Thanks again!
DanielleH
Quit 1 day 22 hours ago posted 1 hour 18 min ago
Hi everyone :) my quit day was yesterday, it wasnt a planned day to quit but im happy I made the decision to yesterday morning. Ive been quite sick the past few days with a brutal cold, my daughter is sick with it as well. I havent been able to take a good deep breathe and it terrified me and smoking has definitely played a part in that :( I want to be around for my children and my granddaughter and I want to enjoy life not avoid things because it is difficult to breathe comfortably. I hope I can stick with this and not smoke ever again. I will never forget the day I quit, my daughters 21st birthday ❤
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Quit 9 months 3 weeks ago Commented 43 min 3 sec ago
Welcome Danielle
Good for you making this big decision! You will thank yourself as you look back and feel so proud of making it smoke free! ❤️❤️❤️
Stanley
Quit 5 months 3 weeks ago posted 3 hours 52 min ago
There is an hour to be 7:00pm. It will be the time to take a shower. This means that I made it today. I was forgot to put the patch on. So today I was not wearing the patch during my work hours. I can’t believe I made it today. Of course the sneaky thought still came up sometime but not strong today. Hope I will keep this momentum on my quit. Now relearn how to deal with the job and stress without smoking.

Cheer everyone up and keep NOPE

Stand firm to say NO to nicodemon
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Green Meenie Log in or register to post comments
Quit 4 years 8 months ago Commented 2 hours 37 min ago
I think you'll be OK Stanley. It takes awhile to learn how to deal with some situations without the smokes but once you do, you're usually OK from then onward. Glad you were able to make it through the day without the patch & without a huge challenge!
Quit Coach Linda Log in or register to post comments
Quit 6 years 8 months ago Commented 1 hour 19 min ago
Way to go Stanley, you made it! We are so glad to hear that today was an “easier day” for you and you made it through the day without the patch, that is so awesome. Your quitting process is going well and it is getting a little bit better and easier every day. Stay strong and keep moving forward. You are doing wonderful and you are getting closer and closer to your 6 months milestone. Keep up the great work!
Green Meenie
Quit 4 years 8 months ago posted 8 hours 19 min ago
For those thinking about quitting or if you have quit but are always thinking about how much you liked smoking, ask yourself this:
How many cigarettes do/did you smoke a day? How many do/did you really, really enjoy?
I'll bet if you answer that second question honestly for yourself the answer will be 4 or 5 cigarettes that you really, really, enjoy so, why are you smoking 20, or 40 or maybe even 60 a day?
Addiction to nicotine is the answer! You need to keep your nicotine levels to where you are not in constant withdrawal all day long and all those other cigarettes, you never really enjoyed them; you NEEDED them! It's a vicious cycle so take the opportunity to break that cycle once and for all. Take back your life from nicotine!
In time, you won't miss those cigarettes you thought you really enjoyed because you will have formed a new, healthier reward system for yourself.
I used to really, really enjoy that first smoking in the morning. Now, smoking doesn't even cross my mind when I wake up. Same goes for those smokes after finishing a task. I don't think about having a cigarette to reward myself anymore!
You can do this too! Just takes commitment, dedication and not allowing those smoky thoughts/lies to sway you back to addiction slavery.
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Stanley Log in or register to post comments
Quit 5 months 3 weeks ago Commented 6 hours 51 min ago
I will bear in mind your word. your observation is going with insight.

Cheer every one up and keep NOPE always
Liz S Log in or register to post comments
Quit 11 months 3 weeks ago Commented 5 hours 19 min ago
Thank you GM … I still have moments of disbelief that I’m at this place in my life without smoking. Thank you so much for being such a solid mentor to us all! 🌹🤗
Quit Coach Linda Log in or register to post comments
Quit 6 years 8 months ago Commented 3 hours 29 min ago
Thank you so much Green Meenie for your continued support and encouragement. Yes, nicotine addiction is a vicious cycle and may defy the “rational thinking” and the strongest willpower. People usually associate many things with smoking and frequently reward themselves with cigarettes. It may not be simple or easy to break the cycle of addiction but we can do it! Like you said, in time “you will have formed a new, healthier reward system for yourself” and find new ways of doing things without smoking. With some hard work and “dedication”, we can be free of this nicotine addiction. Thank you everyone and congratulations on all your achievements! 🤗
DoneDawna
Quitting today posted 9 hours 26 min ago
Started smoking when Covid hit and my youngest daughter had wicked insomnia. Today is my oldest daughter's 17th Birthday and I am a non-cigarette smoker again. Here is to my future morning runs with friends and hair that smells of strawberries when you give me a hug. Love to taste my food and smell the flowers fully again. Proud of myself, as this is the first step back into my uber healthy lifestyle.
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QuitCoach Katerina Log in or register to post comments
Quit 11 years 7 months ago Commented 9 hours 23 min ago
Welcome DoneDawna to our Community! Congratulations on setting and reaching your quit date! What an amazing gift to yourself and your daughter, quitting smoking is the single best thing you can do to live a longer and healthier life! You have so much to be proud about, welcome to the good life 😊 Please feel free to share your successes, ask any questions or simply vent, this is a safe place and we are all here to support you! Enjoy your new uber health lifestyle ❤️
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Quit 4 years 8 months ago Commented 9 hours 10 min ago
Good decision DD! Keep all those things in mind. In fact, maybe write them down so you can pull that note out when you feel super challenged at some point. Lots of support here for you when you need it on the forum.
Especially keep your daughters in mind. You wanna be around for them and your grandbabies!
Liz S Log in or register to post comments
Quit 11 months 3 weeks ago Commented 5 hours 21 min ago
Yay DoneDawna!!! Great news that you have taken control back. Please stay connected here and let us know how it is going or if you need to scream, we are all ears 🤣🤗. Welcome back to freedom! 🎉🎉🎉🎉
sherdon
Quit 11 months 2 weeks ago posted 10 hours 28 min ago
Liz - 11 months and 3 weeks .....I am counting down to your 1 year anniversary. So very proud of you!!
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Quit 11 months 3 weeks ago Commented 9 hours 56 min ago
❤️ and 2 weeks for you!!!! Can you believe it Sherdon???? Almost one year ago, you and I stepped out into the world of the unknown and here we are 😊❤️😊❤️. What do you have planned for your celebration? I am so proud of you too ❌⭕️
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Quit 11 years 7 months ago Commented 9 hours 43 min ago
Such a great post sherdon, thank you for the shout out to Liz S! Congratulations to you both on reaching over 11 months smoke-free! What an amazing accomplishment, we hope you are able to reward yourself for all your hard work! Thank you for being such supportive members within our Community, you are SO appreciated ❤️! Keep up the fantastic work!
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Quit 11 months 2 weeks ago Commented 9 hours 15 min ago
Hi: I have a ring that has been sitting in my jewelry box for over 5 years because it is missing a birthstone. I decided my one-year celebration would be to get it fixed. I took it in and the estimate is so much better than I thought it would be! Liz - what do you have planned for your celebration?
Liz S Log in or register to post comments
Quit 11 months 3 weeks ago Commented 5 hours 23 min ago
I think hubby and I are going out for a nice dinner and then to the casino with our $20 in hand 🤣🤣. I don’t have anything calling me to buy myself yet so I’ll keep saving in my jar for now.
Jeanne
Quit 3 weeks 2 days ago posted 13 hours 28 min ago
Can't believe I've come this far! It's interesting to me what habits I had when smoking...I'm a Canucks fan and after watching the first game of the season I got up to go outside and have a smoke before realizing that I don't have to do that anymore. Things are going better than I expected, I find that most cravings are in the afternoon, not sure why. I'm feeling proud. For those of you still struggling - hang in there - if I can do it after over 40 years you can too.
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Quit 11 years 7 months ago Commented 11 hours 49 min ago
Congratulations Jeanne on being 3 weeks and 2 days smoke-free! Isn't it a great feeling when you realize you no longer have to feed that harmful addiction? You are now free from Nicodemon and have taken back your life! Quitting smoking is BIG deal! Have you been able to reward yourself for all your hard work? We hope so as you certainly deserve it! Thank you for updating us on your quit journey, it's always so nice to hear from those who have successfully quit and wanting to give back to the Community! Wishing you all the best in your new smoke-free life! 👏👏👏


Green Meenie Log in or register to post comments
Quit 4 years 8 months ago Commented 10 hours 48 min ago
You're right Jeanne! Smoking is tied to so many things we do as smokers and we don't realize that until we quit. Happy to hear your quit has been relatively smooth so far. Take advantage of that fact and make this your forever quit because those smokes never solved any of our problems - ever!
Stay on guard for unexpected cravings as time goes by and remember the only rule - NOPE! Not One Puff Ever.
Liz S Log in or register to post comments
Quit 11 months 3 weeks ago Commented 9 hours 59 min ago
👏👏👏👏 keep being amazing Jeanne 🤗.
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Quit 1 year 11 months ago Commented 9 hours 12 min ago
Very proud of you Jeanne. When you started your quit you were scared of what was going to 'happen'. Well what 'happened' is the remarkable makings of a flower you planted over three WEEKS ago!
I agree that you should keep a watchful eye on the nicodemon, NEVER feel over confident that what you have accomplished was easy and could be done anytime. You have arrived at a place in your quit that perhaps it may have been much more difficult to arrive at at any other time. Your mental frame of mind and the time you chose to quit were aligned leading you here to this place in your quit. Protect it at all times, it is the most important thing you can do for yourself and it IS happening. Steady as she goes and NOPE!! I'm really excited for you as you move forward Jeanne.
thecoolbusdriver
Quitting in 3 days 1 hour posted 1 day 4 hours ago
I just started a new life new job across the country here in bc and need to let bad habits go.
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Liz S Log in or register to post comments
Quit 11 months 3 weeks ago Commented 1 day 3 hours ago
Welcome aboard coolbusdriver 🤗. Your day has been set which is a big step! This forum is a great place if you need support and the Quit Coaches are ready to help as well should you need it 😊
Frankie B Log in or register to post comments
Quit 2 weeks 6 days ago Commented 1 day 3 hours ago
What’s more perfect then starting a new life without smoking?!!! You are making the best decision ever ☺️Congratulations thecoolbusdriver on your new adventures. It sounds exciting to me . Yeah this forum is the best thing ever for quitting and getting the support you need. There’s some mighty fine professionals here that have a lot of wisdom and experience with what your about to embark on. All the best and I am rooting you on!
QuitCoach Elke Log in or register to post comments
Quit 27 years 8 months ago Commented 1 day 1 hour ago
Welcome to the forum thecoolbusdriver! What a great way to use that new beginning to live a healthier life. The forum is a wonderful community that support each other. You can connect with a quit coach via the chat or by calling 1-877-455-2233. By the way, you may be able to access free Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) products through your pharmacy, if you have your medical service plan card. All the best for your quit!
Lucille Brown Log in or register to post comments
Quit 5 years 7 months ago Commented 16 hours 24 min ago
When you're ready, we'll be here to support you. In the meantime educate yourself by reading some of the posts from folks like yourself who are trying to quit. Practice deep breathing, drink plenty of water, reach out when you need to and be prepared for a difficult but doable journey. Welcome to the Quitnow community. Lucille.
Stanley Log in or register to post comments
Quit 5 months 3 weeks ago Commented 14 hours 12 min ago
Welcome on board, You will find new life here and love it. Cheer you up and KEEP NOPE. Stand firm to say NO to nicodemon
Beanie57 Log in or register to post comments
Quit 7 months ago Commented 12 hours 3 min ago
Hi thecoolbusdriver. Welcome to BC. It’s exciting to start a new life! Welcome to the forum. It’s a great place to go when you’re needing some support. I rely heavily on it. Let us know when you quit. Maybe your new job will help distract you. How long have you smoked for? Are you going to use NRT? I did and I found my pharmacist so supportive. I remember phoning her in tears. I didn’t think anything was going to help me quit smoking! But it did help and especially the nicotine spray Nic Hit. It’s been a lifesaver. We’ll all the best. Keep in touch
GregD Log in or register to post comments
Quit 1 year 11 months ago Commented 9 hours 9 min ago
Welcome to BC, CBD! It's a great time to get rid of that smokers baggage! YUK!
era
Quit 2 months 1 week ago posted 1 day 5 hours ago
Hi friends,

Today was not a good day because I stepped on the scale. Bad news. 🙁

I was even tempted to return to smoking as a means to control my weight.....10 extra pounds in just 2 months!

I know when you quit smoking your appetite and metabolism return to normal, which may lead you to eat more and burn fewer calories....but this is over the top.

I'm feeling particularly unhappy right now.







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Stanley Log in or register to post comments
Quit 5 months 3 weeks ago Commented 1 day 5 hours ago
At my beginning of quit, I started to run for at least 30mins almost 5km per day. After a month 6-8km per day. I finally lose 30lbs. But now I need to get back to work. I don’t have much time to run each day. Now I gain back 6-8lbs. So if you have time do some running for sure you are able to control your weight gain.

Cheer you up and Keep Nope

Stand firm to say no to nicodemon
Liz S Log in or register to post comments
Quit 11 months 3 weeks ago Commented 1 day 4 hours ago
Hi era … I know that I too have put on weight as I cannot fit into some of my clothes … I do not own a scale as I always felt that I don’t want to be dominated by a number (long story about weight stuff growing up) so now I sit with it. What to do? Love ourselves unconditionally at this time of change. 🤗 I am also sending you a hug … I am so proud of you! 🤗
Lucille Brown Log in or register to post comments
Quit 5 years 7 months ago Commented 1 day 4 hours ago
era, the most important thing you did was quit. There will be a few repercussions because of it but the benefits far outweigh them. Give yourself credit for giving up on smoking. Keep doing what you're doing, go for a 30 minute walk each day, you'd be amazed at the amount of calories you can burn off simply by doing that. It takes time for everything to return to normal after you quit, don't think otherwise. Give it time and just because you've gained a little weight, it doesn't change who you are. You're still you, and should be very proud of yourself for having taken the initiative to do something that will later prove to be a godsend. You're still the amazing person you were , nothing but nothing can change that. Hugs, Lucille.
Frankie B Log in or register to post comments
Quit 2 weeks 6 days ago Commented 1 day 3 hours ago
Hi Era. Sorry this has brought you down today ❤️ I totally understand not wanting to gain weight. It can feel so discouraging. I had gained around 15 pounds in the beginning of this year. I was going through extreme stress and trying to quit smoking at the same time. I totally felt down about my weight gain . I had to stop my self from beating my self up about it . It is what is. So I started to cut sugar and carbs out . Just stuck to meat , veggies and fruit and went on really long walks daily. Slowly I started to loose pounds and was able to get back to where I wanted. I relapsed in July and straight away I started to eat crappy food. I love A &W and Hagendaz ice cream hehe 😜 Any way I started eating bad and stopped my big walks. It’s like smoking instantly went hand in hand with an unhealthy lifestyle . I was beating my self up about it all and smoking at the same time. Now I’ve been quit almost 3 weeks . After the unhealthy summer I ended gaining all that weight back that I had worked hard to loose. Now I’ve been rewarding my self with treats because of quitting so that’s adding up even more I’m sure. I am not going to let it discourage me. I know that I will eventually get back to eating better and walking but quitting smoking is the MOST important thing right now. I must add that when I’m feeling down I will put my favourite music on and dance . I don’t care if I look like a fool . It gets the body moving and sometimes I feel cool doing it . I think your post is so important Era. It’s something that so many quitters face . I hope tomorrow is better . Be kind and patient with your self . Baby steps!!
QuitCoach Elke Log in or register to post comments
Quit 27 years 8 months ago Commented 1 day 1 hour ago
Era, it is pretty common to gain some pounds when quitting smoking as one of the withdrawal symptoms is increased appetite, as nicotine does suppress appetite. But withdrawal symptoms usually become less and less over time. So don't be too hard on yourself, see it as temporary. Others have shared some wonderful examples about their experiences and suggestions for physical activities and healthy eating. Making those healthy choices can be your new commitment, Setbacks are temporary. You have come so far, you can go so much further! Wishing you strength!
Beanie57 Log in or register to post comments
Quit 7 months ago Commented 13 hours ago
Hi Era, I know what you mean! I quit 7 months ago and now weigh 141lbs! This is the biggest I’ve ever been! I used to weigh 98lbs which was too small but smoking took the place of eating. My ideal weight is 110lbs. I’ve had to buy a whole new wardrobe which was very expensive. All of my jackets are too small, I can’t get them done up so had to buy a new winter jacket, size large! I used to wear an XS. I have what my daughter calls a muffin top. Lol. But guess what? I now have cleavage! Lol. Having said all this I’m so happy that I quit smoking! I’d far rather deal with the extra weight than be back to smoking which was killing me. It makes me so proud to say I’m a nonsmoker. I called on the forum with my distress towards the weight gain. I got many good tips. One of which was to quit snaking so much which I do. I don’t eat regularly as a matter of fact I starve myself in hopes of losing the weight. My Dr reminded me that if I do that my body will hang on to the extra weight as if it’s going into hibernation so I need to quit doing that. I’ve got to try to start eating regular meals and drinking lots of water. I’ve been looking online for healthy meals. I’m also going to be working with a dietitian soon. She’ll be able to help me quit eating the foods that cause weight gain and share with me what types of foods are healthy for me. I’ve never had to worry about the types of foods I ate because I never gained weight. Now I have to focus on healthy eating and try to increase my exercise. This is difficult because I have COPD which is acting up right now so not able to walk as much as I should. I love walking especially to McDonald’s to get my reward. An XL coffee! Lol. Hang in there and don’t go back to smoking!!! We can work together at losing weight. We can send each other tips. Take care. Congratulations on your quit!!! Focus on that. You’ve got lots of time to deal with weight gain
sherdon Log in or register to post comments
Quit 11 months 2 weeks ago Commented 10 hours 31 min ago
Hi Era: Congratulations on being smoke-free for 2 months. I have put on 25 pounds over the past 10 months. I didn't stress myself about it. I decided I would deal with any weight I put on when I got to one year of not smoking. That is coming up for me next month. I'm starting to think about my weight loss plan. Be gentle with yourself. You can always deal with the weight at a later date. You are doing something really good for yourselfr.
era Log in or register to post comments
Quit 2 months 1 week ago Commented 10 hours 10 min ago
Thanks everyone. 😊

I'm feeling a little better today about the situation.

I'm digging in my heels and focusing on my quit first...blasting away the fat comes second.

Though I truly enjoyed a 45 minute walk to the dentist this morning. Exercise is key.
Stanley
Quit 5 months 3 weeks ago posted 1 day 7 hours ago
The sneaky thought arise again after I finished my task. The thought is trying to take control of my mind to push me try one or two. I don't give in. I won't give in. I don't want to go to the little store to buy a pack for a puff. It is useless. I had one then I will had two. It is never ending story. It also waken up my addiction come alive again. It is not worth it. I always keep remind myself why I quit. The reason is I don't want being slavery by the cigarettes' and Nico demon. Keep hid in somewhere to smoke. Every half hour need to have a smoke. When the mood up and down need to smoke. Everything in my life is smoking. I don't want to have these situation anymore.

So cheer everyone up and KEEP NOPE always

Stand firm to say NO to nicodemon
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QuitCoach Katerina Log in or register to post comments
Quit 11 years 7 months ago Commented 1 day 7 hours ago
Great work Stanley using positive self talk to work through those cravings! "I wont give in" This shows how determined you are to remain smoke-free! Smoking is indeed, "useless", not good for us whatsoever! It is not worth it, you have worked so hard to get to where you are! You are now free from cigarettes, no longer a slave to the Nicodemon. Great job reminding yourself that if you introduce smoking again, the receptors will be reactivated, which re-awakens cravings and the addiction process. This can make remaining smoke free tough, and we become vulnerable to relapsing and going back to regular smoking again. You have worked far too hard to go back now Stanley! You've got this Stanley, enjoy your freedom and keep NOPE! 🎉
Liz S Log in or register to post comments
Quit 11 months 3 weeks ago Commented 1 day 6 hours ago
You definitely don’t want that life again. I realized this weekend that now that I don’t smoke, I don’t miss out on anything 👏👏👏. I would watch people constantly go out for smokes and it didn’t make me want to go out. I give thanks every day! We don’t need to smoke Stanley! 🤗🌹
Stanley Log in or register to post comments
Quit 5 months 3 weeks ago Commented 1 day 6 hours ago
The sneaky thought coming up again. It still floating around up on my head. I hate it keep trying to seduce my mind to feed the nicodemon. I won't do it and I don't give in anymore. As I am a non smoker. I don't want to play one puff or two. It is useless and one puff doesn't help anything. It only makes me feel headaches nothing else. I need to plan what should I do after 15 mins later. I will be off. It is most dangerous hour till to my dinner. I can do it. I can made it. NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE, The sneaky thought still there, I will not off my guard. I will do whatever I need to protect my quit. NOT ONE PUFF EVER is only way out. The thought will go away soon or after. I need patient to let it go.

Cheer everyone up. Stand firm to say No to nicodemon
Green Meenie Log in or register to post comments
Quit 4 years 8 months ago Commented 1 day 6 hours ago
Stanley;
If you had just one, you would be right back to where you started and where you started was wishing you could be where you are right now - almost 1/2 Year Quit!
Liz S Log in or register to post comments
Quit 11 months 3 weeks ago Commented 1 day 5 hours ago
Are you a bubble bath person? I would have a quick bubble bath when I was having a hard time … maybe a shower if that is too girly? It makes time pass, and I find water soothing and bubble bath scents helped with the senses too! There’s always scented Epson salts too 😊
Stanley Log in or register to post comments
Quit 5 months 3 weeks ago Commented 1 day 5 hours ago
The thought 💭 was gone. I am safe now. It is not an urge or crave. It is the sneaky thought keep bothering in between the hour before and after I off my work. I went to T&T supermarket to buy some cherry tomatoes and avocado 🥑 to distract myself. I almost half year. And I have a patch on during the day. As I used to have a smoke when I done for a task. So I need the patch help me a bit.

Stand firm to say NO to nicodemon
Stanley Log in or register to post comments
Quit 5 months 3 weeks ago Commented 1 day 5 hours ago
Thank you GM, Liz and all
Lucille Brown Log in or register to post comments
Quit 5 years 7 months ago Commented 1 day 4 hours ago
Stanley, Green Meenie is right , you'd really regret your decision to start all over again. It's not worth it and look at how far you've gone already. Only one week to your 1/2 year milestone. Good job Stanley. Hugs, Lucille.
Frankie B Log in or register to post comments
Quit 2 weeks 6 days ago Commented 1 day 3 hours ago
Way to beat the craving down Stanley!! I am soooooooooo proud of you for making it almost 1/2 a year and cheering for you every day❤️ Your doing amazing Stanley!!!
Travman
Quit 1 day 22 hours ago posted 1 day 12 hours ago
Good morning
I have been smoking since early teens, which led to smoking Marijuana and other drugs. I have now quit everything but need the extra help from the experts that can give me direction.
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QuitCoach Katerina Log in or register to post comments
Quit 11 years 7 months ago Commented 1 day 11 hours ago
Welcome Travman to the QuitNow Community! You are certainly in the right place for support throughout your quit journey. Please remember that quitting is very personal and what has worked for one person might not work for others. You are the expert in your quit as you know yourself best 😊. Congratulations on quitting those harmful substances, what strategies did you find helpful to do so? It can be helpful for some to create a quit plan to set themselves up for success. This might include the following:
1) Setting a quit date (congratulations, again :) )
2) Preparing your environment (removing ashtrays, lighters, cigarettes etc.)
3) Creating a written list that you can carry with you that includes: your reasons for quitting (you might find this list helpful to read when you are tempted)
4) Changing your habits (avoiding foods, drinks, places, situations etc. that you associate with smoking)
5) Incorporating daily exercise (can be a great way to work through stress/withdrawals symptoms)
6) Knowing your triggers and brainstorming how to get through them
7) Reward yourself for all your non-smoking achievements, no matter how small they might be.
8) Set up your support systems: Let all your friends know you are going smoke-free and ask them to support you by not smoking around you. Supports can also include the Community Forum or the Quit Coaches who offer free support by phone at 1-877-455-2233 or through online chat!
Please let us know how we can best support you! You are not alone on your quit journey, we are here for you!
QuitCoach Shikha Log in or register to post comments
Quit 7 years 5 months ago Commented 1 day 11 hours ago
Hi Travman,
congratulations on your quit. You did something really courageous to quit all of them. One suggestion i have is planning ahead. Such as identify reasons that can cause you to smoke and have a craving and coming up with a list on how you would deal with those triggers. Remember to keep using the 4Ds- delay, distract, drink water, and deep breathing as well. Don't hesitate to call us at 1-877-455-2233 to speak to a coach in person!
Liz S Log in or register to post comments
Quit 11 months 3 weeks ago Commented 1 day 10 hours ago
Welcome Travman 🎉👏🎉👏🎉👏🎉 wow you are one determined person and that is amazing!!! Definitely connect with a quit coach to have your plan in place if you are comfortable doing that … they are available by live chat or phone. We have all tackled these demons in a different way and some of us (🙋🏻‍♀️) have tried multiple ways to quit … we are all here to help as best we can so stay connected and engaged if you need us! You can do this Travman!!! 🌹
Lucille Brown Log in or register to post comments
Quit 5 years 7 months ago Commented 1 day 4 hours ago
Welcome to the forum. Call the Quitline at the number that the quit coaches have given you. I promise you won't regret it. Congratulations on your quits and well done. Hugs, Lucille.
Frankie B Log in or register to post comments
Quit 2 weeks 6 days ago Commented 1 day 3 hours ago
Welcome Travman!! This is a great forum with so many folks like yourself. Congratulations on quitting both tobacco and marijuana!! We are all here to help and support your quit journey ❤️🌄
sabritas@sabrosas
Quit 9 months 3 weeks ago posted 1 day 16 hours ago
Good morning everyone
I am up super early today and reading the most recent posts on this forum. We are so lucky to have such quality people with a wealth of experience here! And everyone is so kind and uplifting too. Thank you all. Today I challenge you to find something that brings your joy, is easy to do, and has nothing to do with smoking. How about call an old friend? Go for a walk? Watch the sunrise/sunset? Hug your kids or read a book. I am going to try something today too ❤️
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Lucille Brown Log in or register to post comments
Quit 5 years 7 months ago Commented 1 day 16 hours ago
Good morning Sabritas, what a lovely post. My greatest joy is my grandkids although I won't be able to see them this week as I have a cold, so I think I'll forgo it for a while until it's better. Have a lovely day and take care, Lucille.
Liz S Log in or register to post comments
Quit 11 months 3 weeks ago Commented 1 day 15 hours ago
Reading this message from you just brought joy to my heart. I’m off for a run shortly when the sun rises … my joy will be running over 🤗. Sending you the biggest, warmest hug 😘
QuitCoach Shikha Log in or register to post comments
Quit 7 years 5 months ago Commented 1 day 11 hours ago
Hi Sabritas,
Thanks for your bright post this morning! I like your ideas and suggestions as it doesn't relate to smoking. When quitting smoking we definitely want to engage in other (new) activities. Watching the sunset probably something i'll do today! Hope everyone does something nice for themselves today :)
QuitCoach Katerina Log in or register to post comments
Quit 11 years 7 months ago Commented 1 day 11 hours ago
Good morning Sabrita, thank you for sharing such a lovely post. We certainly are lucky to have such a wonderful group of people within our Community! We thank you for being such a supportive and dedicated member within our friendly Community! ❤️ Challenge accepting, being present and grateful is yet another amazing reward we get to experience once we are free from the Necodemon. Wishing everyone a beautiful smoke-free day!
Stanley Log in or register to post comments
Quit 5 months 3 weeks ago Commented 1 day 10 hours ago
I will have a lunch coffee and enjoy the sunshine. I haven't see the SUN a week. :)
GregD Log in or register to post comments
Quit 1 year 11 months ago Commented 1 day 7 hours ago
Going outside during a storm to be in the wind and rain to watch the ocean waves and the birds wind surfing!
Frankie B Log in or register to post comments
Quit 2 weeks 6 days ago Commented 1 day 3 hours ago
What a lovely post Sabritas ❤️I hope you had a great day . Whoooohoooooo almost 10 months for you !!!!
ben2001
Quit 1 month 1 week ago posted 2 days 1 hour ago
How do you guys get over the fear of relapse? I'm a month and 5 days since my last cigarette. I don't get cravings anymore and hardly even think about cigarettes. I only smoked for about 8 months so it may be easier.
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QuitCoach Katerina Log in or register to post comments
Quit 11 years 7 months ago Commented 2 days 1 hour ago
Hello ben2001, congratulations on being 1 month smoke-free! It can be helpful to explore relapse prevention to help overcome the fear of relapse. It's important to not panic if a relapse were to happen, quitting smoking is challenging and for many it takes multiple quit attempts to quit completely. You might find it help to recognize the warning signs:
• Know your triggers and temptations that cause major cravings to smoke.
• Be aware of emotional states that can trigger your cravings, like negative moods (anger, anxiety, depression) or positive moods (celebrations).
• Recognize that negative physical states, like pain, illness and fatigue can be triggers to smoke.
• Feeling like you’ve got everything under control and can have a smoke every once in a while (which you can’t).
• Still experiencing withdrawal or cravings long after quitting.
• Socializing with others who smoke or living with someone who smokes.
You might then find it helpful Review your coping strategies
• List how you will avoid or cope with triggers to smoke
• Plan for high risk situations and seek help from buddies to stick to your plan
Plan for ongoing support:
• Use NRT to reduce withdrawal and cravings. Adjust medication if you are still experiencing cravings.
• Call (1-877-455-2233) or live chat with the Quit Coaches for motivation or to stay connected with and be accountable to someone.
• Visit our Forum for support from other quitters.
• Line up friends and family to help you stay on track.
Hang in there Ben, you've worked hard to stay quit, you've got this!
Green Meenie Log in or register to post comments
Quit 4 years 8 months ago Commented 2 days 1 hour ago
You must have had a reason to quit, right Ben?

Just keep that reason in mind should the cravings to smoke again become stronger. That reason will never change and from the sounds of it, you have pretty much got your quit under control. Long as you don't get careless, you should be good to go!
Liz S Log in or register to post comments
Quit 11 months 3 weeks ago Commented 1 day 16 hours ago
Hi Ben. I am so glad you stopped after 8 months!!! For me, it would mean giving up my freedom after a 38 year ball and chain was stuck around my neck and that is a strong enough reason not to give into relapse thoughts. You had a little taste of the control a cig can have on your life … super proud of you for seeing the light! 🌹🤗
Lucille Brown Log in or register to post comments
Quit 5 years 7 months ago Commented 1 day 15 hours ago
Ben, be it a year or 8 months it's always a good time to quit and you've found your way back to being a non smoker. Relapses can be quite common but you have control over your actions . If you choose not to smoke, then you won't, but if you lose that will, then and only then will you start up again. Just say NOPE (Not one Puff Ever) and rely on your good sense to guide you in the right direction. I know you'll make the right decision. you have a month under your belt already, just keep on your toes and doing what you have to , to stay quit. Hugs, Lucille.
GregD Log in or register to post comments
Quit 1 year 11 months ago Commented 1 day 7 hours ago
Congratulations on one month Ben! Keep er going all the way to total freedom!!
Stanley
Quit 5 months 3 weeks ago posted 2 days 8 hours ago
The sneaky thought came up again after I finished a task during the work hours. I am on patch so the crave is not strong. I just feel exhausted and need something to relax myself. But the first came up my mind is smoking. I won't and I don't give in anymore. I am smoke free. The sun is coming out today. I should have a walk after work. I don't visit the little store anymore, now i switch to visit MacDonald for a coffee. Hope I am not drinking too much coffee for a day. I will let the craving pass, it will pass definitely. No More visit little store, it won't help any to relax my mind.

Cheer everyone up and KEEP NOPE

Stand firm to say NO to nicodemon
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Stanley Log in or register to post comments
Quit 5 months 3 weeks ago Commented 2 days 7 hours ago
Finally, Done for the task today. The sneaky thought came again while I am done. I will wait for it and let it go. I don't go little store anymore.

Cheer everyone up and KEEP NOPE.

Stand firm to say No to nicodemon
QuitCoach Elke Log in or register to post comments
Quit 27 years 8 months ago Commented 2 days 7 hours ago
Stanley, good for staying firm and talking yourself out of smoking! It sounds like walks and a new routine are helpful. Whatever activity you can find to help you get through the craving is better than reaching out for a cigarette. Belief that you are stronger than the cravings and continue to say NOPE!
Lucille Brown Log in or register to post comments
Quit 5 years 7 months ago Commented 2 days 7 hours ago
Well done Stanley. Good on you for taking a stand and staying positive in the process.
Stanley Log in or register to post comments
Quit 5 months 3 weeks ago Commented 2 days 6 hours ago
Thanks Lucille,

Thanks Elke,

I change a bit of my routine. I went to MacDonald for a second small coffee during my break to avoid myself to visit the little store. So now I had a morning coffee then lunch break for a second. Tmr might have an Earl Grey tea then lunch for a small coffee. Hope not drinking too much caffeine.

Cheer everyone up and Keep NOPE.

Stand firm to say NO to nicodemon
Zoerose Log in or register to post comments
Quit 3 days 22 hours ago Commented 2 days 5 hours ago
Great job Stanley! Good for you for changing up your routine, which I think will be a big help!! And getting out for a walk too. I find getting more active makes you not want to smoke.
Liz S Log in or register to post comments
Quit 11 months 3 weeks ago Commented 2 days 5 hours ago
Great job Stanley … I actually find that I enjoy my coffee so much more now 😀. NOPE is the only way!
Stanley Log in or register to post comments
Quit 5 months 3 weeks ago Commented 2 days 4 hours ago
Hi Liz,

It is good to have a coffee when the craving hit me. Now the sneaky thought came again after my dinner. I stand firm to say no to nicodemon. I don’t go to little store anymore. No more as I used to be there to buy cigarettes only nothing else. The sunset is very beautiful today. This makes me want a puff. I know I don’t need it . I don’t give in no matter what it will not help me relax. It is a fallacy. I am a non smoker. I have 5 months in my belt. I think I can overcome this time. The craving and sneaky thought will pass I am waiting for it.

Cheer everyone up and keep NOPE is only way

Stand firm to say no to nicodemon
Beanie57 Log in or register to post comments
Quit 7 months ago Commented 2 days 3 hours ago
Stanley, good for you! You’ve changed your routine! You’re avoiding the corner store too. When I first quit I had to avoid the customer service checkout in Country Grocer because that is where I used to buy all my smokes. I couldn’t imagine going through there and not buying smokes. Then after about a month I started going through customer service again with my groceries because it was quicker. I watched other customers buy smokes and thought yes I used to do that but now I am a nonsmoker. When it was my turn the cashier rang through my purchases and then hesitated. She was used to me buying cigarettes. She finally asked me if there would be anything else. No thanks I said proudly, that’s it. My daughter was right behind me and she seemed relieved after all, it was my idea to go through customer service. There’s no doubt that I was on edge but I did it. I was so pleased with myself. Every time I went to the store from then on I wondered if I was strong enough to go through customer service. It would be so easy to buy just one pack of cigarettes. The cashier wouldn’t judge me, my daughter wouldn’t judge me. I could buy a pack and just sit outside on the bench and just have a couple. The thing that stopped me was the fact that I couldn’t handle the thought of starting all over again at square one. I was in tears most of the first month. The patch wasn’t working well enough so I was in close contact with my pharmacist. We tried other NRTs. I increased my walking. You said you were going to go for a walk after work. Good for you Stanley. I made more trips to the store and over time it got easier. I still feel stressed esp. when I watch other people buy them. But then I say NOPE and remind myself of the money I’m saving and how much better I feel. And my daughter is usually with me and I wouldn’t want to disappoint her, she’s so proud. I go to McDonald’s too Stanley. Everyday and buy an extra large coffee. Usually just one large cup a day. So it’s better to go to McDonald’s than to have a cigarette. Keep up the great work. Keep telling yourself NOPE
CWilky Log in or register to post comments
Quit 3 weeks 5 days ago Commented 2 days 3 hours ago
I think that’s great that you have decided not to visit the little store anymore Stanley! You sound strong and I am cheering you on!! I to drink a lot of coffee ☺️
Stanley Log in or register to post comments
Quit 5 months 3 weeks ago Commented 2 days 2 hours ago
Thanks Beanies,

I know it is tough to avoid the temptation from the store where we used to visit. So I try not to visit it. But Beanie you are stronger than I thought you dare to take the challenge. I am so proud of what you did as well. I just went to Costco to do a refund there is long line up. I wait on the queue almost 25 mins. It is good for me to calm my sneaky thought 💭 down. After refund the thought 💭 was gone. I am free. Now is over 7:00pm I think I am safe from nicodemon. I made it another day.

Thanks Beanie your sharing
Green Meenie Log in or register to post comments
Quit 4 years 8 months ago Commented 2 days 2 hours ago
This is the hardest and most time consuming part of quitting Stanley. As smokers we have to relearn how to live daily life without lighting up a smoke after almost everything we do. It's confusing and frustrating at times. It requires exactly what you are doing now .... trial and error. Find what changes in your routine work for YOU! Be patient. It WILL happen for you as long as you keep at it. One day, that sneaky little voice will be so quiet, you'll just laugh at it when it tries to lure you back to slavery. You are closer than you think to that day Stanley!
Be patient and always keep Nope. Keep protecting that quit with your life. You have made great progress. You just have to keep finding your way through new situations each day. Pretty soon, everything will seem normal to you again.
Stanley Log in or register to post comments
Quit 5 months 3 weeks ago Commented 2 days 2 hours ago
Thank GM,

now I am relearn how to deal with a Jon that without smoking when I feeling exhausted. I change my routine sometime to avoid myself to visit the little store while my lunch break. I think I am trying to not let myself off the track. Because it is very easy to tempt when the sneaky thought arise. I hope I will not bother bu the sneaky thought 💭 someday soon. Keep NOPE.
CWilky
Quit 3 weeks 5 days ago posted 2 days 11 hours ago
I have been fighting the good fight the last few days. I wrote this on another forum this weekend and thought I would share here…….

Well I have my ups and downs but this weekend was a down. I am 21 days in but felt GRUMPY and unmotivated most of the weekend ☹️ I have quit so many times and I now know I have been here before. When I am in this grumpy “state” I feel like it’s hard to get out of and I think “ what’s wrong with me ???”Ive made the mistake in the past of not blaming this “state “ on quitting smoking . I think 🤔 “NO!!! It can’t be the quitting , I’m a month in for petty sakes!Its me! There’s something wrong with me! Why can’t I be Happy??? I was happier when I smoked!!🥺”

Well I figured out it has not been me. I am not going to give the cigarette credit for my happiness anymore . I can be happy without smoking and I will do that on my own accord. I’m just having what I’m going to call a “chemically unbalanced day” from smoking and YES that can be 21 days in! We do a lot of damage, smoking 4000 + chemicals per cigarette, to our bodies and the pathways in our brains 🧠 So yeah…..it is going to take time to heal!!! So many things in the body need to readjust and that doesn’t happen over night. I write this in hopes that if anyone else is feeling frustrated because they are weeks or months into their quit and still struggling , having good days and then all of a sudden some bad days, that you are not alone and for many this takes a lot of time to heal and it can be a mind bending roller coaster 🎢 . Be kind to your self because emotions and feelings can cause a quick stir in calm waters and can “ feel” like they are out of control …..sometimes we just have to wait……….and then wait some more until we feel better.

Made it through the weekend with my partner and I not smoking together and that’s all that matters ❤️
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Liz S Log in or register to post comments
Quit 11 months 3 weeks ago Commented 2 days 9 hours ago
Huge congrats to you both!!! We can be happy as a non smoker, it just takes time for this new way of being to become our normal. Only time will make that happen … until then, keep doing the amazing things that you are doing CW 🌹😍
QuitCoach Katerina Log in or register to post comments
Quit 11 years 7 months ago Commented 2 days 8 hours ago
Way to go CWilky, great use of positive self-talk, you have taken back your life and you certainly can be happy without smoking! Congratulations on being 21 days smoke-free! You must be so proud! Reminding yourself of how harmful smoking is an excellent way to boost your motivation, you are certainly better off without them! Your body and mind thank you for making the healthy choice to quit! You are also doing a fantastic job being gentle, patient and kind with yourself as you are going through this healing process. 👏 Thank for normalizing that no matter how far into your quit you might be, there are good days and bad days. We assure you that this roller coaster is worth it! As you may know, quitting smoking is the best thing you can do for your health! ❤️ Great job to the both of you for remaining smoke-free, be sure to reward yourself for all your hard word! Thank you for updating us on your quit journey and for continuously being a supportive member of our Community! All the best!
Stanley Log in or register to post comments
Quit 5 months 3 weeks ago Commented 2 days 8 hours ago
Hi CWilKY,

Be patient, the good time will come. Stay strong.

Keep NOPE always and cheer you up
Lucille Brown Log in or register to post comments
Quit 5 years 7 months ago Commented 2 days 7 hours ago
You've just aknowledged what everyone goes through when they quit CWilky and you are definitely not alone. Better days are on their way and it will get easier in the long run. Remember one step at a time, practice your deep breathing, drink plenty of water and get some exercise. You're doing great, just hang in there. Hugs, Lucille.
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Quit 3 days 22 hours ago Commented 2 days 5 hours ago
Great advice!! And yes I think so.etimes we feel like in a certain amount of time we should be over smoking. But most of us has done it for a lot of years and it will really will take time to build a life free of smoking. But it will be worth it!
CWilky Log in or register to post comments
Quit 3 weeks 5 days ago Commented 2 days 3 hours ago
Thank you Liz, Katerina, Stanley, Lucille and Zoerose ! I sure do love this community 🤗
Green Meenie Log in or register to post comments
Quit 4 years 8 months ago Commented 2 days 2 hours ago
"I am not going to give the cigarette credit for my happiness anymore ."
Absolutely spot on CW! As smokers we all gave cigarettes too much undeserved credit.

As smokers we get so used to being a slave to nicotine that we forget how to control and enjoy our own lives without the smokes. Well; I can tell you from first hand experience, it IS possible to take back your life and when you do .... it's wonderful! You want to know what freedom feels like? Quit smoking. That's freedom!