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Quit 1 year 1 month ago posted 1 month ago
We have made some changes to the QuitNow website. We are committed to continuous service improvements for QuitNow, and as part of this work, we have made changes to our website.

Welcome to the new QuitNow Community Forum. You may notice the Forum has been refreshed, and you aren’t seeing any past posts. We look forward to seeing your new posts and messages of support for each other.

If you are new to QuitNow, you can Join Now to get started on your journey to becoming nicotine-free. As a member, you can reach out to our experienced Quit Coaches by phone or live chat, participate in our Community Forum, and create a personalized Quit Plan.
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Lucille Brown Log in or register to post comments
Quit 4 years 10 months ago Commented 1 month ago
I preferred seeing the past posts, I liked to go back and read the many posts from others, they were very helpful to myself and the members. Why the big change and how can we retrieve all the information and past posts that we answered. Will they be archived or just trashed. Really disappointed . I've already answered most of these posts and now have to do them all over again. Lucille.
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Quit 1 year 1 month ago Commented 1 month ago
Dear Lucille,

Thank you for reaching out. We’d like to share our response to you with the rest of the QuitNow community here.

We have been planning our website update for a while now and discussing this very issue about the forum content. We have kept all of the posts, and are reviewing them to help us to improve our systems. We are also taking a closer look at ways to bring the posts back in a future update.

Your support is integral to our community and we are excited to see you continuing to share your encouragement and support for other members as the forum grows back in size.

~ The QuitNow Team
Lucille Brown Log in or register to post comments
Quit 4 years 10 months ago Commented 1 month ago
I don't know how the other members are going to react to this new forum, I only hope they continue to offer their advice and support as we all need to work together to see it reach fruition. I know change is good and sometimes it has to be that way, but this is way more than I expected. I hope the others come back as we need everyone on board in order for this to continue and there are many more here who have put their heart and soul into it, I admire each of them and always look forward to reading their advice and their posts. I really hope they all come back.
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Quit 2 years 10 months ago Commented 1 month ago
QuitNow Team....Lucille is right, from a member's point of view or perspective, it was definitely nice to have the history, of the feed. Some days when you feel you just can't go one more day, it was refreshing to be able to read what the others are going through, and to scroll back and read supportive comments from fellow ex smokers. I mean most everyone on here will admit there are some crazy times...for example in the middle of the night, when you feel like you have to have that smoke and you have no support around....the forum was always a guarantee of being there and rereading the older comments from the feed. I think you will find it was something that a lot of us can relate too. As well, we formed on-line relationships with these ex-smokers, and by reading and going through the history of comments, it was definitely something that I for one felt inclusive of when I thought the average person would not understand.
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Quit 1 year 1 month ago Commented 1 month ago
Hi judythebeauty,

We hear you, and understand the importance of the history of the feed to many members. Please know, we are looking at ways to make this change.

We hope you continue to help support other’s journeys with encouragement and support on the Community Forum here.

~ The QuitNow Team
Lucille Brown Log in or register to post comments
Quit 4 years 10 months ago Commented 4 weeks 1 day ago
I prefered the old forum but I guess I'll have to get use to this one.
Green Meenie Log in or register to post comments
Quit 3 years 11 months ago Commented 3 weeks 3 days ago
My impression of the changes to the website: I'll score them as Touchdowns or Fumbles

Touchdown - The multitude of services provided by this Provincially funded smoking cessation program are presented in a much improved way now particularly for new people exploring the site who are just thinking about maybe quitting.

Fumble - Forum has suffered in that it seems much more cumbersome and more difficult to navigate than it was previously. Would liked to have seen some added graphics capability with the forum such as enabling the posting of simple jpg or png images and direct link access for helpful smoking cessation information. Instead, even imagery for member names has been eliminated. Text only is visually mundane/boring.

Lucille Brown Log in or register to post comments
Quit 4 years 10 months ago Commented 3 weeks 3 days ago
I agree with Reciprocity, and I think there are many of the old quitters that will agree as well. At least try to incorporate some of the old forum into it. Bring back the avatars etc. and why do we have to answer one post at a time rather than all at once. It's more time consuming and needs a little something. Right now it is rather boring. It doesn't do anything to attract you to it.
judythebeauty Log in or register to post comments
Quit 2 years 10 months ago Commented 3 weeks 3 days ago
Totally agree with reciprocity, the graphic capability would be amazing.
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Quit 1 year 3 months ago Commented 1 week 6 days ago
This new format is not as good
sabritas@sabrosas Log in or register to post comments
Quit 2 weeks 4 days ago Commented 4 days 17 hours ago
When I sign in to this site it says Welcome... my name is Sabritas... my reasons for quiting are.... (did you get that quitting has two t’s) even the most basic auto correct could catch that. Updates are needed to the site and the Forum . Thanks, Sabritas
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Quit 10 months 2 weeks ago Commented 3 days 21 hours ago
It's a shame that the old posts are gone - I thought of my old posts as my "quit diary" - I'm a bit sad that I'm not able to take that stroll down memory lane, and if I'd known it would be deleted I would have recorded my journey somewhere else concurrently!

Either way Quitnow is an amazing service and I don't think I could have made it through those first 6 months without it, so thank you all for what you do :)
Lucille Brown Log in or register to post comments
Quit 4 years 10 months ago Commented 3 days 7 hours ago
Can somebody please tell me how to like a post, everytime I press on the like, unlike comes up and I have to press it again to get rid of it. I can't even add my like to the post. It's rather annoying and unimpressive. So many things need changing, please.
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Quit 3 years 11 months ago Commented 3 days 5 hours ago
The "unlike" shows after you have liked a post to show you your current status. In other words, if you see "unlike" it means you have already liked that post or comment. If you see "like" then you haven't liked that post or comment.
Lucille Brown Log in or register to post comments
Quit 4 years 10 months ago Commented 3 days 2 hours ago
GM, thanks for explaining. I'm still totally confused when it comes to this new forum. Hopefully change will be coming soon. Just want things to be back to the way they were. I can't even delete my own posts when I want to. Lucille.
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Quit 2 years 10 months ago Commented 3 days 2 hours ago
I noticed the same Lucille, throws you off the first time, until you click it a couple of times and figure it out. Let's keep our fingers crossed some changes are coming?
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Quit 3 years 11 months ago Commented 2 days 22 hours ago
You can not delete a post completely, as you could before but you can eliminate the content of your post by going into the post and back-spacing the copy out. (I'll post another below and back all the copy out (it will look odd for sure). You can't highlight the copy and hit the back space once because for some reason, the first 15 or 20 characters of the post won't accept highlighting (weird indeed).

You won't get the old forum back but for sure there's some fixes they should be able to execute to make things a little easier to navigate. Let's hope so anyway because I agree, it's kind of pooched at the moment.
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Quit 3 years 11 months ago Commented 2 days 22 hours ago
Hi! I'm writing

I stand corrected. You can't eliminate all copy in a post, only a portion.
Lucille Brown Log in or register to post comments
Quit 4 years 10 months ago Commented 2 days 22 hours ago
I agree GM, it's not working the way it should. Thanks again.
Jan
Quitting in 1 month posted 1 hour 45 min ago
I will soon be schduled for hip replacement surgery. In order to have a more successful recovery I need to quit smoking.
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QuitCoach Katerina Log in or register to post comments
Quit 10 years 10 months ago Commented 26 min 13 sec ago
Welcome Jan to the QuitNow Community and congratulations on setting a quit date! Quitting for your health is a wonderful motivator. As you have mentioned, smoking can delay healing as it depresses the immune system. You may find it helpful to identify all the reasons you’d like to quit which can be helpful motivators during your quit journey. If you’re not sure, you may find it helpful to ask yourself: What do I dislike about smoking? How is smoking affecting my health? How will my life get better when I quit? Please know that we are here to support you and look forward to hearing more about your quit journey. Wishing you all the best with surgery and your quit
TerryTeo
Quitting in 9 hours 8 min posted 8 hours 40 min ago
Today is my new quit date. I am done putting my body through this. I have cut down the last couple of days. Going to use NRT gum to quit. I have stains on my fingers and teeth. Already looking forward to a better future. It's now or never so I will quit now. This site is so invaluable to me for all the best tips. My longest quit was 11 months of vaping but I soon got depressed and went straight back to smoking. I hope I am this motivated by the morning. How to maintain my mental strength and stay quit strong I don't know but one hour at a time. 16 hours of wake time to battle. Can't wait until it gets easier.
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Liz S Log in or register to post comments
Quit 2 months 2 weeks ago Commented 7 hours 59 min ago
Welcome back Terry 🎉🎉🎉. We are all here for you and it will get easier for sure. Do whatever you can to work through your first week ❤️
Lucille Brown Log in or register to post comments
Quit 4 years 10 months ago Commented 7 hours 30 min ago
TerryTeo, you are going to succeed because you are not a quitter. Everytime you find yourself having a difficult time reach out, we're all here for you. Quitting is hard and if there are a few mistakes made along the way then so be it, learn from them and move on as you're doing now. Shows your determination and strength to take on the nicodemon and send him back to where the sun don't shine. Freedom is just around the corner, you just have to find it. Hugs, Lucille.
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Quit 10 years 10 months ago Commented 7 hours 1 min ago
Welcome TerryTeo and congratulations on setting a quit date. It is so important to “never quit quitting” until you’ve reached your goal. Your past experience of being smoke-free for 11 months is great learning that will be helpful this time. Great job reaching out for support on the forum. Feelings of sadness and depression are common during a quit. If depression lasts for more than a month or you experience extreme sadness, you may wish to speak to your health care professional. Remember to be kind to yourself during this challenging time. You may find it helpful to lift your mood by doing things that you enjoy. This may be exercise, speaking with a friend or a Quit Coach or spending some of your savings. What strategies were helpful during your previous quit? If you’d like to discuss more strategies with a Quit Coach please feel free to contact us through chat or by phone at 1-877-455-2233. Please keep us posted on your quit journey and keep up the great work!
Keljune Log in or register to post comments
Quit 6 days 14 hours ago Commented 5 hours 40 min ago
Hi Terry
I know the days can seem so long. I spent a lot of useless time puffing on cigarettes. I’m on my 7 th day and it’s been a challenge. I take it moment by moment.. all these moments have added up to 1 week! Stay strong
Frankie B Log in or register to post comments
Quit 1 week 6 days ago Commented 3 hours 11 min ago
Hi TerryTeo!! Sending strength for tomorrow💜 Be very very kind to your self and come to this forum as much as you need! I am in the beginning stage of my quit journey and there seems to be a lot of us new comers and people who have conquered so lots and lots of great feedback and support here. One day at a time💜
Green Meenie
Quit 3 years 11 months ago posted 12 hours 17 min ago
Here's something I posted a while ago but since the old posts are gone and there's some new quitters around, I thought I'd put it up again. It's a bit of a long read but I'm sure you all can relate to some of the metaphors in this story:

The Rope
So, I start reminiscing a bit about the early days of my quit. I remember other members who were more established than me popping in to post their celebration threads. 1 week, two weeks and even a month or more. It felt downright intimidating. Here was I, with my seemingly tiny little insignificant sum of 2 days, 3 days, 5 days and so on... clinging to my quit like someone clinging to a life line thrown over the side of a ship to a man overboard in a turbulent sea. More comfortable ex-smokers would roll past on their skiff, yachts and cruisers, each with the same advice. Keep climbing that rope sir! Don't let go of it. It'll get easier. We promise you that! 

To me, those people seemed like heroes. From my perspective, they were superhuman, with this gift of comfort I couldn't even imagine at that point. I dreamed of being like them some day, but it seemed hard to fathom that this splintery rope would really get me there. It was hard, and I was tired. But, I really wanted to be like those amazing people, and everyone of them told me the same thing… keep climbing the rope, don't let go. Simple. A real slog, but it’s really very simple. 

So, I took their advice, kept climbing and didn't let go. Lo and behold, it was true. It did, in fact, get easier, and easier. There was the odd bit of rope burn, and occasionally a seagull would take aim at my dome with an unwelcome gift, but all-in-all, it got more and more doable, less and less of a chore, and at some point, almost without noticing it, I found myself reclining on the Lido Deck of that ship with the other 1 year and multi-year quitters! That was years ago now. I've been kicking back up here for a good long time now, and I can tell you it's really very nice. 

So, what's my point? My point is to you, the newcomer. Down there on the rope. Yeah, you. You're looking up at me, and the others who have so much time under their belts, and thinking, "man, that guy's almost surreal. Maybe he's got something I don't. How in the world did he get up there? Surely, he didn't take this blasted rope?! He must know some secret that I don't. He's gotta have supernatural powers to have such comfort. My point to you is this: Every one of us got here the same way. We took the rope. We climbed it. We didn't let go. And, just like we were told, it got easier. You will also get here that way. 

Three years ago, I was where you are. Everyone here has been there at one time. We understand what you're going through. Nobody here is a superhero. We're just addicts like you who found the rope earlier. And, we can each promise you… the rope is climbable, it does get easier, and there IS a place for you up here. 

There's one other way in which we're all similar. None of us have wings. We let go of the rope, or step off the side, of the Lido Deck and we all plummet into the abyss the same way. One puff and it's all history. I learned that on my way up too. People who'd seemed almost unreal they were so comfortable, for no reason that I could understand, suddenly got up from their comfortable seats, walked to the side of the Lido deck, and threw themselves off. 

Breaking the metaphor, so that it's perfectly clear, they took a puff and relapsed. Some of these were people who had experienced months and even years of freedom from slavery to their addiction. One day, for their own reasons, they decided to chance it, and lo and behold their freedom was gone. They returned to their old levels of smoking, often even more. All it took was one puff, and it was back to being an active smoker again. 

So, while it may be tempting to look at some of the longer term quitters with awe, consider that we are, and always will be subject to the same rules you are. One puff = relapse. If I were to slip down to my local pub right now, walk up to a friend, and take a drag off of his cigarette, I know full well that I would be out on my deck tomorrow night with a pack of smokes and an ash tray putting my freedom and everything else I've given myself over the past 3 years in a deep hidden locker that my junkie brain would work overtime to prevent me from ever opening again.

It’s important to point this out with respect to nicotine addiction, you and I are the same, just separated by a bit of time. I guess because it's tempting for a new quitter to allow himself or herself to believe that all of these people dispensing education and encouragement here, couldn't possibly understand what they're going through. It may be tempting to listen to your own junkie brain telling you, "You're different. These people aren't like you. They don't understand what you're experiencing. You know that you'll never be able to be like them. It's impossible for you." 

My long-winded, metaphorical point is to tell you that that's all bunk. While you are different from me in many ways, our addiction to nicotine is the same. You will find comfort (emphasis on WILL) just as I and every other long-term quitter has by never taking another puff, and you WILL maintain that comfort the same way we all must - by never taking another puff!. The factor that really defines our addiction is not how hard or how easy it is to quit but rather how universally easy it is to relapse. One puff and any of our quits will be defeated. That’s why NOPE (Not One Puff Ever) is so critical. It’s the only universal and steadfast rule! 
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Liz S Log in or register to post comments
Quit 2 months 2 weeks ago Commented 8 hours 7 min ago
Wow ... you are a beautiful writer 😊. I really needed to read this today. Thank you for bringing this all in perspective at this moment. I hate calling you Green Meanie because you are so not a meanie 😉. I may have to think of a more suitable name to call you over my future smoke free communications 🙃
Lucille Brown Log in or register to post comments
Quit 4 years 10 months ago Commented 7 hours 38 min ago
Green Meenie, I'm glad to see you using your old name again. Reciprocity was not a name I would have associated with you, it threw me off every time as I couldn't relate to you as I had. Anyways enough of that, I still remember that post, it really struck a chord with me and the other quitters as well and described perfectly what quitting entailed. I often reread it and saw myself grabbing that rope and hanging on for dear life, as many times I faced the nicodemon as he tempted me and taunted me to start smoking again. Mind you I never let him take control. It just wasn't worth it and I had worked so hard to keep my promise as you very well know. That ship has passed and in doing so has left me with a feeling of peace and heartfelt thoughts. If it hadn't been for that rope that was handed to me, I don't think I would have been here any longer, I really didn't want to go on after everything that happened. This forum was my hold and it saved me from doing something I would have really regretted. My family also helped. So you see, everyone of you who has read this has a rope handed to you, grab it and hold on because it may save yours as well. Green Meenie is right, the metaphorical point he made is right. So reach out when you need help and let your ship pass in the night, you won't regret it and every long term quitter here will be here to see you through. Thanks Green Meenie for this post. It certainly hit a note with me. Lucille.
GregD Log in or register to post comments
Quit 1 year 2 months ago Commented 5 hours 44 min ago
Thanks Buddy, all of us here are essentially either looking for the pier, climbing the rope or on the boat somewhere. It's always been a nightmare of mine to fall overboard into the ocean of potential and have no one notice or care. Never mind leap in on purpose.
Thanks for your special talent that reaches in and leads the way.
Frankie B Log in or register to post comments
Quit 1 week 6 days ago Commented 3 hours 27 min ago
Thanks Green Meenie! Yes very well said and a great metaphor!! I just recently joined this forum again. I think I was on this forum about 2 or 3 years ago and did the jump off the boat move. The sea has been dragging me around for a while now. Tried to climb back up that rope about a year ago but the seas were rough . Now I feel a firm tight grip and I really don’t want to let go this time. This was the first time seeing your post and what a great piece!!! Glad your in the family. ☺️
sabritas@sabrosas
Quit 2 weeks 4 days ago posted 17 hours 24 min ago
Hi Everyone,
It’s day 18 of my quit and I just want to say thank you for being so supportive here. It really does make a difference.
I would say a lot of the physical symptoms have eased for me but I feel very emotional. Have any of you felt like this? I am hyper-sensitive at work and home and the tears are always on standby. I am hoping it’s related to the quitting, not to the ongoing Covid situation and restrictions, plus the winter season? Maybe some of you with more experience have some tips. I am going strong on 💦 water, exercise, vitamins B12 & D and sleep. Could be missing something. Thanks in advance 🙏 Sabritas
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Frankie B Log in or register to post comments
Quit 1 week 6 days ago Commented 15 hours 56 min ago
Hi Sabritas . Yes I’ve been feeling emotional to!! I feel like it could have something to do with the craziness going on in this world right now but I also think quitting smoking takes an emotional toll and a physical one to. Ive read that quitting smoking can ( for some people) disrupt the digestive system, mess with insulin levels for a little bit, disrupt sleep , cause feelings of sadness , loss or other unwanted emotions etc. Just something I read so maybe not fact but it fathoms me to think what 4000 + chemicals do to one’s body when being ingested on a daily basis and then detoxing from that. I’ve quit many times( always starting up again months later because I think I can handle just one )and I always feel tired, really emotional( lots of tears especially around week 2), low blood sugar and just in general not normal for the first month ( everyone is different). I always wonder if it’s something other then my symptoms of quitting. I always think “ is there something wrong with me?” Again everyone’s quitting experience is unique to them but for me, once I have time to reflect ( Usually around end of month 2 or 3) then I can really see clearly that quitting smoking was making me feel all those weird feelings in that first month and my body was just responding to the process of ridding my self of such a toxic amount of chemicals and brainwashing . It takes three days until nicotine leaves the body ( which I think is a fact)but I believe that is just one part of the healing process. Well that was a rant. I hope I don’t come off as a know it all because I really don’t know a lot . It sounds like your doing the best you can to be proactive in your healing process . I say this quitting thing takes time and that feeling “ normal” takes time. Your worth every second 🤗
Green Meenie Log in or register to post comments
Quit 3 years 11 months ago Commented 12 hours 32 min ago
All normal for early quit symptoms. I struggled with short temper for quite a long while myself. Sleepiness followed later by sleep disruptions and a number of other unpleasant and unexpected things. These are all temporary and just part of the process so embrace the suck for the moment and don't let it divert you from your ultimate goal. As Frankie points out, your blood-sugar levels could be out of whack initially too. You can try sucking on some mints or other candy occasionally to see if that helps. Your whole metabolism changes as well which is why many of us struggle with weight gain. Pay attention to your diet and watch what you snack on - healthy snacks if possible.
We're all a little different and can experience different quit symptoms. For me I would say many of those lasted around a month to 6 weeks to some degree. The last one to right itself was the temper issue with me. That took a few months but eventually righted itself.
The good news is, for every unpleasant quit symptom you might experience, there are many, many more quit benefits you will notice as you move along in your quit so, keep marching. Freedom is straight ahead!
Lucille Brown Log in or register to post comments
Quit 4 years 10 months ago Commented 8 hours 6 min ago
Sabritas, don't worry, grief over leaving the nicodemon is normal. For so long you had him to fall back on if stress and anxiety presented itself. You use him as a crutch to get you through all the while not knowing what else to do. I did the same, suffered the consequences because I thought it was my way of dealing with my problems. I cried, a great deal during my quit, I slept badly like yourself, my temper flared at the most ackward times and I distanced myself from my family and friends. I really wanted to just give up and go back to smoking but it wasn't something I could do. I had a promise to keep to a very special someone in my life and I intended to keep it. So far, it has been easier, thank goodness but like you I struggled, but never gave up. You have it in you to stay quit, you just have to take it one day and one step at a time and believe in your strength and yourself. Things will eventually get easier to deal with and as Green Meenie said the benefits far outweigh the problems with quitting. Never give up as Freedom is unequivocally the best feeling in the world. Much Love, Lucille.
Liz S Log in or register to post comments
Quit 2 months 2 weeks ago Commented 8 hours ago
Hi Sabritas. You are motoring towards three weeks yah 🎉🎉🎉🎉. I’m a cryer too even at 11 weeks. I was emotional before, but the volume has turned up since I quit. I think for me, I used smoking to stuff a lot of emotion instead of deal with stuff, and now I can’t stuff it 🙄. I don’t mind tears ... I just don’t want the brain to try and trick me into thinking smoking will fix it as I know it won’t! I am not going back as there is too much that I love about not smoking. We will all work through our hurdles. Please everyone keep sharing as I read it all and it really helps me with my quit. In a time where many of us feel alone, this space makes me feel like I am with a family 😊
QuitCoach Katerina Log in or register to post comments
Quit 10 years 10 months ago Commented 7 hours 11 min ago
Congratulations Sabritas@sabrosas on being 2 weeks and 4 days tobacco-free! Great job reaching out for support on the forum! Feeling emotional is very common during a quit. As you know this is a very challenging process and your body is going through a ton of changes. As you mentioned, these changes are both physical and emotional. Feelings of sadness, anxiety and irritability are normal after you quit. If depression lasts for more than a month or you experience extreme sadness, think about talking to your doctor. It is very important to be patient, kind and gentle with yourself throughout your quit journey. How we talk to ourselves can greatly impact how we feel and act. Try being aware of word choices and focusing on just how far you’ve come to obtain your goal of being tobacco free. It may be helpful to review your motivations for wanting to quit and continue to reach out for support from family, friends, a Quit Coach or the forum. Deep breathing, relaxation exercises or going for a walk may also be helpful. You are not alone on this journey! Keep up the great work and please keep us posted on your quit journey. All the best!
Keljune Log in or register to post comments
Quit 6 days 14 hours ago Commented 5 hours 31 min ago
Hi Sabritas
I’m still battling with the physical withdrawals but I know from past experience the sadness will come. It’s a grieving process for me after all I depended on my good friend the cig and he never let me down or so my addiction had convinced me. It’s in letting go that we find true freedom. 🌺🙏
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Quit 2 weeks 4 days ago Commented 5 hours 3 min ago
Thank you Frankie, GreenMeanie Lucille, Keljune and Liz,
You are my heroes today I feel empowered to get through this Friday. I feel like my conclusion to the emotional state is “yes it’s bad but it’s not impossible”, and I will keep track of how long I feel down for and talk to a Doctor if needed. This morning I did a t25 gamma workout and it made me feel so good. Have a happy Friday everyone and keep shining! Sabritas
Keljune
Quit 6 days 14 hours ago posted 1 day ago
Hi everyone I hope you are all doing well with your non smoking journey. Just checking in.. I’m still here and on day 6. Been feeling lousy for the last couple of days and have just wanted to stay in bed.. feeling exhausted and a lot of stomach issues. Probably not what I should be doing but I don’t have the energy to do anything at all. Kind of a waste of two days off. Feeling good about not smoking and hope I start to feel myself soon. Have a great day and keep up the fight!
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Lucille Brown Log in or register to post comments
Quit 4 years 10 months ago Commented 23 hours 5 min ago
Keljune, have you talked to your doctor about your stomach issues, might be worth getting it checked out as it will give you peace of mind. You're doing terrific with your quit so far so hang in there. Hope you feel better soon. Hugs, Lucille.
Liz S Log in or register to post comments
Quit 2 months 2 weeks ago Commented 22 hours 47 min ago
Awesome job Keljune 👏👏👏. Tomorrow will be a week yippppee 🤗. I hope you feel better soon.
Lucille Brown Log in or register to post comments
Quit 4 years 10 months ago Commented 20 hours 32 min ago
Happy to hear Keljune, hope your doctor can help you without you're having to revert back to smoking. Take care, get some rest and support your quit.
Green Meenie Log in or register to post comments
Quit 3 years 11 months ago Commented 18 hours 27 min ago
First week is the toughest so hang in there. You're almost at the 1 week mark. If you are tired, sleep all you can. Go with the flow as much as you can in these early days. Treat yourself well! Eat bland foods and as little as possible. Your body is going through a huge readjustment. It's normal your biology will be screwed up for a while yet. Just keep yourself hydrated and hopefully your stomach issues will improve as will your energy levels. Whatever you do, don't smoke! That's job #1 Build on the amazing work you have already put in - don't throw that all away for a smoke. Things will get better! Start looking for benefits you are starting to find since you've quit. There are some already and focusing on positives will help you win the battles as you move forward.
Quit Coach Linda Log in or register to post comments
Quit 5 years 11 months ago Commented 18 hours 16 min ago
Keljune, we are sorry to hear that you are not feeling well. We hope that you will feel better soon. Please hang in there. It seems like you experienced withdrawal symptoms as your body and mind are adjusting to this big change. Please know that all this discomfort will pass and you will feel better with time. Do the things that you can to take care of yourself. Like Lucille said, you may also discuss with your doctor if you have any questions or concerns. You are doing amazing on Day 6! Congratulations on all your hard work. Keep going strong.
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Quit 2 weeks 4 days ago Commented 17 hours 48 min ago
Keljune it’s awful to feel completely wiped out. I know that just sleeping can feel like a waste of time but it might be exactly what your body needs right now. You are moving forwards by staying quit and I hope you feel better very soon! Sending you sunshine from the mountains! ☀️Sabritas
Frankie B Log in or register to post comments
Quit 1 week 6 days ago Commented 3 hours 2 min ago
I’m there with you Keljune!!! It just takes time . I really hope you start feeling better physically soon. Your mental sounds good 💜Quitting is such a conundrum and exhausting but it WILL get better. It’s not our fault it’s the process of detoxing’s fault! Stay strong my quitting compadre😌🤗
Lucille Brown
Quit 4 years 10 months ago posted 1 day 1 hour ago
For those of you who wish to express what you would like to have to improve the forum, please take a few minutes to do the survey (Have Your Say) It really needs improvement and without your input may never be even close to the last one. I know many of you are disappointed, so please let them know how you feel and what they can do to improve it. Thanks Lucille.
3 Comments last reply 18 hours ago
Keljune Log in or register to post comments
Quit 6 days 14 hours ago Commented 22 hours 37 min ago
Hi Lucille Thankyou I’m seeing my doctor next week. I always have this problem when I quit the cigarettes. Severe constipation and cramps. I hope it gets better as it put me back smoking last time. A couple of smokes and problem solved so I’m pretty sure it has something to do with the nicotine. Just trying to soldier through. 🤗
Liz S Log in or register to post comments
Quit 2 months 2 weeks ago Commented 20 hours 31 min ago
Done 😊
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Quit 2 weeks 4 days ago Commented 18 hours 2 min ago
Yes me too I also responded. 😀 Sabritas
NeoMetalz
Quit 1 week 3 days ago posted 1 day 3 hours ago
Hi Folks.... Well, im going to sadly leave the forum here... for a couple of reasons... first one being that it is really poorly set up..... secondly... well, that is something im going to keep to myself.... I have however REALLY appreciated all the feedback & support from each one of the members here.....my leaving has nothing to do with any of the members... I am still not smoking & i hope to be rid of it from my life completely. I wish all of you success not only with stopping smoking, but in all things in life. Stay safe, stay healthy take your vit D & zinc, have a good life... take care.. Neo
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Lucille Brown Log in or register to post comments
Quit 4 years 10 months ago Commented 1 day 2 hours ago
Neo, so sorry to see you go. I wish you every success in your quit and hope to perhaps one day hear that you beat your addiction and are doing well. Thanks so much for letting us know. As for your reasons, they are your own, please take care and remember we will always be here should you ever wish to come back. You've been an integral part of this forum if only for a short time, but we appreciated your help and your honesty. Much love and all my best, Lucille.
Green Meenie Log in or register to post comments
Quit 3 years 11 months ago Commented 1 day 2 hours ago
Bon Voyage!
QuitCoach Katerina Log in or register to post comments
Quit 10 years 10 months ago Commented 1 day 1 hour ago

Congratulations NeoMetalz on your quit and thank you for sharing your quit journey with all of us. You will always be a part of the QuitNow Community so please feel free to update us in the future on how you are doing. Thank you for your kind words, supportive nature and informative posts. Please take the time to complete the “Have Your Say” Survey located on the top of the forum to express your concerns with the forum set up. Your feedback is greatly appreciated and will help the administrators of the site improve the forum. Thank you again Neo and all the best in 2021!
Liz S Log in or register to post comments
Quit 2 months 2 weeks ago Commented 1 day 1 hour ago
Good luck!! Sad to see you go 😔
judythebeauty Log in or register to post comments
Quit 2 years 10 months ago Commented 1 day ago
Neometalz......so sorry to see you go, but we understand you have your reasons, hopefully a lot of people do the survey and they listen to us regarding the changes on the forum. Good luck with your journey and we will be here if you choose to need us again, take care.
sabritas@sabrosas Log in or register to post comments
Quit 2 weeks 4 days ago Commented 17 hours 54 min ago
Neo I am also sad that you are leaving. 😢It feels like every person brings a little bit of themselves to this forum and makes it richer. I wish you all the best to stay quit and move forwards.
Sabritas
Frankie B Log in or register to post comments
Quit 1 week 6 days ago Commented 3 hours 8 min ago
All the best Neo!! We will miss you☺️
kevin78
Quitting in 2 weeks posted 2 days 9 hours ago
Hi all I’m new here I’m wanting to quit smoking have tried many times before and was unsuccessful but not only my kids but my health is begging me to quit. Does anyone out there have any suggestions to help me quit.
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Liz S Log in or register to post comments
Quit 2 months 2 weeks ago Commented 2 days 8 hours ago
Hi Kevin. I too tried many times in the past, using every means from hypnosis to patches to laser therapy. This time, I believe first and foremost I realized that it wasn’t only the means of help that I needed but also decided my mindset was a huge factor. This time I tackled it from all angles at once: zyban to calm me, patches if I needed them to help with the physical discomfort and I downloaded and read and reread Allen Carr’s Easy Way to Quit Smoking to help me with the mental aspects of why we smoke. It may be overkill for some, but this time I really wanted to make it stick and so far, so good. My cough that I had scared me ... and quite honestly was tired of myself feeling so gross and less than others who didn’t have an addiction. Kevin, you can do it! Our fear is our biggest hurdle to get past and then it’s just one day at a time. This forum is amazing too as there are so many previous smokers and coaches who are here to support you in addition to all of us newbies. If I can get this far you can too! Sending strength and hope I can help support you in the future 😊
David.C Log in or register to post comments
Quit 2 months 2 weeks ago Commented 2 days 7 hours ago
Welcome Kevin. I too am new to the program. I have also used Allen Carr, same as Liz. But mainly for me it's coming to this site when I need to get through the tough times and use what I learned from Allen Carr's ideals. As my smoking was locked and loaded to all aspects of my life. I needed to have a way to counteract that want. I also was beginning to have health issues due to my smoking. Part of my motivation is thinking about how much healthier I will be. I can go for a walk all ready and not wheeze all the way. Good luck and fight, fihht, fight.
Lucille Brown Log in or register to post comments
Quit 4 years 10 months ago Commented 2 days 5 hours ago
Kevin, congratulations on your decision. You've taken the first step to leading a smoke free life by joining the forum. Welcome. Here is a list of tips that will help support your quit. First of all get rid of all smoking paraphernalia that may tempt you, for example, leftover cigarettes, ashtrays, butts, lighters. Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated and to flush out the toxins that have accumulated. Visit your pharmacist for free NRT's if you are a B.C. resident and carry a B.C. Care Card or speak to your doctor about prescriptions such as Zyban or Champix. Stay away from vaping or e-cigarettes as this may lead to a secondary addiction. For snacks to replace cravings, eat nutritious foods such as nuts, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds or fruits and veggies, sugar free candies or other. Stay away from junk food if you can. If coffee and alcohol are triggers for you try tea, fruit juice or non alcoholic drinks instead. To distract yourself and stay busy, try doing crosswords, jigsaws, or play games on your computer. Excercise by taking a 30 minute walk each day, or take up running, bicycling or anything else that may interest you. For cravings, take a deep breath, count to ten and exhale and say NOPE (Not One Puff Ever) to yourself often. For relaxation, try meditation, yoga, listen to music or have a warm bath or shower. Educate yourself by reading books on cigarette addictions such as Allen Carr's "Easy Way To Stop Smoking". Give yourself time, don't rush it, believe in yourself and stay vigilant. Last but not least give the quit coaches a call if you wish to formulate a plan or for day to day help at 1-877-455-2233. At no cost to you whatsoever it's extremely beneficial to you. Take it one day and one step at a time and just do the best you can. Let us know as well if you need help. That's what we're here for. Read the previous posts for more info about what to expect when you're quitting . The benefits far outweigh the difficulty you may have to leave this addiction behind. Stay in touch, hugs, Lucille.
Green Meenie Log in or register to post comments
Quit 3 years 11 months ago Commented 2 days 2 hours ago
As others have mentioned, it's mindset more than anything else. You need to be FULLY committed. Quitting is not something where you can test the waters by sticking just a toe in there first. It's all in from the start. Liz also mentioned that she used many different tools this time around, both medications and mental aspects. Use every tool you can find that helps you remain distracted as well as able to fight those stronger cravings in the early days. Also, taking things just a little at a time. Don't look too far ahead. Deal with the here and now only. One craving at a time. Long term dedication to your ultimate goal will get you there I guarantee it! Your motto is NOPE! Not One Puff Ever.
QuitCoach Katerina Log in or register to post comments
Quit 10 years 10 months ago Commented 2 days 1 hour ago
Welcome Kevin78 to the QuitNow Community and congratulations on setting a quit date! You’ve done the first HUGE step towards living and healthier tobacco free life. You have some great motivations for why you'd like to quit. Great job reaching out of the forum for suggestions to help you quit. One thing that you may find helpful when preparing to quit is planning for ongoing support throughout your quit. For example, are you planning on using nicotine replacement therapy or medication to assist you in your quit? Some people find them helpful to reduce withdrawal and cravings but others find it best to quit cold turkey. Ultimately, you know what method is best for you. You may want to call or chat with a Quit Coach for motivation or to stay connected with someone throughout your quit journey. Visiting the forum regularly is another great option for continuous support from other quitters. Letting friends and family know about your desire to quit can also help you stay on track. Thank you for joining the QuitNow Community and we are looking forward to hearing more about your quit journey. All the best!
sabritas@sabrosas Log in or register to post comments
Quit 2 weeks 4 days ago Commented 1 day 20 hours ago
You can do this Kevin!
For me I had to make up my mind to quit and have strong reasons. My three kids are big reasons and even though I tried to quit before I wasn’t able to stay quit. Now I am 18 days in and it is actually getting easier to stay quit at this point. I hope you can make a quit plan and stick with it and see how good you feel even after just a few days. We are all cheering you on! Sabritas
NVM Log in or register to post comments
Thinking about quitting Commented 1 day 10 hours ago
your health and your family are telling you to quit, but you need suggestions as to how to quit? wow.
Lucille Brown Log in or register to post comments
Quit 4 years 10 months ago Commented 1 day 8 hours ago
NVM, everyone of your posts has negative connotations , just for once, can you try and post positive ones. We're all part of a team here and try to help and support one another. Negative comments don't help, they just make matters worse. You're entitled to your opinions but please as I said before, if you don't have anything nice to say then don't say anything at all. Thanks, Lucille.
judythebeauty Log in or register to post comments
Quit 2 years 10 months ago Commented 1 day ago
Kevin78, I also tried everything over the years, not even a diagnosis of early lung cancer made me quit, it was finally champix that did it for me. Hopefully you want it really bad, and with the support of the forum, you will make it. Keep us posted, good luck on your journey.
cawillows
Quit 1 week 3 days ago posted 2 days 17 hours ago
Hello fellow quitters...I’m 7 days smoke free..last few days I kept forgetting I quit..especially after a meal..then I stop and say..wait a minute, I don’t smoke! I’ve been reading the forum to keep me on track. I must have quit at least 5 times in my life...66 years young and just tired of the nicotine love/hate relationship now. Enjoy reading the comments..I know I’m not alone in this journey. Thanks!
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Liz S Log in or register to post comments
Quit 2 months 2 weeks ago Commented 2 days 10 hours ago
Congratulations cawillows 🎉🎉🎉🎉. We all stand beside you in this new life 🤗.
Lucille Brown Log in or register to post comments
Quit 4 years 10 months ago Commented 2 days 6 hours ago
cawillows, if this is your first time on the forum , glad you've decided to join us on your journey. It's going to be a bumpy ride for a while but one that will lead to a healthier and wealthier life. Here you have a diverse community of former quitters, new ones and quit coaches to help you, should you find yourself undecided on how to handle a problem that may arise during your quit. The quit line is available to you at no cost so if you wish to formulate a plan or just speak to a coach for encouragement and support , call 1-877-455-2233. Drink plenty of water, do deep breathing for cravings and say NOPE often. You're doing extremely well at 1 week and 1 day and as the days, weeks and months pass it will get easier and easier to take charge and ease into Freedom. Stay positive, believe in the power that is you and if the nicodemon shows up, kick him back to the curb and say to yourself, " I don't need you in my life anymore, I am in control and I am worth it" . Hugs, Lucille.
Green Meenie Log in or register to post comments
Quit 3 years 11 months ago Commented 2 days 4 hours ago
The older we get, the more important it is to quit for good. We've usually been smoking for decades by then and there's been some damage done. No time to waste in halting that damage and getting on track to a healthier lifestyle. Distraction and altering your daily routines a little are beneficial in keeping your mind focused on what you're doing and not so much on the cravings to smoke.
We all go through the same process. Physical withdrawal and mental adjustment to becoming a nonsmoker. That mental readjustment is what takes the longest time. You have engrained smoking into your daily routines for decades. Takes a while to break the automatic thought process. For the first while, you will be thinking those junkie thoughts about smoking. The longer you fight those thoughts, the fewer and weaker they will be.
Take things 1 day at a time and always remember; there's only 1 hard and fast rule: NOPE! (Not One Puff Ever)!
Quit Coach Linda Log in or register to post comments
Quit 5 years 11 months ago Commented 1 day 18 hours ago
Cawillows, welcome to the forum and congratulations on your quit! You are doing wonderful at 1 week and 1 day smoke-free. Keep moving forward. You are heading in the right direction: a life of good health and freedom. We are so happy to have you here with us. As we all know, the road to a smoke-free life can be bumpy and challenging but it is so worth it! No matter how long you've been smoking, your health will improve and your body will heal itself and start to reverse some of the damage done by smoking. You will notice some positive changes within a few days and others as time goes on. Keep going strong. Take one day at a time, one moment at a time and continue with the tools and strategies that worked for you. People find helpful to change their habits and routine, finding different methods to deal with stress and triggers, avoiding temptations, keeping busy and distracted and reaching for their support system are all different strategies to stay smoke-free . You know yourself best and we are confident that you will come up with creative ways to remain tobacco free. You can do this! Keep up the great work!
QuitCoach Katerina Log in or register to post comments
Quit 10 years 10 months ago Commented 1 day 18 hours ago
Way to go cawillows! Congratulations on being 1 week and 1 day smoke-free. Great job posting and reading the forum to keep you on track. Another method that some people find helpful to keep on track are mantras. They are a great way to reinforce the positive changes you're making. A mantra can be chosen that relates to your core values and be related to the benefits and rewards you are experiencing and looking forward to! Here are some mantras that you may find helpful, "I choose not to smoke", "I am worth it", "I am strong and I can do this", and "this too shall pass." Great work identifying triggers, it is common to feel cravings after meals especially if you used to smoke after eating. You may find it helpful to change your routine. After finishing your meal, try brushing your teeth right away, going for a walk or doing the dishes. Breath mints are a great replacement for cigarettes! All the best and please keep us posted on your quit journey.