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sherdon
Quit 5 months ago posted 5 days 23 hours ago
Hello-I’m grateful that I am still smoke free so I can hold my first grandchild without leaving the awful smell of smoke on her. I know I would choose having a cigarette over holding her. Isn’t that pathetic!!! My husband still hasn’t held her because he can’t go long enough without a smoke to not transfer the smell into her. It’s one more reason to say NOPE.
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QuitCoach Katerina Log in or register to post comments
Quit 11 years 1 month ago Commented 5 days 22 hours ago
Congratulations sherdon on 4 months and 3 weeks smoke-free! So good to hear that you can hold your first grandchild without leaving the awful smell of smoke on her! Also, congratulations on your first grandchild. You making the choice to be smoke-free not only benefits your health but the health of your loved ones around you. A healthy and happier life for all of you. What benefits have you noticed since you've been smoke-free? Keep up the great work and be sure to reward yourself! Thanks for sharing your great reason to say NOPE. All the best!
Liz S Log in or register to post comments
Quit 5 months 2 weeks ago Commented 5 days 19 hours ago
❤️
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Quit 3 months 2 weeks ago Commented 5 days 17 hours ago
So sweet to hold your grandchild, Sherdon. Holding a baby is close to magical.
Take care! Sabritas
BrendaQ57
Quit 3 weeks 1 day ago posted 6 days 21 hours ago
Hi everybody! Just got home from a walk in the sunshine and it felt great!! It’s day 16!! I’m coughing a lot less and breathing easier. My walks are easier tho my distance is way down. I have a rehab worker coming next week to help me slowly get my distance back up to where it used to be. This might be too much of an expectation as I wasn’t on home oxygen before. Now I have to push that along with me. Oh well. It’s my own fault. That’s what over 50 yrs of smoking did. Anyway, looking forward to getting into shape with the rehab worker. I’ve never exercised without smoking before. I wonder what that’s going to feel like. Now if I could just get rid of these nasty cravings! I was out for a walk the other night looking at all the butts on the sidewalk when a serious craving hit me. I wondered if any of those butts had enough tobacco in them for me to take home and smoke to the filter!! Pretty disgusting! I can’t believe I would have done that. Just think of the germs!! I distracted myself by saying I didn’t want to start all over again. Now what I do is take my Nicorett Quick Mist with me on my walks so I have it just in case. Thankyou to all of you who have helped me through this particularly difficult stage. I keep telling myself that I just have to get to wk 3 and then the cravings should start tapering off I’m told. I’m going to go for 2 more walks today. My goal is to walk 3 times a day rain or shine.
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Green Meenie Log in or register to post comments
Quit 4 years 2 months ago Commented 6 days 20 hours ago
Hey Brenda! Just take things 1 day at a time for now. You are doing really well and I love that you have tackled exercise as your distraction. That will not only build strength and will burn calories as well. Exercise releases dopamine in the brain too, the same as smoking does so that's another plus.

Don't expect the cravings to just disappear at one specific point. That's not the way it happens. You won't be able to measure that as things happen so slowly that there's no rule of thumb that applies to everyone. What I can PROMISE you is that they will gradually disappear. Your job is to keep saying NOPE until they do and you're doing a great job at that so far.
I'm also happy to see you're seeing the really vile part of addiction. Your comment about seeing butts on the road is the sad reality of addiction, We will do almost anything for that hit of nicotine. Realizing that is a big step for you in the right direction - you as a non smoker! This takes time Brenda .... lots of time. Everything you did in 50 years of smoking was tied to smoking - literally everything. Now that smoking is gone from your life, you're gonna feel there's a huge hole. Something is missing. Yeah; something is missing. It's that thing that was trying to kill you ..... That's what's missing!
You WILL learn to live very comfortably as a non smoker Brenda with time. That's all it takes. Lots of time put between you and that last cigarette you smoked. It WILL happen for you Brenda. Trust the process - it works!
QuitCoach Katerina Log in or register to post comments
Quit 11 years 1 month ago Commented 6 days 20 hours ago
Congratulations Brenda on reaching 16 days smoke-free! What an amazing accomplishment! Be sure you continuously reward yourself for all your smoke-free achievements! Such powerful words from GreenMeenie! Thank you for your continuous support! So great to hear Brenda you are experiencing so many great benefits since your quit. Walking in the sun is such a great way to get active and feel better mentally and physically. You have some wonderful things to look forward to including getting in shape! Good job recognizing the temptation with the butts and finding a solution to help you manage them. Carrying your Quick Mist will allow you to get the nicotine when your body craves it most. Keep up the great work Brenda, you are doing amazing things for you! All the best!
Liz S Log in or register to post comments
Quit 5 months 2 weeks ago Commented 6 days 19 hours ago
I’m so proud of you Brenda 🎉🎉🎉🎉. Keep speaking out loud ... it helps to work through this time. Reading your posts makes me smile so much .... thank you! 🌹❤️
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Quit 3 months 2 weeks ago Commented 6 days 17 hours ago
Brenda thank you so much for sharing, it is great to hear all the progress. Three walks a day, wow! I bet all my marbles that the rehab worker will be super impressed with all you’ve done so far!
Have you found any foods that help curb cravings? For me I found crunchy foods like celery, lettuce, chips and nuts helped me. I think there’s something about chewing that makes me feel calmer and cuts the anxiety as well, especially at the end of the day.
I hope you have a great appointment with the rehab worker and a wonderful week ☀️✅ Sabritas
sherdon Log in or register to post comments
Quit 5 months ago Commented 5 days 23 hours ago
Way to go Brenda!! I found I became less short of breath as each week went by. It’s true that I’ll never have the lung capacity of a person who has never smoked but it’s great to be able to breath easier. A day may come that you don’t need the oxygen to go for a short walk. Wouldn’t that be a great day! It would never happen if you smoked.
sherdon
Quit 5 months ago posted 1 week 1 day ago
Hi: it’s great to come here and read everyone’s stories and gain strength in your words. I’ve started to feel a little depressed about not smoking. I remember this happening to me before when I quit for 1 1/2 years. I know I will get through it but I’m at the stage where I feel like I’ve lost something important to me. I’d be grateful for any words of wisdom or encouragement.
Thanks
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Quit 5 months 2 weeks ago Commented 1 week 1 day ago
🤗🤗🤗 I know how you feel ... green meenie told me before to let that person go as it is not who we are now. Smoking was killing us my quit twin ... I miss me too, but then I smack my head and say to myself I am not going to give up my freedom ... and smoking made me feel like crap every single day. Time for you to find something fun to do ... LIKE JOGGING 🤣. Sending you a huge hug and strength to get through this little blip 🙏🏻🌹
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Quit 6 years 11 months ago Commented 1 week 1 day ago
Hi Sherdon. I totally understand how you are feeling. It's like losing an old friend! Remember that smoking was the bad, toxic friend that your got rid of. Now it's time to find something to replace smoking with. It's like one door closes and another one opens. So definitely look for something better to occupy your mind. It could be a hobby or an activity you always wanted to. You don't need smoking in your life. It wasn't doing you any good and you are WAY better off without it. You are doing great being smoke free. Since that happened to you before, it's just your brain playing tricks with you. You are doing great and remember you are stronger than this! We are all supporting you <3
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Quit 3 months 2 weeks ago Commented 1 week 1 day ago
Hold on Sherdon,
Time heals all. You’ve already been through so much to get this far and it is totally worth it. Maybe talking with your doctor could help, there could be a chemical change or something medical. It’s spring (almost) and so much new life in nature it’s awesome. Be part of it by being your new self. Hang in there! Sabritas ❤️
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Quit 3 weeks 1 day ago Commented 6 days 20 hours ago
Hi Sherdon. You lost something that was killing you! You lost one of the worst habits there is. I know how you feel. Smoking was my best friend. No matter what was happening I would have a cigarette before and after. I thought I loved smoking. I did it for over 50 yrs. Turns out I hated smoking. I couldn’t stand the looks of pitty I’d get from people. As time went on there were fewer places to smoke. It used to be you could smoke anywhere. One of my most relaxing places to smoke was at the beach. I was there the other day and they have a no smoking sign up. I ended up smoking only on my patio at home where no one could see me and hoped it didn’t bother the neighbours too much. I finally made the decision to quit now that I’m on home oxygen. I see older smokers out there and am amazed that they haven’t ended up just like me yet. With COPD and oxygen. But they likely will. It’s day 16 for me and 3 wks seems a year away. The time has been going so slow. But I’ll make it to 3 wks with determination. You’re at 4 months and 3 wks!!! Wow! Congratulations!! So you see, you haven’t lost anything good. It’s all bad. You don’t want to die before your time because of smoking. That’s what I keep telling myself. How old could I have lived to be if I hadn’t smoked for so many years. This is the beginning of my new life. You are a completely different person. Focus on that. Good luck and chat with the counsellors. They can help. Take care
TerryTeo
Quit 1 month 3 weeks ago posted 1 week 1 day ago
I am day 50 and I feel great heaps of energy and I lost three kgs last week from intermittent fasting and exercising and walking. Don't dread quitting there's a better life for you than choking 😉
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Quit 5 months 2 weeks ago Commented 1 week 1 day ago
Great job Terry. Holy cow that’s awesome that you lost weight ... it shows that this is doable without weight gain 🤗. I’m so grateful to see all the progress everyone is making since I have quit ... it’s a comfort as well!! Have a great Easter 😊
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Quit 6 years 11 months ago Commented 1 week 1 day ago
Wow Terry, I can tell that you are trying to adopt a healthy lifestyle. That is amazing You're so right! After quitting, that's when you realize all the benefits you are getting. Keep us posted on your journey!
BrendaQ57
Quit 3 weeks 1 day ago posted 1 week 1 day ago
Hi everyone. Well I am 2 wks smoke free if I count the Sunday that I quit!! Feels fantastic tho I can’t seem to get a handle on these nasty cravings. I’m going for lots of walks which I’ve done for many years, drinking lots of Lemmon water and distracting myself as much as possible. I ran into a neighbour when I was out for a walk and we were talking about smoking. He said he quit many years ago. He noticed the oxygen that I was pulling along beside me which I’ve been on for about 4 wks now. He asked if I was a smoker. I didn’t know what to say at first, it had been such a short period of time since I’d quit. Then I realized that I am a non smoker now so I proudly said, no I don’t smoke anymore. What a good feeling that was! This forum has been amazing. I know I can make a comment when I get into a bind and there’s help out there. Thankyou so much. My next goal is to get to wk 3
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Quit 5 months 2 weeks ago Commented 1 week 1 day ago
You are doing such a great job Brenda and you are a non smoker!! I love hearing from you and your progress ... and I am so glad you are comfortable sharing your challenges and WINS! We are all here cheering you on 🎉🤗❤️
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Quit 6 years 11 months ago Commented 1 week 1 day ago
You are doing awesome Brenda! You are definitely a non-smoker now! And that is something to celebrate!! <3 I know the cravings can be so overwhelming a times, but you are stronger than the cravings! Remember to not let the cravings control you, but YOU control the cravings! Looking forward to your 3 weeks smoke free!
pjs36011
Thinking about quitting posted 1 week 1 day ago
Hello all

Hope everyone is well and smoke free.

I was wondering how you go about getting the NRT supplies.

Do you require anything from a doctor or can you just purchase it at a drugstore ?
Been 30 days without a smoke but I am craving much more than I was 29 days ago.I have been a smoker for many decades unfortunately and smoked about 25 a day.

Read Allen Carr’s book twice and also listened to the latest release of his book on audio. Doesn’t seem to be helping at all this time. Maybe a little but not a lot.

So....before I drive my family crazy with my increasingly bad moods.....I thought maybe I should try some NRT and see if it helps.

Can anyone tell me how to go about getting some NRT and what you recommend in this regard. I am led to believe that we can get some of this stuff free in BC with our MSP.

Thanks for your help guys 👍
PJ
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Quit 3 weeks 1 day ago Commented 1 week 1 day ago
Hi Pj, congratulations on your 4 wk milestone!!! Wow. I’ve just been quit for 2 wks which is amazing for me. I smoked for over 50 yrs a pack and 1/2 per day. I had to go on the NRT program. Wouldn’t have made it this far without it. I’m on the Nicoderm patch and Nicorett Quick Mist inhaler which helps. I had to try several of the NRTs to find what would help the most. It’s government funded so when I went onto the patch it was covered but when I added the Mist inhaler I had to pay for it. I think my pharmacist said the government would pay for one NRT at a time. I got confused. Not quite sure how it works but at least my patch is covered. Anyway, keep up the great work!! How many yrs did you smoke for? Take care
QuitCoach Shikha Log in or register to post comments
Quit 6 years 11 months ago Commented 1 week 1 day ago
Hi Pjs36011. Congratulations on being 30 days smoke free! Yes you are right. In BC, you are able to get free NRT products for 12 weeks as it is funded by the government. All you have to do is go to your pharmacy with your Medical Service Card and let the pharmacist know you need NRT product. In terms of which one to use, it depends on your preference and how many you were smoking. The pharmacist would be better able to help you decide which one to use. All the best!
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Thinking about quitting Commented 1 week 1 day ago
Thnx Brenda

I will look into that.
I smoked the better portion of 50 years. Some quits during that period of time for a couple years now and then. For some reason.....having a much tougher time this go around. Will keep trying though 👍
Liz S Log in or register to post comments
Quit 5 months 2 weeks ago Commented 1 week 1 day ago
Congrats so far PJ! I used the patches and the odd lozenge .... you are covered for one of the products per 4 week period 🤗. So grateful for the help! Stay strong and again congrats!
AdinaMazz
Quit 1 week 5 days ago posted 1 week 2 days ago
I am almost 24 hours smoke free. I downloaded the app Smoke Free. It keeps track of how much money saved and how long since your last cigarette. I posted on Facebook that I have quit to get support from friends and family. I have had thoughts of smoking but no craving to smoke as I have a patch on and they work really well for me. Not looking forward to the vivid dreams but it's a trade off. I can't wait til the day when smoking is never on my mind. I am saving over three hundred dollars a month so I've decided to take $100 to reward myself at the end of the month...anytime I think about a smoke I immediately start fantasizing about what I'm going to buy myself as a treat.
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Liz S Log in or register to post comments
Quit 5 months 2 weeks ago Commented 1 week 2 days ago
Yah Adina!!! You are on your way to freedom 🎉🎉🎉🎉. Definitely reward yourself. I’ve been stashing my cash in a jar each week so I have ‘treat me money’ too!! I’ve got a tattoo booked in a few of weeks to mark my 6 month milestone 👏👏👏. You’ve got the drive to get this done and I’m feeling super happy for you 🌹
GregD Log in or register to post comments
Quit 1 year 5 months ago Commented 1 week 2 days ago
Don't get ahead of yourself Adina, take things one craving, hour, day, week and month at a time and you will be golden. Slow and steady does indeed win the race, true story.
Welcome here, post as often as you like:)
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Quit 3 months 2 weeks ago Commented 1 week 2 days ago
Right on Adina,
You have a great plan and you know what to expect. I hope all goes according to plan and you get through the gritty bits as best you can.
I feel like quitting smoking is like the children’s book “the little engine who could” because it can seem an impossible task getting over the high mountain with so much load to pull, but then he does it and proudly chuffs “I thought I could” after it’s over. 🚂 wishing you the best, Sabritas
QuitCoach Shikha Log in or register to post comments
Quit 6 years 11 months ago Commented 1 week 2 days ago
Hi Adina,
Congratulations!! Wow! you are saving quite a bit of money. Definitely reward yourself for your hard work. Eventually smoking will no longer be on your mind and that's a day to look forward to. Remember to reach out to your supports for additional help and distraction that you may need. Eventually, without realizing it, you will get into a new routine where smoking will no longer be part of your life! You can always chat or call us as well. If you have a chance definitely read the past posts to get extra motivation! Well done!
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Quit 3 weeks 1 day ago Commented 1 week 2 days ago
Hi AdinaMazz, congratulations!!! This is a wonderful site for support. I’ve really relied on it. How long did you smoke for? Have you quit before? This is my first time quitting and I smoked for over 50 yrs. I find the cravings the worst. I’m told it’s really hard for first 3 wks then tapers off. I’m almost at 2 wks. Good for you for rewarding yourself. Sounds like you’re going to have lots of support with Facebook as well as quit now. The chat is great and has been a lifesaver. Good luck on your journey!! Keep us posted on how you’re doing
Thisthyme4good Log in or register to post comments
Quit 2 months ago Commented 1 week 2 days ago
Drink a ton of water, go for lots of walks if you can, eat pretzels instead of other fattening junk food and get the patch (nicoderm from bc government is free).
Other than that it just takes time to quit a nasty habit.
This forum is here is the best place to be. Everyone here is 100% supportive!
We’re all here to help you
We’ve all been in your shoes
It’s tough but you can do it!
Happy Easter 🐣
AdinaMazz Log in or register to post comments
Quit 1 week 5 days ago Commented 1 week 1 day ago
Wow! Thanks everybody. I think having this site for support will really make a difference this time quitting. I appreciate the encouragement and shared tips. I'm gonna get some pretzels. Thanks 4good.
I smoked since I was 15 so 28 years. I quit for a week a couple summers ago and attempted many many times but I know this time I am really ready willing and capable. I have tools for coping with cravings for drugs and alcohol that I can apply to quitting cigarettes. Today is a bit tougher than yesterday because I am slightly irritable and my mouth is really dry.
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Quit 5 months 2 weeks ago Commented 1 week 1 day ago
You are one strong person Adina ... I hope those close to you are as proud of you as we all are ❤️ Lemon water seems to quench my thirsty moments 😊
di42scott@gmail.com
Quit 3 months 2 weeks ago posted 1 week 3 days ago
Hi. Well I have a relapse, 3 months and 9 days. I have many reasons why. I bought, I just took the pack and filled it with water so it’s gone. I have only taken three or four drags on each of the cigarettes I have smoked. I hoping I can now get back on track. I know I now have to start all over again. This so disappointing for me. It’s good to be able to come here and talk about all this. Thanks for listening,
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Quit 5 months 2 weeks ago Commented 1 week 2 days ago
Sending a huge hug ... be very kind to yourself. You can get back on track I know it 🙏❤️
QuitCoach Katerina Log in or register to post comments
Quit 11 years 1 month ago Commented 1 week 2 days ago
Hello Scott, great job filling the pack with water and disposing of it. It is important to go easy on yourself, don't beat yourself up. Tomorrow is a new day and you can always try again. Great job reaching out on the form for support. You are not alone, we are here for you! It can be helpful to remind yourself not to panic and to get right back on track. A slip should not be considered a failure, so don’t use it as an excuse to go back to regular smoking. We are cheering you on Scott! If you'd like, please feel free to contact the QuitCoaches by chat or by phone at 1-877-455-2233 for free one-on-one support. Wishing you all the best and please remember that all the hard work you have put into your quit thus far has not been lost!
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Quit 3 months 2 weeks ago Commented 1 week 2 days ago
Don’t dwell on it just move on. Getting back on the quit wagon speaks volumes to your strength of character. You don’t have to start over, you haven’t lost your achievements in quitting. Hope you have a good long weekend and find things to keep you busy and happy. ☀️Sabritas
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Quit 3 weeks 1 day ago Commented 1 week 1 day ago
Hi Scott, sorry to hear you had a relapse but that could happen to any of us. There’s not a day that goes by that I don’t think about going out and buying a pack of smokes. I would give anything to have a cigarette. I’m told that these intense cravings last for about 3wks. On the NRT program and that helps. Good for you for filling your pack with water. That must have been really hard to do. Good luck. Wish you well
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Quit 3 weeks 1 day ago Commented 4 days 20 hours ago
Hi Scott, how’s it going with getting back on track? How are you doing?
Thisthyme4good
Quit 2 months ago posted 1 week 3 days ago
Almost 2 months in and I can’t believe how better I feel. I’m so glad I quit this nasty habit!
Don’t think about it... just do it.
I smoked for 30 years.
Now I’m going to be SMOKE FREE FOR THE NEXT 30 years!
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Quit 3 months 2 weeks ago Commented 1 week 3 days ago
You’re doing great Thisthymeforgood! Yes that’s the right attitude to just encourage people to quit without overthinking.
I am also going to stay quit for the rest of my years, fifty or sixty more -whatever the number will be. 👏👏👏Sabritas
QuitCoach Katerina Log in or register to post comments
Quit 11 years 1 month ago Commented 1 week 3 days ago
Way to go Thisthyme4good! Love the profile name, it really shows how determined you are with your quit! Congratulations on almost 2 months smoke free! What an amazing accomplishment, be sure to reward yourself for all your hard work you have contributed towards reaching this milestone! What benefits have you experienced since your quit? Keep up the great work! Thank you for updating us on your quit journey and for being a member of the QuitNow Community!
Liz S Log in or register to post comments
Quit 5 months 2 weeks ago Commented 1 week 3 days ago
Congrats thisthyme4good 🎉🎉🎉. I remember the first time you posted and someone commented on how great your name was 😁. And now look at you ... almost two months in! 🥳🥳🥳. You are doing this and I’m sure that you are feeling the rewards!! So proud of you ... 🌹
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Quit 3 months 2 weeks ago Commented 1 week 3 days ago
Congratulations on 2 months
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Quit 3 weeks 1 day ago Commented 1 week 2 days ago
Hi, thanks so much for your comments. Wish I had kept my ashtray but I threw it out. You’re right it is pretty disgusting. I’m told the first 3 weeks is the worst. What else did you do to get thru the cravings? Finding that the hardest. You sure smoked for a long time and now you’ve quit for 1 month and 3 wks. Congratulations!! Keep up the great work. Let me know of any other tips. Smelling the ashtray was a great one. Have a good day
BrendaQ57
Quit 3 weeks 1 day ago posted 1 week 3 days ago
Hi Sunetra. Thanks very much for the comments. They are so helpful right now. My health is the biggest reason I’ve quit. I’m on home oxygen now and have been for 3 wks. I should have seen that coming but I refused to believe it. That was never going to be me. All from smoking for over 50 yrs. my goal is to get as much of my health back as possible and that means never go back to smoking! These first days are very challenging with some days I’m so tempted to go out and buy a pack of smokes. I have to really distract myself and drink lots of water. I’m very determined. I’ve never seriously tried to quit before so hopefully this will be it. I keep the Nicorett Quick Mist close by and my pharmacist has just increased my Nicoderm patches to 2 per day. You’ve been quit for many years. Congratulations. Did you quit on the first attempt? Will let you go. Thanks for listening.
BrendaQ57
Quit 3 weeks 1 day ago posted 1 week 4 days ago
Hi Katerina, thanks for getting back to me. I want this to be my one and only quit attempt because I can’t imagine going through this again! I keep staring at my Nicorett Mist spray because you’re only allowed 4 mists an hr and I find the time has been going by so slowly. Thanks for all your suggestions on different activities to try. Will keep them in mind. Sounds like you had a challenging time quitting for good. You must be so very proud. So glad you’re here to help. Really appreciate all the advice I can get right now.
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Quit 11 years 1 month ago Commented 1 week 4 days ago
My pleasure Brenda, you are doing an amazing job! It was indeed a challenging time but it was most definitely worth it! So glad to be here to support you during your quit journey! The nicotine mist spray is a great way to get a clean single dose of nicotine. What other strategies have you been finding helpful to work through those cravings?
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Quit 3 weeks 1 day ago Commented 1 week 3 days ago
Hi Katerina, my pharmacist today increased my nicotine patch to 2 per day. A 21mg and a 7 mg one because the cravings were still so intense. Hopefully that helps. I’ve been going for lots of walks which I used to do when I was a smoker so it’s a bit of a trigger. I always promised myself I could have a smoke when I got home and now I don’t have that. Guess I should find something else to promise myself because I can’t stop walking. I’ve walked for yrs. I also drink lots of water now thru a straw which helps. Never used to drink water just didn’t like the taste. Now I put a bit of lemon concentrate in it. I try to distract myself as much as possible with chores or kitchen things. I’m told the first 3 wks is the worst. Almost at 2 wks. Just need to get thru these cravings without giving in. That’s the hardest. Thanks for listening. Take care
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Quit 11 years 1 month ago Commented 1 week 3 days ago
Great job Brenda! So good to hear that you went to the pharmacist and found a way to ensure your body is getting the amount of nicotine to help manage those craving. Walking is such a great way to get daily exercise and exercise has been a proven way to pass cravings quicker. It can also prevent cravings and increase metabolism. What a great solution to add lemon concentrate to your water to encourage yourself to drink more! Water is a great way to help your body rid itself of nicotine and keep yourself hydrated. The first few weeks are indeed the most challenging, As you progress in your quit you will find that this will get easier. Keep taking things minute by minute, day by day.We are here for you Brenda. If you would like to chat with a QuitCoach for free by online chat or by phone at 1-877-455-2233 please feel free to reach out. Keep up the great work, you are doing an amazing job!
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Quit 3 weeks 1 day ago Commented 1 week 2 days ago
Hi Katerina, having trouble with my comments on the forum. Not letting me send them. Says I don’t have permission. We’ll see if this one goes thru. At least I don’t think the other one went thru. Hope I’m not sending the same comments. Yes I work very closely with my pharmacist. She has been a godsend! So helpful! She’s made sure I’m on the right NRT. She also calls me to check in every once in awhile. Every little bit helps. It’s almost 2 wks!! Never thought I’d see the day. It’s such a struggle. I actually get down when I think of not smoking again. It was my best friend. No matter what happened I could always have a cigarette. I have to change my thinking. Would normally go out onto deck at this time of day and have a smoke. Just took my Quick Mist. It helps tho still have this gnawing sensation in pit of my stomach. Napping helps although can’t go to bed early anymore because of it. Can’t get to sleep. It’s a good thing I didn’t keep any smokes in apt because I know I would have had several slips by now. Well thanks for listening. Appreciate you checking in with me. Happy Easter
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Quit 11 years 1 month ago Commented 6 days 21 hours ago
Hello Brenda, I have also seen this error before if I leave the QuitNow website open and I'm not active on the site for a period of time. Usually logging back in solves the problem :) So great to hear that you have a strong relationship with your pharmacist. She sounds like a wonderful support! It's very common to feel sad after quitting. As you mentioned, smoking was in a sense a friend and we can feel as though we are grieving a loss when quitting. It's important to remind yourself that smoking was an awful friend, one that was continuously hurting you both physically and mentally. You have decided to move on from this nasty friend and live a much healthier life without it. Your physical and mental health thank you for making this HUGE choice. There are SO many benefits to living tobacco and nicotine free! Great awareness you have about not having cigarettes in your apartment to ensure you are not tempted. This will get easier over time Brenda, you've got this! Keep up the wonderful work and please know you are not alone! We are here for you!
I Get To
Quit 1 year 5 months ago posted 1 week 4 days ago
One year, 5 months and 3 days quit. And I just turned 65 last week. Yay! Life is good!
I've been reading many of the recent posts and have been struck by some of the expressions of helplessness, guilt, shame, anger and on and on. I thought it might help if I offered a few words to provide some perspective.
Quitting is tough, perhaps the toughest thing you will ever do. But the worst thing you can do is to beat yourself up - about having started, or relapsed, or snuck a drag or two on the sly or went out and bought a pack. It doesn't matter. You are going through an extremely tough time and there will be slips. Recognize that they happened, learn from them and very quickly put them behind you. Pick up where you left off and for goodness sake, forgive yourself.
I smoked for over 50 years and when I hit about the 6 month mark, I was overwhelmed by guilt. How was it that I was able to quit for the sake of my new granddaughter and in response to needing a triple bypass but not able to quit for my two (now fully grown) boys. I was consumed by terrible guilt. I spoke to the boys about it and they told me that all that matters now is that you have quit now. And they hope I will remain a recovering smoker. That gave me permission to move past that guilt as well as the guilt I bore about ever starting in the first place. I treat each day that I am a non-smoker as a BFD (Big Freakin' Deal!) because it is. And it feels wonderful to keep racking up those victories over my addiction. Today I won again. Don't know about tomorrow, but today I won. Thank you for letting me rant. Do not give in to helplessness and despair. Fight for your life, one day at a time.
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GregD Log in or register to post comments
Quit 1 year 5 months ago Commented 1 week 4 days ago
You have raised two fine human beings. Cheers to 1 year, 5 months, 3 days, 7 hours and 48 minutes! You're a pretty awesome human being yourself IGT. Thanks for the uplift!
Liz S Log in or register to post comments
Quit 5 months 2 weeks ago Commented 1 week 4 days ago
❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ that was absolutely beautiful 🌹 thank you so much and congrats on your milestone! 🎉🎉🎉
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Quit 11 years 1 month ago Commented 1 week 4 days ago
Congratulations on your 1 year and 5 month smoke-free milestone. Thank you for normalizing many of the emotions one can experience during and after a quit. Feelings of shame, guilt, anger and helplessness can all arise throughout one's quit journey. You have provided some wonderful advice and support to the Community. Thank you for updating us on your smoke-free journey and for being apart of the QuitNow Community. Please continue to reward yourself daily for being a non-smoker because it is indeed a BFD! :) All the best!
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Quit 3 months 2 weeks ago Commented 1 week 3 days ago
That’s a good expression: BFD! I might use that one myself too. I guess the emotions regarding quitting and smoking are all processed at different times for everyone. Good on you for staying quit and thanks for your words of wisdom Sabritas
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Quit 3 weeks 1 day ago Commented 1 week 3 days ago
Wow, you’ve quit for a long time. Congratulations!!! Yes I also smoked for over 50 yrs. Finding this the hardest thing I’ve ever done. The cravings right now are unbelievable. I’m on the Nicoderm patch and Nicorett Quick Mist. My pharmacist just increased my Nicoderm patch today to help with the intense cravings. I go for walks and try to distract myself in other ways. This is day 12. How did you quit?
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Quit 1 week 1 day ago Commented 1 week 3 days ago
This was really great to read. I really needed to hear this. Congrats !!
Umbrellaqueen
Quit 1 week 1 day ago posted 1 week 4 days ago
I have been trying to quit smoking since Saturday Match 27th and have yet to have a smoke free day. Everytime I light up I feel worse about myself ...today I gave in and bought a pack . I've gotten rid of most of them but have kept some for tonight to have yet another final cigarette. I get so depressed about the finality of it all but am aware it's like being upset your no longer punching yourself in the face. I just want to at least be able to go for 24 hrs. I have smoked for 28 years I am almost 40 and have never been an adult and not smoked. I've been crying on and off since Saturday and I just want to not feel so hopeless. Ii do know I can do it I just need to get over this initial hump. I have nic gum and bought a bunch of regular gum and suckers. Any tips from ex smokers to get through my first day? I feel like in the last 5 days I have just been always starting day one again.
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Liz S Log in or register to post comments
Quit 5 months 2 weeks ago Commented 1 week 4 days ago
Oh umbrellaqueen you are amazing as you are still trying to do it! That is a win ... and you can do it. You just need a solid plan ... have you touched base with the QuitCoaches? They are available via chat or phone, and maybe if you put something in place with them to get through 24 hours, that will give you confidence to move forward? We all have tackled this in different ways; I was on Zyban, the patch and read Allen Carr’s easy way to quit smoking over and over again for the first three days. This was my ninth kick at the can, and so far it has stuck 😊. I can feel your determination, and that is key ... there is help available and we are all here for you too!! Sending strength 🙏🏻🌹
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Quit 1 week 1 day ago Commented 1 week 4 days ago
Thank you I have texted them today and will text again tomorrow. I told my work partner to text me in the morning not to but any smokes . My husband quit smoking 4 years ago so he's been super supportive. I appreciate you reaching out it really does help my thought process.
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Quit 3 months 2 weeks ago Commented 1 week 4 days ago
Umbrella Queen
You need encouragement to get through the initial shock of quitting. You know you can do this. You have to just jump in the pool and do it. If you are emotionally distraught please reach out for support. You can always vent on this forum.
What can you do to distract yourself? Movies exercise cooking eating reading music dancing singing talking on the phone or visiting people in your bubble? for me, I found watching shows, chewing celery & exercising to the point of exhaustion got me through the first rough patch.
Hope you find a breakthrough UmbrellaQueen
❤️Sabritas
Quit Coach Linda Log in or register to post comments
Quit 6 years 2 months ago Commented 1 week 4 days ago
Umbrellaqueen, you can do this! You are well prepared and you’ve got some great tools ready: the nicotine gum, the regular gum and the suckers. Getting through the first day may not be easy but please know that you can contact us anytime via phone or chat if you would like some support. We are here for you and we believe that you will be successful. During your first tobacco free day, you may think a lot about smoking and it’s very normal. Here are some tips that people find helpful for the first day after quitting: Plan a different wake-up routine and make an easier schedule for yourself; remove out of sight everything that reminds you of smoking; begin your day with deep breathing and drink plenty of water; use your quit aids and keep them close to you; eat nutritious meals with more fruits and vegetables; stay active and plan some physical activities such as going for a walk; find some distractions; keep your hand, mind or mouth busy such as brushing your teeth often; avoid your triggers when possible and come out with different ways to manage them; remember your reasons for quitting; let the people around you know that you may need their support and it’s so wonderful to hear that you have a great support from your husband. Quitting smoking is stressful enough on its own. Take it easy. Do everything you can to take care of yourself and find different ways de-stress and relax. You may be surprised at how fast your first day flies by...You can do it! Remember you are not alone in your quit journey, please feel free to reach out anytime. We will be happy to help you in any way we can. Take care.
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Quit 1 week 1 day ago Commented 1 week 3 days ago
Thank you all for the support. I changed my quit day to Sunday as I think I need to be off work to enable me to use the chat support and the many tips (walking, napping , watching tv) i have read about. I am finally feeling more hopeful about the process despite my slips as I am having a better understanding of what worked and didn't work for me the last time I tried when I was off work. It helps so much to read about the successes that you folks have had. I know I have to be nicer to myself. I am very good at compassion and empathy for others but have learned during this process that I need to apply those same feelings for myself. Every day till my Final quit day I am still planning on delaying any further slips as long as possible and will continue to try to practice the steps I will utilize to get through Sunday. It has really been great to be able to reach out here. Today I did go longer than every day since Saturday so it's a small victory that I am going to sincerely try to give myself credit for. Again thank you all so much
Liz S Log in or register to post comments
Quit 5 months 2 weeks ago Commented 1 week 3 days ago
You got this umbrellaqueen. One moment at a time! 👏👏🙏🏻🎉🌹
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Quit 3 weeks 1 day ago Commented 1 week 2 days ago
Hi Umbrellaqueen. Sounds like you’re going thru a really tough time right now. I know all about the guilt. One of the mistakes I made was keeping cigarettes on hand for desperate times. I always told myself I’d smoke what I had left and then quit. Didn’t want to throw any out. I’d get low on cigarettes then buy another pack and tell myself I’d quit after that pack. It was a no win situation! And the guilt! What I did this time was had cigarettes to last me into evening and then chose the next day, March 21, as my quit day. I went the night without smoking then got up the next day with no cigarettes on hand. I am on day 13 almost 2 wks and does that ever feel good! I smoked for over 50 yrs! and never seriously tried to quit before. The cravings are still intense, that’s the worst part for me. I’m told they’re bad for about 3 wks. I’m on the Nicoderm patch and Nicorett Mist Inhaler. The inhaler helps. Are you going to go on anything? Distraction helps. Drinking cold water with lemon concentrate thru a straw helps. Advice I was given by quit coaches. Have been on chat quite a bit and the coaches have helped me get thru some really tough times. I’m determined to remain quit. Going for one hour without a cigarette was a milestone for me. You can do it if I can do it. Pick a quit day and tell yourself when you’re going to have your last cigarette. Don’t have any cigarettes left in house because that’s just too tempting. Good luck! Keep us posted about how you’re doing good or bad.
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Quit 1 week 1 day ago Commented 1 week 2 days ago
Hi Brenda thank you so much for sharing your experience with me. Yes I do plan on using the nic gum on Sunday and plan to get rid of any smokes and butts on Saturday evening to prevent any slips in the morning. I have told myself that if I need to sleep the day away than so be it. Last Saturday I tried to make myself be productive which only seemed to make me obsess more. I have tried to quit in the past but it was always for other people so I would just end up smoking behind their back . This time I'm quitting cause I want to so I can't play the same mind game with myself. I really appreciate you reaching out its inspiring to see that you have 1 week 5 days under your belt. Congratulations!!!
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Quit 3 weeks 1 day ago Commented 1 week ago
Hi UmbrellaQueen, how are you doing? Did you get thru your quit date? I know it’s hard. I’m just at 2 wks which is amazing. Going for 1/2hr was hard so 14 days is a milestone. My quit day is a blur. All I thought about was smoking. My saving grace was that I had no cigarettes in the apt so smoking wasn’t really an option. Not only that but I was started on home oxygen 4 wks ago so it’s quite an accomplishment just to get to a store. Not only that but pushing oxygen and buying smokes is very embarrassing! So I didn’t go to store to buy any. I was stuck at home with no cigarettes. My daughter was with me which was a great support. She’s never smoked, I smoked for over 50yrs. Don’t be too hard on yourself. You’ll get thru it. Distractions are important and the chat line is a big help and support. Good luck!!! Will be thinking of you!
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Quit 1 week 1 day ago Commented 1 week ago
Hi Brenda
I am currently at about 20 hours of no smoking. I have been going on lots of walks and took a afternoon nap to get more hours under my belt. I've been having the nic gum and lots of regular gum to keep my mouth busy lol
I also made sure to get rid of all smokes last night:) Congrats on your 2 weeks!!!
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Quit 11 years 1 month ago Commented 6 days 21 hours ago
Way to go Umbrellaqueen! Exercise is a wonderful way to prevent cravings. It has also been proven to pass cravings quicker! Great strategy of using different kinds of gum to keep your mouth busy. Ensuring no cigarettes are present to avoid temptation is a very good idea! You have some awesome strategies, keep up the great work! Congratulations on being 1 day and 13 hours smoke free! All the best!
Liz S
Quit 5 months 2 weeks ago posted 1 week 5 days ago
I finally came out ... on Facebook that is 😬. I celebrated my five month win openly on my page, filled with fear as many of my peeps had no idea (or I thought they didn’t) that I smoked. It was probably one of the scariest things I’ve ever done, but also one of the most freeing. My friends were very supportive and my husband said to me ‘I guess this means you are in it for the long haul’. I definitely felt very different after I did it, and quite honestly don’t give a crap if people think less of me ... one person commented that she never knew I was a smoker and that comment strangely offended me ... it was a label in my head, like she was saying ‘you are one of them’, but I got over it. The best thing that came out of it was that my sister (who has yet to acknowledge my quit) showed up at my house with a plant for my deck saying ‘this is for you to celebrate your milestone’ 😳. I almost fell off my chair ... but she said it and my heart melted. Five months have flown by as I look back but I still remember day one very clearly. I am very early in this still, and aware that I will be challenged throughout my lifetime but man oh man it feels so good to be free. I ran 5K yesterday and then walked another 4K and then yoga with my husband and daughter last night. I can breathe so deeply and with ease. Today is a good day and I pray a good day for all ... the fight is worth it!! Sending hugs 🌹🙏🏻🤗
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Quit 3 months 2 weeks ago Commented 1 week 5 days ago
Wow Liz so much to celebrate! You are awesome and brave to announce your quit to the world! Speaking truth that gives life. And for your sister to bring you a gift that is amazing. Congrats to you Liz you deserve every joyful moment. I will do a happy dance for you today. ❤️❤️❤️Sabritas
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Quit 11 years 1 month ago Commented 1 week 5 days ago
Wow LizS! Congratulations on 5 months smoke-free! What a HUGE accomplishment. So good to hear that you moved past that comment. You are now living a healthier life free of tobacco! Your hard work has paid off! Sounds like you have a wonderful support system behind you and what a lovely gesture from your sister! Keep up the great work and thank you for your continued support towards the community! All the best Liz with your new smoke-free life!
Liz S Log in or register to post comments
Quit 5 months 2 weeks ago Commented 1 week 5 days ago
Thanks Sabritas and Katerina ❤️ Every little moment we are able to be free is a win ... never quit quitting!
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Quit 10 months 2 weeks ago Commented 1 week 4 days ago
Congrats on 5 months Liz. Definitely does sound like you're in it for the long haul :)
Liz S Log in or register to post comments
Quit 5 months 2 weeks ago Commented 1 week 4 days ago
Thanks Rhon49. Congrats to you on 10 months ... so close to your first year 👏👏👏👏.
GregD Log in or register to post comments
Quit 1 year 5 months ago Commented 1 week 4 days ago
Time seems to pass quickly now, compared to when you first started your quit eh?! Fasebook comments are too easy to misinterpret but first and foremost, we know you quit for you primarily and any others who are affected by your quit, really matters not (except for those close friends)! Me, I didn't care who knew I smoked, maybe I should post something too....I'm superstitious, so maybe not lol.
Sounds like you're doing your family proud Liz. You are awesome!
Liz S Log in or register to post comments
Quit 5 months 2 weeks ago Commented 1 week 4 days ago
Greg 🤣. Facebook is a take it or leave it thing for me, but for whatever reason I felt the urge to purge 🤣. You are right, it really doesn’t matter what others think ... it’s just my sensitive soul reading more into something than I should have 😊. I quit for me ... and I stay quit for me. Thank you for your support ... YOU ARE AWESOME TOO! 🎉
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Quit 3 weeks 1 day ago Commented 1 week 2 days ago
Hi Liz. Congratulations on your 5 months!!! That’s great that you exercise! You’re going to become very healthy and look back on your quit day as the biggest most rewarding day of your life! Great that you have such a supportive family. How nice of your sister to bring you a plant to Mark the milestone! It’s too bad that person made that comment to you but that’s one person. Great job. Keep up the good work. I find you very inspiring and determined, I look forward to reading your posts. Take care
sherdon Log in or register to post comments
Quit 5 months ago Commented 1 week 1 day ago
Liz-I love your post! Congratulations on 5 months and for “telling the world”. I have never been a runner but want to start with little jogs soon. I know I won’t be able to do much because I’ve smoked for 40 years but I figure something is better than nothing. Did you jog when you were smoking?
Liz S Log in or register to post comments
Quit 5 months 2 weeks ago Commented 1 week 1 day ago
Sherdon I love hearing from you ... we began our journeys very close in time so you are my quit twin 😜. I ran long distance in high school (as a smoker), and then took up trail running a few years ago (also as a smoker) ... I didn’t jog in between, and I certainly am not interested in running any marathons lol. You will be surprised how your lungs work now ... I smoked 38 years so I felt apprehensive as you, but man oh man it feels so good to take in deep breaths. Start out doing walk/runs .. I am a counter so my first run I counted 100 steps running and 100 walking over an over ... you can do 50/50 or whatever works for you you. It seemed to help me at the beginning. If I knew you were in my town, I’d invite you out with me 😊. Thanks for staying in touch on this forum 🤗
BrendaQ57
Quit 3 weeks 1 day ago posted 1 week 5 days ago
Hi Katarina,
Thanks very much for your comments. Very helpful. You quit 11yrs ago? How did you do it? Do you ever get cravings now? I find the cravings the hardest part. I’m told they only last a few minutes but seems like they’re there all the time. Today seems a bit better, hopefully that’s a sign of things to come. Using the Nicoderm patch and Nicorett Quick Mist inhaler. The inhaler seems to help which is nice because I think I’ve tried most of the NRTsand was getting desperate. I have used the chat quite a bit and am getting a phone call from a counsellor tomorrow which is great. Thanks for listening take care
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QuitCoach Katerina Log in or register to post comments
Quit 11 years 1 month ago Commented 1 week 5 days ago
Hello Brenda, you are very welcome, we are all here to support you :) I had a few quit attempts before quitting completely. As you know, quitting is very personal and what might work for someone may not work for others. I used the patch, developed a daily yoga practice and really focused on the benefits of quitting. I am so happy to be apart of the QuitNow Community and be able to support you all throughout your quit journey! Cravings can definitely feel like they are frequent, it can be helpful to turn to an activity that keeps your mind and hands busy at these times. This may include: going for a walk, cleaning, cooking, reading, knitting, crochet, meditation, gardening, yoga, journaling etc. Whenever triggers arise now, I often will turn to a glass of water or a Fisherman's friend lozenge. Great job establishing your support system! Keep up the great work and congratulations on 1 week and 3 days smoke-free! It does get easier with time You are doing a great job, keep it up! :)