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irlychick
Quit 1 week 1 day ago posted 4 days 11 hours ago
Gawd. I’m afraid to move! My shop and my work in the shop is a trigger. I need to get in there and work! I never smoked in there but it seems getting out of the house and heading there is one smoke. Then when I finish something or get tired of working on something I have a smoke. What will I do now. I hate it. Why can’t I just relax and smoke? Aaaaaaarrrrg
8 Comments last reply 2 days ago
Liz S Log in or register to post comments
Quit 1 year 6 months ago Commented 4 days 10 hours ago
Smoking doesn’t help you relax sadly … it’s a never ending cycle. Grab something else like a cup of coffee or tea to take with you into your shop. Keep telling yourself, I do not need to smoke … millions of people live their lives without smoking. We just made the mistake of introducing it into our system and now we pay the short term price. This is hell week irlychick … wear your badge of honor because you are fighting your way through it! 👏👏👏
irlychick Log in or register to post comments
Quit 1 week 1 day ago Commented 4 days 9 hours ago
I do not need to smoke. I do not need to smoke. I do not need to smoke. The butts in the bin are getting picked up on Thursday. I phone the 24 hour number this morning. Now I’m in a system. But whatever🙄. Coach is calling me tomorrow. I am going to do this no matter what. I had some old nicotine gum so I’m chewing that. I wonder if I should just go to bed today.
Liz S Log in or register to post comments
Quit 1 year 6 months ago Commented 4 days 9 hours ago
Sleep works 😉! You will do this I know it!
QuitCoach Katerina Log in or register to post comments
Quit 12 years 2 months ago Commented 4 days 8 hours ago
Great work irlychick coming onto the forum for support, we are here for you! Awesome suggestions from Liz, it can be helpful to remind yourself that smoking does not relieve stress. It is a myth that nicotine reduces stress. Once addicted to nicotine, withdrawal can worsen stress and anxiety. Try to address the source of stress itself, as well as coping with it. Any part of your life can stress you out. Remember, smoking and vaping cannot solve the problem that is giving you stress. Knowing what causes stress in your life can help you come up with a plan for relieving stress in more positive and healthy ways. This might include the 4 D's (delay, distract, drinking water through a straw, deep breathing exercises) or talking it out with your supports. Great idea to get some rest as well to help you manage withdrawal! Do whatever you need to do to stay smoke-free in the moment and conquer your goals! Keep up the great work!
dc Log in or register to post comments
Quit 1 month ago Commented 4 days 4 hours ago
I can’t go home that’s where I smoke! I feel your pain. Hang in there
awoermke Log in or register to post comments
Quit 5 days 19 hours ago Commented 4 days ago
I'm off work right now as well with a broken wrist in a cast so I get it! I go back to work next week and am worried about how that routine will affect me with usual triggers for smoking. I'm on day 3 and it's tough I feel your pain but am determined to stick with it. I'm just trying my hardest to not think about it and ride out the cravings....we can do this!!!
Lucille Brown Log in or register to post comments
Quit 6 years 2 months ago Commented 2 days 10 hours ago
irly, these are normal feelings you're dealing with. Try to change your routines by extending the amount of time you reach for a cigarette. Tell yourself that you are a power to be reckoned with and that you are in control. Stress will always exist wether you smoke or not. You're almost past Hell Week and if you can get through it you can and will succeed. Hang in there and be ever vigilant of the Nicodemon lingering in the corners. You've got this. Give yourself a huge pat in the back and be proud of your determination and persistence. Hugs, Lucille.
jane123 Log in or register to post comments
Quit 1 month 3 weeks ago Commented 2 days 7 hours ago
Irlychick, you can do this. I like your self talk…I do not need to smoke. Thanks for posting that. It’s great you’re using the forum in this way. I turn to it often and read the comments when I need some reinforcement. change your routine as much as you can, especially about going out to your shop. I started my quitting journey by not smoking in the car. Once I had that under control I expanded the no smoking rules. I too used smoking as a reward when I finished something or needed a break. Now I drink water. It’s working! Hang in there, You can do it
dc
Quit 1 month ago posted 5 days 2 hours ago
This is a tough day! Sooooooo much emotion pouring out of me that I didn’t even know I was feeling. Normally I’d grab a cigarette or twenty and smoke through the painful emotion but now that I’ve quit I can’t do that. 🤔 so I went for a crazy long drive, blasted music, journaled, walked, and thought I’d check in here as you guys are my only support really. If I can find the bravery I will make it to my second aqua fit class tomorrow. Feels a million tears away right now but this too shall pass? Hope someone can jump in and give me some guidance on what the f to do with all these difficult emotions. I feel like I’m drowning. Take care, D
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Liz S Log in or register to post comments
Quit 1 year 6 months ago Commented 5 days 1 hour ago
Honor yourself and allow the feelings to pass through. Just sit with them. My heart is so with you right now and I do promise this will get better. And the bonus is you will learn methods in dealing with your emotions. You did great today dc … music is an amazing way to help move the emotions for me too!
jane123 Log in or register to post comments
Quit 1 month 3 weeks ago Commented 5 days ago
Dc you’re doing wonderfully! Hang in there. It will get better. Go with the feelings. You’ve already found another way of dealing with them with the drive, music, journaling and walk. What great substitutions for cigarettes. The music works for me too. As loud as I dare have it. You are very brave and you can make it to your 2nd aqua fit class. The pool awaits you…can’t smoke when you’re all wet!
QuitCoach Elke Log in or register to post comments
Quit 28 years 2 months ago Commented 4 days 23 hours ago
Dc, becoming a non-smoker can often lead to feeling those emotions more strongly, as they are not suppressed by smoking. Although it seems to be such a difficult time, it can also offer the chance of finding new ways in dealing with those emotions. I like how you have found different outlets to cope. Exercise is always a great one. as 20 minutes of moderate exercise helps your body to release dopamine, which is also happening when you have a cigarette. It can be helpful to create a list of activities that can help to distract you or make you feel good, that can help you through those difficult moments. Exploring those emotions and the underlying cause and looking how you can address the situation productively can channel frustration into constructive problem solving. Continue to acknowledge your emotions and look for the solutions. Take care of yourself and remind yourself how far you have come. Celebrate every day. Don't focus on the obstacle. Focus on the goal and where you want to be. Things will get better with time. Keep going. You can do this, one day at a time! Sending you strength!
dc Log in or register to post comments
Quit 1 month ago Commented 4 days 11 hours ago
Thank you for your support, am feeling a little less emotional today, but I had ridiculously vivid nightmares last night snd I don’t wear the patch at night. Focusing on deep breathing today snd a walk in nature with my dog.
irlychick Log in or register to post comments
Quit 1 week 1 day ago Commented 4 days 9 hours ago
I know. This is rough. I’m trying to do it cold turkey because I did it before. I’m chewing gum this morning to see if it takes the edge off. But I’m figuring the sooner the nicotine is out the better. Then just the behaviour needs to change. I feel for you! We will not smoke!♥️
dc Log in or register to post comments
Quit 1 month ago Commented 4 days 4 hours ago
Irlychick 100% we will not smoke!!!
Lucille Brown Log in or register to post comments
Quit 6 years 2 months ago Commented 2 days 10 hours ago
dc, give yourself credit for not succombing to the Nicodemon and remember that you are much stronger than you've ever realized. Share your feelings as they will dissipate over time and you'll be floating on cloud nine when this is all over. Look at you go, 1 month already and it gets easier and easier the further you get into your quit. Repeat, I will remain positive, determined and I will gain momentum and strength from this. I am powerful and I have what it takes to be healthy and better with time. I am woman, Here Me Roar. Hugs, Lucille.
paddleboy Log in or register to post comments
Quit 1 month ago Commented 2 days ago
drove through the tears, with my wedding song blaring.
what ever it takes to stay sane.
and smoke free
Don Fraser
Thinking about quitting posted 5 days 6 hours ago
Here I go again! Quit smoking today with Zyban. I hope it works as I really have to give up this nasty habit. As some of you know from my past quitting attempts, I was diagnosed with COPD three years ago. I've recently retired early from my work with Island Health for that reason. Wish me luck and happy quitting!
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QuitCoach Katerina Log in or register to post comments
Quit 12 years 2 months ago Commented 5 days 6 hours ago
Welcome back Don Fraser! We love your persistence, it is so common to have many quit attempts before quitting completely. What is most important is that we don't give up until we've reached our goals! Never quit quitting! So great to hear that you are using a smoking cessation medication to help you along the way! We thank you for sharing your story with us and wish you all the best in your upcoming quit! Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns, were are here for you!
Liz S Log in or register to post comments
Quit 1 year 6 months ago Commented 5 days 4 hours ago
Welcome back Don 🥳🥳🥳. Zyban helped me immensely. I also used patches. I’m glad you didn’t give up! 🤗
Cbythesea Log in or register to post comments
Quit 3 years 5 months ago Commented 5 days 2 hours ago
Woohoo!! I keep coming here looking for you!! Glad to see you here again. As long as you don't quit quitting, it is all good Don. You go man!!!
Lucille Brown Log in or register to post comments
Quit 6 years 2 months ago Commented 2 days 10 hours ago
Don, your persistence will pay off and you'll be free from the nicodemon once and for all. Good on you for hanging in there. Hugs, Lucille.
erica77
Quitting today posted 5 days 17 hours ago
Hello

I've been hear before and I'm back. Today is my quit day and I'm pumped. Just have to stay positive and know that a craving will pass. I must admit that that quitting vaping seems easier than when I quit smoking, but only time will tell.

Best of luck to everyone!

Ty Erica
4 Comments last reply 5 days ago
QuitCoach Sunetra Log in or register to post comments
Quit 11 years ago Commented 5 days 13 hours ago
Great work reaching out on the forum, Erica ❤️ When missing the feel of inhaling or having a craving, you might find it helpful to try puffing on a cinnamon stick or practicing deep breathing exercises through a straw. If you find that you are missing something in your mouth, it can be helpful to try chewing on a toothpick, sugarless candies, healthy snacks (nuts, celery, apples, mint) or brushing your teeth often and enjoying the fresh taste! As for keeping hands busy, you might find it helpful to try a pencil/pen, paperclip, coin, marble or a stress ball! Whatever works for you to stay smoke/vape- free in the moment! Please don't hesitate to reach out to the QuitCoaches if you'd like some help working through a craving! We're available through online chat and by phone at 1-877-455-2233! Hang tough, don't puff!
Liz S Log in or register to post comments
Quit 1 year 6 months ago Commented 5 days 13 hours ago
Welcome back Erica 👏👏👏👏 you CAN DO THIS! Yes cravings will come and they always go … I am super pumped for you too!
Lucille Brown Log in or register to post comments
Quit 6 years 2 months ago Commented 5 days 11 hours ago
Welcome back erica, your positivity will get you far and your determination will help you every step of the way. Quitting vaping is much like quitting smoking, just stay vigilant and trust your judgement. You can definitely do this and reach out when you need to. By the way congrats on quitting smoking. Hugs, Lucille.
Stanley Log in or register to post comments
Quit 1 year ago Commented 5 days 7 hours ago
Good to know you are stay on the track. Good Luck to you.

Cheer you up and Keep NOPE

Stand firm to say NO to nicodemon
awoermke
Quit 5 days 19 hours ago posted 5 days 20 hours ago
I just smoked my last cigarette tomorrow is my official quitting day. I feel positive about my decision to quit it's a filthy overly expensive habit with absolutely zero good outcomes.
Wish me luck!!
I only had two smokes today as compared to
my usual pack per day. I've been contemplative for a while now and am finally taking action.
4 Comments last reply 5 days ago
QuitCoach Sunetra Log in or register to post comments
Quit 11 years ago Commented 5 days 13 hours ago
Welcome Alana to the QuitNow Community!! Deciding to quit, taking the first step towards quitting and continuing to try are all things to be proud of. Your outlook on smoking is very powerful and reminds me of this mantra, "I'd rather be a non-smoker who SOMETIMES thinks about a cigarette, THAN a smoker who is ALWAYS thinking about quitting." Please don't hesitate to give us a call @1-877-455-2233 or send us a message via online chat if you'd like to talk to the QuitCoaches. We wish you all the best and please remember we are always here for you ❤️
Liz S Log in or register to post comments
Quit 1 year 6 months ago Commented 5 days 13 hours ago
Hi Alana 🤗. It sounds like you are ready! We are all here ready to support you as you embark on the single best thing you could do for yourself!!! The dollars saved add up so quickly, and you will feel like a million dollars when you have let this beast go. You are so right .. it does absolutely nothing good for us, and at 52, you still have many years of life ahead of you. Make sure and reach out to the Quit Now coaches if you need help, and as well come here and we will do whatever we can to support you 🤗🌷
Lucille Brown Log in or register to post comments
Quit 6 years 2 months ago Commented 5 days 11 hours ago
Good for you Alana. Go for it and believe in yourself, you are so worth it.
Stanley Log in or register to post comments
Quit 1 year ago Commented 5 days 7 hours ago
Hi Alana,

This is a good decision for you. This quit will help you save a lot of money. I will say it is very challenge for the first few weeks. After few weeks later, you will adopt the smoke free life. Half year later, you won't think of smoking too much when you are free. Find a way to deal the craving and urge, when they beat you. For sure, it will pass. So that it is good for you to build a method to deal with it.

Cheer you up and KEEP NOPE NOT ONE PUFF EVER

Stand firm to say NO to nicodemon
awoermke
Quit 5 days 19 hours ago posted 5 days 22 hours ago
Hi
My name is Alana and I am 52 years old
I have been smoking since I was 13 back when it was affordable but with the cost of gas and everything else it's ridiculous to even try to justify it anymore. Especially because I am trapped in a toxic relationship that I will never be able to escape unless I am not spending $500/month on cigarettes.
2 Comments last reply 5 days ago
QuitCoach Katerina Log in or register to post comments
Quit 12 years 2 months ago Commented 5 days 22 hours ago
Welcome Alana to the QuitNow Community! We are so thrilled to have you join us on your journey to being smoke-free! Congratulations on setting a quit date and following through! We thank you for sharing your story with us including your powerful motivators to save money and end the toxic relationship. We are here to support you along the way, please feel free to post as often as you'd like and we'll do our best to answer any questions or concern you may have! Remember, you are making an incredible change for your physical and mental health! You are worth it!
Lucille Brown Log in or register to post comments
Quit 6 years 2 months ago Commented 5 days 11 hours ago
Alana, it's difficult but doable all the same. By divorcing yourself of the Nicodemon you stand a better chance of living a healthier and wealthier life. You're right about one thing, there is no justification when it comes to cigarettes. I'm seventy years old and have been quit now for over 6 years so it's never too late to start. Give it a chance and let us know how we can be of help. Read some of the previous posts to gather information and tips to help you along your journey and remember you're never alone. If you wish to formulate a plan or just need day to day help give the quitline a call to speak to a coach at 1-877-455-2233, it's completely free and you won't regret it. Hugs, Lucille.
KD
Quitting in 4 hours 57 min posted 6 days ago
I can’t stop smoking a cigarette every 2 or 3 hours.
4 Comments last reply 5 days ago
QuitCoach Katerina Log in or register to post comments
Quit 12 years 2 months ago Commented 6 days ago
Welcome KD to the QuitNow Community! So great to see that you've set a quit date. Have you explored what is triggering you to have a cigarette every 2 or 3 hours? It can be helpful to self-monitor our triggers to get a better understanding of what places, events, or people that make us crave a cigarette. One such way is to keep track of your triggers or cravings using a self-monitoring tool called a cigarette tally sheet aka a smokers diary. Keeping track of these triggers can help us understand our daily habits and routines, which can then help you to come up with a plan (coping strategies) for the triggers and routines that you have. A copy of the cigarette tally sheet can be found on our website under the heading “Quitting”, followed by the “Preparing to Quit” tab and the “Know your Triggers” tab. The tally sheet is usually used to keep track of 25 cigarettes that you smoke, though you may find that you want to keep tracking them to get a better idea of your daily triggers. The tally sheet includes 5 headings, which are – time of day you had the cigarette, the place you were (for example in bed, at the kitchen table, outside on the patio, in the car, etc), if you were alone or with someone, your mood at the time (for example good, tired, hungry, bad, etc), and lastly rating your craving on a scale of 1-3 (1 low craving, 2 medium craving, 3 strong). Once you have started tracking your cigarettes, you should start to notice patterns of your regular triggers, habits, and routines. From there you will hopefully be able to develop a plan regarding future coping strategies for these triggers. If at any time you would like to speak to a QuitCoach regarding strategies to reduce or quit please don't hesitate to give us a call for free support at 1-877-455-2233 or through online chat! Wishing you all the best with you upcoming quit and please know we are always here to support you!
Liz S Log in or register to post comments
Quit 1 year 6 months ago Commented 5 days 23 hours ago
Hi KD 🤗. It’s great that you recognize that pattern! I realized after I quit that smoking made my heart race all the time, and anything that made my heart race like fear or anger would trigger me to have a cigarette. I think that is why I always thought smoking helped calm me … it actually just temporarily stopped the racing heart with a hit of nicotine, and then it would start up again after. You are going to get a whole new perspective on your habit once you are able to stop. Take advantage of everything this program has to offer, and I look forward to supporting you however I can 🤗
jane123 Log in or register to post comments
Quit 1 month 3 weeks ago Commented 5 days 23 hours ago
Hi KD, I’m at 1 month 5 weeks. I also probably smoked every 2 to 3 hours. I found chewing gum, sucking hard candies, drinking lots of water helpful at the beginning (and still working). Having something else in my mouth rather than a cigarette seemed to help me. I also knew what some of my tiggers were already. (I’ve tried to quit a number of times.) Before I even hit my quit date I had stopped smoking in my car or when I was on the phone. I tried to just extend the time between cigarettes a bit at a time before actually quitting. Once you know you can wait an extra 15 to 30 minutes, you know you can wait longer. Good luck and we’re here for you.
Lucille Brown Log in or register to post comments
Quit 6 years 2 months ago Commented 5 days 11 hours ago
KD, try to make it a game, see how long in between you can go without a cigarette and for each one you don't smoke add a quarter to a jar. You'll be pleasantly surprised at how much money you can save in the long run. Avoid the triggers that bring it on, if you drink coffee, have tea instead, if you smoke in a special area, change it to one that you don't frequent often. Get rid of all ashtrays, cigarette butts, lighters, anything that will tempt you because as they say, out of sight, out of mind. Pay close attention on what makes you want to smoke and change your habits that lead to it. Do yoga or meditation and practice deep breathing, it will help you relax and help with the cravings. If you need extra help give the quitline a call at the number Katerina gave you. It's all free and may be the best thing to help you stay quit. Welcome to the forum, hugs, Lucille.
Locrosbie
Thinking about quitting posted 6 days 1 hour ago
Ready to quit for real. Looking for support in social situations when others are smokers.
5 Comments last reply 5 days ago
irlychick Log in or register to post comments
Quit 1 week 1 day ago Commented 6 days 1 hour ago
There are some good coaches here. I’m only on my 3rd day. It’s a little hellish but I know I’ll be ok after today
irlychick Log in or register to post comments
Quit 1 week 1 day ago Commented 6 days 1 hour ago
I need to stay away from smokers at least for the first couple weeks
QuitCoach Katerina Log in or register to post comments
Quit 12 years 2 months ago Commented 6 days ago
Welcome Locrosbie to the QuitNow Community! Such great advise from irlychick! It can be helpful to try to avoiding areas where people are smoking and speak to those who smoke that are close to you about your desire to quit. This might include, setting clear boundaries and expectations, giving them permission to not give you one and asking for their support. Please know we are here for you on the forum, through online chat and by phone for free support at 1-877-455-2233!
Liz S Log in or register to post comments
Quit 1 year 6 months ago Commented 5 days 23 hours ago
Welcome aboard locrosbie. I had to stay away from triggers situations for awhile. I really wanted to make it work this time around, and I know from past experiences that I would not have been able to resist being around other smokers. Thankfully there were very few in my circle, and now I am totally ok with it. Make sure you have a plan in place by the time day one comes around … the quit coaches are amazing help with that. And stay close to the forum should you need our support. 🤗
Lucille Brown Log in or register to post comments
Quit 6 years 2 months ago Commented 5 days 12 hours ago
There will be smokers all around you Locrosbie, just remember that you're doing this for yourself and not for those who continue to light up. Say NOPE often and tell yourself that you're worth it. Only you can take charge and not let others convince you that smoking is cosher because it isn't. Be ready to reap the benefits of your quit as there are so many that will present themselves and freedom is just around the corner. I really believe that with the help of so many here you're going to succeed. Hugs, Lucille.
Locrosbie
Thinking about quitting posted 6 days 1 hour ago
Ready to quit smoking for real this time.
3 Comments last reply 5 days ago
QuitCoach Katerina Log in or register to post comments
Quit 12 years 2 months ago Commented 5 days 23 hours ago
Hi Locrosbie, congratulations on setting a quit date. "The secret of getting ahead is getting started". We love your use of positive self-talk, we can certainly tell by the words you've chosen that this is a really important change for you! What are your motivators to making changes to your smoking? Please keep in mind that the Quit Coaches are available for immediate support via phone @ 1-877-455-2233 or live chat.
jane123 Log in or register to post comments
Quit 1 month 3 weeks ago Commented 5 days 23 hours ago
I found I had to avoid other smokers for a couple of weeks. After that I was fine with being around smokers. (Not many in my group any more.) I actually felt a little smug that I could quit and others were still smoking. Perhaps there is someone in your group who has already quit that you could call on in these situations.
Lucille Brown Log in or register to post comments
Quit 6 years 2 months ago Commented 5 days 12 hours ago
One day at a time Locrosbie. Welcome and have faith that you're going to succeed. We'll be here to cheer you on and help you every step of the way. So just take a chance and give it a try. Reach out when you need to and let us know how you're coping. Hugs, Lucille.
Amanda Berg
Quitting in 2 weeks posted 6 days 20 hours ago
I've smoked since I was 14 years old. I recently joined a church where smoking is frowned upon...
3 Comments last reply 5 days ago
QuitCoach Sunetra Log in or register to post comments
Quit 11 years ago Commented 6 days 13 hours ago
Welcome Amanda to the QuitNow Community! We are excited to welcome you into our Community as you make this amazing positive change in your life! It can be helpful to create a quit plan to set yourself up for success. This might include:
1) Setting a quit date
2) Preparing your environment (removing ashtrays, lighters, cigarettes etc.)
3) Creating a written list that you can carry with you that includes: your reasons for quitting (you might find this list helpful to read when you are tempted)
4) Changing your habits (avoiding foods, drinks, places, situations etc. that you associate with smoking)
5) Selecting your quit method (this could be cold turkey, NRTs or prescription smoking cessation medication)
6) Incorporating daily exercise (can be a great way to work through stress/withdrawals symptoms)
7) Knowing your triggers and brainstorming to avoid them or work through them
8) Identifying your supports that can help you along the way (Family, friends, QuitNow Community etc)
9) Reward yourself for all your non-smoking achievements, no matter how small they might be.
If you are interested in creating your personal quit plan with the support of a QuitCoach, please don't hesitate to give us a call at 1-877-455-2233! QuitCoaches are for free support and can also be contacted through online chat. We wish you all the best in your upcoming quit, please feel free to reach on the forum if you have any questions on concerns! We are here for you!
Liz S Log in or register to post comments
Quit 1 year 6 months ago Commented 6 days 13 hours ago
Hi Amanda ☺️ Sometimes a little external push to stop smoking is exactly what is needed to get the ball rolling 👏👏. What are YOUR biggest reasons to stop? I, too, started at a very young age, and smoked for 38 years. I was so tired of hiding my habit and felt that smoking was keeping me from being true to my heart. You will be free and it is an amazing feeling. If you don’t have a plan yet, definitely connect with a Quit Coach and take advantage of the tools this program has to offer. You can tackle this and we will all be here for you should you need us!
Lucille Brown Log in or register to post comments
Quit 6 years 2 months ago Commented 5 days 12 hours ago
Welcome to the quitnow community Amanda and congratulations on taking this first step. You have what it takes to be free from this addiction. Just take it one day and one step at a time. Follow the advice that Quitcoach Sunetra has given you, read the previous posts from quitters like yourself to get other excellent tips and say NOPE (Not One Puff Ever) often. You can and you will succeed, just believe in yourself. Hugs, Lucille.
citygirl
Quit 6 days 19 hours ago posted 1 week ago
Back here, once again folks. After almost 18 months of freedoms from smoking, I’ve relapsed for the past three months, right back to where I left off. Frustrated and angry with myself but ready to give it another go. Sigh.
5 Comments last reply 5 days ago
Quit Coach Linda Log in or register to post comments
Quit 7 years 3 months ago Commented 1 week ago
Hi citygirl, welcome back and congratulations on your decision to quit smoking. 🤗 You will be successful again and achieve freedom! Please don’t be too hard on yourself. It’s very common to have a relapse and it can happen to anyone. Most people will try to quit many times before they remain smoke-free for good. They may learn what works and what doesn’t work for them on each quit attempt. So, they can make some adjustments, use the same tools and strategies that were helpful or try something different next time. You have successfully quit for almost 18 months and we believe that you can do this again! It’s so wonderful to hear that you are ready to make another commitment to quit. How do you plan to quit this time? If you would like some support, please feel free to reach out anytime. We will be happy to help you in any way we can. Take care. 😊
Liz S Log in or register to post comments
Quit 1 year 6 months ago Commented 1 week ago
I am glad you came back quickly! 🌷🥳
citygirl Log in or register to post comments
Quit 6 days 19 hours ago Commented 1 week ago
Thank you both!
jane123 Log in or register to post comments
Quit 1 month 3 weeks ago Commented 6 days 22 hours ago
Glad you’re back city girl and good luck. I’ve tried to quit many times and each time I learn something that helps me with the next time. I’m going to make it this time and you can too. Don’t be too hard on yourself, it’s a tough road with big pot holes we sometimes fall into.
Lucille Brown Log in or register to post comments
Quit 6 years 2 months ago Commented 5 days 12 hours ago
citygirl, welcome back and congrats on starting over again and for having gone 18 months without a cigarette. That's something to be extremely proud of. Always expect the unexpected. The Nicodemon never gives up. He lurks in every corner and unless you're prepared to deal with him, gets you every time. So go for it and take charge as you alone can do. Let him know who's boss and kick him back to the curb where he belongs. Trust in yourself and you'll always succeed. Learn from your previous quit and just do the best you can. Hugs, Lucille.
Liz S
Quit 1 year 6 months ago posted 1 week ago
Happy Mother’s Day to all of the wonderful mamas out there ❤️
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Quit 1 year 4 months ago Commented 1 week ago
Happy Mothers Day Liz and to all the Moms 🥳🌅 hope you have a peaceful day today!
What are your plans today?
I am hoping for a big mug of coffee and for the whole family to join me on a hike in the mountains this afternoon.
Liz S Log in or register to post comments
Quit 1 year 6 months ago Commented 1 week ago
I was thinking of you this morning Sabritas 😘. Hope you have an amazing day because you are an amazing mama 😘😘❤️ I am hoping for a big walk and plant shopping with my girlies. And of course a yummy coffee haha
Stanley Log in or register to post comments
Quit 1 year ago Commented 1 week ago
Happy Mother's Day too.
Quit Coach Linda Log in or register to post comments
Quit 7 years 3 months ago Commented 1 week ago
Thank you Liz and everyone. Wishing you all a very Happy Mother’s Day filled with love, joy and relaxation! ❤️ 🌷
irlychick
Quit 1 week 1 day ago posted 1 week 1 day ago
Ok. So I quit when I ran out of butts yesterday. This morning I breathed, walked, ate a good breakfast, had
A shower to get the stink off. I thought I had done all the laundry with stink last week. Guess I gotta do it again because my house
Smells even though I never smoked in it. Anyway I got in my truck and I’m sitting here in the parking lot of work. It stinks in here too but it’s a good stink now because the key holder is late
For work and I tried the chat and no one is available so I suppose I will just get out and breathe. Omg. I’m just fit to be tied. I’ve done this numerous, no countless times and what a shot show to put myself through. I don’t know why I start up. I know this part is bad
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Quit 1 week 1 day ago Commented 1 week 1 day ago
Gosh, I never got a text. No one is answering the chat. I’m too shy to call. 🤦‍♀️
Quit Coach Linda Log in or register to post comments
Quit 7 years 3 months ago Commented 1 week 1 day ago
Hi irlychick, we are so sorry to hear that you could not get through the chat. Thank you for reaching out to the Forum for support and congratulations on your decision to quit! Sounds like you are ready and very motivated to put smoking behind you for good and you don’t like the smell of smoke. You can do this! You have tried many times before and your persistence and determination will help you in your journey to a tobacco-free life. You have what it takes to be successful and it’s so great to hear that you have found many helpful ways to stay smoke-free this morning. Keep doing what you are doing and continue with all the activities and strategies that worked for you and keep you distracted from smoking. Please know that we want to help you in any way we can and do not hesitate to contact us anytime. We are here for you. Keep going strong. You are on your way to a wonderful smoke-free life. Take care 😊
Liz S Log in or register to post comments
Quit 1 year 6 months ago Commented 1 week 1 day ago
You can do this irlychick 👏👏👏👏. Are you using any NRTS’s? I went full pop this time around with zyban, patch’s, reading Allen Carr’s book a few times, watched videos and used losenges too here and there. This is my ninth go around, and I’ve gotten this far so far … every smoke free day is a gift. I hope you were able to connect with someone by now … they can certainly help get a plan in place for you! In the beginning of my quit I went for a lot of walks, had loads of bubble baths, cried, meditated, paced, and went on youtube and watched any videos I could about quitting. I know that feeling you had and I know everyone will say this, but for now you need to get through the moments only. Don’t look ahead, just deal with now. Once you detox your nicotine, the withdrawal will be less intense. I am sending big hugs today … breathe breathe breathe 🤗🤗🤗
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Quit 1 week 1 day ago Commented 1 week 1 day ago
Thanks Linda. I know I will get through this. I know I’m gonna feel great in a couple days. Those excruciating seconds where I have to stop and remind myself that I’ve completely cut off my best friend (the only one that loves me and is there when I need him- the sneaky cigarette) are coming like contractions. They’re getting closer and closer together and stronger and getting longer than a few seconds. I’m noticing them more now I suppose. When it happens I want to yell out “Is that all you got??!!” I’m almost there 24 hours with no smoke. Sorry I’m such a pain in the ass everyone! My first day is usually the worst. 🙄
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Quit 1 year 6 months ago Commented 1 week 1 day ago
You are not a pain in the ass. First few days are the hardest and that’s what this place is for! Yell, scream, whatever you need to do, just do not smoke because then it’s back to square one. You will soon realize that the thing you believed was your best friend, was the furtherest thing from being a friend. Life is so much better without cigarettes irlychick!
Quit Coach Linda Log in or register to post comments
Quit 7 years 3 months ago Commented 1 week 1 day ago
Thank you irlychick. Please hang in there. Like Liz said, the first few days after quitting are not easy. Please do everything you can to distract yourself from the thoughts of smoking. This temporary phase will pass and easier days are ahead of you. You will get there. Take one moment at a time, one day at a time and remind yourself that all the discomforts will soon go away. You will get through this and you will feel better soon. You are doing amazing at almost 24 hours smoke-free! Congratulations on your commitment to stay quit. 🤗
Lucille Brown Log in or register to post comments
Quit 6 years 2 months ago Commented 1 week ago
irlychick, you're not alone. Just give it time and remember that you're worth it. Believe in yourself, say NOPE often (Not One Puff Ever), practice deep breathing or meditation. Look to the future without it and the best part, a wonderful healthy life without the benefit of a cigarette and lest we forget, keeping your hard earned money in your own pockets rather than in those of the huge tobacco companies that poison us each day. Don't be shy, let us know how you're doing and reach out if you feel like venting, crying or yelling at someone. We can take it as we've all been through it. It's completely normal to feel like you've just lost your best friend when in fact it's your own worst enemy. Congratulations on your decision and welcome to our community. Hugs, Lucille.
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Quit 1 week 1 day ago Commented 1 week ago
It’s my second morning of my new life. It’s f-ing snowing! Anyway. Had lots of vitamins and good breakfast. A friend of mine regifted me some green tea. It’s got some kind of flowers or fruit in it too. Loose leaf. It’s very good. Like having a bath on the inside. I’m a little tired today. Not as owly anyway. Thanks for all the comments! I really appreciate any help I can get!
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Quit 1 year 6 months ago Commented 1 week ago
So proud of your irlychick. Trust me, it will just keep getting better and better!
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Quit 1 month 3 weeks ago Commented 6 days 22 hours ago
Hey irlycchick, congrats on making it through day 2. You can do it. Yell, scream, cry. Do what you need to do to get through. I too thought cigarettes were my best friend. We both know that’s not true and we don’t need or want friends like that. Who would want a friend that was killing you? I remember that when I get into false thinking about “my friend”. We are here for you and you can scream at us all you want.
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Quit 1 week 1 day ago Commented 6 days 8 hours ago
Today I feel not so good.
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Quit 1 week 1 day ago Commented 6 days 7 hours ago
Did I say I’m not doing so well today?
Liz S Log in or register to post comments
Quit 1 year 6 months ago Commented 6 days 7 hours ago
Day three is probably the hardest day …are you going cold turkey? This is where something like losenges or the nic spray can be really helpful. There is not a lot of nicotine in the products but enough to take the edge off. Maybe give the quit coaches a call irlychick for some suggestions. If you are at home, check out youtube for some meditations, have a bath, talk a walk around the block or sleep … I slept a lot during the first week. I know it sucks right now, but keep telling yourself, this will get better! I promise it will!!!
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Quit 12 years 2 months ago Commented 6 days 5 hours ago
Hey irlychick, we are so sorry to hear you are not doing so well today. Day 3 of quitting, our bodies are 100% nicotine and chemical free, which can cause us to experience withdrawal. It is common and normal to have good days and bad days throughout your quit journey. Awesome suggestions from Liz, NRTs can be a fantastic choice to help keep your body adjust and help you stay smoke-free. Practicing self-care with the amazing suggestions from Liz is certainly another excellent way to keep yourself distracted and relaxed. If at any time you are seeking free non-judgement support please don't hesitate to reach out to us, we are here to support you at every stage of your quit at 1-877-455-2233! Wishing you all the best irlychick!
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Quit 1 week 1 day ago Commented 6 days ago
Thanks everyone. I’m just trying to concentrate on bringing order into my house I really wanted to go to town and get a pack. I did not. I got a big container of cinnamon gum. Just trying not to bite my cheek or get it stuck in my hair.
nico99999
Quit 1 week 1 day ago posted 1 week 1 day ago
i’m gay so that’s why i smoke
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Quit 1 year 6 months ago Commented 1 week 1 day ago
Hi nico99999. I am glad to see you here 🤗 Smoking was certainly something I turned to over 38 years to stuff down feelings I didn’t want to deal with. The problem for me was that I didn’t deal with them, and they just built up and exploded in the end. I am not sure if you are using cigarettes to repress your courage to be who you are born to be but maybe touching base with one of the quit coaches can help you start the road to letting go of smoking, and embracing the beautiful person you are 🤗. We are all worthy and deserving of a life of freedom, however that looks to each of us. Please know that we are all here to support you in your journey. Sending a hug and energy today 🤗🌷
Lucille Brown Log in or register to post comments
Quit 6 years 2 months ago Commented 1 week 1 day ago
nicco, what does being gay have to do with smoking. We are all equal here, no discrimination and no bias against anyone. If you wish to quit, we'll be here to support and encourage you. That's the bottom line and we welcome you to the forum. This is the place to share your journey and we are so happy you decided to join us. So please take the time to read other posts for tips that will help you move forward. Call the quitline if you feel you need to for free at 1-877-455-2233, to formulate a plan and for day to day help. Hugs, Lucille.
Quit Coach Linda Log in or register to post comments
Quit 7 years 3 months ago Commented 1 week 1 day ago
Hi nico, welcome to the QuitNow community and congratulations on your decision to quit smoking! 🤗 We are so happy to have you here with us. Please let us know how we can help you in your journey to a tobacco-free life. You are quitting today, that is so wonderful! There are so many benefits of quitting. When you stop smoking, your body starts to renew and heal itself as early as the first day. You may see some positive changes within a few days of quitting and others as time goes on. If you have any questions or would like some support, please feel free to reach out anytime. We will be glad to help you make a plan to stay smoke-free and support you in your quit journey. Take care.
paddleboy
Quit 1 month ago posted 1 week 4 days ago
20 th day today.
i have not been out on our patio or bbq in almost 3 weeks. that is where my girlfriend and i smoked. she is still smoking.
tonight i am going to bbq, yah , im so looking forward to it. i feel strong enough in my quit to be on the patio.
thanks for all the support here on the forum.
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Liz S Log in or register to post comments
Quit 1 year 6 months ago Commented 1 week 4 days ago
Such great news paddleboy!! Little steps lead to victories 👏👏 Enjoy your BBQ’d dinner 🥳🥳
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Quit 1 month ago Commented 1 week 3 days ago
thank you liz
dinner was amazing
bbq steaks tomorrow
loving my smoke free life

Quit Coach Linda Log in or register to post comments
Quit 7 years 3 months ago Commented 1 week 3 days ago
Paddleboy, congratulations on being 20 days smoke-free! You are getting closer and closer to your 1-month milestone, that is so awesome! We are so glad to hear that your quit is going well and you can enjoy a BBQ on your patio with no problem. You are doing amazing! Keep going strong. Cheers to a wonderful smoke-free life! 🤗
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Quit 1 month 3 weeks ago Commented 1 week 3 days ago
Hey paddleboy, I can relate. My partner is also still smoking and we always used to smoke together on the deck. I still go out on the deck and find it is not a problem. Also I feel kind of smug that I can continue not to smoke while my partner is. Other people smoking around me doesn’t seem to bother me. Glad your bbqs are enjoyable and you are staying strong
Lucille Brown Log in or register to post comments
Quit 6 years 2 months ago Commented 1 week 3 days ago
Wow awesome post paddleboy. Way to stay positive and believe in yourself. Enjoy those steaks and please have one for me as living in a condo does not allow us to barbecue. Wish it weren't so as I barbecued all year round when we lived on the island, but quitting has not put a damper on me. Everyday that we don't smoke promises a new and healthier life. What more can we ask for? Who knows, when your girlfriend sees that you have successfully quit, she may decide to join you as well. Hugs, Lucille.
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Quit 1 month ago Commented 1 week 3 days ago
thanks Lucille
yes my girlfriend is planning on quitting soon.
we thought best not to try together as things could get a little testy .
she has been supportive and we both look forward to our freedom from this nasty addiction.
we love to travel and being smokers on long flights and finding places to smoke was always a concern.
it is a bit rainy but not enough to dampen my desire for a bbq steak.
cheers.