Post # 1
I am going bonkers. I want nothing more to just go run to the store and buy a pack. I would never, ever do that though because J and I have an agreement. We both quit our habits.
But how do I fight the urge? Why is it suddenly coming back? I quit about September 2009 when J and I first started dating. It wasn’t too much of a struggle unless I was around a bunch of smokers (aka my family). I finally developed a hate for it and the thought/smell of cigarettes disgusted me. It honestly still does, but the urge is so strong.
What have you done to fight those urges again? I am exercising and dieting again. I stay busy with work as well. I constantly chew gum or suck on mints. I’m at a loss.
Post # 3
Go back to what you did when you first quit.
I quit in January 2008 and want a cigarette every single day, but would never have one. I’d never do it, but the craving is just always there in the background.
Have you been on quitnet? That site has forums and other info that could help you.
I just try to think about what would happen if I smoked. What would you gain from it? Nothing. Your body is no longer physically addicted to nicotine, so you wouldn’t get that “hit” that you’re envisioning. You’d probably just get a bit light headed, smell bad, and feel really disappointed in yourself. When you think of smoking, think of smoking it the whole way to the end, think of buying cigarettes ($$$), and being a smoker again… you don’t want that, you have nothing to gain from it. Hang in there, don’t throw it away!
Post # 4
This was happening to me, too. I caved at work the other day and bummed one from a co-worker. I smoked it and I felt very dizzy and sick and nauseous for the remainder of the day. I also smelled like shit. That was a pretty big deterrent for me and I haven’t had any cravings since!!!
Post # 5
I quit smoking about 4 years ago and I still get bad urges sometimes. I don’t anticipate that ever stopping. It’s really hard. When I get the urges I immediately go do something to keep myself busy and get my mind off of it. I also chew gum, like you said. But, I find doing something to be more helpful.
The next time it happens go work on a DIY project for your wedding or clean the house. Those things might help. My dad quit smoking about 18 years ago and he says that he also still gets strong urges sometimes. I guess it’s just a price we will have to pay.
Congratulations on quitting though, and being strong enough to say that there is no way you will give into your urges! It’s definitely not easy.
Post # 6
@assilem: I was thinking about bumming a cigarette off of someone so I could get sick and grossed out by it again. I just don’t want to get caught by J or even upset him. It’s not worth it. He’s mostly my motivation.
Thank you everyone. Congratulations to you all as well. It is a tough journey. Stay strong!
Post # 7
Quitting is so hard! I’ve lost count the number of times I actually quit. But I managed to do it a couple of years ago. The easiest way is cold turkey!
Once in a while I smell cigarettes and they smell SO. Good. But I know if I had one now my lungs would hate me.
Just try to keep yourself occupied… Concentrate on eatting well and it will definetly help!
Post # 8
Sometimes I just tell myself “I’m not going to do this right now.” and then try to busy myself with something else. The craving always passes and the simple thought that I’m not going to do this right now helps me get through it.