Post # 1
I made a post on here quite a few months ago about quitting smoking and got a lot of great advice…but I didn’t make it too far last time. However, I’m trying again!
I’m currently 4 days cigarette free after smoking for almost 6 years. My mind is driving me crazy, but I’ve fought it successfully so far. Every time I want a smoke, I grab a mint. I’ve started going for walks to get my lungs functioning again and hope to start jogging by the start of next week. I’m very concerned about gaining weight because I want to eat EVERYTHING in sight, so I’ve been trying to eat healthier snacks as opposed to the delicious bad things I actually want. I also picked up a fitness magazine so I can start doing some excersizes without having to pay an arm and a leg for a gym membership.
My biggest hurdle right now is trying to think positive thoughts. It seems like the nicotine was what kept me sane. I’d light up when I was stressed out, bored, angry, sad, after meals, while driving, etc., etc. For the past 4 days, I’ve felt sad and I’m not sure how to cope with it. It’s almost like I have to relearn how to deal with every day crap. Everything seems 100 times worse than it actually is. Physical activity seems to help this some, but I can’t just get up and go for a walk while I’m at work!
I guess I posted this hoping for some different perspectives and stories. If you want to share with me anything that you’ve experienced while quitting, I’d really appreciate it. 🙂
Post # 3
Best of luck to you! You can do it!!!! I can’t relate because I have never smoked, and therefore have never had to quit. I can’t imagine how hard it must be! But I just wanted to wish you the best!!
Post # 4
Congrats for trying again! 2 years ago I quit smoking when I moved from MI to NYC b/c they were 10 a pack, lol. I was smoke free for 9 months until I met some friends that smoked and I lit up after a bad day. I never fully quit again but I only smoke a few times a week, and for now I’m ok with that. Take it one day at a time and if you have one, don’t beat yourself up. I know this is going to sound really lame but, “Don’t quit quiting!” That’s what works for me.
Post # 5
Thanks guys! I’m doing ok, but I’ve also distanced myself from everyone I know that smokes…equalling to be almost everyone I talk to daily. Haha I know it gets easier with time, I just have to wait it out. 🙂
Post # 6
I’ve been quit for about 2.5 years, after smoking for about 8 or 9 years. Everyone in my family smokes. It had really become part of my identity if that makes sense.
I quit using Chantix. It really, really helped. I also went to a few counseling sessions. A lot of hospitals offer them free of charge.
I also used quitnet.com a lot. This really helped, too. There are forums and lots of resources. I’d also recommend reading “An Easy Way to Quit Smoking.” I somehow got a PDF version online, but you could go to the library/bookstore and read it in one sitting.
A lot of quitting has to do with the psychological and really reformulating the way you think about smoking and how you react to the common every-day life stuff.
Keep positive, you can do it… keep trying!
Post # 7
@Angela83: Unfortunately, I couldn’t afford Chantix. I got a prescription from my doctor a little over a year ago and when I went to fill it, they told me it was $160! Being without insurance is stupid. 😛 Also, congrats on being quit for 2.5 years! Awesome job. If others can do it after smoking for longer than I have, I know I can do it. Thanks for the advice. 🙂
Post # 8
Be gentle with yourself, use the patch if you find it helpful and taper off slowly, and take it one day at a time.
One thing I kept repeating to myself was that if I didn’t have a cigarette I would not have to quit again. I only had to go through this once.
Post # 9
good for you!! we are going to try quitting starting monday!! we are gonna start ttc soon and want a happy healthy pregnancy! ps(this is time like 50 or so!!)
Post # 10
I quit after smoking for 10 years. but it’s been slowly creeping back into my life. I started having just one occasionally when I went out after stopping cold turkey and not smoking for a year. But one every month or so turned into one a week, and then a few every time I was out drinking, and suddenly in the space of less than a year I found myself craving them just like I had before and I had to stop totally. I really thought I could be an occasional smoker but I don’t think it’s possible.
The first 3 months were torture. Really. It got beter after that though. Celebrate every day you don’t smoke and if you slip don’t give up – you can’t take an all or nothing approach with this or you’ll never succeed. Stay strong. You can do it!!
Post # 11
I’ve never been a smoker, but I hope for the sake of all of your health that you are able to fight the urge! I painfully watched my grandmother die of lung cancer 5 years ago, and seeing what her kids, her grandkids, and her many many friends went through in watching her deteriorate is something I’m sure none of you want to go through!
I hope this doesn’t come off preachy or unhelpful! – I know for me, sometimes my unhealthy habits need a reality check to really put things in perspective. Obviously you want to quit and that is the first great step! Just try and imagine all the things you’ll be able to do with that money and the extra lung space you are freeing up for yourself! Good luck, I hope you can do it!!
Post # 12
Thanks guys! I have been quitting for almost two weeks now, with the occasional slip up. I did buy a pack last weekend, and smoked the whole thing after not touching a single cigarette for 5 days, but since then I’ve only had 3 cigarettes total. Which, in my mind is pretty darn good! Especially after smoking a pack and a half every day…
I have been taking $5 a day (just about as much as I would pay per pack) from my checking to my savings account to put toward the wedding. I am really excited about not spending all of my extra money on cigarettes instead of saving for something better. 🙂
Also, the ONLY thing getting me through my cravings is working out. I am sore as HELL, but it’s working. I haven’t actually done any kind of physical activity like this since I was in highschool 6 years ago, because that’s when I started smoking. When I would try to excersize I couldn’t catch my breath, because of the cigs, so now that I’ve quit, it feels so good to be able to feel my lungs working. However, my body really, really hurts. Haha Still, better than eating instead of smoking and gaining more weight than I’d like to! I’m also the laziest person I know, so working out is such a sense of accomplishment.
I’m still plugging along! Thanks for the encouragement and stories everyone. I really, really appreciate it. And brittanymichelle, you can do it! My FI quit with me as well and it’s a good motivator knowing that if he can do it, I can do it. 🙂