Roaring Because I Smoke No More
- It started out as a bit of a joke but it really seems to work. When I get a particularly bad craving, I roar, which makes me laugh and feel better (it also makes my kids laugh). In the first couple of days when it really was bad I kept telling myself that I did not want to do something (smoke) that made me feel this bad. This was just a reminder for me that I was quitting for a reason -- again, it seemed to work really well.
It Goes with the Wind
- I picked up my smoking habit from my college days,some 42 years ago. I lived it up without much will to quit smoking, but one day I started looking for "quit smoking" sites and finally decided to quit. It's 3 weeks now and I am determined every moment not to smoke again and I will NOT. What I have gained in these weeks is just wonderful. I myself, my car and my home...nothing stinks. I smell perfumed all the time. My little grandchildren have stopped passive smoking and their health has clearly started improving. My smells to food have improved and I have started eating more. My blood pressure is getting to normal without medicine and I have more appeal to sex life. It's nothing but all psychological and much easier to quit once we make up our mind to do it. Honestly speaking, I have not suffered much from nicotine withdrawal symptoms except hard cravings at times which I tackle by keeping myself busy and using gum or some eatables. I bet that everyone can quit with a little "will power" to lead a better life style.
- —Guest Khalid Bakhtyar
- I feel Chantix helped me. I did a lot myself by wanting to quit too. Just think of the poison you put in your bodies with cigarettes. Look up what's in a cigarette ... and all the poisons in them.
- —Guest debbie
Do Something Else!
- I'm one of the lucky ones. Even though I had smoked for over 37 yrs., quitting smoking almost 6 months ago was very easy for me. I just stopped. No pills, shots or patches. The best advice I could give is for folks who want to quit is, "be prepared" to quit. Print out all the symptoms of nicotine withdrawal and realize that you will have some, or all of them. If you know what you're up against, you can handle things as they come. I fill in the "habit" with daily workouts, eating "clean" and no alcohol. I have also lost 122 lbs. before I quit smoking. I have gained NO weight back because I had been exercising all along and eating right. ALL bad habits have to "die" together for them to stay away for good.
Bananas and Silence
- I heard about bananas helping with cravings -- also that eating red meat can result in less cravings too. Another thing I`m NOT doing is not telling people about my decision to stop smoking. Therefore less pressure.. Only a select few who need to know why I may be a tad testy! eek Best to all ~!
Verbalizing and Moving
- I'm learning it's important to verbalize what I'm feeling. Another helpful tip is to move around when the craving hits.. helps it to pass... which it has SO far. Have never honestly attempted to put cigs down before until last week. Just seemed to be next on my life list. Have gone from 1 1/2 pks a day to 4 cigs per day. One day at a time. `They` say we will feel happier...this has proven true - how odd! But lovin it!
- Well its been one day without a smoke and I think I figured out what helped me through the first day. I grabbed a notebook and decided that every time I start craving for a cigarette I was going to write down my emotions. I find that I for the past day so many thoughts have gone through my head and that its driving me crazy. Its a simple task and its a way for me to express exactly what I am feeling and see how I can tackle those thoughts. Best of Luck
- —Guest Summer
Have a Dance
- I can honestly say that since I quit smoking I have had some seriously rotten times. But every now and then I get out of the negative mindset and realise the 'awesome-ness' of this achievement. I am a non smoker! Something I have desperately wanted for so long. That thought makes me want to dance and laugh (cough and splutter free.) That's what keeps me going :)
- —Guest Aussie Ally
Keep the Nicotine Monster Caged
- I have been a smoker for 26 years. I was able to quit without hesitation when I was pregnant, but started up again after giving birth and six months of breastfeeding. A few weeks ago I decided it was time to stop smoking for good. I don't like the smell (I smoke outside so the house/clothes don't stink). I don't like the taste (I have always chewed mint gum when I smoked). I believe it is the nicotine I am truly addicted to. I am now 3 days without a cigarette. I don't miss the taste, smell, or physical habit, but the nicotine urges are almost overwhelming. Tonight at the dinner table, I was explaining to my 8 year old that I have the "need" to smoke. She didn't understand, so the best way I could think to describe it was as if there was a monster inside of me, and I had it in a cage. The monster wants to smoke, but I don't. Sometimes the monster rattles the cage and I have to ignore him until he goes away. I will never smoke another cigarette! Good-Bye Nicotine Monster!
- —Guest Melinda
Another Try, Another Day
- Ive been smoking for nearly 9 years now and I'm only 23. Today is my first day of quitting. Why did I decide to quit? Well, I've been working hard at school and finally accomplished my goal; employment. Ive been successful with quitting in the past. I went cold turkey for 3 months, but somehow I started all over again; that little voice in your head telling you that one puff wont make a difference. I came into work today and I was thinking about smoking, "I am working this hard at work and worked this hard to get to where I am and I'm still shortening my life span by smoking". Screw that, I want to enjoy life, breathe better, and take advantage of this life; not kill it. This is very easy to say, and I just came across this blog and I think its great. I'm not sure what will help me through this process, but once I find out I will let everyone know. Good day and cheers to a better life.
- —Guest Summer
Chantix Really Helps
- Today is my 11th day smoke free and I am loving it. The first couple of days I was miserable -- really missed smoking. I realize that smoking was my crutch around people, places and situations I was uncomfortable with. Now I am taking back my life after 25 years and living.
- —Guest tferg
The Patch Works!
- I'm on day 16 using the patch. It took away the cravings and has made this journey much more tolerable. I still have an occasional strong craving and use gum to get through it. Also taking a shower when it gets really bad works too. I have tried to quit so many times and have smoked for 20 years. This is the longest I have made it so far. The mind plays tricks on me sometimes and I've been dreaming about smoking and wake up worried I ruined my quit. I have also been easy to cry and very hard to concentrate. Do whatever it takes to stay smoke free-- I know it's worth the effort and will get better with time. Good luck everyone!! Remember it's a process not an event -- time is your friend!!
- —Guest Kim
- Day 2! This is huge for me, my daughter literally cheers me on.
Baby and Video
- Me and my hubby are trying to get pregnant. I quit knowing that I've waited so long for this, that I'm not doing anything that is going to take this away from me. Nothing has worked for me to quit smoking..not even the heart attack I had at age 21. I"m now 25. I decided that it's time and I choked down that last cigarette 2 weeks ago. It's been cold turkey since then and I haven't looked back! When I get the urge to smoke, I saved a video from youtube to my computer. It's called thanks tobacco, you killed my mom. Watch it, it will help.
- —Guest rikki
Save Your Cigarette Money
- It has been 5 weeks since l have given up smoking after being a smoker for 35 years/ 40 cigarettes a day. l could not believe how easy it was to quit. l had the patches for 2 weeks, but got too many headaches, so decided to go cold turkey. l still bank my fortnightly money l would have spent on cigarettes. l have saved $220 in the 5 weeks l have not smoked. What helps me keep going is looking into my savings of $220 l have saved, if l still smoked l would not have that savings anymore. That's what keeps me on the right track to cleaner and healthier living.
- —Guest Maree