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  1. Hey Fluffyduck, let me tell you that you'll be fine either way, with cravings or without. You will survive the tougher moments as well. You will learn new ways of dealing with anxiety, because of quitting. The rough moments are part of the package, part of life. You'll be fine, as long as you stick to your commitment of not smoking. Emotions come and go, all the more reason to make your resolve as strong as possible. When the going gets tough, this is what will help you through.
  2. @Fluffyyellowduck, you relied on smoking to feed your addiction. Quitting is all about debunking the lies that come with being addicted to nicotine. Hows your first day going?
  3. Show us your crochet cardigan! Big fan of crocheting here. Look what I made during quitting, (some would argue about the lungs though..)
  4. Dear S. (aka Power House @Sazerac), Today its your 7 year aniversary - congratulations!! I admire you for your determination and hunger for knowledge. I know its been of tremendous help for so many readers on here. The effort you've put in teaching others and inviting them to come along is heartwarming to me. Your commitment has been amazing . And I hope today is about you! I miss you on here, your way with words, I whish you only good things. Qtrain is not the same without you. 7 years, hurray hurray!! Will be thinking of you today!
  5. Force yourself to discover what IS easy. There must be something. Make a game out of it. Simplify life.
  6. 'Motivation is not the spark that keeps you eager to do hard work. It is the RESULT! Real motivation comes after you start.' 'Motivation is the pride you take in the work you’ve done, fueling your willingness to do more.' Write and you become a writer https://medium.com/@sarahcy/motivation-is-overrated-the-motivation-myth-by-jeff-haden-98df2623dcdd
  7. Hi Bjean, wow what a journey. How are you doing now? I whish you well! Not too long ago I had a small but super intense mental break down. I was with a friend who carried cigarettes. I made her promiss to keep them close in case I was going to hurt myself. I knew I wouldnt smoke, but I needed something that reminded me of a part of myself where I was able to make a healthy, concious and safe choice. Including the choice of not hurting myself physically. Ive never been tempted that evening, on the contrary: it gave me back my sense of self.
  8. Gradual decline - did that 2 or 3 times and i am pretty sure i reinforced my addiction immensly by doing that. Dont go there.
  9. Waiting to be ready is like waiting for the niagara falls to climb up instead of falling down. Never gonna happen. Take that first step, be vulnerable about it, discover, grow day by day and suddenly you will see motivation and 'readyness' peaking around the corner. Take proper care of your health Linda, no one else can do that for you.
  10. Why is it needed...? There you go.
  11. What I love about being smokefree: That beating every single sh*tty crave meant personal growth and a better, healthier future. What else could I possibly wish for?
  12. When I quit smoking two years ago, I was totally anxious and had a lurking depression. Anxiety, panick attacks, depression, they all came along in different ways, without a pattern. It scared the sh*t out of me, because Id been dealing with that for way too long already. Some periods were obviously better than others. As much as I felt that I wasnt up for the task, I knew I had to make it worthwhile somehow. I had to hold on to something that, at times, I had no vision of, no image in my mind. Because my mind was busy with fighting itself. So, clinging to that one goal AND educating myself like crazy was all I had. I made quitting the One Most Super Important thing of every minute, hour, day. And kept doing that. And again and again and again. Until I was so sick of myself being occupied with that all the time.. and then gradually quitting became less of a deal. The rest is history! Your addict brain probably wont believe it, but I am free of depression and I dont remember when I last had that crippling anxiety. I am doing fine and dont miss smoking one bit. So. Bring your selfpity to a halt and breath. Be gentle on yourself, but loyal to your desire to quit. Create something for yourself, build on that quit and try to stay in touch with yourself, right through the mess in your head. Go to your doctor when you need too, or a friend, or maybe a quit buddy on the Qtrain. The possibilities are endless really.
  13. MLMR

    Two Storms

    Thinking of you Saz
  14. @Mee! Congrats, Super You, on two awesome transformational nicotine free years! Mee in Dutch means along, together, going there. *ga mee* , *come with me*. By sharing your quit, you let many people joining you. Including me. Thanks for that.
  15. I had panick attacks. I needed to smoke through them. Only to fuel myself up, making my heart pound harder and faster. And I was FULLY AWARE of what I was doing. Embarassing, really. I dont have panick attacks anymore. Probably for about half a year now or something. How awesome is that?! Quitting smoking has everything to do with that. Ohw Crap. I kinda missed the essence of this thread. Things you couldnt do before you quit. Well, before I quit I could not nót have panick attacks..? Oh heck, whatever.
  16. I used to catch two colds per year, plus regular flu. And often had a lingering, nagging headache. And now... Had one light cold, in my almost 2nd year of non smoking. No fever. Almost no headaches. Im a happy woman
  17. Congrats on your awesome quit Jane!
  18. Wow, there really must be something awesome in that gum, killing your boredom and all! Oh. Wait... what?
  19. What I definitely love most about quitting: less anxiety in my life. Overall, I am much more calm and easy going than when I smoked. Being able to breath through sheer panic is the best thing that ever happened. Knowing I was able to quit has been super empowering, on many levels.
  20. Hi Andrew, not sure if this is of any help to you right now... but my guess would be that its your body and brain re-adjusting. Do you know these magic doors with huge locks, where every piece has to fall in place for the door to open? Your brain is doing something like that now. Finding new ways. And Im not surprised about that bit of anxiety there. It will pass, Im sure. Figure out what you need to get through these moments safe and sound. Its an excellent time for some soul searching! My anxiety spiked somewhere between months 3 - 7, after that it gradually lessened. Im now better off than ever, anxiety-wise. Quitting smoking is a huge deal and Im so glad I did it.
  21. Wow. Briliant writing. Thanks @Sazerac for the re-post. Worth printing and putting on fridges, mirrors, car dashboards etc. In fact, rub your face in this poetry, drink it in and never look back!
  22. Nice one, Jo! Even though Im pretty far in the proces, I still love reading about everything positive in the long run and how thats working out for others. Wow, this really is fundamental, isnt it? I take your post with me, into my new day. Thanks!
  23. Hi Loamie, welcome. When I quit smoking, I made it my no. 1 priority. It got me where I am now: 5 days away from being 1,5 year without a cigarette. Make quitting important and put it before anything else in your life. Life will be life... make yourself accountable for your quit. Thát being said.. Water is your friend these days, take quick walks during lunch breaks, write here, read about the proces of smoking/quitting, use other peoples experiences and above all, get to know yourself in a different way and find out what works for you. Learn to trust the proces! Maybe start a diary?

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