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  1. I will hit four months without smoking on Friday. Now I have started on a Dry February and have been alcohol free for the past week- I made Super Bowl Sunday my last Hoorah. The skills I have developed by quitting smoking have greatly helped me in this endeavor. I'm not an alcoholic, but I do drink too much and I also know that drinking is one of the biggest triggers to starting to smoke again. I slept a full eight hours uninterrupted last night and I'm already starting to see improvements in my face and the tightness of my clothes. I think I will take this Dry February into the next couple of months- maybe through Lent.
  2. Doing well! Besides the 9 pound weight gain, everything is going well. There are many days where i don't even think about smoking. Decided to do a sober February and my family is showing solidarity by giving up sweets. I'm drinking half caf coffee. No depression and the anxiety has lessened due to work stress going down for the time being. Thanks for checking in.
  3. Glad to hear you are recovering. This is a good lesson to all of us that just because we quit smoking, we are not out of the woods with strokes and heart attacks. Plenty of never smokers die of these ailments. We still have to watch our diet and exercise and keep monitoring our health.
  4. Still going strong. the main issue I'm having right now is that I suffer from very sharp, acute bouts of anxiety. When these bouts come on I feel like someone has reached inside my stomach and is squeezing my guts. This and the tension throughout my body feels an awful like nicotine withdraw, so I crave the smokes. What I realize is that it is really the anxiety and that I have kicked the physical need for nicotine- the cigarette will not help it. Otherwise, I'm enjoying my freedom everyday. I feel so proud that I have been able to do what a great number of people seem to find impossible and this forum has been a major factor in that. Thank you all for everything!
  5. Three months quit today!!!!
  6. Here is a thought to be happy about: In a couple of weeks you will be two months ahead of all those people who are making quitting their New Year's Resolution. I sometimes feel the same way- jealous of those who are still smoking. The problem with my previous quit was that I rationalized to myself that if I only smoked a little bit, then I wasn't really a smoker. Then the little bit became more until I was a full-fledged closet smoker having to invest heavily in mints and febrezze because I told my family that I quit. It sucks. This is something we derived pleasure from and we can't do it anymore. However, do you want to be looking back at December 2019 years from now with regret wishing that you had a time machine to go back and relive right now and stay quit?
  7. I'm more afraid of slipping up when I'm out having a good time then I am of slipping because of stress, anxiety, or sadness. One thing I have done so far in my quit is when I'm out with my friends who smoke, I tell them right away to not give one to me if I ask no matter what. Luckily, I have not been tempted, but I am scared that too many drinks one evening might cause me to let my guard down.
  8. Lucky, I am only 15 days ahead of you in my quit and I haven't felt this good about myself in a long time. I feel a sense of accomplishment and pride that I have been able to do something this substantial for myself. Just yesterday I had a strong urge to buy a pack but I remembered how much more I am able to do at the gym, how much money I have saved (the ticker on this site is a great motivator), and how much encouragement the people on this site have given me. The problem we all deal with is that in some way we are all still "smokers" and will always be; however, we are "smokers" who choose not to smoke. The desire will always be with us because it is a part of us. It is something we didn't just experiment with, we are addicts. These words sound discouraging, but to me they are the opposite. Everyday you beat the addiction, you are stronger.
  9. This is exactly how I found this forum. I could not concentrate on anything at work before lunchtime. This was mainly because I would smoke at least five cigarettes before work. This has helped me out so much as well. Just to know that the things you are going through are shared by so many people who have had success in quitting is very comforting. Also, the idea that NOPE is non-negotiable is a great motivator to not slip. You are a non-smoker now!
  10. THANK YOU ALL FOR THE KIND WORDS OF ENCOURAGEMENT!!!!! This forum has help realize that quitting is a total commitment and that NOPE must be the mantra for life- not one when I'm stressed, not one when I've had a few drinks and I'm having fun. NOT ONE EVER! That has made this all easier. Make mine a Rum and Coke and I'll cheers you!
  11. Doing great!! One month smoke free!!! I still have moments when I romanticize the smokes and think about how nice it would be to have one with a coffee or a drink; however, I realize that I am a non-smoker now and it feels good. I ran a mile for the first time in years this weekend (not very fast and my legs were aching, but my heart wasn't pounding out of my chest) and I hope to do a 5k in a respectable time next year.
  12. Do as much physically demanding activity as your can. It will remind you why you're doing this in the first place when you're short of breath. Each day you will be able to do a little more.
  13. Thanks! Also, I was able to go to a casino and play in a poker tournament without having to run to the smoking area on break.
  14. I'm now on Day 21 of the quit and things are going very well so far. There is one strange thing that I have been experiencing- a couple of night I have had dreams where I was smoking and I have awoken angry and disgusted with myself thinking that I must have broke down and smoked the night before only to realize after a minute or two that it was just a dream. Anyone else have this happen to them? What were your dreams like during the beginning of the quit?

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