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    Maryland, USA
  • Quit Date
    10/14/2019

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  1. 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!
  2. 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!
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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?
  7. This is where it gets tough. My suggestion is to try and fill the free time doing new things that you don't normally do. This will help you avoid triggers and keep your mind occupied. Also, if the weather is nice, do an extended walk or run. This will give you a sense of accomplishment, show you how much more you can do physically without smoking, and help slow the inevitable weight gain (I'm up 2-3 pounds over the last three weeks, but i think it would be more without doing some exercise).
  8. Third NOPE Friday for me. Fridays have been the toughest days for me because of Happy Hour; however, each one is getting easier. I can still go and enjoy the end of a work week with my friends and avoid the smokes. The good thing is that the group of smokers in my work group has dwindled over the years. It was getting sad and lonely- for good reason.
  9. Oh so true!!! Part of the decision to quit came from just being sick and tired of hiding it. I went through some much mouthwash, febreeze, mints, and hand sanitizer. I do feel a great sense of freedom now.
  10. I’m now on day 18 of the quit. I had my last cigarette at 5:00 am on October 14, 2019. I had just turned 46 a few weeks earlier and I realized that I had been smoking for 30 years- a sobering thought. So on a Monday morning a couple a weeks after my birthday, I was heading to work and I saw one cigarette left in my pack. I lit that final one up and decided not to buy another pack. So, a little back story- I started smoking at 16 and it became a pack a day habit until the birth of my daughter in 2008. Went on Chantix and was able to knock out the worst of the physical symptoms, but I would still have one or two at the bar. After a year or so, the one or two at the bar became a couple in the car while driving to work, one on the way home, one or two on a solo trip to the store. I became a regular closet smoker- never smoking in front of my wife and kids but smoking as much as I could when I was not around them. My kids (who are 11 and 9) still have no idea; they knew I used to, but I have been able to keep my current smoking a secret from them. I want to come clean to my family eventually, but first I want to achieve a good length of quit- maybe a year. Because I wasn’t smoking heavily, the quit hasn’t been that bad so far. The major issue I’m having is the metal fog at work in the mornings. The bulk of my smoking would be before work and I’m sure that my body is missing the jolt of adrenaline first thing in the morning. I have been avoiding going to bars, I’ve taken off two of the last three weeks of my weekly pool league, and I had left later in the morning for work so that I only have time for the drive and not any extra time to be tempted to go buy a pack. I have only been seriously tempted once- a few nights ago I was drinking at home and I was tempted to go to my local bar and get a drink and find someone outside to bum a smoke from. I quickly resisted the urge by remembering that I promised myself that I was stronger than this. I realize this is something that if I don’t do it now, I may be looking back in the future when it’s too late regretting not taking this step.

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