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Hi there, this is me introducing myself. First time here,  but not new to this whole quitting thing. Have been smoking on and off since I was 15 (in my mid-thirties right now). My most serious quit lasted for three whole years. I am sweating carrots  (yes, in Holland we do that when we are afraid) by the thought alone, to start this journey all over again. I am not so sure how to handle it this time. I feel like I know everything there is to know  and still don't feel confident enough. In the past I used to read a lot about addiction, fear, etc. I bought different kinds of cleansing tea, drank water until I became a water balloon, tried to meditate and then always ended up failing miserably. I have a history of depression and anxiety. I also have the experience of becoming calmer and much more relaxed at non-smoking life, but only gradually after the first year. I know it will take time. I know I want to take that time. And still I am terrified.  My quit date is next friday, 24-09-2018. I shall look around a bit, hopefully it will motivate me. I do not need willpower or pride, but faith. That much I know..

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Welcome My life....,

If you want to have a successful quit your must do one thing.

Commit to never taking another puff EVER.  Not One Puff Ever.

It is that simple.

No need to harbor fear....you are seeking Freedom.

 

Even if you think you know all there is to know about addiction and quitting smoking....you must educate yourself MORE.

 

Read until your eyes bleed.  Watch the scary movies.

All will serve to empower you.

 

Have a look at 10 ways to effectively use this forum help you stop smoking

 

Why are you waiting to quit ?

If the decision is made...why not jump in ?

Thinking too much isn't helpful and

taking positive action is empowering.

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Hi and welcome..

I agree with all the above post....knowledge....you fight the monster with knowledge....

You have to want to quit ...moré than you want to  smoke....

Being a part of a forum is a wonderful tool....

Positive attitude...

Why wait ???

Why put more poison in your body ....throw them in the bin and NOPE....

You can do it ...

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Welcome to the forum!  You have to make up your mind that there is absolutely no circumstance that it is okay to smoke.  It is okay to cry, scream, rant, rave, punch things, be depressed, shower 5 times a day (you can't smoke in the shower) but it is NOT okay to smoke...EVER!!  Quitting can be uncomfortable, even miserable sometimes, but IT WILL NOT KILL YOU.  The alternative will.

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Welcome My Life..... one day at a t time... just one day. Every morning I quit for the day... and they have started to string together nicely... I'm not worry about tomorrow or 2 years from now in relation to the quit I am just worrying about the next 24 hours. I have found focusing just on 24 hours at a time has been a big factor with this quit and much less stressful.

 

There are a few of us here who have anxiety and depression issues. You are so right, the anxiety is better to manage smoke free, I am already feeling the benefits of that. You know with you that really kicks in at the 12 month mark so you know that is what you have to look forward too.

 

So do all the reading again. Read as much as you can. Watch the videos. Watch public service anti smoking ads. You have the power within you to get rid of this addiction. Write down your list of reasons  for quitting and stick them on the fridge or somewhere you can see them when you need a boost.

 

I love "sweating carrots" that is a great saying... I think it would be much nicer to sweat carrots than it is to "shit bricks" which is what we do in Australia.

 

So keep your head high, post if you need, as often as you need and promise yourself NOPE (not one puff ever) even if its just for the day.... then make that promise again the next day.

 

With you quit date is it 24 August or 24 September?

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Welcome my life, congrats on taking back your life! I wish I had of quit in my mid thirties, you are very wise to do so. With a three year quit under your belt you have experience with how good quitting is and also how tough those first two or three months can be. Stay close, post NOPE and be sure to reach out to us with an SOS if you feel yourself caving to a crave. You can do it :) 

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My life, you can do this.  I was in your shoes a few months ago -- I was more afraid of the idea of  quitting than anything else and that controlled me for 44 years.  I just decided to believe in my-self and took the leap of faith.  It wasn't the easiest thing but I just took it one day at a time and lots of cold water, and taking the daily "NOPE" pledge each and every day -- it really does work.  Take the leap, we will be here to help you the best we can. 

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Thanks a lot, all of you. My set date was 24-09, next friday. But I decided to follow through this evening and I emptied my package. So... tomorrow will be my first day of lots, with more air, fresher kisses,  clean clothes, white teeth. Threw away ashtrays, lighters and empty boxes. Chance is I curse myself tomorrow morning, so I wrote the list with reasons to read immediately when I wake (I used to make coffee and start my day puffing). My panic eased a bit, that's nice. I know what I am doing this for. I need to keep in touch with that. I do really want to free myself, although there will be times my nicotine wired brain will tell me otherwise. 

 

Thanks again and I'l be back. 

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Good for you My Life -- these are strong and great steps to be taking to take your life back --  Remember to come here often (for research, to reach out to others or just to have some fun).  And remember drink lots of cold water and do the daily "NOPE" -- it really did work for me, as I stated before!!!!!!!

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Lots of good advice already My, so for now will just welcome you on board and wish you strength.

 

Hope to see you around.

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Welcome to the board, My life.  Congrats on throwing out the smokes and quitting now.

 

Don't be afraid to reach out to us if you need any help or support.  That is what we are here for.

 

 

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2 hours ago, My life, my recovery said:

Thanks a lot, all of you. My set date was 24-09, next friday. But I decided to follow through this evening and I emptied my package. So... tomorrow will be my first day of lots, with more air, fresher kisses,  clean clothes, white teeth. Threw away ashtrays, lighters and empty boxes. Chance is I curse myself tomorrow morning, so I wrote the list with reasons to read immediately when I wake (I used to make coffee and start my day puffing). My panic eased a bit, that's nice. I know what I am doing this for. I need to keep in touch with that. I do really want to free myself, although there will be times my nicotine wired brain will tell me otherwise. 

 

Thanks again and I'l be back. 

 

Congratulations !  You quit smoking !

Start tomorrow off with a pledge of NOPE

and drink your cafe in a different place just to switch things up.

I think you have avoided a lot of anxiety by quitting early

and can use the momentum to carry you through the coming days.

 

You don't smoke anymore !

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Welcome aboard. I want to tell you my first quit was also in my 30`s and lasted about as long as yours. Divorce got me started again or so I told myself and I was a musician in Las Vegas lounges and everyone smoked for the most part. Casino`s full of smoke back then and it was part of the lifestyle. Fast forward 30 years plus. I am 68 and this is the first quit that lasted any length of time. Almost 2 years and it`s going to last. I want you to think about making this quit stick for good and tell you if you do you have a good chance of avoiding health problems I have that are smoking related. Heart stints, poor circulation, and high blood pressure. I wish so strongly that I would have stayed strong back then and avoided what I have gone through that is smoking related and who knows what lurks around the corner. Make it stick this time. Your still young enough that the damage can be repaired. My best wishes to you.

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Well, I survived the very first morning (ofcourse). Started reading the list I wrote but I was surprised how distant it felt. I anticipated that, it has always struck me how big of a gap there can be between 'I will never do this again' and 'Ahh, give me that smoke, I'll try another day'. Drank tea instead of coffee, hugged the boyfriend and then started panicking. Like, for real. It suddenly hit me, I was not going to smoke all day, not feeling normal, not .....etc. etc.   After half an hour of adrenaline and anxiety I managed to calm myself down. Apart from being a bit dizzy I feel ok right now. :)

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I'm glad you are feeling OK right now. It's good to avoid getting too far ahead of yourself early on, it can be overwhelming. The one day at a time, one hour at a time approach really does work, as long as you keep repeating it. It is why I still come here every day to commit. 

 

You are doing great, stay strong! 

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Just wanted to pop in with a big, fat, coffee fueled CONGRATULATIONS!!

You are taking back your life! This is your second chance! Please take it, use it, use us!! 

The next few days are nothing but detox...give yourself some space and time to go thru the motions of grief, guilt, depression, but please know all of these are temporary symptoms of your quit. 

Right now, you wrap that baby quit up in all those reasons on your quit list, all the love from your family, and you keep it close.

Grow, baby quit, grow! 

 

 

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Congratulations !

You might find this thread useful....it is about all our tricks surviving the first few days nicotine free

Your first days nicotine free

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I think I'll adopt this 'one hour a day' attitude. I like it. I used to see it so big, 'never again', almost uninmaginable. Today went surprisingly ok. Dizzyness, a bit fuzzy because of no cafeïne. I wasn't totally 'there'. But I still have my job,  my boss and collegues don't suddenly think I suck at it, I am able to drive without smoking. I cried only once (it kept coming for half an hour though 😉 ). 

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Congratulations on your first day quit mylife :) Now you'll need to change your quit date to August 24 instead of September 24 :)

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Oh. Wow !!...

I'm late on here today.....

Huge congrats to you for putting those cancer sticks down for good...

First week is tough...we call it hell week...your body is getting rid of all the nicotine...it takes 3 days...that's all to rid yourself of old nico once and for all...

Stay strong...post here as many times as you want...we are here for you..

Definitely NOPE every day....this tool is gigantic...

I'm proud of you ...

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Welcome aboard MyLife.  Congratulations on taking the plunge and freeing yourself of the smokes.

 

Today truly is the first day of the rest of your life.

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Welcome!!! We are all here and know how hard this is. I myself had a minor health scare that made this quit so much easier. You can do it and it ultimately comes down to mind over matter. One of the members put it to me like this - I get to be smoke free ! This is rewarding, not to be a smoker. There truly is no benefit in it. Congratulations 🍾 you got this!!’

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Also, I suffer from anxiety and I must say it has been so much better with me not smoking 

benefits of being smoke free!!! Oh and I can breathe better! 

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15 hours ago, jillar said:

Congratulations on your first day quit mylife :) Now you'll need to change your quit date to August 24 instead of September 24 

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Oeps,  something went wrong up ^there^.

So, day 2. Today I have the day off. Slept for almost 10 hrs,  and I still feel like going back again. Body is working hard to get rid of nicotine and cafeïne. Edgyness is on it's way. I feel a bit blown up, though I am carefull not to over-eat. And yep,  while I write this I'm like, ohh just get on with it already and don't wine😠. Arghh it's all coming back to me, previous quits. I need to go read the letter of reasons, NOW. It's 10:38, let's make it to 11:38. 

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