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Trying to stop the madness

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  1. franny
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    I think I am going insane.  This morning, I bought a 20 pack, smoked 2 and flushed the other 18.  At lunch, I went and bought another pack, this time smoking 6 and flushing the other 14.  I wish I had the strength to get over these cravings.  The minute I smoke, I remember how badly I want to be a non-smoker and butt out.  But I can't seem to get past this.  I am discouraged, but I haven't smoked since 1:15pm and hope to stick with my quit.
  2. franny
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    Any thoughts on how I can strengthen my decision to quit?
  3. brieffree
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    Hi Franny

    Do you know how many times I did it, go for a pack, smoke 1 and get rid off the rest. More than 10. Until, one day I realize that I was getting into again. Then I saw that I was loosing my money again.

    Then, as a miracle I said NO! and I am here helping other go to the freedom! Trust in you!
    You can do it

    Congrats again!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


  4. linda, quit coach
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    Hi franny,

    Congratulations for all the hard work you've done to reach this day. The process of quitting can be challenging. But, the fact that you keep getting back up again is so great! It seems like you have a strong mindset and the perseverance to get through the difficult times. Don't lose sight of your goal, think of yourself as getting stronger, better and more experienced in the quitting process. You know yourself best and you know what works for you. Keep up the good work and the positive thinking. You can do this!  


  5. treepeo
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    Hi franny,

    I feel your pain, having been there myself many a time.  Cravings can be so intense that it's really hard not to give in.

    Here's what I did.  I told myself that this time I was getting serious.  No more mucking about.  I told myself that I was stronger than my addiction.  I told myself that if other people could quit, I could too.  I faced the fact that there is no magic involved, just hard work, determination and guts.  I am competitive my nature and don't like to lose, so that was helpful in my battle against the weed.  Once I made the decision to quit, (and I mean a serious decision, not a half-hearted one as I had in the past), I refused to give in, no matter what.  And I'll be honest, it got bad, really bad.  But I figured, it's worth a month of pain for a lifetime of gain.

    Look at it another way.  Why not quit voluntarily while you still have the chance?  Better that than to be forced to quit because you end up with cancer of some kind.  That is another thing I kept telling myself.  And it's so true.  

    Franny, there are so many benefits of quitting.  Your breath will be better.  You won't stink of smoke, and your clothes will smell fresh.  You won't get yellow stains on your fingers and your teeth.  You will be able to have a meal out with your friends at a restaurant and linger afterwards without that pressing need to get outside to smoke.  You won't have to stand around when it gets cold out while other people walk by and stare at you like you're crazy.  You will be able to climb a flight of stairs without getting totally breathless.  And the list goes on and on.

    These are some of the things you can think about to keep you motivated as you go through this journey.  I know it's a hard road, but the results are so worth it.

    I hope you continue to fight to stay smoke free, Franny.  You will be amazed at how much better your life will be.
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