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Five months later...

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  1. justfortoday
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    12 Aug 2019
    01 Feb 2020
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    Five months ago I made the decision to quit smoking. And I haven't looked back since.

    It is by far and away one of the hardest things I've done, but one of the most empowering things I've ever done for me. I know I can't change what the universe has in store for me, but I've taken what I can controll in my life and I'm proud of the self respect I've found along the way.

    Yes, there are moments when it still feels hard and I desperately want to smoke. But they're just moments, and I know I can get through it. 

    I stopped using the patch two weeks ago, and although I felt the twinges of nicotine withdrawal, it wasn't that bad at all. My biggest challenge is still the emotional dependency and my cravings are in direct proportion to my daily emotional status ... bad day, I want to smoke big time, a calm day, I barely think about smoking. 

    Knowing this helps me to accept the cravings and I remind myself that tomorrow will be better.  After smoking for over forty years, it will take time to totally embrace being a non smoker.

    I want to thank everyone here for the support that has helped me get here! You are all so necessary in this ongoing journey. 

    Enjoy the weekend and stay strong!!
  2. renee, quitcoach
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    115 posts
    16 Jul 2018
    01 Feb 2020 in reply to justfortoday
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    Hello Justfortoday,

    Thank you for sharing your experience. I am happy to hear that you are doing well and I am glad that you have found this community helpful. 

    It is normal to want to smoke on your bad days and the fact that you are recognizing that and not giving in is huge!

    Have you thought about rewarding yourself for being smoke free for 5 months? You definitely deserve it!

    Please don't hesitate to reach out to us and let us know of your continued success. 

    I'm sure other members are inspired to hear about how someone who smoked for forty years was able to quit so please keep up the great work!

    Last modified on 01 Feb 2020 10:05 by renee, quitcoach
  3. wandam
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    208 posts
    05 Feb 2019
    18 Feb 2020
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    Hi justfortoday,

    5 months is a huge milestone, big congrats to you! Now you are pushing 5 1/2 months, keep up the awesome work! 
  4. treepeo1
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    06 Feb 2020
    18 Feb 2020
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    Hi justfortoday,

    Over five months now - YIPPEE!  I am sooo happy for you!  I know you struggled like mad, but look at you now.  You are a non-smoker and enjoying every moment.

    You will continue to get cravings from time to time.  That is absolutely normal.  I quit 3 years ago, have cancer, and I STILL get cravings.  It just goes to show how powerful and far-reaching this addiction really is.  But we are stronger than our addiction, there's no doubt about it.  And yes, there will always be stress in our life, but now we are learning how to deal with it without smoking.  It is great that you recognize how stress and emotions can trigger cravings for you, because once you recognize that, you can deal with it head on.

    You are doing an awesome job, justfortoday.  Rock on!  I am really proud of you.  
  5. 2020vision
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    09 Jan 2020
    20 Feb 2020
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    Hi justfortoday,

    Wow, over five months, and quickly moving towards six months...Congratulations!  It is a huge accomplishment, and you are such an inspiration on this forum to us newer non-smokers (day 46 for me today).  Thanks for your support!!

    Enjoy your smoke-free day!
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