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DAY 2 - No Smoking!

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  1. louannes
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    Hello everyone,

    I am happy to be part of this community group as I really need all the support I can get at this point.    I am on my 2nd day without a smoke and it hasn't been all that terrible.  I have smoked for 25 yrs on and off and this will be my first attempt with the aid of the patch and gum.   I know yesterday I thought about smoking about 5000 times but distracted myself which works very well.   As the day progressed i was having less and less cravings.     Back at work and my work has been very supportive and instead of going for a smoke break i walk around the building.    My husband has also quit so we have each other to lean on!   I hope I can quit for good!
  2. keekz
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    18 Nov 2019 in reply to louannes
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    Hi Louanne!

    Congrats on Day 2 ! I am here to support you, even though I had my own slip up. I'm doing cold turkey and good luck with your patch and gum.  It's awesome that we both have supportive co-workers that can help us through this trying time. I had my slip up but I'm trying again. When all else fails, try and try again , I say! 

    Cheers!
  3. atp
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    Only thought about smoking 5000 times on the first day...You got off easy;)

    You and your husband are going to have a fun few weeks getting used to quitting together. 

    So after two days, did you and your husband take a good whiff of each other yet? Smell good not having that stale smoke smell on each other?

    One thing that helped me in those first days was that I would smell my fingers. No more stale tobacco smell on them. First time in like 30 years for me. That became my secret little 'i quit smoking' test. 

  4. justfortoday
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    Hi louannes and welcome!

    You've come to the right place and the support here is huge ... major part of my success!

    I tried to go cold turkey but just couldn't deal and my doctor agreed that patch might be helpful. I'm 2 1/2 months smoke free and on the final stage of the patch. I needed to focus more on the emotional dependency to smoking and the patch took enough of the physical cravings away to do that. As I've been weaning off the patch, I do experience "odd" feelings, but totally manageable.

    I smoked for 30 years and thought I could never quit. Smoking was a part of who I was. But I have to say, being on this side is beyond anything I could have imagined!

    Take it a day at a time, and when that feels too tricky, just take it an hour at a time.

    We are here with you!!
  5. lester94
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    That’s awesome louannes! I’m also on my second day so I can really relate to what you said. Just take it day by day. I’ve found setting some goals has helped me a bit, almost give you something to try for. I gave myself the obvious first one, one day without smoking. Now my next one is one week. After that I’m not sure if I should be bold and set my next goal at 1 month or 2 weeks then a month. If anyone on here has done this and has an opinion I would appreciate it! 
  6. louannes
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    20 Nov 2019 in reply to keekz
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    Thank you Keekz!   Day 4 now and good so far (well not as bad as i thought it would be lol).  Today i am emotional but i will get through it!  I am glad you are trying again it is so difficult to quit especially with life throwing hurdles in the way.   You can do it!!
  7. louannes
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    Haha yes only 5000 times!   I am finding it easier to quit together because the last time I quit he continued to smoke and it was really hard.   I ended up starting again.   We have not taken a wiff of the stale smoke off each other yet.   Todays task!  Omg I just smelled my fingers and no stale smoke or yellow fingers! Day 4 and I am emotional today but it is slowly passing.

    Thank you for you support and am glad you quit smoking too!!
  8. louannes
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    That is great news so you are now on Day 4.   How is everything going?  I have set some goals for myself as well similar to yours.   I have changed a few habits that trigger the smoking and it has helped.  I have changed my parking spot at work so i wouldnt be triggered to smoke as soon as i pull in the parking lot.  Luckily i have never smoked in my car so that is a big one i do not associate smoking with.  I also downloaded a non smoking app which tells me how much I saved, how much i havent smoked,  life regained and inspiring quotes.  Great tool to motivate the success of being a non smoker!

    Thanks again for your help!
  9. atp
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    20 Nov 2019 in reply to louannes
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    louannes, 

    The lack of stale smoke smell on my fingers was such a comfort thing to help me through craving in the first few weeks. The other I noticed was laundry day and the laundry basket didn't smell so bad. And, according to my wife she enjoys snuggling and kissing more with me since I quit smoking since I always smell so much better. 

    So, next is to challenge yourself to go up a flight of stairs and pay attention to your breathing. How did you do?

  10. louannes
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    22 Nov 2019 in reply to justfortoday
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    Hello justfortoday,

    Congratulations on your smoke free accomplishments!  It is so amazing how dependent you become on something so bad for you.   I am on Day 6 now and it is becoming easier day to day.   I am continuously saying i am a non smoker out loud so it feels good.   I tell anyone who will listen that I quit :).     How much better do you feel after quitting for 2 and 1/2 months?  I am experiencing my voice going in and out the last couple days but my energy has increased for sure!

    Thanks for your support!

    Louanne
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