12 Aug 2019
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Hi emancipated …
First of all, congratulations on 17 days! That's amazing! Secondly, I totally understand the feelings of misery and the feeling of loss. I think its a natural part of the process, after all, smoking is so connected with who we "were".
Coming here daily really helped me. Reading what other's have gone through (and successfully didn't smoke), as well reaching out before I put that cigarette in my mouth. Something else that has really helped me is "visualization", making that transition from smoker to non-smoker. When the craving gets nutty, I picture a moment in my past when I smoked (and not a comfy, sitting on the deck with a coffee and a smoke, but more like standing in a snow blizzard smoking while my fingers became numb with cold). I then create a picture of myself as a non smoker … clean, free and empowered by my ability to get through another day without smoking.
I too was concerned I would put on weight and invested in some really good loose teas (some detox teas are great). The ritual of boiling the water, steeping the tea and slowly drinking it was a huge comfort and therefore I didn't have to replace my cravings with food. I'm four weeks into my quit and have put on about 4-5 pounds which I'm okay with. Regardless, you can tackle the weight once you are comfortable with your quit.
Question … are you using any NRT aids? I'm on the patch and it does ease the cravings.
So, come here a lot, reach out, and know we are right here with you.