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So Shocked, I Quit

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  1. eagerquit
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    I took a last puff and butted out my last cigarette today. I know I have said that before but this time it is with a better understanding of what I am giving up. Five months ago, I began examining the things I have been putting in my body. I was experiencing periodic infections caused by too many of the wrong kinds of foods and not enough of the right dietary ingredients. I gradually abandoned the wrong path for the right one.

    Of course the elephant in the room was still cigarettes. I had quit so many times that I quit quitting. Recently, I began exploring the ingredients in cigarettes and was shocked to learn there are 600 ranging from ammonia and arsenic to carbon monoxide, lead and methanol. The more I thought about breathing in rat poison, road paving material and rocket fuel, the more I realized the insanity of continuing.

    And so here I am.
  2. ocean
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    07 Mar in reply to eagerquit
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    Yep Eagerquit,
    It's not really the Nicotine, imagine that!  It's all that Tar and other carcinogens that cause the cancer and heart disease.  Glad you found this info to motivate you, and welcome to the group.
    Ocean
  3. treepeo
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    Hi eagerquit,

    It sounds like you have made some great changes in terms of your diet, which is terrific.  But you probably made those changes over time, not all at once.  I point this out because you say you have tried quitting smoking lots of time, but it never stuck.  I know you feel like you are really motivated now, but just make sure you are truly prepared for what you are going to face.  You will have to be willing to change some of your routines.  You will have to try to avoid triggers and distract yourself.  You will have to fight intense cravings and withdrawal symptoms.  Are you going to quit cold turkey, or are you going to use NRTs?  Are you going to be telling anyone in your family or your friends, to get their support during this process?  Or are you planning on going it alone?  Those are all things that you will have to consider when you quit.

    I wanted to quit so badly that I thought my motivation would be enough.  But it wasn't.  I didn't even last two days.  So I had to rethink things and do some serious planning.  Then I tried again, and lo and behold, it worked.

    I just want this to be a good experience for you, eagerquit.  In the past, you have gotten so discouraged that you gave up quitting altogether.  So I think it's important for you to really prepare for your quit, because the more prepared you are to handle the problems that will come up, the more likely you are to succeed.

    Please stay in touch and let us know how you are doing.  I am really glad that you are giving it another go.  It is really the right decision to make.
  4. eagerquit
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    Good Morning!

    When I get up in the morning, my first thoughts go to coffee and cigarettes. Since I have neither in the house today, a piece of nico gum and green tea had to do. The moment passed and each hour I added to my spreadsheet of savings. This now stands at $10.23 since noon yesterday. At one point I calmed myself with meditation. All of the above are parts of my planning. I also have some candies, fruit and vegetables kicking around. As I sit here right now the cravings are minimal but I am ready when they emerge. I still have exercising in my arsenal!

    Eagerquit
  5. lillian, quit coach
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    Good Morning eagertoquit!

    Great stuff!

    You have made plans and preparations and you are doing brilliantly!

    It is a good morning to be smoke free isn't it?

    Lillian
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