GrumpyMe wrote: »
Good on ya - you only give up one, the next one. Stick with it, you can do it!
HeidiHeidi wrote: »
I just randomly came across this thread on the front page.
Well done, one day down - take it one day at a time.
Giving up the bloody fags is hands down the best thing I have EVER done for myself - I give thanks weekly, if not daily, even now about 15 years later.
I went cold turkey, apart from a weekly talking shop group thing for a few weeks, and I couldn't tell then, and still can't say, if that helped or not!
One notable thing I eventually noticed (and I think you've hit on it after day 1!) is that I had to get once through each situation and then I was fine. First time in a pub, first time out on a boat, first time winning a race, first ****ty day at work, first really brilliant thing that happened - all those endless situations where a cigarette was almost a reflex reaction. Once I'd done it once, and realised I could do it, then that particular one never bothered me again.
I was floored about three years after stopping when I went to a particularly awful, tragic funeral, and afterwards all the men were outside smoking and it hit me like a truck that I'd have killed for a cigarette right there and then. It was the first funeral I'd been to since quitting (and the saddest, awfulest one I ever want to attend.) That was the last time I've ever wanted a smoke.
Tick your victories off one by one, and stay strong (and if all else fails, just go to bed and bury your head )
is_that_so wrote: »
The challenge comes in threes they say - 3 days, 3 weeks, 3 months. Keep at it, one day at a time!
Gloomtastic! wrote: »
Just remember the cravings always go away, always!
Good luck to you....
bazwraf wrote: »
I'll be honest, I tried quitting a number of times, and I know all about the cravings.
I was never successful...
Then I booked into an Allen Carr clinic (got a discount via groupon). Best thing I ever did.
Cravings were almost non existent. 1 or 2 days aof it being a little difficult. Nothing compared to when I tried cold turkey.
I'm 10 weeks or so, and never think about them now.
If you can do it cold turkey, fair play. Lots of people have. You can too
But if you cant, I'd recommend the clinic over and over and over again
P.S. I had tried reading his book, and I couldn't finish it. I needed to go on the course to actually get through it.
Best of luck with it.
Don't think about it, as if you gave something up - that makes it tougher psychologically, as you think that you're missing out
Think about it as if you are now free. That will help
PistolsAtDawn wrote: »
Thanks, I appreciate your input. 10 weeks, god I wish I was there :-)
I am going to do this cold turkey, even though I express doubt in these posts about whether I will see this true or not; I am completely committed to quitting, my expression of doubt is more of a means to qualitatively express the angst I am experiencing.
A very good point you make regarding that way of thinking. Are you still getting cravings 10 weeks in? How much does the clinic cost?
I don't know if this helps or not; but what is getting m through so far, what initially got me to finally stop was I just simplified everything by saying to myself that if I never physically place a lit cigarette in my hand, raise it to my mouth and drag on it then I will never smoke again.
It is my brain sending a signal to my hand to grasp the cigarette in the first place and I am in control of my brain, so if I feel this urge coming on while in the presence of another smoker then I will simply overrule my brain's thought, keep my hand by my side and will remain smoke free.
I probably labored the sh!t out of that point, lol.
Anyway, fair play and keep her lit going :-)