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1. Be determined. I decided to stop smoking 3 month ago. I told all my friends about it, and warned them against any "short fuse" reactions, I've had kind of holliday since oktober 1. - the stop day.
2. Change habits. Drink tea instead of coffee, eat what ever you want, drink lots of water, eat chili peppers and chocolate.
3. It is not a matter of when you smoke the next cigarette (you don't), it's a matter of time before the de-poisoning is over.
5 Days without nicotine, still very stressed but improving...
I'm a *** **** ******* hero :)
But if you are looking for the approval of people who you may have only talked with on the internet, then you get what you can take.
My analogy was pointing out that people have know that smoking was bad for you and yet they still go along with their buddies or whoever has influence to impress them. Now that they are quitting they want a pat on the back.
I do not mean to sound rude so dont take my post that way. It was just meant to point out that people should not seek the title of hero. I know that ulstrup and the other smokers are pointing out that it is truly hard to stop smoking.
So, good for you, all who have quit and all who are trying to or thinking about trying to quit.
Anyway Tigger, WELL DONE! Just be carefull in the second week... You will get the feeling: "See I can quit easily, so it doesn't matter if I take one now" That's dangarous! And it's all an illusion! When you didn't smoke for a week, a cigarette will be such a disgusting disappointment.
Try to check Alan Carr's book. I skimmed through that tiny pocket edition. Some good statements!
My tip.... (and I'm 5 and bit years off them after smoking Camel for years as well as roll-your-owns etc etc)... I kind of agree that it gets easier after the first few weeks BUT...
I found that the first time I did something for the first time since I quit (eg. long car drive, getting on a chairlift skiing, late night after long dinner, walk in the bush) I really wanted one.
Also, I was told - and I 'reaffirmed' myself of this.... the craving lasts really only for a miniscule instant and then it's just thinking about it... in other words - once you're actually thinking about the cigarette you really don't want it (crave it) anymore....
An added incentive in Australia is that they are now so heavily taxed they cost well over $10 per pack and it's pretty anti-social even in pubs (and totally banned in eating places)!
PS. The weight stabilises but for me it was a good year....
Day 7 is nearly over
Congrats! What you've done is a major, major achievement and you should be extremely proud of yourself. Hang in there. Your body will thank you.
I have just officially joined the ranks of former smokers.
Way to go! *clap* *clap* *clap* Not only do you have a longer life, you'll have a more comfortable life. Take a peek at any nursing textbook and you'll see that "smoking" is one of the predictable precursors for everything awful, from hypertension to heart disease. You guys are improving your chances for a much more comfortable life and lots better health - in the near- and far-term.
All-in-all, I feel better and am prepping to take my first "I quit smoking" vacation.
Great idea! You ought to take your girlfriend to Hawaii this December. I hear it's lovely there in early winter.
You have quit. Now, start thinking that way. You should replace the old behavior with something new. Get a punching bag and hang it up in the cellar. When you feel nostalgic for the day, go there and punch the bag until you are in full wheeze. Take note of how long you could do it. Then, repeat and keep track of the time. Pretty soon you'll build some breath support, longer exercise times and some muscles.
<now, slowly push away from the keyboard....>
Had my appetite back yesterday, still feeling awfull, struggling to be kind to family and friends, but still going strong - I will not surrender.
Actually tonight will be the ultimate test, Denmark is playing the last soccer match for a place in the European Championship 2004 - events like that usually triggers a 20 pack in less than 2 hours ;)
I hope the Denmark match is sufficiently exciting so as to keep you away from the smokes.
Watch it at home with friends/family that do not smoke, and preferably hate smokers. Go to a bar with friends to watch it and life could become tough.
Looking forward to the day 12 update :)
From day one I stopped smoking! - I am a non-smoker!, I do not smoke!, I have stopped smoking! Period. Basta. Punktum.
The question is: when does the bad feeling stop.
To start smoking again is not an option.
Thats why I have succeded so far.
when does the bad feeling stop
Your body adjusts to being a non-smoker after about three weeks. Any cravings you get after that are purely psychological (and don't give in to them - there's no such thing as one cigarette).
Mind you, for a few years after I stopped smoking, I had recurring nightmares about accidentally starting again.