It's now been 53 days since my last cigarette. I really haven't had any moments at all where I felt like I was dying for one or would kill for one.
Wtf?? How does anyone ever quit for real forever? Does that even actually happen ever? Okay, I know it does because my mother and father both did it and many others have done it too, but holy crap, you would think that after 53 days with no problems I'd be into the easy part now, wouldn't you?
Yeah, I got the little mini devil guy sitting on my left shoulder saying "You can have just one, one won't hurt you, it's ok, go for it". And the right shoulder guy is not even around anywhere. Maybe he's on a smoke break.
And thanks Arwen. I haven't broken down yet and I'll keep trying. My streak is still alive.
53 days yup, it sucks. As you can tell it's impossible to sugar coat that feeling.
I can tell you this for a fact; the terrible feeling WILL GO AWAY LIKE IT NEVER HAPPENED! In the mean time fight the good fight potato. When that terrible feeling subsides you'll say, "Hmm, he was right." If you experience the feeling again it will get progressively shorter each time, but will still suck none the less. Try to hang in there. You are not alone.
How did you quit Potato? I've yet to try again. I got hypnotized (group) years ago -- it worked great. I had cocktails that evening, no problem, coffee the next morning, no prob. About 24 hours into it, I freaked. I did not want a cigarette, I just couldn't quit crying, for no reason. Ended up smoking, I was fine. My sister in law, a doctor, informed me I had a major chemical imbalance. Great. Now I'm scared to try again without drugs, but I really, really don't want drugs. The side effects sound awful. Plus, I don't even like to take an advil.
By the way, I bought the mega-jumbo container of fat free pretzels and drank gallons of water to keep from eating tons of crap food. It kept me feeling full. Had to pee every 56 seconds but that's beside the point.
Skelsea, I'd love to be able to say that I have a magic formula, but unfortunately I can't. I can't even say that I've actually quit now, just that I've stopped (without really knowing if I'm going to start again or not). I started when I was in my mid twenties and tried to quit many times over the years. Those quitting episodes never lasted more than 2 or 3 weeks each time. The reason I'm trying to quit this time is because I'm now in my mid-to-late 40s and a few months ago started having serious shortness-of-breath problems and random scary chest pain episodes. The good news is that since I've stopped smoking I haven't had a single chest pain since and have even started jogging again now and haven't felt this good health-wise in many years. Don't know how old you are now or if this helps you or not. Hope it does though.
I believe that nothing in life is permanent. So you quit. Awesome for you. It's like the story of the elephant... you took the biggest bite, which is the hardest tater. Do you want to eat the elephant all over again?
Keep it up, 'tater! Lots of good suggestions up there. I'd add that chewing gum, applying chapstick (ohmygodIamsoaddictedtochapsticknow), and exercise are all good ways to kick the craving back into place. Gray's suggestion to drink water is also a really great idea. Something else that helps keep me from smoking is reminding myself how much better I breathe, how much better my senses of smell/taste have gotten, and realizing that nicotine doesn't have the power to dictate my schedule anymore. I can finish a whole movie without pausing for a smoke break. You can do it. Stay strong!
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