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Smoking re-visited.....+

Well, today is my second smoke free day!!!!!!  I had my last cigarette Sunday night. Nothing like coughing crap out of your lungs but I knew I had to make myself remember how I felt when I was a smoker all those years ago.
The best news is I am not really craving having one although I am thinking about them.  Think I will have to stay away from smokers for awhile.  The bright side as well is I really only started sometime in late December so it has only been about two months. 
Everyone quits their own way but for me, it has to be cold turkey.  I kept thinking tomorrow I will quit but then the next day, I would say..I can smoke today because I know I can quit tomorrow.  Well how silly.  Then the next day I said the same thing.  Well Sunday, I smoked my brains out. (I am still looking for them.  ;D ;D ;D)  I had made my mind up that I was going to be smoke free Monday.  This of course being about the third Monday I was going to quit.  I planned & enjoyed the last cigarette.  Monday morning, I woke up and without thinking grabbed the pack and my lighter.  Of course they were empty.  So there you have it!  I am finally happy to say, I am a quitter! 

How goes the battle for the rest of you?  Successes?  Partial successes?  Still in the planning stage?
Let's keep this thread going so we can help support each other.  Anytime I have quit smoking in the past, the three month mark is my biggest hurdle.  So May 19th, here I come!

Hugs to all
Di

I was just thinking about you and wondering how the quit was going.  Congrats on day two!  If you can manage it, it is really helpful to stay away from other smokers until you are truly on the other side of the smoking fence.  I tried and tried, but wasn't able to quit until I no longer lived with a smoker.

Best wishes!  Keep it up!

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Thanks so much Apstaats! 
Most of my friends don't smoke so that part will be easy.  The special person is my life is a smoker but things have been not so special lately so that shouldn't be an issue either.
Yeppers, nothing like more stress in my life right now. :-)

Thanks again!

Di

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1 week 3 days weeeeeeeee!!!

I'm fatter but im smoke free. Now working on the fatter.  ;D

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1 week 3 days weeeeeeeee!!!

I'm fatter but im smoke free. Now working on the fatter.  ;D

Way to go!!!!!!!!!!!  About the smoke free!!!!!!!  I have a feeling there will be a few of us working on the fatter part!  ;D ;D

Keep it up!

Di

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Hey... good luck!
Eating is more fun than smoking! So have fun!  (Oh....and BTW....it tastes a lot better than smoking too)! ;)

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keep it up!!!  And remember a few extra pounds is wayyyy better than lung cancer!  ;)

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Congratulations to all the non-smokers!!!

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SInce the 2nd for me.  Today is my birthday and I decided that some alcohol and a cigarette is what I really wanted.  I have had them and I'll tell you...that cigarette was NASTY and that habit is just gone for me.  I can't imagine I ever liked that!!!!!  It smelled horrible too.

My treat for quitting was to use Crest Whitestrips and now that my teeth are white again, I don't think I'd like to go back to smoker's yellow.  I smoked menthols and my asthma is terrible since I quit, not been a problem when I was smoking either.  Now it is, and oh well.  Inhalers are better than smoking.

I found the first 24 hours a breeze, then the craving hit.  By a week, the craving was gone.  Today, I guess I thought I'd love a cigarette and be able to put it back down.  Well I didn't love it and it is not going to be a problem.  Then again, I was not a long term smoker and I have a whopping 1-year-pack history. 

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Well, happy birthday!!!

Consider it a birthday present that you found that smoke gross!

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Hey LadyDragonfly1 !,
Happy Birthday! You almost made it past us today! I hope you have been, and continue to have a great day! :)

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Happy Birthday Lady Dragonfly1!!!!!!

Nothing better than make your health your priority for your birthday.  Maybe tonight, I will use my new blender for the first time and make a banana daiquiri in your honour.  Smoke free of course as if I could have  one smoke after 13 or 14 years and start again, I know even one is a demon for me.

Congrats on the white teeth too.  Do those strips really work?

Again, Happy Birthday and many more.

Hugs
Di

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Happy Birthday Ms Dragonfly :D

may you never smoke again.

I am still pondering the right quit date.  I am knee deep in academia until the end of March (studying for my NCIDQ exam, which is a big, fat, expensive, hairy deal) and I've fallen into my old grad school habits of smoking for no reason other than a need to change the scenery for a minute.

Looking at the year ahead, I'll have plenty of excuses not to quit, which means that I really don't have any.

I received a scholarship to a week-long meditation retreat (found out today- hooray me! I've been working towards this for some time) in May that will be much more enjoyable if my focus is sharp and nicotine free.  my appointment with the herbalist is Friday.

Good luck and calming thoughts for everyone!  I'll follow along here shortly...

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Had a melt down tonight and at 10:50pm, went and bought smokes.  I am stressed beyond belief and not liking myself much right now.  So, tomorrow morning, I have to start all over again.  Nothing was so horrible as the man at the corner store saying...you smoke?  I have been going there for 20 years.  Work sucked today, the person who is very special in my life and I are really not talking.  His choice, not mine and my renovations seem to be at a standstill.  Not a good excuse as I hate being weak.  I know the relationship is over but again, not an excuse.  So tomorrow morning, I will wake up and hope I am stronger than all of this.  I am running myself ragged with Cali and all the other stuff going on but still not an excuse.  So please send some positive vibes my way because I have to quit smoking.  I do not want to be a smoker again. 
Congrats for all of you who are doing so well. 

Hugs
Di

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Tomorrow is a new day!  Don't beat yourself up.  You are doing more just by trying and wanting to stop, than you were before.  Putting yourself in a quitting frame of mind is an accomplishment in itself.  You should be proud of yourself for taking this step.

Hugs to you!

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Girl, I am so with you. 

I have found that i will always come up with a reason to smoke.  No matter how good and easy things are or bad awful horrible.  I smoked when I loved my job, I smoked when I didn't.  I smoked when I liked me boyfriend, I smoked when I didn't.  It's a habit, an addiction, and a crutch.  I use it.  I'll look a client in the eye and explain to them everything in their homes and their lifestyles that contribute to their demise and I still (quietly) do the one thing that makes the least sense.  I am healthy; I am militant in my diet; I exercise; I do everything that I can think of to be a good, healthy person.  Still I smoke. 

It is a nasty, horrible addiction. 

I'm not much help tonight, but I feel your pain.

Take care.  I'll keep you in my thoughts in the morning.

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Nutdragon,

Your critters are so cute! 
I guess I just don't understand why I could be smoke free for 13 or 14 years and then start again so easily.  If I quit tomorrow, I will still be just shy of two months of smoking again.  It IS an addiction and a horrible one.  Aside from all the health issues, totally expensive now.  Cigarettes are close to $10.00 a pack.  Years ago, they were $1.35 a pack.  At some point when I smoked for two months, $5.00 a pack.  I know I can do it but right now, I think my head set isn't right.  I do not want to smoke again however, so will try again in the morning. 
I guess, I just need to give thought to the positives in my life and remember why I quit in the first place.  I truly believe I am just feeling sorry for myself right now so am not giving thought to all the good things. 
Thanks for all the well wishes.

Di

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Tomorrow is a new day!  Don't beat yourself up.  You are doing more just by trying and wanting to stop, than you were before.  Putting yourself in a quitting frame of mind is an accomplishment in itself.  You should be proud of yourself for taking this step.

Hugs to you!

Thanks so much and hugs back at ya!

Di

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Di, I don't remember if you have said what you did 14 years ago to stop. Do you remember it as being this difficult? Do you think any of your "techniques" at that time would help you this time? At any rate you did it then and I'm sure you can do it now. And as apstaats said, the fact that you want to stop and are trying to stop is a step in the right directon.

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Like I said, honey, take it 5 minutes at a time. Or 10. Or 20. Every smoke-free block of time is that much you've achieved.

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Here's a list of things to do when you  get a craving:
-go take a shower
-clean something
-cook something (cook for your animal companion, it wont expand your waistline)
-dick around on the internet, go to youtube, start a blog, join myspace
-read a book
-watch a movie
-do yoga/pilates
-find a new hobby, like jewelry making or crocheting or knitting
-plan out your day
-make other plans/lists: to do list, grocery list, "stuff I already did today" list, favorites list
-try to remember every single joke you've ever heard
-hang out with someone (nonsmoker)
-call someone
-play a video game
-get on AIM
-do a bunch of nerdy puzzle-things: sudoku, crossword, mindsweeper, jumble
-try to remember every single thing you did yesterday
-write down as many reasons as possible why not to smoke
-go to the zoo
-go to the library and dick around
-screw
-watch porn... :o lol, maybe I shouldnt write that one
-photograph something
-write stuff: poetry, journal, essay, story
-scrapbook some of the beautiful pictures you must have from your snorkeling adventures
-volunteer somewhere (library, animal shelter, old folks home)
-organize!!! you know you've been putting it off!
-play with your animal companion, give them a new hairdo
-research stuff you've always wanted to know
-start a little garden.  can pots inside or something
-redecorate some stuff

I have a lot more...I can email them to you if you're interested

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