Judith Browning wrote:hi Rob, you are off to a great start!
I quit in 1984 after smoking for 12 years, the last few rolling Bugler and Tops.
I chewed nicotine gum and sat on my hands a lot...and worked hard on our farm.
I had some close friends who watched out for me in occasional social settings where if I had a few drinks I wanted a cigarette.
I quit drinking the next year...so all that left was a coffee addiction that I don't intend to give up
and the 'why' was mostly to do with my health but also the expense.
It's so great that you've quit...just take one day at a time and try to break out of any routines that call for a smoke...find new patterns in your life.
Tereza Okava wrote:Hi Rob! Congrats on the 8 days!!
You may find some good ideas here
But no matter where you are looking, good for you.
I quit some years ago (i no longer remember how long, probably about 7 years) because my kid was getting older and how could I expect her to not smoke if I was smoking? Also, did I really want to give the government absurd amounts of taxes? Not really. So I decided to stop and while I am not one of those reformed people (like my spouse) who hates the smell of cigarettes, I am glad that I am in decent shape for my age in cardiovascular terms and that I can smell and taste much better than I did before.
It took me many years and many tries to quit. Some were more successful than others, but in the end quit I did. If you screw up, dust yourself off and try again. Don`t wait til tomorrow to start again, you can start and make progress any time. Every cigarette you don't smoke is a new chance.
Good for you, you can do this!
Aaron Tusmith wrote:Glad to hear you are quitting smoking. It is one thing you will not regret. I quit last February and I actually started a thread here on permies titled Quitting Smoking as well. I smoked for 13 years and used nicotine gum and lozenges. One thing I can advise is to tell a lot of people that you're quitting both in person and here on the forum because for me, it created a sense of accountability in that I like to stick to my word. Saying that I was quitting meant that I had to do what I said I was going to do. Either way, quitting is possible and you are going to succeed.
Rene Nijstad wrote:Congratulations Rob!
I quit smoking in May last year. This time it worked, because I was way better prepared. Let me explain, maybe it helps someone else as well.
I realized for me smoking was about 3 things:
1 the mechanism of nicotine addiction,
2 the habit and
3 the need to pauze for a minute to either feel satisfied or happy, or to just think for a minute.
Those 3 things made up my smoking habits. Understanding them made it easy to quit.
1 Nicotine is very addictive, so that's a bit of a willpower thing. The good news is that it only takes 1 to 3 weeks to get rid of that physical addiction. Hang in there for a little while and that's fixed! Always remind yourself that it's not smoking that you want, but the feeling it gives and that even more often you just did light one up out of habit only.
2 habits can be replaced... But only if you're aware of them. Many times I felt like I "needed" a cigarette, but after the first weeks when the physical addiction wears off, I knew that I just wanted my habits to continue. The reasons are number 3, you need a pauze sometimes, a moment to step back and reflect. That's not a bad habit, but filling that habit with cigarettes is!
3 instead of cigarettes, people replace the smoking habit with for example chewing gum, or sweets (hmm chocolate!!!). But then you create a new addiction... So by being aware that you sometimes need a break you can just start to take them consciously, whenever you feel like smoking! Just realizing: "ah, my mind tells me that I need a moment", helped me a lot to bend that feeling of needing a cigarette away to consciously take a short break instead.
Then finally during the first months I made a new routine to help me cope by allowing rewards to stay part of my daily routine, but only once a day. I would reward myself with a cup of chocolate icecream at the end of every day. Just to not lose that occasional moment of satisfaction every day. At some point I didn't need that any longer and it faded into the background and I started to forget buying the icecream.
After the first weeks I have never wanted a cigarette anymore. I broke the mental connection between smoking and taking a short moment away from what I was doing.