I made it to 14 days without a cigarette. I joined a quit site, in Australia of all places, and it has been great. Hearing all the members personal stories on their quit and their success stories is really inspiring. I just made an Excel spreadsheet to track my Forever Quit. ( Old accounts don't die, they just lose their balance- LOL) I have been posting my daily NOPE, and find myself thinking,good I made it through the day and earned the right to post. It is the 2nd think I do in the morning. The first is my daily food plan. This has helped me track for 50 day streak. After having success with a streak, I knew I could get through the nicotine thing.
Oh my goodness. If I thought the first week was hard, the second week was worse. But I am 14 days smokefree. I post my daily affirmation of NOPE ( Not One Puff Ever)- and while the cravings did not seem as intense, I was pretty emotional. I have renamed my home office THE SANCTUARY, and I spend at lot of time there, reading, listening to music and keeping my hands busy. I found a great article on grieving, and was relieved to see that we can grieve over things like quitting a habit. So still doing this one day at a time and thankful that I am alive to do it. Having a heart attack in 2011 didn't make me quit, but realizing that I could save money and put it in a travel fund became a real incentive and is on my list of WHY I quit. I am still pretty much solitary, and not interacting socially too much. I a feeling fragile and not ready to deal with others who smoke. I am learning to deal with my emotions instead of stuffing them down. But is is getting better and I am no longer dreaming of having a cigarette, and having this site helps me keep perspective on going forward, Thanks!
This was a post from a member of the I CAN QUIT support group:
My hint/title of "Move a muscle . . . Change a thought" is not original. It is heard frequently by the members of Alcoholics Anonymous because it works. Actually, it was passed-on to me by one of the toughest and brightest people I know . . . my youngest son. Here I sit at 69 years of age and my younger son is my teacher. He became a recovering alcoholic about 9 years ago when he joined AA and he has regularly shared the gems of wisdom he picked-up at the meetings. Don't fool yourself into believing that any one addiction is better than another . . . because it is not. An addiction is an addiction. It is the relinquishing of control of at least a portion of your life to a chemical substance. It is admitting that a chemical substance running a portion of your life is preferred to you running all of your life. Relinquishing your free-will to nicotine is no more classy than relinquishing it to alcohol or to your drug Du Jour.
The story of how and why I quit (re: https://www.icanquit.com.au/st
t-in-the-ashtray-of-life) holds the secret of when, why, and how I quit. Do yourself a favor and read it. At 2:30am on July 12, 2012, I quit smoking after 53 years of non-stop smoking. I am very pleased to tell you that I have stayed nicotine free ever since. My son passed along the "Move a muscle . . . Change a thought" hint to me and it has helped many times during my "weakening" moments and during times of high stress. It may be a hobby, exercise, problem solving, or any combination of these things that capture your thoughts long enough to get you past the urge so that you may look back and say "That round goes to me Mr. Nicotine, so kiss my butt." My motto is simple . . . "Never Again!" In living-up to that adopted motto, I have moved many a muscle and changed many a thought. Today, 3 years, 3 months, and 6 days after adopting that motto, I can honestly say that staying clean of nicotine is easy for me. That was not always the case, but moving lots of muscles and changing lots of thoughts has made it so!