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February 18 2019 07:26 PM
Wowza, Day 6!!!!  What a great thing to read when I signed on here!  I totally relate to the quit feeling "messy."  I remember how undisciplined and kinda dirty it felt when I was jamming candies and endless numbers of Scotch mints in my mouth during quit attempts.  I felt gross. I would tell myself ridiculous and untrue things like, "At least a smoke is neat and tidy, one and done" ...... ummm, could I have been any more delusional???? The truth of it is that, even though it feels uncomfortable to re-calibrate during a quit, it is a finite period of our lives and not a big disastrous unravelling like it feels like sometimes.  It's just a brief stint of feeling unbalanced or unchecked.  Smoking, on the other hand, is a lifetime of ACTUAL, unfixable disaster.  In the end, I gave myself total permission to do whatever I needed to do to ride out the quit.  I remember laughing one day when I read a poster here describe the way he "destroyed his kitchen" in the throes of a rough night of nicotine withdrawal.  I mean, whatever, right?  A few weeks of feeling a little out of control around food, or whatever it is, is worth the pay-off of never having to quit smoking again.
P.S - I drink COPIOUS amounts of tea, and tea has basically become my little ritual much like smoking was.  I make a cup when I finish a task, when I need a break from work, when I'm bored, when I'm sleepy, when I'm happy, when I want comfort, on long drives, etc. All the times I used to use cigarettes, I find tea works just as well for me now, and I'm much happier, healthier, and less stinky for it.  Maybe you could find a ritual you like?  I like a hot drink because it's warm, it's portable, it goes in my mouth (haha), it takes a certain amount of time to prepare and enjoy, it uses my hands and I can reach for it over and over again, etc.  Everything smokes did. But I look cuter with a mug of  tea than I ever did with a cigarette lol.
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February 18 2019 07:11 PM
I love how you phrased that, that quitting smoking is like a "natural progression of my recovery." That's exactly how it felt for me, too.  Like now that I've tasted some freedom, why wouldn't I continue walking toward it?  Smoking is antithetical to freedom, and so came the decision to turn my attention to quitting.  A hop, skip, and a jump (....and around 2 years of trying and failing!) later, here I am two days shy of 8 months smoke-free. I consider this a real milestone in my recovery.  And it has become my new normal to walk straight into the building and just give a few heys or hugs on my way by.  No need to huddle around the butt can to feel included, and I don't feel I am missing out in any way.  I used to get a lot of my recovery insight around the smoking circle, and I worried that I wouldn't be able to access that kind of openness and atmosphere without smoking.  I was wrong.  If I'm at a meeting, then I'm surrounded by recovery and opportunities to seek recovery, whether I'm holding a smoke or not.  I now feel a bit silly that I once thought quitting smoking would oust me from the good stuff.  It's been the opposite.
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February 18 2019 07:01 PM
I found GasX to be a really effective drug store aid as well, as was adopting a diet that was lower in fibre/easier to digest (ie: cooked vegetables instead of raw, root vegetables instead of cruciferous ones, etc). It passes. Eventually.
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February 10 2019 07:03 AM
Hi everyone, I´m currently on my no smoking journey and I´ve found an app which keeps me motivated. I think that it could help you too. Its just a simple and not overcomplicated counter of days and there are also some good quotes and homescreen widget. 
It does not contain any ads etc. 
Take a look: 
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February 04 2019 02:40 PM
Wow! Congratulations!

Beautifully written. Thank you so much for sharing.

Ashley, Health Educator
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January 24 2019 07:12 PM
I think it is worse personally
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January 21 2019 05:52 PM
Thank you for the advice about taking a vitamin B tablet. 
As I posted on another thread, now that the physical sensations / cravings have reaches their peak and passed; I've noticed that I'm feeling a bit low. I wasn't aware that B vitamins were good for mood. I'll pop down to my local Holland and Barrett and see what I can get. x 
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January 04 2019 06:52 PM
Congratulations on 33+ days!

I have to absolutely disagree with, "quit smoking after 25 years and you will get no benifit,". I would be curious to see the evidence the authors provided to prove this claim. As Timbo kindly shared, there are tons of benefits of quitting and some start as soon as 24 hours after quitting.

What the article may have meant is that Individuals who have smoked for over 25 years still have an increased risk of lung cancer, even after they quit. This means it is very important for past smokers to get regular lung cancer screenings. Talk to your family doctor about this and they will be able to steer you in the right direction.

I hope the information you read didn't demotivate you too much. How are you doing today?

Ashley, Health Educator
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December 31 2018 05:32 PM
"Most people who come to the SSC just read the threads and don't actually post." At least 90% in my opinion. Some call them the "silent majority". 
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Not One Puff Ever
Or should I say... Not One Pinch Ever in this forum? 
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September 09 2018 03:56 AM
Hey Gorilla Quitter :) Good post!   From Eyja 
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