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StellaBlue
Feb 12, 2019 (08:59 AM) Reply | Quote 


       
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 HAPPY TRIPLE DIGITS!! Hitting 100 days feels awesome, right?  I guess throwing the whole playbook at your quit is really working out for you.  Those little niggling cravings will continue to decrease in frequency.  I think that, once you've decided to not have a single puff ever, it becomes remarkably easier to stick with it because you're no longer wrestling with the notion of choice.  There's no back-and-forth, there's simply "Okay, what do I need to do to move past this moment, because I'm obviously not going to smoke." Once that's locked in (and some time has passed!) cravings get very manageable and tolerable, just like you said.  I'm so glad to read your report back that you have stuck this out and are reaping the rewards of success now.  Congrats, way to join the winning side :)

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StSc37
Feb 12, 2019 (08:48 AM) Reply | Quote 


       
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You absolutely CAN do it.  You are through  the worst of it now.  Every week you make it is easier than the week before. 
Just hang in there!

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Rachy77
Feb 12, 2019 (12:50 AM) Reply | Quote 


       
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I am 5 days into my quit and don’t feel I am going to be able to do it

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Timbo637
Feb 11, 2019 (05:47 PM) Reply | Quote 


       
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Hi StSc37,
 Triple digits....way to go!  That was a big milestone for me too. It's good to hear that your cravings are now minor and VERY controllable for you. Sounds like you are doing great now, keep it up! You still need to be careful though, as you know those urges seem to come out of nowhere sometimes and try to make you cave in. Be sure and keep your guard up at all times, you just never know. I hope you are rewarding yourself for all the effort you are putting into this quit journey too, you deserve it for sure.
Stay strong you quitter. 
 
Not One Puff Ever
 

Tim

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StSc37
Feb 11, 2019 (04:44 PM) Reply | Quote 


       
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I came here today to thank everyone here.  I have officially made it 100 days!  It was tough and I still get very minor cravings from time to time but I feel in control.  
I came here at the darkest moment of my quit and you all pulled me up.  Thank you. 

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StellaBlue
Nov 15, 2018 (09:34 AM) Reply | Quote 


       
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StSc37, welcome!  I so, so, felt you on this post!  I was always the same way in my quit attempts.  I would routinely get to 7 days, 15 days - and then cave. Why, I don't know. You'd think that by that point, you have "too much to throw away" and that in itself would keep you going.  Alas, it wasn't enough of a deterrent for me.  I continually found myself repeating the same pattern.  The good news is that you already seem sick of it, after just one go-round!  Remember how crappy this felt, and hang on to that for next time.  I love how you said you're "throwing the whole playbook at it" this time - that's how I felt, too, and that's ultimately what it took for me to finally stick to it.  And if you need to destroy a kitchen or two in the process, well, so be it :)

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StSc37
Nov 15, 2018 (08:48 AM) Reply | Quote 


       
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Hey, thanks man.  I made it through yesterday and have my spirits back up today.  I normally don't eat to stifle cravings but I destroyed my kitchen last night.  I feel like I have my composure back today though.

I went through all the stuff but I really knew it all already.  This isn't my first attempt at quitting and I have read 5 different smoke cessation books plus a ton of internet research prior to this attempt.  I'm throwing the entire playbook at quitting this time.  I have a two year old daughter and I want to make sure she has an amazing life.

Anyway, my depression stemmed from making it so far and then the overwhelming sense that 12 hard days of work were thrown in the toilet because of a moment of weakness. Ugh. I'm reset to day 2 and that sucks.

As far  as the cravings... I WISH I understood them.  They seem to occur whenever I am past the physical withdrawal and starting to feel confident.  Then, suddenly, out of nowhere, a massive craving.  Worse then any of the annoying pangs of the physical withdrawal.  I don't know, if I could pinpoint a cause I would feel better.  I would know the enemy.  I guess I need to figure out a better way to just cope when they hit. 

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Timbo637
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Hi StSc37,
 Welcome to the Stop Smoking Center. Don't beat yourself up, slips do happen sometimes. For some it happens during hell week, others during heck week, and like yourself, blah week seems the hardest.  "I haven't relapsed but I am feeling so depressed". Don't feel bad either. Depression is one of the side effects of quitting. It's all a learning process. We  have to reprogram our brain to be able to go through life without the crutch of cigarettes to lean on. "I get insane cravings (way, way worse then week 1) during weeks 2 - 4 and I always fail". But you keep trying, that's the important thing. Once again it's a learning process. Do you know why you cave in? Is there something that happens, or a certain place you are at when you're overcome with the craving? Quitting smoking is a whole new lifestyle compared to when you smoked. EVERYTHING seems different at the start. You need to be able to fight the urge head on. Have you went through the "my program" at the top of the page yet? There's some good information in there to help you on your quit journey. There's also a lot of good tips and tricks in these forums to help you along your quit journey. If you have the time, read, read read!!! The more you know and understand about what to expect on your journey the easier it "should" be for you. I'm not saying it WILL be easy, but easier to cope with the pitfalls and roadblocks that lay ahead. "I just can't shake a sense of failure". Failure is a part of the journey too. We learn from our mistakes, and it makes us stronger each time. Each time we fail, hopefully we learn something and will not let it happen again. Eventually we become strong enough to beat this darned addiction and live the rest of our life as a QUITTER. 
 How long have you smoked, and how many a day? Is there anyone else in the house that smokes?
Stay strong and keep on trying. You'll win the battle one of these times. The only way you can fail is to quit trying to quit!
 
Not One Puff Ever
 
 

Tim

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StSc37
Nov 14, 2018 (02:02 PM) Reply | Quote 


       
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I quit cold turkey on November 3rd and have been feeling and doing great. I was 11 days clean yesterday and then out of nowhere a severe craving last night and I smoked a cigarette.  I haven't relapsed but I am feeling so depressed.  I can always quit cold turkey and maintain my composure but I get insane cravings (way, way worse then week 1) during weeks 2 - 4 and I always fail. I felt so good and confident this time.  I don't know, I'm really beating myself up today.  I just can't shake a sense of failure.

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