Posted By Message Date
Printer-friendly Version  send this discussion to a friend   
Timbo637
Apr 10, 2019 (05:27 PM) Reply | Quote 


       
Posts: 682
Joined: Dec 03, 2013
Last Visit: Jul 11, 2019

Gender: Male
Country: United States
Occupation: Laboratory technician
Hobbies: Computer nerd, bird watching
1168862

2085
Smoke Free Days

45,870
Cigarettes Not Smoked

$12,614.25
Amount Saved

Days: 408 Hours: 2
Minutes: 2 Seconds: 19

Life Gained

Hi Pappy,
  "I am doing this for ME, not them. " That's the truth. You have to WANT it for yourself first and foremost, then as you said, the others around you will benefit  from YOUR hard work. "Sounds selfish doesn't it?" Not at all. Nobody else can do this for you, it's YOUR journey. I see the  resolve in the writing in your posts, and you are bound and determined to beat this addiction this time once and for all. You are doing great Pappy, keep it up! 
Stay strong.
 
Not One Puff Ever
 

Tim

Find Helpful Give Support
Be the first to give support!
Pappy
Apr 09, 2019 (10:38 PM) Reply | Quote 


       
Posts: 92
Joined: Feb 27, 2019
Last Visit: Jul 07, 2019
1167867

145
Smoke Free Days

2,900
Cigarettes Not Smoked

$1,232.50
Amount Saved

Days: 27 Hours: 1
Minutes: 11 Seconds: 29

Life Gained

Hey healthy, glad to hear things are going well for you. You know I had quit smoking back around 2001 and made the mistake of having just one smoke several years later and needless to say I was hooked again. I did it cold turkey back then and it was not a good time, so this time I decided to try another method. I certainly could kick myself straight in the *ss for starting again. Quite frankly I don't really know why I decided to quit again. I just woke up one morning and said, this is it, today is my quit day. 
At this point in my quit I have finally come to the conclusion that I really don't give a hoot on what other people in my life think about how I am making this quit work. I am doing this for ME, not them. Sounds selfish doesn't it? I guess it is but you know this is truly all about my addition to a drug called nicotine. It's had me by the B***s for a long time and I am determined to no end to make this work for good this time for ME. All those around me are my beneficiaries of all my hard work and endurance. Thanks again for everyone's support here at SSC, its been wonderful. Reading about other success stories is a great inspiration. Keep up the good fight, we are winning one minute, one hour, one day at a time.

Find Helpful
Be the first to find this post helpful!
Give Support
Be the first to give support!
healthyandclean
Apr 09, 2019 (05:35 PM) Reply | Quote 


       
Posts: 10
Joined: Mar 25, 2019
Last Visit: Apr 19, 2019

Gender: Female
Country: United States
1167866

115
Smoke Free Days

1,150
Cigarettes Not Smoked

$402.50
Amount Saved

Days: 15 Hours: 7
Minutes: 34 Seconds: 23

Life Gained

hey pappy,
 
i just saw this post and, given that you're at day 46, you obviously got this. :) but i quit around 2008 and stayed quit for 8 years. i tried the patch and was smoking with it on. i tried everything. until i made the mental decision, nothing worked. i'm confident that the patch or gum or whatever is no different than my life savers or lollipops. it's about breaking the ritual and developing new habits. does the patch keep you from running out, buying a pack, and lighting up? so does my lollipop. and whatever is gonna get us through those first weeks is what we need to do -- with or without anyone else's approval.
 
i didn't realize you got off to such a bumpy start so it's even more awesome that you're already working on your second month. i'm working toward my third week and am right behind you :)

Find Helpful
Be the first to find this post helpful!
Give Support
Be the first to give support!
Sparrow1975
Mar 05, 2019 (04:59 PM) Reply | Quote 


       
Posts: 160
Joined: Aug 13, 2018
Last Visit: Jun 17, 2019

Gender: Female
Country: Australia
Hobbies: Lover of nature and animals
1133863

140
Smoke Free Days

2,800
Cigarettes Not Smoked

$1,120.00
Amount Saved

Days: 13 Hours: 16
Minutes: 42 Seconds: 40

Life Gained

Thats such bollocks. Your intention is to quit  the act of smoking and you have. Once you have control of that you can tackle the nicotine. The smoking is the hard part....once youve done that the nicotine will be a cinch. Dont let others trivialize the great thing youre doing.

Find Helpful Give Support
Be the first to give support!
Timbo637
Mar 05, 2019 (09:47 AM) Reply | Quote 


       
Posts: 682
Joined: Dec 03, 2013
Last Visit: Jul 11, 2019

Gender: Male
Country: United States
Occupation: Laboratory technician
Hobbies: Computer nerd, bird watching
1133858

2085
Smoke Free Days

45,870
Cigarettes Not Smoked

$12,614.25
Amount Saved

Days: 408 Hours: 2
Minutes: 2 Seconds: 19

Life Gained

Hi Pappy,
 I totally with you. The patch is helping you with the physical part of quitting while you work on the mental part, which in my opinion, is the most important part. Yes you are still getting a reduced amount of nicotine in your system from the patch, but it is helping you to re-train your brain to break the habits of smoking. ie; reaching for the pack of cigarettes and lighter or matches, having something between your fingers, inhaling deeply when you took a drag, making plans to always be able to have a smoke etc. Once your brain gets used to not doing those things and becomes accustomed to "the new normal" you will have went through the process on weaning yourself from the patch. The longer you go without smoking a cigarette the more confidence you build up in yourself, which is also part of the mental quit. The mental part is also the hardest to adjust to. You hear people talking about withdraw symptoms after a month of quitting, but they are actually talking about the mental part of the withdraw. If they went cold turkey, the nicotine is out of the system in 3 days. The physical part is already over.
When someone tells you that you're not really quitting by using the patch, Look them straight in the eye and tell them "they are full of ***t. You are no longer breathing in the chemicals and tars in cigarettes and will be off the patch in a short time." It's just like school. You didn't learn everything in one day, it took some time.
Hang in there there Pappy you're doing great and it's going to be getting easier sooner than later! 
 
Not One Puff Ever
 
 

Tim

Find Helpful Give Support
Be the first to give support!
StellaBlue
Mar 05, 2019 (08:54 AM) Reply | Quote 


      
Posts: 181
Joined: Jun 25, 2018
Last Visit: Jul 05, 2019

Country: Canada
1133857

I agree 100%  I initially wanted to do it "pure" and go cold turkey, but after umpteen failures I got to thinking, "Is it better to spend 10 years trying and failing to quit cold turkey, or get this done in 6 months using a quit aid?"  My personal experience showed me that quitting cold turkey was not working for me and I had to let go of the notion that there was a "right" way and a "wrong" way to quit.  Nicotine replacement ultimately did not work for me either, but it does work for tons of people who are using it with the right mindset toward it.  I eventually found success with the help of Champix, and I do not regret that one iota.  If the end result is that I no longer smoke today, I do not give a flying fig how I got there.  And it shouldn't matter to anyone else.  If people are trying to insert their beliefs into my brain, I remind myself that. "Other's people's opinions of me are none of my business."  Your quit is going fantastically, I'm so happy for you.  I actually found that breaking the HABIT and belief system around my smoking was much more difficult than breaking the nicotine dependence.  Using patches while you tackle the habit and mentality part sounds like it is working for you.  Keep it up :)

Find Helpful Give Support
Be the first to give support!
Pappy
Mar 05, 2019 (07:30 AM) Reply | Quote 


       
Posts: 92
Joined: Feb 27, 2019
Last Visit: Jul 07, 2019
1133856

145
Smoke Free Days

2,900
Cigarettes Not Smoked

$1,232.50
Amount Saved

Days: 27 Hours: 1
Minutes: 11 Seconds: 29

Life Gained

You know I am getting so tired of people telling me that I really am not kicking the habit because I am using a nicotine patch. So in other words just because I decided to use some additional help to knock this bad habit out of my life once and for all my 11 days of being smoke free don't count. To me that is just total BS. It's still hard work right now and would be so easy to give in to that mentality of "Oh I can have just one" but I refuse to give in to that devil. So to those who tell me this really isn't quitting.... BUNK to that.

Find Helpful Give Support
Printer-friendly Version   send this discussion to a friend    
1
 
Back to Top
 
 
  Community     Tools and Resources   Help Area Info
 

logo

This program is for educational purposes and is not to replace the advice of your family physician
or other health care provider. © 2000-2019 Evolution Health Systems Inc.