Oh man, this is hard

I haven’t had a cigarette since 11:57pm Saturday night (I wanted July 1 to be my quit date). I started taking Chantix 6 weeks ago as part of the plan to stop on July 1. I swear, that pill is MAGIC. Honestly. I’m also wearing a patch which is recommended. So far, so good. Physically, I am doing wonderfully well, with no cravings.

Ferpetessake though, mentally? ACK! GAG! Do NOT wander into MY mind. It’s a dark, dangerous, dank (avoid.alliteration.always.) tenement building in a very bad neighborhood that one ought not enter alone.

Last night I wanted raspberry sherbet, but didn’t dare go to the store for fear of caving in and buying a pack of smokes. My husband would never know, right? Riiiiiiiiiiight…it’s not like he couldn’t SMELL it on me.

Knitting usually saves my sanity – we have 6 indoor only cats – but not right now. I’ve screwed up the toe of a sock for a 2-year-old monster girl twice, so there it sits -----------> over there, on the couch.

Phew, I do feel better, and thank you’s from the bottom of my pit for listening to my rant.

/end rant

:hug:

Quitting smoking is hard.

I know. Ive quit 3 times. :doh:

Granted right now, its nowhere NEAR as much as I used to, and only at night.

Good luck! :heart:

Good luck!! You can do it! And I’ve been there, so I’m not just some crazy cheerleader. :smiley:

My last smoke was on October 5th 2005 at 5:30pm.

:cheering::cheering::cheering::cheering:GOOD FOR YOU!!!:cheering::cheering::cheering::cheering:

You CAN DO IT!!!

Keep something simple at hand to knit during those moments of stress.

I do somoking cessation couseling as part of my job and know just how tough it can be!!!

You’re doing great - I can’t imagine how hard that must be. :hug::hug:

Man, I quit 8 years ago, and still remember it vividly.

Something that really helped me with the oral fixation (which strangely enough was my biggest problem quitting) was cinnamon or mint flavored toothpicks.

Good luck to you! The cravings don’t last forever, and your mind will get back to normal in time. :slight_smile:

Quitting smoking is easy, I’ve done it dozens of times. :rofling:

Seriously, I am also in the process of quitting, using Wellbutrin, but it’s a very, very hard thing to do.

If you haven’t already, sign up at quitnet.com. It’s a great support forum. I am TruckerGuy there.

Thank all of you so much for your support!

This is my 4th attempt, and I am determined to be a non-smoking nurse.

Silver: congratulations on your success!

Ginny: YAY! I need a counselor snork

YarnMommy: I hope one day to say I have 8 years free from nicotine. Good idea on the toothpicks, too. I’ve been relying on bagels, choco chip cookies, tater chips…oy.

KnittingGuy: I will most definitely check out that site. Thank you for pointing me toward it.

I’ve also relied on something my closest friend once told me: ‘move a muscle, change the thought’–so when I think about smoking I’m trying to move that muscle (even tho the brain isn’t actually a muscle) and think of something else. Works great, when I can think of it! LOL

I’m Silver925 at QuitNet. :thumbsup:
Although I rarely visit any more since I’m almost 2 years into my quit.

:hug::muah::hug:

I quit for the very last time in 1988. Took me more times than I can remember to quit, mostly because of the habits. The last one I broke was the drinking alcohol and smoking one. The next hardest was the after-meal one.

Good luck Feef, PaperGirl and Knitting_Guy - it’s absolutely the most wonderful feeling when you finally get it licked. :thumbsup:

And congrats Silver and YarnMommy, whoo hoo! Ain’t it da bomb! :happydance:

LL

One of my harder cigarettes to give up was the one I’d smoke after finishing cleaning the house. I sit down with a big ole glass of iced tea and have a congratulatory cigarette while I surveyed my pristine home. Since I can’t have the cigarette any more, I live in filth…

Good for you and i hope it works for you this time.
For me it will be 1 year this September smoke free. I did it with Acupuncture and I found it the most painless method.:hug:

:roflhard:

wipes away tears

I’m vervets at quitnet - 539 days! (AND I had to check! :cheering:)
You can do it! Think about all the yarn the universe owes you for the money you didn’t spend on tar. :grin:
Quitnet lets you watch the seconds, it’s great.

& someday you will smell the smoke and feel sick to your stomach, and never even want to again! I hope anyway.

I also used cinnamon, straws (but be careful - if you chew on the plastic long enough, you will end up with a mouthful of cuts), ginger roots, carrots, and dried (unsweetened) fruit. Anything durably chewy really did help.

Congratulations to you!
:cheering::cheering::cheering:

:roflhard:

:hug:for you Feef.

Good luck! :cheering:

My SO quit six or so weeks ago, so I’m [SIZE=1]at least[/SIZE] smoking less. The one with a dirty martini after work is the hardest to avoid. The one during a break at work is the second hardest because it helps solve problems that stump one while inside and sitting. Although the one while driving is pretty fine, too.

didn’t know there was a supportive online community. must check out quitnet. thanks to those of you who mentioned it!

I knew I shouldn’t be let loose outside the house with car keys and money. I know me. I knew the obsessive thoughts were there, and yet I went to the store anyway.

Yes, I bought a pack. Yes, I smoked part of one about 4 hours ago. And yes, it felt bad and tasted worse.

Truthfully, it’s not the physical cravings. Those are handled quite well with the patch. It’s the THOUGHTS.

Dammit.

I suppose though, that 2 or 3 drags in 3 days is far better than a pack per day.

Obviously the risk is that smoking again can creep in now, now that I’ve let that monster in.

:wall: :tap: :violin:

I quit almost 2 years ago and I had a couple of times when I caved and bought a pack and smoked one but then I ran the rest of the pack under running water so I wouldn’e be tempted to retrive them from the trash(gross I know)it happens don’t beat yourself up over it just get rid of them and start again I remeber the day when I woke up and realized I wasn’t a slave to my smokes anymore and it was a powerful moment.

We all have slips. It’s part of quitting. Lord knows I have. The trick is to just keep going back to being quit and making up your mind to be quit. Think about your reasons for quitting in the first place.

It’s tough. Darned tough. But it IS possible.

I slipped tonight myself, so I know how you feel. We just have to get right back to that quit.

ACK! I blew my just over a week quit tonight. This really is hard.