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37 days isn't exactly a 'milestone' number I know. The thing is - I'm still trying to wrap my head around the fact that I'm doing this with zero nicotine.
I quit cold turkey at 8pm on May 2 and didn't use anything for NRT. In the past I have used the patch and felt it was a really great method. ..............it wasn't until I gave THIS method a try ..that I realized ummmm...maybe NRT wasn't such a great method after all! My quit routine went something like this: Put on a patch the morning of my quit. make it usually a week or two - then start playing games with the quit.
"I can still have my morning cig, put the patch on for the rest of the day - that's only a pack every three weeks"
"I can still have my mornin cig , and that cig I like to have after dinner - then put the patch back on - that's only a pack of cigs every 2 weeks or so "
and so on ............it was a stupid game and it always led to "that's only one pack of cigarettes a day" !!!
Not this time - there is NO nicotine in my system and I'll be damned if I'm going to mess that up!
Thanks for letting me blow my own horn, pat my own back and just generally spread my personal pride and joy!
Every day not smoking is a day to be celebrated Alice!
In my previous attempts I did the same as you and with the patch. I sure was fooling myself!
NRT or no, this time is different because this you mean to stay quit - once and forever! It feels different doesn't it? Go ahead - toot your own horn. You deserve it!
Congrats on 37 wonderful smoke free days! Protect it and keep going and going and going........!
Maggie (quit 8-1-2010) 1232 days ago
jonescarp aka dale (1-2007) 1232 days ago
your completely right ...
but for some people (like me) i needed the patch to help me with the withdraws... i got them so bad... i had bronchial spasms and nausea..it was very very painful... oh yeah i also got fever blisters on my tongue.. it was horrible...
i was very scared of the patches cause i knew a lady who had a heart attack and died a couple of years ago because she was playing those games .. smoking and putting a patch on .. she thought it would help her quit.. well patches dont help you quit.. they help you get through the withdraws only,,, you have to deal with the mental issues...
congrats on 37 days ... protect that quit ...
newlife 1232 days ago
Congratulations Alice -- Job well done!! I identify with your patch experience. My long-term quitting was done cold turkey. Yes, you don't want to mess up a cold turkey quit with nicotine.
Sheryl -- Quit 11-11-2008 1232 days ago
i did the same thing u did. two or three weeks tops or a few days here and there til i saw my neighbor having one outside. I would want to associate with them and feel left out? or pity for self! then i would bum a smoke ,since i tried very hard not to purchase them& then i would get embarrassed by bumming them, go buy them and give the neighbor back the few i would bum~ and the cycle would start over and over.... `guilt, embarrassment, feeling left out, anxious, etc. Just not worth it. then the burning lungs and shortness of breath! Tehn at times i would buy a pcak (maybe a coupon would come in the mail) and smoke a few, give the pack away to a total stranger at the bus stop anlong with all the lighters i had in my purse at the tiem and swear off them over and over. I gave a way so much $$ lst year the neighbors started lookining for me at the bus stop! One lady ( a homeless) got used to it!
violet 1232 days ago
great job! doin' good!
Marcie~ free since 4-4-11 1232 days ago
EVERY smoke-free day is a milestone!!!!! Great job!!!!!!
Mothergoose9 (Connie) 1232 days ago
you're doing agreat job and doesn't it feel so good that you have control of your life back?
jojo 2-24-11 1232 days ago
Good thing I read the comments. Connie took the words right out of my hands. LOL Congratulations
Jawidge 1232 days ago
Thank you everyone :)
Life is a process - every step along the way builds on the steps we've already taken - so even past slips - experiments and successes are all a part of who we're becoming - happy , healthy, smoke FREE individuals...37 days are nice even measured steps and I like this pace a LOT!
Thanks for sharing this path with me and allowing me to travel with you
Have a beautiful day
Alice 1232 days ago
Congratulations Alice! I think you have a wonderful attitide and sense of humor...both will take you a long way and help others to boot!
Julia Amy 1232 days ago
Way to go Alice!!! Congrats!
Strudel (Quit 6-12-10) 1232 days ago
congrats, and the group is right, every day is a milestone to celebrate!
Sarah (March 2011) 1232 days ago
Good Job on your quit and for me every day without a cigarette is a milestone. Just keep N.O.P.E. Have agreat smoke free day.
Froguelady (quit 3-16-11) 1232 days ago
Awesome job! I've stopped smoking 4 days ago cold turkey and its an inspiration to see someone else do it and being so successful. Keep it up, I'll be rooting for you!
onie1985 1231 days ago
Rooting for you onie - you can do this :)
4 days ....woohooo....you're through the worst of it ( in my opinion) now just keep on walking away from those cravings!!!
Alice 1231 days ago