No Smoking Day
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Day 4.. struggling a bit.

I have been smoke free since Sunday night before bed.. Coming up of 84 hours. This morning when I got up, a cigarette was still the first thought I had, but I didn't feel panicked when I remembered I quit.

Mainly my problem today is my habits. I am no longer groggy, I have to say the three green smoothies and about 50 oz of water a day helped flush out all the nicotine. Last night was the first night that I have actually slept, which was a major relief.

But today, its my first day off work since I quit. I have been used to planning my days around smoking more or less, for 5 years. I planned out when I would smoke before and after doing tasks, and taking a break in the middle if I needed to. So right now I feel like I am relearning how to do everything.. And I always felt like a cigarette was a "reward" after finishing a task (a reward that's slowly killing me) and I am having a hard time shaking that off. Anyone have any good ways to overcome this?

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Sticky Lipgloss

Hi Brittany,

I can completey relate. I'm on my second week. Cigs were my reward center too, after any tiny little task. I'm having to retrain my brain. I also found that sticky lipgloss deters me from touching my mouth, which I was doing alot of at first. That helps me break the hand and mouth connection. I also recommend running around the the kitchen table while your kids laugh at you and the dog thinks you playing with her. lol .... maybe that's just me.

Your doing great... You can do it!!! :D

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Deep breaths

Hi Brittany

I find that sitting down, closing my eyes & taking really deep breaths helps me. Sort of like a form of meditation.

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Jubilee, Thanks for the tips :) This is my fourth real attempt at quitting, last time I made it to three months but I guess I have selective memory because I just cant remember anything I did that helped me quit smoking.

I have the hand to mouth problem still going, but its a piece of candy or a sucker that I replaced it with.. so I think I will be trying to sticky lip gloss right here in a bit. Thanks! And congrats to you for making it through "hell week"!

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Nonico, Thanks for that tip. I have started deep breathing since quitting, but I seem to keep forgetting to do it when a craving hits.

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I am on day 7, and honestly, I havnt found it hard hun. Change your routine. Look forward to a sit down a cup of tea and a snack or lunch as a reward. Look forward to a nice relaxing face pack and a hot bath as a reward, scented bubble bath and candles if you wish. Anything that you enjoy which you can see as a reward. Its what I'm doing and life is feeling sweet :) if I could get a decent nights sleep it would be perfect lol :p or reward yourself with something nice every saturday with the money you've saved! There's so many things we can do which we couldn't relish before with the pull of the fags making us cut them short.

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I'm in the same phase at the moment, I've got a patch on so I'm not craving the nicotine, just trying to break the habit. Resorting to ironing to take my mind off smoking! when things will improve?

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I'm in the same phase at the moment, I've got a patch on so I'm not craving the nicotine, just trying to break the habit. Resorting to ironing to take my mind off smoking! when things will improve?

I'm with you on the patches. Although taking it off after I've had my bath so in my head I know I'm not completely reliant on them. Yesterday (day 6) was when the cravings didn't hit as hard.

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Rochelle, that's awesome that you're doing so good. I went cold turkey, its the best method for me. But I think I will set up that reward system for myself. I just made me and my boyfriend some homemade cookies and getting ready to put in a pizza so that I can pig out, that can be my reward today.

Also, I have a cousin that smoked for around 22 years, she used the patch to quit, wore them for about a week or two. She forgot to put one on one morning, went to work and didn't have a problem all day, and never put another one on or smoked since then. Maybe that'll be how easy it is for you too.

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I'm in the same phase at the moment, I've got a patch on so I'm not craving the nicotine, just trying to break the habit. Resorting to ironing to take my mind off smoking! when things will improve?

I know how you feel! I have spent all day today, my first day off work since my quit, running around the house cleaning. I think the habit part of it is the worst for the first two weeks, unless you have the nicotine withdrawal. After that it should get easier as time goes. I kept a cinnamon stick in my mouth for the first two weeks of my quit last time and it worked well.

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Rochelle, that's awesome that you're doing so good. I went cold turkey, its the best method for me. But I think I will set up that reward system for myself. I just made me and my boyfriend some homemade cookies and getting ready to put in a pizza so that I can pig out, that can be my reward today.

Also, I have a cousin that smoked for around 22 years, she used the patch to quit, wore them for about a week or two. She forgot to put one on one morning, went to work and didn't have a problem all day, and never put another one on or smoked since then. Maybe that'll be how easy it is for you too.

That's the attitude to have hun :) well its my attitude and its working so far.

I am not gonna put a patch on tomorrow until I feel the need. I may not feel the need :) x

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Hi i know what you mean im on day four, and cold turkey. and to be honest ive never felt worse. Mainly in the evenings like now. when i would probably smoke more than i would during the day whilst at work. i dont think im struggerling with nicotine withdrawal, although i have been waking in the night more than normal. its the habit i need to break. i really want to smoke but i dont, then i do then i dont, when will it end??? will it ever truelly go away..

I thought i'd cold turkey without patches etc as i have two work collegues who stopped smoking cigarettes and have started using the electric ones, and seem to use them more than smoking, they even smoke in the office with them. which doesn't help me one bit...:rolleyes:

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Hi i know what you mean im on day four, and cold turkey. and to be honest ive never felt worse. Mainly in the evenings like now. when i would probably smoke more than i would during the day whilst at work. i dont think im struggerling with nicotine withdrawal, although i have been waking in the night more than normal. its the habit i need to break. i really want to smoke but i dont, then i do then i dont, when will it end??? will it ever truelly go away..

I thought i'd cold turkey without patches etc as i have two work collegues who stopped smoking cigarettes and have started using the electric ones, and seem to use them more than smoking, they even smoke in the office with them. which doesn't help me one bit...:rolleyes:

Oh do I know how you feel. I'm trying my best to keep my hands busy at all times. My dad smoked for around 20 years, he told me it does go away, but when you're in the thick of quitting its hard to believe it does!

I know it gets better though, I quit for three months at one point. I had one more freak out at the end of my first two weeks of quitting and then it just crossed my mind here and there, instead of eating away at me like it did in the beginning. Just hang in there!

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Hi i know what you mean im on day four, and cold turkey. and to be honest ive never felt worse. Mainly in the evenings like now. when i would probably smoke more than i would during the day whilst at work. i dont think im struggerling with nicotine withdrawal, although i have been waking in the night more than normal. its the habit i need to break. i really want to smoke but i dont, then i do then i dont, when will it end??? will it ever truelly go away..

I'm really hoping it will go away eventually. My mum and dad smoked approx 20 years ago and they now are completely against smoking and would never have or want one.

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i must admit its really bad, ive stopped only twice before and i cant remember it being this bad before. I tell you what the messages that your body tells you when it wants a fix is amazing isnt it. Before i stopped on sunday last week i thought i was all prepared to do it but god how wrong was i. its hard to keep going on isnt it.

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