Is there a danger of feeling cocky?

I don't feel cocky, not yet. I'm only on the morning of Day 3, and I have had two bouts of insomnia the last two nights, so I'm operating on less sleep than I should be getting.

But here's what I'm wondering. There have already been times, during my first three days, when I found myself saying, "You know what? This isn't so bad. This is doable. I can do this."

I wouldn't call that being cocky, but I do wonder if I'm setting myself up to get slammed to the canvas in round 4, or 7, or whatever, because perhaps there's some inevitable major craving up ahead, and the fact that I've been relatively okay with my quit so far means I'll be ill-prepared to deal with it.

Does that make any sense?

And, for the record, I have already had a couple of major cravings that nearly sent me to the convenience store. It hasn't all been pretty. But, that said, it hasn't been horrible either.

Should I be careful about feeling too confident? Or maybe the question is, when can you start to think that your thoughts that you might actually succeed at this are based on reality, and not fantasy?

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  • i have to admit DG, I'm not REALLY suffering here! I haven't had cravings, shakes, insomnia or anything like some other folks have been experiencing! I don't worry about that though, thinking oh it's on it's way and it's going to hit me when i least expect it.

    I think I'm doing good and I'm hanging onto the belief that I'm stronger than the pull of tobacco. I believe I can only get stronger but if I do light up it's because of blind stupidity and a misguided notion that I NEED to!

    Your body adapts very quickly to cessation of drugs (for want of a better word) and it's the brain part that keeps the addiction alive!

    My opinion only .... :)

  • You're not being cocky, you're being confident, and that's a good thing!

    It's great that you're not suffering too much with nicotene withdrawal. And I wouldn't worry too much about what's around the corner. Take that as it comes, just deal with the quit one day at a time.

    We're all in it for keeps, and there are bound to be ups and downs. Keeps you on your toes :D

    H

  • I don't feel cocky, not yet. I'm only on the morning of Day 3, and I have had two bouts of insomnia the last two nights, so I'm operating on less sleep than I should be getting.

    But here's what I'm wondering. There have already been times, during my first three days, when I found myself saying, "You know what? This isn't so bad. This is doable. I can do this."

    I wouldn't call that being cocky, but I do wonder if I'm setting myself up to get slammed to the canvas in round 4, or 7, or whatever, because perhaps there's some inevitable major craving up ahead, and the fact that I've been relatively okay with my quit so far means I'll be ill-prepared to deal with it.

    Does that make any sense?

    And, for the record, I have already had a couple of major cravings that nearly sent me to the convenience store. It hasn't all been pretty. But, that said, it hasn't been horrible either.

    Should I be careful about feeling too confident? Or maybe the question is, when can you start to think that your thoughts that you might actually succeed at this are based on reality, and not fantasy?

    Doing good stuff, DGee :)

    Getting overly cocky does wreck a fair few quit attempts...mine anyway :o.... but that's in the past now :)

    The thing is that you've got/you're going past day 3 cold turkey and that's a great water shed in terms of the smoker you so recently have been and this new non smoker you aspire to be. Plus there's the eradication of nicotine in your system...you're clean.

    Pretty damn big stuff you're handling if you ask me :cool:

    But then that's what you obviously are aiming for and why not. Protect your quit...it's about you and your personal experience. Never become complacent because this road, good or bad, up and down, is a journey of a year's revolution around the sun.

    Break that down into manageable chunks...and in those terms day 3 is a milestone, week 1 is a milestone, a fortnight, a 4 week month, a calendar month, 100 days, etc, etc

    Enjoy the journey and read up where you're at and others' just in front of you too. That shows the way and will hopefully be the signposts that helps you to avoid the rocks on the road.

    Read into links in some of our sigs plus what's already been said here on this forum.

  • Cocky is good!

    Keeping cocky is not quite so easy.

    I have a confession to make .. I actually liked smoking .. it was just the after effects of it that tilted the balance to me now knowing it for what it is .. very, very addictive.

    Stay confident .. be aware though - it may suddenly appear out of the blue at 32 weeks .. or 64 .. I think once you get to 10 years you are clear of getting a habit. That's what I'm aiming for. :D

  • There's certainly no harm in feeling confident, and there is no reason why you would suddenly develop massive craves at any point. However, there are at least two things I can think of that you need to be very aware of:

    1) Oftentimes craves come as a result of an incident, or a trigger that make you automatically reach out for a cigarette. Smokers are conditioned to smoke in order to get relief from any event that makes them nervous, and when that relief isn't there, it can trick your mind into thinking that you absolutely must smoke because that is the only way you can get rid of the tension. Of course, this is just our mind tricking us, because we don't really need a cigarette, we just think we do. So, be prepared, and use your confidence (or cockiness) to find another outlet!

    2) Complacency can in the long-term lead to being way too casual about the reasons why we gave up in the first place. Three or six months, a year or several down the road and you may have forgotten what all the fuss was about, and how a few puffs won't really harm in any way. Wrong! Many people have that one puff, and the smoke again for years before they manage another quit. So, always be aware, and remind yourself often that you quit for a good reason!

    You're on the right path... Keep it that way.

    Alex.

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