Yikes! Where are these cravings coming from???

Here I sit on Day Thirteen. Stats are: 12 days, 12 hours, 22 minutes, 250 cigarettes not smoked, and over $69 saved.

It's been days since I've had a strong craving for a cigarette. Days since I've had to give quitting much conscious thought. It's been getting easier and easier every day since quitting cold turkey on 3/14/12 (or is it 14/3/12?).

So what's up with today? Out of the blue, I'm fighting the good fight against one of the strongest cravings since I originally quit. It keeps coming on; I keep ignoring it, or acknowledging it, or dodging it, but it comes back a few minutes later, as strong as ever.

I'm not going through anything particularly difficult otherwise; I'm not feeling anxious about anything, I'm not dealing with any emotional issue, in fact, today is quite "normal" and almost boring, to be honest.

I know I can get through it; it's not like I haven't been there, done that already any number of times since I've quit. I'm just stunned that this craving has attacked with such ferocity - I wasn't prepared for that.

Anyone else have this happen?

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  • It does happen, I think a lot of us have experienced it at one point or another. I walk it off, don't take money or you will go to the shop. Take a shower, read, or go to bed if nothing works. You will get through it, it can be tough but you CAN do it. Post on here all night if you have to :eek:

  • Hi DGee,

    I'm on the same day as you and been a bit nervy over the last couple of days... the weekends do seem to disturb my normal equilibrium. I think it's going to take a while before we're home and dry!:rolleyes:

  • Well DGee, it's early days yet, and you will no doubt be tested many times before you can dismiss these silly thoughts.

    I believe it boils down to your mind getting used to the quit, which makes you a) forget why you gave up in the first place and b) starts telling you rubbish like it wasn't such a big deal after all... You could quit again any time... It wasn't all that bad... and you actually enjoyed it...

    STOP!

    The fact is, nothing ever seems as bad as it was when we were living it on a day to day. We have this miraculous ability to forget bad events and replace them with more pleasant ones... Even when that pleasantness was a fallacy.

    Be prepared to find yourself questioning your motives over and over again, each time becoming a bit stronger, and each time learning something new about yourself and how strong you really are.

    You will conquer!

    Alex.

  • Thanks, everyone.

    I guess I was getting a little complacent with my quit. It's been going sooooo well. I forgot to consider that there will be some bumps along the way.

    Still have this strong desire to light up but I am not going to do it. Too much to lose. Maybe 12+ days isn't that long, but it's my longest quit in years and years and I'm not going to throw that away.

    I'm going to take a run to do some errands, and see what happens. I will be strong; I will not smoke; I will get through this!

    Still shaking my head, though, because I never saw this coming! :mad:

  • Well, I'm back from my errands, and I brought home a new desk chair for my office.

    I put it together with a minimum of cursing, and only one throwing of my reading glasses in frustration - but - I did NOT smoke!

    In fact, I'm feeling a lot better than before. The big bad upside my head craving has taken his leave, probably to look for reinforcements or something.

    He looked pretty scary there for a while, but it turns out he was just like all the rest - bluster, but no substance. Typical bully.

  • Here I sit on Day Thirteen. Stats are: 12 days, 12 hours, 22 minutes, 250 cigarettes not smoked, and over $69 saved.

    It's been days since I've had a strong craving for a cigarette. Days since I've had to give quitting much conscious thought. It's been getting easier and easier every day since quitting cold turkey on 3/14/12 (or is it 14/3/12?).

    So what's up with today? Out of the blue, I'm fighting the good fight against one of the strongest cravings since I originally quit. It keeps coming on; I keep ignoring it, or acknowledging it, or dodging it, but it comes back a few minutes later, as strong as ever.

    I'm not going through anything particularly difficult otherwise; I'm not feeling anxious about anything, I'm not dealing with any emotional issue, in fact, today is quite "normal" and almost boring, to be honest.

    I know I can get through it; it's not like I haven't been there, done that already any number of times since I've quit. I'm just stunned that this craving has attacked with such ferocity - I wasn't prepared for that.

    Anyone else have this happen?

    I'm on day 12 too & i've been getting more cravings tonight, it's bloody hard work isn't it!! But we can do it :D

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