Goal!

On July 7 I ran out of ciggarettes, and instead of going to the store to buy more I set myself two main goals for quitting smoking.

1. To quit smoking, withdrawal from nicotine, and symptom free by August 1.

2. To have no cravings by the time my daughter is born. (around the end of August)

I'm happy to tell you that I feel like I have reached goal #1. I am really starting to feel better, mentally and physically. It didn't go without a fight, but I feel like I have won. Nicotine is such a strange drug that affects every part of your body including your brain. Going through a quit made me painfully aware of the all of the ways it altered my life.

I have not quite reached goal #2, and it may be just out of my reach for longer than I would like. I do find myself at some moments saying "I wish I could go out for a smoke." (I can thank work for that) Thankfully, the cravings are small and manageable at this point. I have started to feel more relaxed about it because it is not a part of my life any more, but I know from what I've read here and previous quits that I should keep my guard up. I really don't want to go back to smoking, but I know it could happen as soon as I say "one will be ok". I'm confident I can get to where I need to be though.

So those are my two short term quit goals, anyone have ideas for longer term goals, say, 2-3 months?

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  • You can do it

    I have intermittent Claudication in my Legs caused by smoking since the diagnosis I have stopped smoking its 2 weeks today! By not smoking and the medication they have given me it should stop it getting any worse hopefully even a little better. But I was told in no uncertain terms if I continued to smoke I will be risking losing a leg possibly both! So please take this as a warning don't ever smoke again, if you have a crave look at your legs and imagine life without them.

  • Rex, that is one of the scariest things I've ever heard. I hope everything starts working for you and your complications go away.

  • On July 7 I ran out of ciggarettes, and instead of going to the store to buy more I set myself two main goals for quitting smoking.

    1. To quit smoking, withdrawal from nicotine, and symptom free by August 1.

    2. To have no cravings by the time my daughter is born. (around the end of August)

    I'm happy to tell you that I feel like I have reached goal #1. I am really starting to feel better, mentally and physically. It didn't go without a fight, but I feel like I have won. Nicotine is such a strange drug that affects every part of your body including your brain. Going through a quit made me painfully aware of the all of the ways it altered my life.

    I have not quite reached goal #2, and it may be just out of my reach for longer than I would like. I do find myself at some moments saying "I wish I could go out for a smoke." (I can thank work for that) Thankfully, the cravings are small and manageable at this point. I have started to feel more relaxed about it because it is not a part of my life any more, but I know from what I've read here and previous quits that I should keep my guard up. I really don't want to go back to smoking, but I know it could happen as soon as I say "one will be ok". I'm confident I can get to where I need to be though.

    So those are my two short term quit goals, anyone have ideas for longer term goals, say, 2-3 months?

    Well it sounds like you are doing just fine to me! The early days are the hardest so well done getting through them. My advice would be to read this forum there are so many inspiring stories on here and so many successful quitters, log term smokers like myself a smoker of 40 years, so if I can do it anyone can. Best wishes to you and a new baby is a great motivator.xx

  • Smoking Dreams!

    Day 29 and the turkey is in a deep freeze. I'm still surprised that I am getting nicotine cravings. They are few and far between, but they sneak up on me, and I have to admit, are quite powerful. Good thing they only last a minute.

    On another note I had the most vivid smoking dream on Saturday night. I even remember in the dream feeling guilty and being pissed off that I would have to go back to Day 1 of the forum. I still kind of feel like I smoked over the weekend even though it was just a dream.

    Last time I got this far into a quit I got severely depressed. I'm starting to think it was more attributable to my living situation than anything, because I am feeling much better about it this time around.

  • Well done M2tbo - I quit on the same day as you so it's good to see you're still smoke-free as well. I too get the odd craving still but they soon go. I find that keeping busy with something else keeps them at bay.

  • icba - good to see you are smoke free too! I try to keep busy, I have been trying to learn guitar and have an endless amount of projects around the house that I can do. I am also getting interested in woodworking, but haven't started anything with that yet.

    Max - It's sad that cravings still hit people that have not smoked for 5+ years, but if it's going to happen, then I believe it is something I can live with. I set that goal to get me to quit and it has worked. I'm shooting for the stars, but I might just land on the moon.

  • Oddly enough I have developed an interest in woodwork - I'm going to make this when I get the chance:

    artofmanliness.com/2012/09/...

  • Yeah it is a pretty good website really. Loads of useful information about every day things on there.

  • lol, bottle opener! It would be a good starting project before even attempting anything bigger.

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