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Craving still there but nowhere near as strong

jobm11 Year Smoke Free

Hi all, hope this finds you well...

I've still got the peace but wow, what a wash of cravings today.. I think from keeping an eye on things that it's the 'reward' or 'break' that I miss when doing jobs around the house etc. The cravings are definitely less and I spent Friday with my smoking friend and didn't feel the need to pinch a cigarette.

I'm just finding it a bit rough when I'm doing stuff... hoping it passes soon.

All the best to everyone :-)

15 Replies

Hey Jo, 64 days today and going strong, well done! The 'reward smoke' is a perfectly normal thing to go through and hard to shake off and get rid of the habit of doing, I found it very difficult but what I done to substitute was my water juicer bottle - it was a godsend for craving and for those rewards - it was healthy and refreshing and hit the spot, it is a bottle that you chop up any bits of fruit or herbs you like, put into bottom compartment and top up with water throughout the day (picture attached), actually started a trend in my previous job with it, chopped up mint, cucumber and lemon, very refreshing :p

By the way, have you decreased your nicotine level or use of your e-cig by any chance as that could be contributing to it? Are you using the ecig after these tasks?

jobm11 Year Smoke Free in reply to RoisinO1

Roisin thank you 😊 I've bought one of those bottles after I read you talking about it somewhere else, great tip!! I'm trying not to eat rubbish as I'm maid of honour at my friends wedding in July and the dress is fitted! So hard! 😂

I'm using two strengths of nicotine in the e cig, 0.6 and a 1.6 for the bad times! I'm trying not to use it at cigarette times as I don't want to just substitute smoking with it. I have a couple of toots when I think I need them... maybe use it a bit more. Don't really want to habit form with it. Thanks as always Roisin, you're a brilliant support 😊

NozmoValued Contributor

Hiya Jo,

You'll still get them every now and again but they WILL get easier to deal with and shrug off. I had a day of them last weekend....after 17 months!!

It's just a matter of getting used to doing the old stuff without smoking. It will come.

jobm11 Year Smoke Free in reply to Nozmo

Aw thanks Nozmo, it's a relief to hear that. Crikey!! I think I read that, well done not going back though. It's funny but I feel way too far in to think of going back either. Th sands again :)

jobm11 Year Smoke Free in reply to jobm1

Thanks not th sands! I can't edit on here or tag...

NozmoValued Contributor in reply to jobm1

Ha ha! I was wondering what that last line meant. No problem and th sands for making me laugh.

jobm11 Year Smoke Free in reply to Nozmo

Hahahahaha :-) have a great night.

mushenValued Contributor

That was exactly how it was for me. I used smoking as a reward. I had quite a lot of rewards it seems. Worry not. It does pass as you get used to doing things and not smoking afterwards. It just takes a while, that is all. I still seem to miss the reward part of smoking.

I have been doing a lot of gardening and it has been quite hard not to think about smoking. It doesn't help that husband keeps appearing and lighting up. There's nothing quite like putting a plant in when a huge cloud of smoke passes over. I think sometimes, that if I could get away with having just one, I would. It is only the knowledge that it won't ever be 'just one', it will in fact be, 'one and all those that follow afterwards', that stops me.

Chin up. Persevere. It's a learning curve. You will get used to doing things without the reward afterwards. 😊😊😊

jobm11 Year Smoke Free in reply to mushen

You just made me howl laughing Mushen!! Brilliant! I think I had a lot of rewards too hahahahahahahahahahaha!

Oh my, I think I'd bop the husband! I'm lucky I'm on my own just my boy and I. Funnily enough, it's much harder when he isn't here now I think of it...

Ah thanks so much lovely, you're a star. I think the same as you, I wouldn't be able to just have one, it's all or nothing and I never want to smoke again, ever.

Have a great evening and thanks again. :-)

Telboy614 Years Smoke Free

Doing great jo keep at it :) 💪

jobm11 Year Smoke Free in reply to Telboy61

Thanks a million love. 😊

taurean72 Years Smoke Free

I know just what you mean about missing the 'rewards'. I'm finding I don't take a break from whatever I'm doing, because having a cig was my break. Doesn't seem like I'm getting any more of anything done though, and I do miss the reward!

You're doing great Jo!

jobm11 Year Smoke Free in reply to taurean7

Aw thank you so much!! I can't recall if I know your name? But anyway, we're both doing so well, and yes!!! No more done lol x thanks so much

Abuelajeannie3 Years Smoke Free

I think we've all been in this situation I still look for my cigs occasionally after doing chores even after 15 months.

jobm11 Year Smoke Free in reply to Abuelajeannie

Thanks so much for the reassurance @Abuealajeannie 😊

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