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I think I'm okay now

Well after horrible withdrawl from the patches and then some kind of anxiety festival for two weeks I think Ive come through and can start figuring out a life without smoking. I know it's changed me going through all that and realizing how addicted I was and how much I relied on nicotine. It's changed me. It's changed how I think about things. I feel kind of worn out from quitting , I know I have gone through a kind of quitting depression, I feel like my thinking has been weird and off. I think the whole things plays havoc with women's hormones. But now I am starting to feel more solid and hopeful. Ahead could be joy — who knows, I am considering this a new stage in my life. Good luck to all on this site!

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That’s good Kat. Feeling hopeful will carry you to continued success. It’s no wonder quitting smoking can bring on a depression. The longer we’re clean, we figure out a new identity of hobbies, etc. Something to occupy us instead of those nasty sin sticks lol

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Hundred days quit is more than three months and that's a big achievement. it appears you're going through normal process of nicotine withdrawal. As your body refreshes from nicotine and other unnecessary substances each new day you will fully begin to appreciate and enjoy the confidence and self-worth gradually developing in you. Well done Kat and keep moving forward. :) :) :) .

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Hi Kat , one thing we all learn from this journey is to take it day by day ..

Detoxing your body takes time .

Stay positive .You will get to a point where you will not miss cigarrets .

Stay strong ! it’s totally worth it 👍

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Good to read KatNL - not long now to the 6 month mark which for many is a real turning point in our journeys, well it was for me, I finally felt at peace but the complacency triggers did come and go but was so much stronger to shrug them off, will remind you of this again nearer the time.

Be proud of yourself :)

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Thanks!

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Hey KatNL - how are you, hope things are still continuing to improve for you?

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THanks for asking Roisin. Yes I am very grateful and relieved to be through withdrawl. I am very firm in my quit - I had I think a very bad reaction to the patches and to taking in nicotine in that way - I never want to have anything to do with nicotine again. I am still anxious and depressed, but it's a lot better. I have done a lot of reading and realize that there are hormonal and brain chemical things going on and I just have to wait and keep putting in time. I have a show of my paintings up in a really nice place right now and I'm starting to think about painting again. Work is stressful - but thats just work.

Hope all is well with you. For someone I have never met and probably never will meet, you sure have had a big impact on my life. Thanks for your advice and support!

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Ah KatNL what a lovely thing to say, thank you!

Yeah, they say it takes around the 6 month to the 12 month mark to feel some sort of normality. You have a great mindset and will really stand to you, keep it up!

Hope your painting exhibition goes well :) I was very busy there for a while with work, my cakes and different things on but has quietened down now which is welcomed but hopefully not for long (temp work as a chef in a local residential home for the elderly and a local hospice so work is on a week to week basis).

Enjoy your weekend :)

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Congratulations. I have loved your posts and your honesty, and let’s face it, the weather reports. Always good to here it’s snowing as I bask in sunshine.Depression got me too. I’d been hoping for crazy euphoria, but hey ho. The money’s nice tho and I hadn’t really thought about that. And what is really really good is not having to cede the moral high ground. Every argument in our family used to end with “well, at least I don’t smoke”.

Mmx

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Hiya MM, have been thinking about you, hadn't seen any posts from you for a while, so was happy to see you still going strong...can you believe its 7 months tomorrow...although this week I have been having SO many cravings.....it feels like forever, hope all is well with you xxx

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Hello my dear. I know 7 months. I do still want one anytime something goes wrong, but we can’t, can we. I don’t want to die for them, and I don’t want to give up this freedom. That’s what I remind myself of. Also, they do proper pong!

Made a proper start on the weight this week. Started on Monday, lost 3 kilos already!

Really don’t know why it’s so much. I downloaded my fitness pal, and said I want to lose a kilo a fortnight! Cheering though. I think another 25 kilos gets me into overweight category of n BMI.

Have you done your trip or are you about to come?

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Well done on your weight loss, I have lost 3kg, but still have 12 to go!! but know I am going to pick up, am off to my boys on Saturday 30th, get back 17th July, just cant wait now,its along trip, flight from SA to Heathrow, 4 hour wait, then fly to Manchester, 3 hour wait, then Flybe onto the IOM, hectic for me!! but its worth it to see my boys!!!

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Oh it. Will be fine. But be careful if this is a first time flying without cigarettes. Even though it’s a good thing you don’t smoke and it would be very inconvenient if you did, be prepared for wanting one!

Have a great trip

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I just want to let you all know that reading this post and all of the great responses on it have made me feel better today. Today is 3 months for me and I have been struggling the last few days. Glad to see I’m not the only one and that it will get better. Much love.

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Hey Emmy. Hope it’s got better.

Mmx

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Same!!! I was definitely depressed over quitting for a few months. Amazing how much we relied on cigarettes. So happy I stayed the course. Good luck to you as well!

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