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day 5 of quitting. Yesterday was tough but today so far feels better. I had a talk with myself last night and reminded myself of how stupid it would be to put nicotine back into my system. I will make it this time because I know if I don't I will never try again. Smoking for 46 years is to long.

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Hey rogersminnie, well done on 5 days :) I'm glad you're feeling a little better today and you have the right frame of mind to make it happen :) It is a tough road but everyone on here will be able to help you through it, there are loads of hints, tips and friendly ears to just rant at (that's what I did!!) and no matter where we are in out quit we can always use a little spurring on. Have yourself a fantastic day and no doubt someone else will be along soon with some words of wisdom as I'm useless at it :)

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Hi there Rogersminnie, lovely to see you here. 5 days is super. You will find you have ups and downs for a couple of weeks , however everyone differs. The good thing is the nicotine is out of your body by now. So you will improve. I smoked for over 45 years and I will soon be reaching my 3 year milestone. You have the right attitude so stay strong. Are you going cold turkey or using a nicotine replacement ?

Remember our motto :-

NOPE

Not

One

Puff

Ever.

I will bob your name on our wall of winners with your quit date , so you can get badges on your well earned journey. :) :)

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Hiya Rogersminnie, congratulations on your 5 day quit and welcome to this helpful friendly site :)

Glad you feeling a bit better today anyway :)

There will be lots of support here for you :)

You stay determined and you will feel so much better not smoking :)

It really is worth it :) x

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Our lovely Emjay posted this a while ago, it might just help you to understand what your body is going through :)

Negative Effects

When you stop smoking, you will most likely encounter one or more of the symptoms associated with "quitter's flu." All this means is that your body is having trouble dealing with the sudden withdrawal of nicotine from its system. The symptoms, which are similar to a cold, are only temporary, but may last longer in some people than in others. Most people who quit smoking will only experience "quitter's flu" for a short time. Some symptoms include: cravings, irritability, trouble sleeping, fatigue, stomach issues, stuffy nose, sore throat, headache, and chest tightness.

Fighting Negative Effects

Techniques to fight negative symptoms vary, but one is to drink lots of water. It's important to stay hydrated during this time. Another tip to fight cravings is to wait it out, since most cravings don't last past five minutes. Many daily activities such as drinking, eating or stress at work can trigger cravings--acknowledge why you may be feeling the craving and try to change your mental state or thought process at that time until the feeling passes. Other tips are as simple as deep breathing for relaxation or discussing difficulties with others so that you don't feel alone in your struggle to quit.

Short Term Positive Effects

There are many positive effects to quitting smoking. Some occur almost immediately, some over time. Within a period of only 20 minutes, your blood pressure will return to normal. In the first 72 hours, your carbon monoxide level (which is poisonous to our bodies) will drop to half and oxygen levels will return to normal. Sense of taste and smell will return along with a decreased chance for heart problems. Energy levels will increase and breathing will become easier.

Long Term Positive Effects

Over the next year, circulation will increase, coughs and wheezing should subside, and risk of heart attack will drop by half. In the next fifteen years, stroke chances return to levels of a non-smoker, as well as risk of lung cancer and heart attack.

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thank you all so much for the support. I quit cold turkey, figured I didn't need to replace one crutch with another, lol. I didn't know I needed a support team until I reached out yesterday, and it helps so much. I am thankful to hear of the success of all of you because it really helps me to feel hopeful and I guess it's true misery loves company. Nope not one puff ever!

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Hi rogersminnie Well done on your 5 days smoke free. You are doing really great. And keep up the good work as well. :D

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thank you

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Your most welcome :D

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hi Rogersminnie, Well done on getting through the first 5 days cold turkey :) that is a huge effort. You will find a wealth of information on this site. As said earlier, no two quits are alike, however with that said, you will find that others would have gone through any symptoms of quitting that you may experience along the way. The people here are very friendly and will help you out any way they can. Sometimes just coming in and reading other people stories give you that strength to get through the next hour.

All the very best on your quit journey :) :)

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thank you, I am glad that I found this site

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Hi rogersminnie, nice to see another newbie on here.

You're doing great. My first week was awful, could stop thinking about ciggies- like I was grieving- crazy I know.

I have to say week two has been a lot better, managing to go for hours without thinking about a fag.

So please hang in there and be strong.

Xx

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maybe the newbies can help each other

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I'm sooooo glad its getting easier for you Kas :) so its 2 weeks now then, oooooo where did that new badge come from :o ;)

Your doing ever so well Kas, but please stay focused on your quit, cos you never know when that mr nic is going to strike, just remember NOPE :) :)

Take care now :) x

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Aww thanks Monky.

Just seem my badge - whoopee

And when Mr Nic strikes he shows no mercy, pretends to be my long lost friend.... LOL

Xx

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Yes Kas, mr nic will try anything to get you back :o hmmm, long lost friend eh, well who needs a friend thats trying to kill you :o cos thats what he is trying to do, soooo just politely tell him to PUSH off :D :D

If you need any help at all Kas, you just shout out gal :)

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Welcome to our lovely quit support site Rogersminnie and a big well done to you for getting to 5 days quit :) :) I bow down to you for going it cold turkey :)

I see you've had loads a help and advice from our lovely members already, there the best, I tell you :) :)

Please keep us posted on how your getting on :) and if you need anything, just you holllllooooo out :o :) :)

Pete :)

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thank you!

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I love the idea of newbies helping each other :) :) sharing your high and low moments...if its any help, i am a little over 4 months and basically get no cravings now...just the occasional reminder that Mr Nic still thinks he can win...aint happening :D :D

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congrats on 4 months, will be glad when I can say that.

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Its only 4 months away Minnie and I tell you it seams an age away :o but it dont half go quick once you get into it :) :)

Speak soon :)

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