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carolinet19747 MONTH WINNER
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Well today is day 1 and as I expected its hard.

My question is - is it normal that the cravings seem to be there most of the time (a lot more than when I am smoking), maybe this is because I know I am no longer smoking? I have been busy working lol promise.

Thanks

Caroline

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Veteran250

Caroline my lovely, today is the first day of the rest of your life, it is the only life you will have so treat it with care...... you know that you can do this, and I am sure you will succeed...... there are so many lovely people here to help you through this.

Don 🌺🌺

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carolinet19747 MONTH WINNER in reply to Veteran250

Thanks Don 😊

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Sarahlou01094 MONTH WINNER

Hi there I only been stopped 3 day nearly 4 now and it's hard but very worth it keep strong xxx

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carolinet19747 MONTH WINNER in reply to Sarahlou0109

Thanks Sarah Lou. I will keep strong hope you do too.

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Sarahlou01094 MONTH WINNER in reply to carolinet1974

Anytime it get easier I promise xx

It is normal, and it was my experience as well - day 1 was one big blurry craving!! For me it was the thought of never smoking again... and the thought that "just one to take the edge off would be OK". Just hang in there and it gets better, I assure you. We all have our ways to deal with the cravings, and you have to find yours quickly. I consumed Tictacs and read as much as I could on this platform - there are some really good advice on the older posts.

It is so worth it to kick this awful habit - good luck!

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carolinet19747 MONTH WINNER in reply to

Thank you

Day 19 for me and honestly I found the first 15 days easy and it's now getting harder. I use a vape for when I get a craving that I can't shake. Tic Tacs in the car. Bottle of water beside me all the time. On a positive note, the headaches seem to diminish as well as the dizziness, I'm coughing way less, I don't stink AND I've already saved like $80.00!!!!

You got this! Keep at it.

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carolinet19747 MONTH WINNER

Thank you much appreciated

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MAB55 YEARS WINNER

Your decision to quit today will be the best thing you will have ever done for yourself. The first 2 weeks for me were so very hard but I had this forum and all these great people to help me through it. It will get so much better, that I promise but until then do anything you have to not to smoke. Patches and lozenges is what I used but just a 7mg patch and a limit of 3 lozenges for me and after 2 weeks nothing. Sleep, rest, drink loads of water, anything to not smoke. I came on here every time I craved and got so much help. Good Luck and Stay Strong. NOPE, not one puff ever!

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carolinet19747 MONTH WINNER in reply to MAB5

Thanks I'm using the gum which helps and I do come on here a fair bit. Thank you x

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Corrina125LONG TERM WINNER

Well done caroline xx

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carolinet19747 MONTH WINNER

Thank you x

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TamianLONG TERM WINNER

Yup. It's quite normal. You see, the insidious thing is, you think that having a smoke will ease the craving. When in fact, when you realize that it is the cigarette itself that is creating the craving to begin with, it should make you angry. That is their job. Not to soothe, but to create another craving. It was that little shift in my mind that turned me into a winner. I got angry, and thought "you little bastard! ('scuse language) You will NOT BEAT ME!!!!!!"

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carolinet19747 MONTH WINNER in reply to Tamian

Hi Tamian,

Yes you are right I never looked at it that way. Thank you for your advice.

Caroline x

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TamianLONG TERM WINNER

Here's a post that I made a few days ago that might help.

Here's a tip that helped me. (I have to credit my chiropractor for this one.)

It takes about 7 minutes to smoke a cigarette (I had that down to a science), but it only takes about 3 minutes for a craving to pass. So, try this, every time the thought crosses your mind. Set a timer for 7 minutes. Breathe as deeply and slowly as you can for those 7 minutes. Your craving should have subsided by then. If you can't afford 7 minutes, just set your timer for 3 minutes (I'd usually get bored by 3 minutes anyway).

You'll get some badly needed oxygen to your brain, and the deep breath feels good now that you can probably breathe a little deeper. And what have you lost? 3 minutes you would have wasted on a smoke anyway.

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