Originally Posted by katiemae1277
Since I had my last cigarette
I really did not want to quit, as strange as that sounds, but I really needed that money
I have more of a habitual addiction, and there are definitely some times I am seriously jonesing, and being on the puter is one. I swear I am literally salivating for a cigarette right now
According to the "experts" the nicotine takes 3 days to get out of your system, so that is long gone, but it usually takes about a moth to 2 months to end my habit twinges. I have quit before a few times, and 6 months seems to be my breaking point, I always restarted after that long
I quit smoking in 1990.
If I may offer you some tips?
For me I found that I tended to smoke more at certain times than at others: talking on the phone, after a large meal, after a restaurant meal, while drinking coffee, sitting idle watching TV etc.
I found that I had to stop spending so much time on the phone, gave up eating in restaurants, switched to tea and did something like a craft or folding laundry, or painting my nails while watching TV. Changing my smoking triggers really helped.
Stay clear of people who do smoke. They will only tempt you.
Don't count the days since you "quit".
Make short term goals. Go day-by-day. You didn't smoke today, so when tomorrow comes, work on not smoking. Keeping track of how many days usually sabotages success as it makes it seem like "a really long time". Cigarettes are like alcohol and you have to go day-by-day. If you need to make shorter goals, use an hourly one to start.
On April 14th it will be 17 years since I quit smoking. There are still times when I could just kill for a cigarette. Most days I don't even think about cigarettes but sometimes out of the blue a craving will strike and then it's an internal battle to not cave into the craving and have a cigarette. It's like an alcohol addiction. A recovering alcoholic is one drink away from falling off the wagon and as a reformed smoker, I'm one cigarette away from smoking a package a day again. However it's not a constant daily battle now, but even after 17 years I still get hit with the urge to smoke a few times a year.
If you do happen to break down and have a cigarette, don't beat yourself up over it. Just put the cigarette out and start again.
I used plastic coffee stir sticks as my crutch. They gave me something to occupy my hands. I nibbled at them, I chewed them and by the time I was finished with one it was totally inside my mouth and I was chomping on it like gum, LOL I went through a whole lot of plastic coffee stir sticks!!!
Reward yourself with a gift every few months in the amount of the money you saved from not smoking. I still buy myself something every year. Sometimes it's large like my livingroom set, other times it's small like a new kettle. But buy yourself something!