Originally Posted by CDubbie
GroovyRite - thank you so much for posting that! I love the whole search for a cig in NYC and you couldnt find it - lol! I laughed a lot at that!
I'm impressed after the first three days it was smooth sailing. Whenever I hear things like that I just can't believe it! I'm on day 32 and each is still a struggle in its own way. Some things get better, others harder.
I love seeing you are almost up to three years and you are truly a non-smoker ! Do you miss it at all ever?
One day, I hope I can say it has been three years and I.dont.miss.it.
I forgot to tell you all that I even called my gf and told her that I was out of cigs and nobody at my job wanted to give me cigs because I told them not too, lol!! I asked her if I should just buy a pack of smokes and she told me, if I buy a pack, I will never end the cycle. She was RIGHT! It still didn't stop me from asking on my walk to and from my lunch place for a single smoke, lol! I just couldn't believe that I didn't see ANYONE with one!
There are so many things that helped me on that day but the main one that I can think of was what my wonderful gf told me once. She told me that if I plan on seeing my children (when I have them, lol) grow old and see myself living for a long time, I should quit. She knew I wanted to quit but she really didn't think I would/could do it. I STILL can't believe that I quit because it was such a part of my life! I smoked 2 packs a day for about 3/4 years at one point when I was 24 to around 27.
CDubbie, the first 3 days for me were the WORST in the sense that I literally couldn't think of anything else other than a cigarette! My mind was stuck on smoking! Thats why I say it wasn't as bad as I thought because I thought that my cravings would be much worse and for much longer. After the first 3 days of no smoking, it was smooth sailing as far as not having my mind just thinking about having a cig consuming my every thought, lol! I will admit that I was VERY VERY VERY irritable for about a week and a half but after that, I was in control and on my way to the smoke free life that I only dreamed of. I was having dreams of smoking as well and that killed me as well, lol!!!
CDubbie, hang in there and think that you don't have to deal with those cigs anymore. Think of all the wonderful things you'll be able to do and spend now that you have more money!! I have not looked back because for me to go through that again would be to agonizing and I just might as well give up and accept the fact that it will one day kill me. NO WAY am I going back to that and neither should you or anyone else!!
Good luck and be strong!
Thank you for reading! You will do it and succeed! Just think of all the bad things that you went through with smoking and it will help you the way it did for me! Its one of the many things that helped me as well so it wouldn't hurt to pry yourself away from something that may (and possibly will!) kill you some day if you continue. Some people claimed the smooth sailing after about 6 or 7 days but for me it was 3 days. It just means getting over those massive cravings, those uncontrollable urges and non-stop thoughts of having a cigarette. Believe me, when they stop, you will be HAPPY and the hard part will be over. You may remain irritable like I was but its better than still smoking and slowly killing yourself, ya know! Everyones experience is different but the overall outcome is the same. Do anything it takes to help YOURSELF! Don't do it because people want you to quit....do it because YOU want to quit! I can't stress that enough. The few times that I tried throughout my time smoking were because I wanted to do it for others, not really myself. DO it for yourself....hang in there, be strong and you will be fine! Good luck!