I have decided to make a thread about how I quit smoking. It happened randomly, I was reading various things on ATS on August 1st. I had seen the
thread titled How I quit smoking for the last couple of day. I would ignore it even though I knew I should click on it. So on the 1st I finally did. I
read through the thread which brought about this great determination to quit and make it stick this time. Heres the thread.
So after reading this thread I decided to do some research, set a date ect. I came upon this forum
I spent hours reading through this forum, most of the night. I decided there was no point setting a date. It never works anyway. As the date creeps up
closer most of the time you would start thinking "Well, I'll just push it another day or another," ect. So I smoked my last cig in the early hours
of August 2 before falling asleep.
When I woke up that day, I made an account at the about forum and joined right in with the rest of the quitters. Here is my introduction to that
Hello! I am new here, just joined. I am on day one of my goal to quit smoking! I have tried many times before and didn't succeed. I am 23 and
have been smoking since I was 15. Never joined anything like this the other times I tried to quit. So I am hoping with the support and advise from
others who are also quiting it will help me to stick with my goal and successfully quit smoking!
Where I was then welcomed into the forum by other quitters new and old. They offered encouraging advice and support. Telling me I made the right
choice to quit and encouraging me to keep it up. I was still skeptical of my quit on this day, being day one I already wanted to smoke like 20 cigs. I
wasn't sure that I could do it though I desperately wanted to.
So I continue to read through peoples quit stories and strenghten my resolve. Soon the thoughts of smoking were pushed to the back of my mind. I
hardly had any craving because I was keeping my hands and my mind busy. They weren't gone completely but I was able to control them. Not let them
control me. First day goes by smoothly I don't smoke. Here is my quit journal for that day.
As the first day of my quit comes to a close, I'd like to take this time to document my progress.
It was the easiest first quit day I have ever had. No joke. All the other times I was irritable, angry and restless. Only 3 times today did I have
serious cravings and was able to sufficiently distract myself evey time. Mostly I think its because of this website. Reading everybodys posts and
stories I was able to hold onto my resolve to quit. Each story fueling my determination. I am not weak and I will no longer be a slave to the
nicotine. Power to the people!! lol!! I hope tomorrow proves to be just as easy. If it is this will definitely be the time I quit for good!
Bring on day 2!!
I wake up on day 2 and resist the urge to smoke. I should mention that I kept the last 6 cigs in my last pack for a security blanket so to speak. You
tend to want something more if you dont have it you know. I get online again back to the forum. Switching back and forth between ATS and the about
forum. I was still getting the cravings of course but once again I kept my mind busy reading and my hands busy typing. Day 2 goes by without a
So day 2 is nearing its end for me and I am happy to report that I did not smoke at all! Though I was tempted a few times I'm still staying
strong! Everytime I thought about smoking I would tell my self how silly I am being I don't want smoke anymore. Laugh it off and keep myself busy. I
got a little frustrated a couple times today when the internet was being slow but it passed quickly. I was just sitting next to my boyfriend a little
while ago while he was smoking and I got a head ache so I will ask him to go outside next time he smokes. I should have told him too as soon as he
lit the dang thing. All in all not a bad day though. Looking forward to day 3! The good, and I'll tolerate the bad because it will be worth
Day 3 was harder but I did not smoke! This was my worst day for my quit. The nicotine leaving your body causes you to feel sick. Symptoms are
different for different people. But I was determined to quit and I held on through the worst. I adopted the N.O.P.E Pledge on this day I think. (NOT
ONE PUFF EVER) It really helped me stick to it!
Day 3 is almost over for me. It was a little harder than the previous 2 days. I had a bad head ache for most of the day and my stomach has been
hurting. I still haven't smoked though! I'm wondering how long the withdrawls will last. I know its different for everybody but quite a few people
say it takes 3 days to break a habit. So by that logic my habit should be broken in like 5 hours. Yeah i know its not that easy but one can only hope!
Day 4 here I come
Day 4 was the last day that I made a quit journal. I didn't need to anymore. The battle with the nicotine was nearing and end, I hardly had the
cravings. It now bacame a battle with the mind. Ignoring the junkie thoughts and bullsh** excuses I would tell myself to smoke. Things like "Just
one" Or "I'm still young, I have plenty of time to quit." You're own mind will betray you just so you're body can get the drug. "I like to
smoke." "It helps with stress"
IT'S ALL IN YOUR MIND!!!
Wow day 4 flew right on by! It started kind of crappy, I woke up with a head ache and chest pain. But that faded through out the day and I'm
feeling great right now! I hardly had any cravings today, the strongest of which happened a little while ago. I just ate sunflower seeds until it was
over. I even had a drink with dinner tonight at applebees and didn't crave a smoke at all on the walk back home.
My boyfirend told me today that if I make it to the end of this month without smoking then he will quit too. I am not going to hold him to that
though, he was basically saying he doesn't believe I will stick to my quit. That made me little angry. Like thanks for the support right? During
previous quits I would have used things like that as an excuse to smoke again. Not this time though. I just ignored it! Nothing is going to bring me
down! N.O.P.E! On to day 5
So Days 5 and 6 and 7 go by in a similar manner as the first 4, and I do not smoke. I spent hours with people and they didn't notice once that I
didn't smoke. I finally told everyone at the week mark. It is day 8 for me now and I already feel so much better. I don't feel sick all the time.
I'm not worried about running out of smokes and spending more money on them. I have more energy and I am much happier. The key to getting through the
first week (hell week) is to stay positive. That was the difference between this quit and previous trys or "practice quits" I was not positive with
them. I let the drug control me well not anymore. I AM FREE!!!!!
My message to other quitters to stay positive.
I would like to say good luck to everyone who is currently quitting. Also Congrats to everyone who has successfully stopped!. My message to everyone
is to STAY POSITIVE! Positive thoughts and attitude with help you a lot with your quit. The other times I tried to quit. I had a negative attitude
towards everything. I failed those quits.
Sometimes even on the 2nd or 3rd day. I am happy to report that with this new out look on the situation I am having less cravings and symptoms of the
withdrawl. I feel like its mostly all in your head. Perhaps if you have the negative out look it means you don't really want to quit and you are
finding any excuse to smoke a cig.
I caught myself in junkie thoughts last night before bed and when I realized what I was doing I started cracking up laughing. Was I really just trying
to persuade myself into one puff? I sure was! But it is not going to happen this time. I have a positive determination that I have never had during a
quit before so I know that this is it! So Stay positive quitters! If you really want to quit you will!
Quit Date: August 2, 2011
Cigs not smoked: 212
Smoke free for: 1 week, 1 day, 10hr, 52mins
Money saved: $63.70
I wanted to make this topic because I am hopping that my quit story will inspire others to quit just as VreemdeVlieendeVoorwep's thread inspired me.
This is a battle and for some it is life long but it can be won.
It's not that you cant quit, it's that you wont quit. NOT ONE PUFF EVER! This saying and a positive attitude will ensure your victory. As well as
educating yourself. Be aware and set yourself free.
~Out of the Ashes, Into the Wind~