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Originally posted by RicketyCricket
Hang in there!
I quit 3 years ago, cold turkey, Alan Carr, etc.
Long story suuuuuuuper short, the hardest part wasn't the nicotine cravings, or looking for something to do when I was bored. It was relearning my day to day life. Re-establishing my routines, avoiding bars and clubs for the first few months.
Learning that I didn't need the smokes only came after that part. Once I was able to retime my habits (go outside, smoke, get in car, drive to store, smoke, drive to work, smoke, go to lunch, smoke, go home, smoke, smoke smoke smoke smoke etc) and redo my routine, it was like cigarettes were never there.
I was a pack+ a day smoker for over a decade, if that helps.
I believe in you, and know you can do it. Stay strong!
Originally posted by canadiansenior70
After 54 years of smoking, I quit cold turkey. I know you don't want to hear that but it happened.
I developed a lung infection (aspirated a couple of little veggie chunks-- I think, as I coughed them up after being on the antibiotics.). The second the doctor said lung infection, my head said "stop smoking", as I didn't want a bunch of "I told you so's " when I died of lung cancer, and it would be on my death certificate.( Now I thought that in a nanosecond, far faster than it took to type it.)
It was not a planned quit, but it was the 'punch' that hit home and it worked. 2 years passed on November 17, 2012.
There are times I crave but it is the 'something to do with my hands" thing? or sometimes a particular time of day or occasion? but not daily. It's more like a thought and I just say to myself, 'You don't smoke!"...... but get a craving for Chinese Food, it won't go away until I order in and eat some.