Originally posted by GypsK
I've heard people say it so many times, ex-smokers: "I quit cold turkey 10 years ago!", as if it was so easy that they had the idea to quit smoking
and just did it.
At least I was prepared to stop smoking, I started reading about it 3 months ago, looked for a few 'stop smoking buddies' (who I haven't heard from
since last night btw, which tells me that they are both still smoking!!) and set the date: the big cliche: I stopped smoking New years eve at
The Allen Carr method was my favorite and I was so convinced it would work for me, I could see it all in front of me. I would be able to say goodbye
to my cigarettes without second thought and be happy about it. I was already happy about it before I smoked that last one. I was to become enlightened
about the myths involving smoking and joyful that now I was a non smoker! I was going to cheer that I did not suffer withdrawal symptoms because they
where all myths! I should have been smiling all day long and rejoice in the fact that I never need to smoke again in my life.
Just like all those people who quit cold turkey and say they never suffered while doing so.
Anyone who tells you that is lieing through their teeth; maybe their too proud to admit it.
It went well up until around the 15th hour, I haven't thought about anything else but smoking since then. Around the 17th hour I started to feel
tension, as if there are hundreds of evil butterflies in my stomach.
I am told that the urge to smoke never goes away completely; at least, says my grandmother who smoked for 36 years (she had to have 1/2 her lung
removed). She has quit for roughly 20-30 years now, and to this day, she says she still wants one.
Maybe I'm doing it wrong.....
That's what is written on the last page of the book you see.... if it isn't working for your, your doing it wrong.... so I must be doing something
This is simply a convienient redundancy plan for Mr. Carr. "If it doesn't work, don't blame the strategy, blame yourself!" Granted, you a
responsible for smoking; but that doesn't change the fact that he seems to be talking out of his asshole.
Others say that it's only the first 72 hours that are this bad, after that it should start going better.
I don't think I make it through the first 24 hours.....
I feel like such a failure already.... and I wish I hadn't made such a big deal about it. Now everyone is just waiting to see if I succeed or
When exactly did you succeed? After a week? a month? a year? a lifetime?
As I mentioned before, some people have those cravings for their entire lives; sure, they may diminish, but you might come across that moment where
you wanna just say "F**ck it!"
The fact is, you start smoking, you've already lost. There is no specific moment where you may rejoice and say "I have quite smoking"; it is a
continuous process, and as mentioned before, a battle which can last a lifetime. That being said, If you have a smoke, don't get down on yourself;
it only causes more stress, and stress makes you want to smoke more. The way I look at it? Well, 1 or 2 smokes a day is much better than a pack, IMO.
Just try to cut down at first.....and I mean REALLY cut down. It's much easier to do knowing that you still CAN have a cigarette later (if the need
truely does arise). This strategy will also reduce the "pressure" you feel to quit by your spouse, friends, or even yourself.
Ironically, I am having a cigarette right now. Does that spark a craving in you? It might. Will you smoke? Maybe. Is that okay? HELL YEA!!! Just
don't be a goddam Chimeny
I have much sympathy for you; I have tried to quit and I literally wanted to hit everyone I encounterd. I still smoke, but did I fail? Nope. Because I
smoke less, much less. Maybe one day I'll quit for good, but for now, a couple a day is much better for me than a half pack or pack. Stay the course;
sometimes we fall, what counts is that we get back up.
My final parting advice?
1.Cardio Exercise; The urge to Smoke after you just had an intense work out greatly diminishes, and the cardiovascular side effect produces a natural
euphoria which will reduce the tension you feel.
2.Occupy your time; New hobbies are awsome!
3.Try not to think about it; more than likely, your thought process is inadvertently rationalizing smoking.
4.Replace the habbit with another; If you smoked after a meal, or in the car, maybe chew gum instead? It absolutely will not be satisfying at first,
but it takes about 10-14 days to establish a new habbit. You must train your body and mind to opt for this habbit instead of smoking. You may need
something to occupy your hands. This leaves me to my next and final piece of advice;
5.E - cigarette; I am not sure how well these work, but I have tried them, and they are alright. They produce a vapor with no smoke and contain
Best of luck friend