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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 midnight.
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.
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.
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 wrong here.
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 fail.
When exactly did you succeed? After a week? a month? a year? a lifetime?
Originally posted by GypsK
reply to post by anon4m05
at least your reply sounded 'realistic', or maybe it's just the circomstances I've read it in.
Seeing others smoke does not make my craving worse. In fact, earlier today it became so bad that I 'had to do something' and I lighted a cigarette without inhaling and watched it burn up.
Oddly that calmed me down but the stink of one cig in the house after 4 days surprised me big time!
Anyway, it's almost 2 am for me on my 4th day without smoking and I just woke up, again. Nightmares, sweating, very fast heart beat, tremblings all over and numb fingers, state of panic. Guess it's still part of the whole stop smoking deal....
Honestly I did not expect it to become this bad.... but I'm not ready to give up yet