I did it, but am not too happy with myself...

  1. I know there have been a lot of quit smoking threads recently, and you're probably all sick of them, but...

    I quit smoking yesterday!

    I know I should feel happy about it, but I'm miserable.

    I'm obsessed with the thought of smoking again.

    Can some of you recent quitters here help me out? What are the benefits you've seen so far?
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  2. 13 Comments

  3. by   2banurse
    First congratulations! I know that it is a very tough thing to do, but just think of how the tissues of your lungs are going to thank you! Not being a smoker (having witnessed a loved one die of lung CA), I just turned away from it.

    Do something with your hands...needle point, knitting, crochetting, whatever. Come online with this BB and type whenever you get the strong urge. It'll be tough for a while but think of the gift you are giving your family...more time to be with you.

    You have a lot of people here wishing you the best!

    Kris
  4. by   Rustyhammer
    I can already breath a little easier.
    I have become aware of how smokers smell (Did I smell like that too?)
    I sleep better at night.
    Robin says my kisses are better (if you can imagine that!)
    I have the feeling that I will LIVE to see my future grandkids.
    I have saved $97.00 in the last 19 days.
    I'm starting to cough up some nasty loogies (my lungs are cleaning themselves)
    My kids are proud of me.
    I've been inspired to get into shape.
    The cravings are not too bad now at 19 days.
    I am getting more work done without smoke breaks.
    I am not a slave to cigs anymore.
    At parties I can stay inside and socialize.
    We can sit anywhere in restaurants.
    I don't have to crack the truck window (too cold, too hot)
    My pockets are free to carry other things.
    My clothes smell better.
    I have realized if I am strong enough to quit cigs than I can do anything.
    -Russell
  5. by   emily_mom
    Well said Rusty! And congrats to you!!!! Keep it up...and take it one day at a time.

    Kristy
  6. by   OBNURSEHEATHER
    Originally posted by 2banurse
    Do something with your hands...needle point, knitting, crochetting, whatever. Come online with this BB and type whenever you get the strong urge. It'll be tough for a while but think of the gift you are giving your family...more time to be with you.
    DITTO DITTO DITTO!

    I took a cake decorating class, to have somethign to fill up the time, and to have something to do with my hands when the urge hit. Look at me now!!!

    I will not lie, it is hard. But you can do it!

    Heather
  7. by   emily_mom
    That's why so many kitties had to die when Heather quit smoking....
  8. by   nurs4kids
    I'm quitting Monday am...cold turkey. Cross stitching..been doing that and i just can't manage to smoke AND stitch at the same time..damndest thing!

    good luck!
  9. by   natsfanrn
    Congratulations! I quit about 10 years ago, and let me assure you that it does get easier. Each time I wanted a cigarette, I'd pop some gum and give myself 15-20 minutes to get over the craving. Once I made it that long, if I still wanted one I told myself I'd have to go another 15 minutes. Quitting cigarettes was undoubtedly the hardest thing I've ever done, but it was worth it, and it wasn't too long before I had no cravings at all. Sounds like a cliche, but if you take it one day, or better yet 15 minutes at a time, it is doable and you will feel better for it... Good luck
    --karen
  10. by   cactus wren
    Okay.guys...am on day 2....36 hours...and so far this am I`ve had a fight with 2 of my kids..po`d 3 g- kids, and my cats have taken up permanebt residence ubder my bed....My question??/ How long does this urge to choke the shyt of someone last??/ Funny enough, don!t feel the urge to smoke...just to commit mayhem....




    Was inspired by all you other quitters...thanks !!!!
  11. by   CCL"Babe"
    Agree with Russell.

    I said the serenity prayer every time I wanted a cigarette.

    Changed the route I drove to and from work for a while. There were certain places I always lit up.

    Tried not to encourage oral subsitutes so I wouldn't gain weight.

    The first three days were the worst. After that it gets better.

    I found I felt a profound sense of freedom. I didn't have to calculate if I had enough cigarettes to get me through the day, the night, the shift, the snow storm etc. You get the drift. I didn't have to carry them.

    My sense of smell got so much better..That can be a bad thing when you work in an ER.

    I am so glad I did it. I never want to go back. It's been 10+ years. Frankly I've lost count.
  12. by   renerian
    I agree with Russell. I never used to smell how people smelled when I smokes. Now I think I am on something like week 38 without smokes and I feel tons better. ARe you using an aid of some kind?

    renerian
  13. by   Tweety
    Originally posted by cactus wren
    Okay.guys...am on day 2....36 hours...and so far this am I`ve had a fight with 2 of my kids..po`d 3 g- kids, and my cats have taken up permanebt residence ubder my bed....My question??/ How long does this urge to choke the shyt of someone last??/ Funny enough, don!t feel the urge to smoke...just to commit mayhem....
    Was inspired by all you other quitters...thanks !!!!

    I quit over 15 years ago and I still want to commit mayhem.

    Good luck! Congrats.
  14. by   CountrifiedRN
    I'm not using any quitting aids....so far. I want to see if I can do it on my own, but if it gets unbearable, and it's come close, I may go get some nicotine gum.

    Yes the urge to commit mayhem is there, big time! Have been fighting with teenage son, and I can't get the image out of my mind of Homer Simpson when he strangles Bart saying "why yoooou....".

    I must have been really bad earlier this afternoon, because my normally mild mannered hubby said "If you're going to be in this mood all day, get in the car and go somewhere else". I didn't though, Iwas afraid I would stop at a store and buy some cigarettes.

    Thanks for all the support, and thanks for listing the benefits, it helps boost my morale when I remember why I'm doing this.

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