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1. What was your biggest fear when quitting?
That I just wouldn't be "me" anymore. That I would lose my sense of self. Little did I know how much sense of self I would start to actually gain by quitting. Also I was very afraid I wouldn't be able to be creative any more.
2. How did you overcome it?
By taking things one day at a time. And facing situations that I was afraid of being in without nicotine and then emerging from them without relapsing.
3. What did you learn in the process?
I gained a lot of confidence doing this and so I suppose that I learned that all the things I used to do while smoking I can do just fine now without smoking..and some even better!
Btw..I am double green now!!
Ginger...2 months plus
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I smoked for a long time(at least 30 years). If you've been smoking that long you've done at least one if not all of the following: You set a date to quit in the future. It was close enough that it seemed like you were really trying but far enough away that you could get plenty of smoking in before it arrived. And the date came and went and some minor crisis came up and you "had" to keep smoking. Brilliant!! You didn't quit but you felt better for awhile cause you tried!! Or you came up with the "I'll smoke one less cigarette a week for 30 weeks and 3 months from now I'll be quit!!" or some variation of the so called gradual withdrawal method.
For some reason I would start and then quickly abandon this method for quitting not really knowing why. I knew I was miserable though. Well I found out later, on WhyQuit, that putting yourself through physical nicotine withdrawal every week was the only outcome of this ridiculous idea. I could go on and on with other methods I used to delude myself but I've got to believe that if you're a long term smoker you can relate to some of this. But stay with me because if you can relate to the what I've said above, you certainly can relate to this. Of all the reasons for quitting, better health, longer life, food tastes better, want to climb Mt. Everest but bad idea to smoke at 29,000 ft, etc, etc, one of the hidden things keeping you from doing it is fear. Fear? Fear of quitting?? Yes, fear.
And it is a fear that tells you that while yes, I can quit, I can be strong enough to go through a few days of physical withdrawal, I can be tough enough to avoid temptation when I'm around smokers, I can grind it out because I've done some hard things in my life, that the deep, deep down fear is that after quitting, that for the rest of my life I will have cravings for a smoke and I will never be able to fufill them!! That's what I believed before I went cold turkey at 11:00 am on February 25th, 2007. And I was right for the first 5 days. And I was right for the first 10 days. And the first 15 days!! And I was getting mad, thinking, great, I've quit and I'm feeling, sleeping, smelling better but this crave is driving me nuts!! And then on the 17th day something magical happened. I woke up feeling good and I DID NOT WANT A CIGARETTE!!
Later that day I did want one, but everyday after that the craving went away more and more. And now, at three months, it's almost gone completely. And it's a quiet and joyous feeling at the same time. When I went out for coffee this morning I could smell the pines and the newly mown grass on a summer breeze here in the upper midwest. And I will enjoy the day without any cravings for nicotine and it feels great. How Good is That!!!