7 Smoke Free Days - I think I might have cracked it this time:-)

March 28, 2007 8:08am CST
I've just passed the first hurdle, a whole week without a cigarette. Like some of my MyLot friends I have quit smoking, and although it isn't easy, I can honestly say that I feel better for the decision. It is something of a milestone, yes I know it's only seven little days, but to me it is a loooooong time. I have gone through the nicotine withdrawal, and the cravings, and the bad tempers and the moods, and now I think I might just have cracked it. So, I want to know, how are all the other quitters doing?
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22 responses
• Philippines
3 Apr 07
It's already seven days and thats a great start already. Little by ittle your craving for smoking will go down. This is how it works because some of my friends tried it before but they did not last that long. The average days they stop smoking is about 3-5 days only. Even my brother had tried quitting but everytime he do it he became sickly. I guess it's an adverse effect of smoking. I hope those young people who aleady tried smoking should quit it while it is still early. For those who have never tried it just forget about it. There are plenty of good things you can do aside from smoking. There's no glory in smoking anyway, so why should you try it?
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3 Apr 07
Thank you for your kind words hun
• Canada
1 Apr 07
Way to go hun! I am sooooooooo proud of you. The worst is over now and it gets easier from here on in. I am still smoke free too, it's been 2 weeks :) In the two weeks my hubby and I have saved $147.25! I'm still in shock how much "extra cash" we've had!
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@Bizziebod (3526)
31 Mar 07
Well done for quitting smoking hun, really proud of you! you will have to keep it up now, that's the hard part! But good on you! I'm still a smoker I'm afraid, although I did give up when i was pregnant with my daughter so I'm quite proud of that!
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• Canada
29 Mar 07
I want to offer my heartfelt congratulations to you! The first week to ten days is the hardest of the lot because your body is getting rid of the toxins yet screaming for more of them lol. I quit just over 6 months ago, and I can honestly say it's the best thing I ever did. I did it mainly for my children when I realized I couldn't run around after them anymore without huffing and puffing like a steam train. Once you pass the first week it starts to get easier. You find that you go longer without having cravings, and whilst the worst is over, the cravings will still be around for a while. The times between just get longer is all. Congratulations again, I'm proud of you :o)
29 Mar 07
Thank you so much for your kind words hun. Someone compared a nicotine addiction to a heroin addiction. Both are just as bad and just as dangerous and just as hard to break. With the better weather I want to be able to go for walks in the countryside without getting breathless and maybe start swimming again, equally without getting short of breath and shattered. Your encouragement means a lot to me
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@jaysamps (21)
• United States
29 Mar 07
I have now been smoke free for five years! And the toughest time is the first month, but then it gets really easy. Congrats on making it the first week and I hope that you can continue to stay away from the smokes. I am really surprised at how well I can smell things now, and how much better i sleep because I can breathe.
29 Mar 07
Oddly enough, reading your response has made me realise that I have actually had a few nights of solid sleep. My breathing is better and I feel a lot brighter in the mornings now too. Good point, thank you
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@fubinbin (52)
• China
29 Mar 07
Congratulations on your success!I'm not a smoker but i know that you have done a good job!Keep it up and give my best wishes to you.
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29 Mar 07
Thank you so much for your kind words of encouragement
@Calais (10905)
• Australia
29 Mar 07
~ CONGRATULATIONS ~ Good on you, Im in the process myself, I'm down to about 8 a day from 30 +, but I need to stop but too weak at the moment. Hopefully I wake up one day soon and say this is the day. Its disgusting and horrible so I keep telling myself.
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29 Mar 07
Thank you hun, you can do it too you know. You have cut is down a lot, and if it works for you then fine, at least you have cut down. You can do it hun, we are all here to support you
• United States
28 Mar 07
Congratulations recyledgoth! I would like to eventually quit smoking, someday.... I couldn't even stop when I was in the hospital! I threw a fit until they let me go out and smoke, so I really understand how much of an accomplishment it is to not smoke for 7 days!
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29 Mar 07
I think it's one of those habits that is incredibly hard to break. You wil, on day, find yourself able to stop hun, but you have to do it in your own good time really, not when you are told to. Thanks for your encouragement
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• Ireland
28 Mar 07
That is absolutely brilliant. I have every intention of starting to quit soon. I even went into a chinese apuncturist on Monday to have the treatment. I was then told that I would have to come back for a second treatment and I would have to drink herbal tea during the treaatment. I don't like herbal tea but I thought, sure I might as weel drink the cup of tea and have it done and over with. I asked how much it would cost and I was told €40 plus €100 for a supply of herbal tea. I left in a hurry, as I wasn't going to pay €100 for herbal tea that I would most likely throw down the drain. To-morrow I am going to look for another source of help as I definitely couldn't just go cold turkey. I just wouldn't have your will power.
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29 Mar 07
WOW that is way too expensive hun. Have you thought of nicotine patches or gum, they are quite effective I believe, but I simply felt that I had to try and stop straight away. I looked into hypnosis as well, and there are some audio tapes that can help too. If I can quit then I think anyone can hun.
@mummymo (23709)
28 Mar 07
Well done honey - and it is not only 7 little days, that is the hardest time! I encourage you to keep up the good work and you can remind me of this in a few weeks when I have stopped! Be proud of yourself - we are! xxx
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29 Mar 07
Thank you hun, I will keep going
@nelly5 (1425)
• United States
28 Mar 07
I would love to quit smoking...it is just so hard. I had quit smoking once for seven months. I still had he cravings for the nicotine though. I started back up after seven months of being smoke free...grrr, I wish I would have never started back up. Good job and good luck.
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28 Mar 07
It is so very difficult, especially if you have been a smoker for a long time. I got some serious cravings last night but forced myself to think of other things. thanks for your support hun
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• Singapore
28 Mar 07
I am so proud of you myself. Quitting smoking will be one of the best decisions in your life. Way to go!! ^^
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28 Mar 07
*blushing* Thank you Wizard, your words mean a lot to me. I've started checking off the days on the calender too, so I can see the progress made. Thanks for all your encouragement hun
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• Singapore
28 Mar 07
Oh honey, I *am* indeed very proud of you. Quitting smoking is never easy.
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@kclaret59 (587)
• Philippines
28 Mar 07
i will never quite smoking.. it didn't occur to me either...
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28 Mar 07
Having been a smoker for the best part of 40 years, I realise just how much damage I have done to myself by smoking. It's a free choice, whether you smoke or not, I guess we all have to make the choice. Good luck hun
• Philippines
29 Mar 07
i won't quit smoking coz i never smoked.. hehehhe.. good luck and good job with your task..
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@ly9898 (12)
• United States
3 Apr 07
My BF did quit going on 3 weeks now, he couldn't have done it without those 'commit lozenges', he was a 3 pack a day smoker, he has had no withdrawl symptoms at all, he credits this to the "Commit". the house smells beter too!
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4 Apr 07
Good to hear. I am still smoke free and hope to be able to continue.
@lafavorito (2970)
• Philippines
29 Mar 07
no smoking - a rather hilarious "no smoking" sign
Keep up the good work. Actually 7 smoke free days is very long for someone who is very accustomed to smoking. My friends couldn't last 4 hours without smoking, I don't know why and I don't intent to find out why. My father had to quit smoking a a long time ago because of medical examination that a job required, he got sick with high fever colds and cough for two weeks. After two months of quitting he eventually found his way back to smoking. So I really support you on your decision to quit, I hope you will not go cold turkey.
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29 Mar 07
Thank you for your kind words of encouragement. It is a hard thing to do and the support from people here is a great help
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@whyaskq (7553)
• Singapore
29 Mar 07
Friend, you deserved a pat for contributing to a more user friendly environment. I understand quitting smoking is not easy. I have friends who tried and gave up. So far you are the second one I heard who succeeded. It really needs perservence and stong will. Keep going :)
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29 Mar 07
Thank you so much for your kind words of encouragement. The more time I spend here on MyLot the more I know I can do this, the support here is amazing
@lvap0628 (731)
• Philippines
29 Mar 07
Hurray to you, recycledgoth! Just take it one day at a time. Or in your case, one week at a time. Keep it up and give me some tips that my husband can do too.
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29 Mar 07
Thank you for your encouragement hun. The best tip I can think of is the money saved. At around £5 a pack now, it adds up to an awful lot of money wasted.
@worldwise1 (14890)
• United States
28 Mar 07
I am new to this site and have been smoking for a long, long time. Yeah, I know it's a filthy habit and all that, but back when I started this stigma was not attached to smoking that has been for the last twentyor thirty years. What I fail to understand is why I don't make the decision to quit. I wish somebody could help me out with this.
@franziska (411)
• Italy
28 Mar 07
I'm not a quitter, I just reply to say: RESIST! You'll feel every day better and stronger. Best whishes!!
28 Mar 07
Thank you for your kind words.
28 Mar 07
That is fantastic well done. Now you have got past the hard part I wish you lots of luck on having the will power to keep going and staying healthy for yourself and your family.
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28 Mar 07
Thanks hun, all the support for you guys is fantastic. I'm looking forward to the next seven days now.