You can do this! Take it one day at a time and sometimes it will be 10minutes at a time they will add up faster than you think. I had several practice quits (once it was 13 months) but now I'm at 4 and a half years. Don't say maybe just do it.
Pounds lost: 27.0
Fitness Minutes: (15,229) Posts: 231 7/29/13 12:12 P
Jamie, you can do this! Most people "practice" quitting several times before they quit for good, so don't beat yourself up over past "failures" - think of them as learning experiences. What worked and what didn't work for you? Everyone has their reasons for wanting to quit - make sure you know yours so you can remind yourself as you go through the process. Cold turkey or not is entirely up to you - there are so many "aids" out there from e-cigs to patches to meds and there's no shame in using them to help you. Also groups like Nicotine Anonymous and online groups like this one can offer lots of good tips and support.
I always thought I would have a big plan like Ginny is suggesting but for me it was just an epiphany - smoking no longer fit in with the new goals I had set for both my health and my finances so I just stopped on the spur of the moment. It's been one day shy of four weeks and I believe I am completely done for good this time (I have had lots of "practice" tries too, but this one feels different and right).
Keep us posted! We're cheering for you!
Pounds lost: 0.0
Fitness Minutes: (62,201) Posts: 1,867 7/27/13 12:03 P
Get planning IF your thinking of doing this and decide yourself if cold turkey is YOUR way through the door. But planning this out and preparing for it is a MUST!! Like laying a foundation for a house....
First - Own it! Own the NEED to let go of it. Are you at odds yet with your mind wanting to quit but your body isn't?? Yes??? then your ready.
2nd -Pick something to do to rescue you. I picked Sparkpeople.com and exercise and Coach Nicole as a "tour" guide.
3rd - Go out and purchase what you'll need to get started. Like maybe a good pair of sneakers for walking or beginner jogging. Something comfortable to work out in. Soft not too heavy. No belts or snaps etc etc.
4th - If you go with exercise then I'd suggest Coach Nicole Video Cardio Blast and work your way down the list of 6 segments. It's 2 yrs now and I still use that DVD along with other workouts I do. Get yourself a stability ball and a thin yoga type mat.
5th - I choose home rather than a gym because in the first year lets face it, you can't run off to the gym to work off a craving AND exposing yourself to another poor soul who is still hooked on cigarettes.
It's a real tough journey your about to embark on but if you're really sick and tired of them owning your life,your time and what you can't and can do then you'll need to WORK IT OUT and that means every day anytime be ready to fight for your freedom. SO Armour Up and make us proud!! Here to help you and share what has worked for me for 16 months and no i don't ever want to smoke again. Don't ever again want to not remember what if feels like to be healthy!! Ginny.
Be comforted in this fact: The ache in your heart and the confusion in your soul means you are still aive,still human and STILL open to the beauty of this world~Harding~
I NEED to quit. I WANT to quit. I am SCARED to quit... I've quit and re-started so many times and I end up feeling disgusted with myself. Frustrating! I haven't decided on a day, but I think it needs to be a weekend, where I can have a day or two at home before going back to the office. I think it's going to be next weekend - Saturday. NOW - I just need to MAKE UP MY MIND and DO IT!! Others do it, I can do it...
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