Hello fellow quitters, My name is Donna and I've been floating around reading and educating myself for a couple of months now, and I'm so impressed with the simple presentation of addiction and it's nature, as well as the honest scientific explanation for nicotine effects and also withdrawal. Even though I knew a little about receptors etc in the brain, It is the sort of information which is difficult to remember in it's entirety, so I am loving being able to read and re read what it is we are all dealing with. I also love the relapse policy here and personally feel that I need such a strict policy as the " One Puff " has been the undoing of many of my previous quits. The annoying thing also is that I have always known when attempting a new quit that I cannot and must not get confident a few months in and play around with this " just one or two puffs" but somehow even "Knowing" this, I have still succumbed and of course have always ended up regretting it and feeling deflated as well as being back to smoking for another 5 or 6 months.
So here I am! having quit for Nine days! after being an addict from the age of twelve until now ( I've just turned forty ), so a smoker for 28 Years! But who cares about that, that is all in the past and this time I intend to keep it there.
This is my first Cold Turkey quit and has been the easiest! although I have always found giving up quite easy, it is staying quit that has been my problem, I chose to quit when my only child was on school camp and so I took it really easy on myself, hired lots of movies, kept the fire burning ( It's been winter here at the bottom of Australia ) and I got plenty of sleep and of course ate plenty of yummy foods and sipped the cranberry juice recommended by Joel, which I really enjoyed! It's fantastic to smell nice, my hair, my clothes, my car, my fingers! It's wonderful to breath the fresh mountain air and take the time to eat fruits that I never would have taken the time to eat before, I would always have chosen a smoke over a freshly picked orange from our tree. Not any more.
Well that's My little story, I'm grateful to be here and glad to be among many others in the same boat, and fighting the same fight. Thanks to whyquit and freedom and all their staff for creating such an awesome site.
I have stopped nicotine for 9 Days, 22 Hours, and 45 Minutes!