Ex smoker wrote at 2009-05-18 02:07:13
I quit smoking on March 18th and it was so hard. I only used the patch for 3 days but then decided that I did not want any nicotine in my body. It has been 2 moths and I have gained about 15 lbs. Which I am o.k with right now but I have also joined the gym. The way I dealt with the cravings I ate either graham crackers or cheeze its which is why I gained the weight but I did not want to continue with that nasty habit. I have smoked for 25 years and about a pack and a half a day. Cigarettes went up to 8.00 a pack and I was just done wasting my money. Don't go back think of the benefits..how much money you will save..and also your health. You can breath and no one around you will be breathing in the second hand smoke. I have asthma and I was always getting sick every couple of months. All I did was sleep when I first quit but I can say that I feel so much better. One of the reasons I did quit is because of my son. He is 5 and he use to yell at me and tell me to stop smoking and when I told him that I stopped he said "mommy I am so proud of you".
MrsJ5557 wrote at 2013-03-03 19:13:11
I quit smoking two months ago, and just realized I have finally stopped craving nicotine. I did it cold turkey, with no patches. Hang in there. At the three week point I almost gave up because the craving was so bad. I just took deep breaths, sipped water, and said, this is not physically painful. I can do this. Yesterday I smelled cigarette smoke and was not mildly tempted. Yay! Hang in there. It's worth it!
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