Another day under my belt, and getting closer and closer to that magic day of 21.
Yes, it’s getting easier, and yes, the physical withdrawal is becoming less noticeable by the day, but today was still riddled with pain and anxiety.
Today started off fantastic! Everything was great.
I didn’t feel any withdrawal, no allergies, no breathing problems, high energy, and a vigor for life.
However, while at work, I did experience some stomach pains.
It’s quite easy to spot those instances now. I know exactly what the feeling means.
It means my body is craving a cigarette.
I also had a slight anxiety attack again, although not as severe.
I do wonder if that’s ever going to stop permanently, because I just am not who I really am when I’m going through anxiety.
I’m not my real self. I’m some robotic, monotone, anti-social mess.
Perhaps it has something to do with social anxiety.
Perhaps a good chunk of it is based on my body’s physical addiction to nicotine, and the fact I’m not feeding it any. Maybe that’s my body’s way of freaking out.
I’ll know in about a month if that’s still the case.
Why is that?
My entire adulthood has been plagued by addiction issues.
Yes, there have been some times when I quit smoking for a number of months, but I relapsed, and it only made me start all over again, with all the physical pains to go along with it.
Of course nothing is guaranteed, as life is unpredictable and anything can happen at anytime, but if I remain a non-smoker, it will be the first time ever in 34 years.
I haven’t been a complete non-smoker since I was a sophomore in high school.
That’s over half my life ago!
I can’t even imagine getting to a point in life when cigarettes do not even cross my mind for an entire day, let alone weeks or months.
Think of all the freedom I’ll have.
I’ll be able to do anything I want to do, because I’ll no longer be a slave to nicotine. When you’re not a slave to an addiction, you are in control of your own life, and your own destiny.
THAT is what I’m looking forward to the most!
I was also drinking way too much, gambling way too much, being unhealthy, going no where in life, and basically on a downward spiral.
If I take one single drag of a cigarette, I’ll be right back in that same spot in a matter of hours, and I have no intention on ever doing that.
I can sit and reminisce about how I used to love smoking, and the “good old days with friends,” but that’s all a complete lie.
It’s a trap!
I can’t and won’t let that happen. I’ve come too far now.
I see the light, and I want to jump right into it.
No, I’m not a completely different person physically or anything, but my actions since I’ve quit are 180 degrees different from what I used to do.
Now I haven’t gone back since.
Do I miss it?
My addiction would like to make me believe I do.
Do I miss feeling physically horrible every single day? Absolutely not!
Yes, I’m going through crazy withdrawal, but beyond that I feel a whole lot better than before. I would NEVER want to go back.
I’m very excited about the direction in life I’m headed towards.
Well.i felt bit better today until I discovered my husband was still having the odd cigarette. We were supposed to be giving up together….
I literally smelt it on him and he said he wasn’t ready to give up completely.
It’s sent me in a spin cos now I know there are cigs in the house (we only smoke outdoors) and the fact he’s still smoking. I actually feel jealous of him..feel.like joining him for a smoke outside.
Sounds so blissful ridicously.
But I’m on day 15 and don’t want to go through this again.
I’m still suffering with withdrawal and cravings and this has really shaken me.
Just trying to hold on and tell myself it’s up yo him what he does and I shouldn’t throw it all away!
Today was so difficult. I woke up feeling angry and I’m not normally like that. Took me an hour to remember that last night I had a dream where I was smoking and even in my dream I was angry at myself. At least I found out why I woke up angry!
Thought of smoking most of the day but I have resisted. I went to the shop earlier to buy milk and deliberately only took the exact money I needed, just in case I was tempted.
Anyway, another day closer to freedom. I won’t smoke again, I can’t put myself through this again. And I actually do feel better for not smoking, even though it was difficult to see that today.
Day 15 for me. It has been tough. I also work in a restaurant and drink nightly. I’m quitting smoking 100%, and cutting back on drinking, except for birthdays and holidays. My experience has been a little different I suppose. I started coughing before I quit, but I had weened myself down to 1-3 cigs a day. They just started tasting horrible and I felt like they were sucking all the strength out of my life. They were. I figure if you can’t breathe, you don’t have strength for anything. Well, the cough got worse, I became remarkably tired and slept for days. I started giving up shifts at work, something I never do. It turns out I took a covid test and came back positive. That’s not the story I’m trying to tell, but the point is, today is day 15, I’m pretty much over covid, and I am breathing deeper than I have in a very long time. I know my body has done a lot of healing, and there is still a long road to go. Thanks for this blog, it’s my go to on my day to day struggle with quitting and also it gives me insight into all the positives to look forward to.
Yea, being sick sometimes can be a blessing in disguise, cuz it makes you not want to smoke. The key is to not return to smoking once you feel good again and the cravings come back. Good luck man!
Day 15! Yesterday was a very emotional day for me. It seems so strange to question how I’ll ever enjoy life without cigarettes when two weeks ago I felt horrible, choked, and embarrassed because of the habit.
I quit for 6 1/2 yrs and started again within 2 weeks of taking a puff of a cigar on a fishing trip. That was 2 1/2 yrs ago. Smoking has really beat me down. I try to remind myself how much better and more active life is when I’m smoke free. Seems crazy to desire something that has brought me so much pain and embarrassment.
I’ll stick with my decision because I know it’s what is right. I do hope I find some joy on the smoke-free path soon. Ease the burden of “missing” those death sticks.
Cee cee says
So yesterday as I walking someone ask to bum a cigarette and I told him I don’t smoke no more. OMG that felt so good! I’ve never thought a day would come and I could say that. I remember not to long ago I would be bumming a cigarette needing a cigarette for any situation in my life and now I’m not a slave. However I still have sleep problems and that’s why I’m mostly irritable but now I can see why this is my journey to quit it gets ugly before it’s gets beautiful and I’m all for a more beautiful lifestyle. However are they more advice or books for people who quit cold turkey ?Even though I was a nasty cigarette smoker I’m not trying to switch over to more chemicals in my system. Thanks Guys
Oliver P says
DAY 15 Well done everyone who is this far. Commented about a week back on Day 9. Thought some of you might need a lift.
If I can get through this Chinese wedding today. Where there are literally PLATES of cigs. Not food. CIGS. Plates of cigs on the table. Every single dude there bar none was smoking. Offered two cigs. Just shook my head. No need to say anything. Just shake your head and move on.
I had to leave the table as the smoke was too much. Not quite at that point where I can watch people smoking and feel comfortable. I came back home and stunk of smoke. I actually never pick up the scent normally. I can’t imagine how I used to smell really. Anyway, I made it. Cravings have gone down but being social is difficult. Went out for dinner and again offered a cig. It’s very hard quitting in a country where smoking is still so common. BUT I’M GOING TO DO IT.
IF I CAN QUIT HERE, WHAT’S YOUR EXCUSE???
Best of luck to you all. You got this. Read all these amazing testimonies whenever you feel down. Don’t let this disgusting drug effect your life any longer.
Where are you living
Day 15! Whew I made it! I found your blog and posted on day 9. I tend to refer to your blog when I am feeling most anxious (which is today). I think the piece that sucks the most for me is that when I made the choice to quit, life still kept running along as if she didn’t care that I just made a difficult choice. I can almost feel that fire in the lungs when you light up. It’s like my body is trying ever so hard to hang on to the memory of what was that it’s placing a mirage in my reality. What I can say is this, even though my body is faux craving and my anxiousness is present, if I truly envision lighting a cigarette and taking a hit, it makes my nose curl up. I believe in myself and I know I can make it to the next day. We all can!
Congrats!! Keep it up! You can do it!
Starting my 15th day of no nicotine. No Cravings, but Digestive system is still off. Don’t know if any of you have had this. Energy level is okay, played Golf two days in a row, so I might be tired from that. Only issue is Stomach, just been off since I quit. Breathing is great, and mood is okay.
I’m going through what they called the nicotine lie where nicotine sneaks up and says hey why don’t we have a cigarette and of course I scream at it get the hell away from me I’m not smoking I made it to my 2-week mark and I’m headed for my record-breaking 22 days that I stopped smoking in 1997 I’m going to pass that record and keep on going I’m not going to smoke I’m going to be smoke-free and I like it I like me that’s the best part of everything is that I like himself I didn’t like myself before all I liked was nicotine and nicotine liked me because it had a marker when it was going to kill me but now that’s changed I’m killing it I feel good I feel in control and I’m not going back to day one because day 3 I almost asked my neighbor to chained me to my bed cuz it was terrible I didn’t want to continue to go through the physical withdrawals sometimes I still cough I’m eating like crazy and I love water now which I used to not even want to drink water my whole life is changing I feel like I’m in a cocoon and I’m coming out of this cocoon and I’m going to turn into some kind of butterfly or something but it’s a good thing it’s all a good thing just remember your cravings can’t make you do anything but you can do everything so don’t smoke or it’s back to day one back to the withdrawals back to all the stuff that you just came through don’t do it stay strong and enjoy that new life that new you.
You all are going to think I am crazy, but I am here due to my addiction to nicotine lozenges. I haven’t smoked a cigarette in 7 years, but have been addicted to the lozenges since that last puff. I noticed strange ulcers forming in my mouth and my blood pressure is starting to get high, which it should not be as I am 45 and do high intensity excercise most days. All of that Nicotine was starting to negatively impact me. I am on day 15 without Nicotine and feel like life is missing something now. I feel anxious and constantly wanting to eat. I have Googled “Will I ever be happy again without Nicotine?” Does it get better?
OMG I am eating soooo much but not beating myself up about that as it’s distracting me from my nicotine cravings, but I had to laugh at your butterfly analogy as all I could think was: “Yes! I am going to emerge from this frustrating cocoons into a butterfly…. a big, fat butterfly!”
Enjoyed reading the posts. I’m 15 days off cigarettes stopped two days before my 60th. Used the lowest patch for the first 14 days, now day 15 and patchless. Craving not to bad, but on my guard at all times.
Thanks and good luck to all.
thank you for your posts. everyday i always visit your page and compare our experiences. im in awe to always find that we have gone through almost the same physical withdrawal each day. today is my 15th day.
for the cravings , i happy to share with you that it is now very, very minimal. i dont have colds and cough , but i am feel muscle spasms and chest pain. slight headache , and a sudden dizziness can be felt too. sometimes i feel that this withdrawal is slowly killing me but everytime i think of what lies ahead if i continue what ive started, then i dont mind carrying on. thats why i am so grateful to you coz you always keep me going.
Thank you for this, it is good to know we are not alone. Day 15 for me today and it has been quite a difficult one. I told myself if I can make it through two weeks I would be fine.I put all my effort into those first 14 days and the addiction did not put up as much of a fight as I expected, I made it. But I still have the cravings and now I am starting to wonder if they will ever stop completely. I am thankful for the Coronavirus lockdown as otherwise I would be exposed to smokers and opportunities to buy cigarettes and today I do not feel that my willpower is a strong as it has been.
Pravin Kumar says
I am 57 yrs old, today is my 15th day quitting cold turkey. I had started in june 1986 means 34 years back, I am feeling very good as now I could be able breathing trouble free whereas coughing and phelgm coming frequently resulting clear the lungs. As I m feeling my stamina is also increasing day by day. Now I can climb stairs better than before. I have promised myself not to have a single puff in future and my request to you all for the same.
As per my experience this is the most worst thing in human life.
Thanks to all
Goda Marcelė says
15 days. Today is not a bad day. The second week was a challenge –I had no energy, so after my job, I would just go back to bed and sleep till the morning, without any willingness to talk with anyone, to read, to clean, or to do anything of any use. People were making me angry – the feeling of anger – wow. Intense without nicotine. That in itself was driving me nuts. I found out that cycling makes things better – especially uphill when you feel your lungs stressed, thinking about another fag seems horrendous. So cycling, overeating and feeling some feelings I was solving with nicotine. Brain fog lifting, energy coming back, cravings getting more manageable.
Thank you for this blog – I really read it every day. As I was a smoker for 20 years, a pack per day, it really helps to read all the similar experiences. Makes it more fun to quit.
this is 21 days for me, but is it, i smoked on thanksgiving, only one. did i have to start over and now its only 11 days. im confused, but my ears popped yesterday, and i can hear much better. I dont know sometimes i feel alone. I dont like anyone, and my mind is so serious. i hope i get better soon. my breathing is so much better. my friends that smoke dont really want to be around me, but they must not be real friends. only pary friends. i cant drink either because i know i will smoke, so i just stay away from triggers.
Yes you do start over. Or else smoking just one will turn into another excuse. Maybe smoking two means I still quit? Maybe a half a cigarette 4 times a day?
Thank you so much for this site Matt. I appreciate this platform of encouragement so much. I am on day 15. Starting smoking in college, just a few here and there while studying for exams. Here it is.. 25 years later, and I have had multiple respiratory illnesses such as colds, pneumonia, bronchitis, sinusitis, et. al. When I got pneumonia 4 years ago after a horrible flu outbreak, my breathing never fully recovered. As a result, I had adult onset asthma. Got the inhalers and daily pulmicort, which helped somewhat. I recently got another upper resp. infection, and I decided i was DONE with smoking. I mean I was a competive swimmer for 20 years, and I found that now when i swim, it is harder and harder. I get breathless over the physical exertion. I put the cigs down 14 days ago.. it was easy because I was sick with bronchitis. After the antibiotics and steroids wore off, the coughing continued to clean out the lungs, but i noticed my breathing to be so much better. I mean amazingly better. I also started taking Ancestral Supplements, grass-fed beef lung/liver supplement. Read up on the benefits.. it is amazing. So here I am 14 days in, and I am so overjoyed that my breathing is better. I suspect it will continue to get better and better. I still crave my smokes when i drive.. i used to just love going for a drive, and smoking.. i miss my morning smoke on the porch..my smokes outside after dinner…. I miss holding the cig in my hand, and the whole hand to mouthing, breath in/out. I never really used to inhale deeply, i only let the smoke sorta hit the back of my throat.. and i miss that sensation too. The the whole relaxing act of smoking. But, i do NOT miss smelling like smoke. I dont miss the coughing at times, and i certainly dont miss the shortness of breath. So, all that to say.. I have prayed for healing of the breathing problems, but how can I expect healing, when i hadn’t yet put down the cigs. Now, that I have put them down, I am feeling the healing of my body and lungs. I havent used an inhaler in a week. My coughing has subsided mostly and the shortness of breath is less and less. It is natural that our bodies want to heal themselves and we have to give it every opportunity to do so. This site has been a beacon of light to support me on the journey. Reading your blog and the comments of others going through this same thing is so helpful. I really hope that I will at some point.. not miss the smoking. But as of now, I do miss it… it was my enemy, but in a way, it was my friend/companion. I lift everyone else up going through this same thing. We have to be strong and reward ourselves for the steps taken to quit. I still want to hold the cig in my hand and go through the motions. I suspect that will go away one day. This is an addiction.. I never really looked at it that way.. but that’s what it is. And I was a victim of the false pleasure. Thank you for this wonderful site. Blessings to all as we rise above and find peace in letting go.
Renae Harris says
You are my twin!! Feel the exact same! Thank-you for your honesty… i am 15 days today! WE GOT THIS!
I have been reading every day to keep me going. Blurry vision has been the hardest. Also have been exhausted. Vision slowly getting back to normal thankfully. No craving as have felt woeful in every other way. I will keep reading to day 30.
I must add this hooray to all of you that have decided to put down the cigarettes hooray to all of you who decided to say no matter what I feel like I’m not going to smoke hooray to you to all of you that have come through the sleep deprivation the anger the coughing the loss of appetite and nausea the vision problems the chest pains the breathing problems her hooray to all of you who stood up and said nicotine is not going to control me anymore hooray to you who now have money in your pocket who don’t smell like stale cigarette smoke hooray to you for pushing ahead and keeping going hooray for this blog for giving us the support that we need we are victorious we can make it we can change our lives we can be anything we want to be we can have anything we want to have on this planet whether it be good or bad you chose good hooray to you hooray hooray hooray keep going don’t stop keep going till you drop keep going don’t look back no more cigarettes for my lungs to attacks.
I am 15 days smoke free today and my mind is bouncing between wanting just 1 cig but than it goes to not wanting 1 so hoping it will get much better without cravings eventually , i smoked for 22yrs 17 cigarettes a day up until 15 days ago reading this blog is very helpful thanks for all the encouragement from everyone posting there struggle too and being successful…thank again
Day 15 My stupid allergies are back which sucks but on a good note my cravings are gone, I swear when I finally am free of Nicotine I’m moving to Arizona, where I’ve lived in the past., and I won’t have to deal with allergies again. Today I’m tired and don’t feel like doing anything. only 6 more days to go till the 21st day .
Day 15 and I am still crabby and really want to smoke.. but then I don’t want to.. then I do want to. Then I just want to punch the wall. I have a lot of good moments too, but I also still think about smoking almost all day long.
Norrie Lax says
Day 15. I smoked for 40 years. Today is the worst day so far. 2 anxiety attacks today, (i suffer from anxiety disorder already), lots crying, nervousness, and feeling like I can’t breathe. I can say that I really want a cigarette right now. This is so hard. Thank goodness for my friends and family. I truly hope that this gets better.
johnny g says
my 15th day and getting better everyday without a cigarette my lungs say thank you.i smoked for 40 years a pack a day.One day at a time so everyone keep fighting we can do it.
Day 15 of my quit after 41 years of smoking. Withdrawal is getting better, still have headaches and sometimes it’s difficult to breath. But it’s better than smoking. I have almost caved several times, but this blog has kept me going! Thank you Mateo.
I’m on day 15 myself today. I struggled today but managed to stay smoke free. I’m proud of myself. However I’m coughing a lot today and it’s hard to breath. That kind of scares me
Day 15.. after 15 years of 15-20 smokes a day. Stomach hurts and growls, kinda like a permanent hangover.. coughing getting a little better but chest pain still there. I sleep 2h at most, dream about smoking and wake up terrified, thinking whether I did or not.. I can tell my smoking buddies are jealous now, instead of mocking my pathetic attempts. I also don’t drink 4-5 beers a night and don’t light up a fat joint before falling asleep.. I tried jogging, 25min + 15min coughing up my past. I’ll try sports again tomorrow.
I hope we all can do what we set out to do
Ps thx so much Matt
That’s odd about your stomach growling because mine has been doing the same thing. This is my 15th day without smoking but the growling just started a couple of days ago.
Day 15 for me, 61 started at 16, Thank God no real” jonsing “, just habitual cravings here and there. I am determined after hundreds of “I’m quitting” to finally do it! I feel great! no wheezing and coughing ! I hope you ALL have sucess to accomplish your “true” desires!
Day 15… out of the mist of this already blind experience comes the biggest 2 ×4 upon the back of my head this whole time. How is THIS the worst day??? I mean sure, I haven’t slept in two weeks and my guts are as if I’ve been on an airplane for days, but THIS? UGH. I haven’t really wanted one since day 5. I cannot stop thinking of having one. Every single instance I have used a cigarette to suppress an emotion is coming up to be reconciled. I am bursting into tears left and right. I am feeling the entire pain of humanity (as I usually do…except times 50). I currently have a bottle of Apothic red wine, a bag of M&Ms and LOTR comforting me. (Just my random update… I JUST WANT TO SLEEP LONGER THAN 30 MINUTES STRAIGHT).
Today is my 15th day without cigarettes. i smoked 17 years and now I have decided no more smokes for the rest of my life . this is a slow poison. now craving has been reduced but I am not able to see any improvement on my breathing and chest pain .
Hope it will be better in couple of weeks.
I’m on day 15. It hasn’t been that bad. Day 6, 7, 8 were bad. I drink…a few beers a night most nights and everyone smokes around me. It doesn’t bother me that much at all. I just stay outside in the yard and drink. I have been taking niacin, gaba, cayenne pepper, and turmeric suppliments. The key is the niacin. I’m a rn student in my last semester and I’ve seen enough copd and heart failure that I decided I would skip that part of life if I can. Niacin binds to the same receptor as nicotine. That’s what I’m doing for myself and in no way and I suggesting anyone do any of this and also I am not a dr.. so there lol. My daughter’s 8th birthday was may 10th, on May 9th at 0900 I quit. I wanted to give her something money can’t buy, time, time with her mom. My mom died of lung cancer 10 years ago may 27th. Also another thing that makes withdraw hard for myself is the decrease in cerebral perfusion after quitting for a few weeks or months. I have this cacamame idea that all these suppliments increase perfusion and some cross the blood brain barrier. Again this is only for my personal use and experience. I am my own science experiment. I like reading everyone’s experiences everyday, it helps me.
Alexa C says
Day 15 for me also, up and down rollercoaster ride for sure, after 47 yrs of smoking it’s expected.
All in all I feel so much better, no more disgusting cough, can sleep laying down, my skin and nails have a healthy glow,.
Headache still there,thoughts of just 1 come and go detoxing is no joke
I’m determined this time, no going back
Thanks all for your posts, helps to know we are not alone
day 14…nearly 15….cravings still there but not as bad…anxiety not even half as bad (I suffered extreme anxiety for months before quitting) only trouble is the bloating and acid..wow the acid is horrible! burning my throat making me feel so full! not had any nasty cough as of yet…blocked nose but small issue really. reading these comments really helps. cold turkey smoked from age 14 and I’ve just turned 32…I will do this…
I had horrible bloating to the point of wheezing. Not fun at all. I’m glad that’s all behind me.
15 days for me too and i’m finding it really hard to beat the craving… just popped another mint in my mouth to suppress the craving… 1 day at a time guys and we shall hopefully get there!
In My 15th day of quitting…
I want to share How I feel and how I am managing to be progressive in my goal
How my mind tries to pull my leg:
My Mind is giving negative statements to me from all the dimensions. I am getting anger 10 times more and i want to cry out, run away and i want to hide under my desk.. I want to hug my late grandpa and cry and bite him… Some times i feel like an animal…
How I am trapping my brain:
1. When ever i feel to smoke, I am going out for a walk
2. To manage my anger, i am coloring some school kid drawing books
3. Instead of closing my eyes and seeing me in darkness, I am seeing the sun by walking
having green tea a lot
4. counting every hour of non smoking and trying to keep myself happy for progress in my achievement
5. Reading blogs about craving and quitting again and again
I this sharing this also help me a lot.. happy tears
Love you all guys….
OMG I want a cigarette !! But no I don’t!! Yes I do… no I dont!! 15 days in after 45 yrs.. Some times I think I am going crazy then I read other posts and feel ok..
Hey. its day 15 for me. Seems like I’ve been trying to quit one form of nicotine or another for most of my life. I am now 58 and started tobacco around 15 yrs old. Let’s see; just the last ten years I’ve gone from chewing Copenhagen, patches, nic gum, lozengers; back to cigs and repeat. Oh wait; the last few months I was using Zyn. (From the makers of Snus). A much cleaner; non tobacco, derived from salt after processing tobacco leaves or some kind of horse shit like that. At any rate, still nicotine satisfaction. So; I just had ankle surgery 15 days ago and made that my cold turkey date. A lot going on in my head but on the whole I’ve been feeling good about no nicotine. The last two days for a couple of hours per day I had cravings that I thought for sure were going to do me in. I made it though! Cinnamon gum helps, life savers, junk basically but for now it keeps my mouth busy and seems to help with cravings. Enough from me; Big thanks to Mateo and all the post in this site. It’s been saving my ass! Kev
71yrs old. Smoked since 14yo…..smokes were 33cents a pack then. So Dr. recently upped meds for high blood pressure. Warned me again smoking will kill me. I have never tried to quit, I loved every cigarette. Cold dark Sunday and ran out of smokes. Hmmmm I can go overnight and get some tomorrow. Well tomorrow came and though I was craving, wasn’t that bad. Decided at that point to try and go just one more day. Cold turkey and 15 days in and still no smokes. Blood pressure has gone down drastically! As I am retired I am treating myself with kid gloves. Tired, I have a nap. Hungry, I eat etc…..
Never, ever thought I could get this far……wish me luck!
Amazing! Well done.
Outstandings Sir. I’m hoping for the same results in my blood pressure.
Go you legend
Laura Knight says
AWESOME!!!! I’m at day 14, 67years old, been smoking since I was 12. I love your story!!!! I hope you have stayed clean! I’m just beginning and it’s not easy but I won’t back down anymore. This is it.
The last 48 hours have been incredibly difficult, emotional and tiring for me . My brother has been staying with me for a couple of a days . He smokes and is aware I’m in the process of quitting smoking for good.
I’m finding it incredibly difficult to cope with the smell of cigarettes when he goes outside for a smoke. The smell when he comes inside the house is really making me angry and pissed off. This has made realise how much further I have to go!
One day at a time.
sharon stokes says
15 days today, cold turkey!! I smoked for 30 years! I’m having cravings for sure but they pass. Just keep telling myself i can do this..fingers crossed and deep breaths.
You are doing fantastically well. Keep going. I’ve got your back! We can do this.
I’ve smoked for 40 years. Quit cold turkey. It’s been 15 days. I think about it. But I won’t go back I’ve quit a couple of times. But this time I’m done. I want to save money.
Day 15 and finally admitting it’s the nicotine withdrawal, thanks to reading these post, that I am not crazy. I have smoked for over 40 years and hated it and still do, but when you do it your body and mind want it. You are fighting a battle with yourself. Not really what I thought would happen. I am still having those cravings and they last long to me, along with anxiety and then panic. I have kinda shut myself off from people the last few days.
This is my 15th day quitting as well. I love reading these responses on here. I’ve actually was also smoking dohka tobacco, which is like ten times Stronger then regular tobacco. I was very sick from it with a lung and sinus infection. 10 days of pure hell, coughing, phlegm, headaches etc. Then I started to feel better. Day 15 and I thought I was good to go, but had a run in with my ex-fiance that really stressed me out, plus Stressing about taking a big test in a few days. Pretty much all I have wanted to do all day was smoke. I’m not even sure how I’ve not done it today. Also hanging on by the skin of my teeth.
beverly bloom says
day 15 of cold turkey after 50 years and it’s finally getting a little better. I know to keep my guard up as I have quit a number of times and resorted back to smoking. my body and mind keep trying but I refuse to give in to an addiction so cruel. I cant wait till the day I can get by without a craving or thought or if the thought comes I respond with how could I have done that to myself for so long. breath deep and go on with my day.
N1P. Never 1 puff. Quit for 1 1/2 years then 2 years ago had that 1 cigerette. That started the addition for 2 more years. Day 15 now all is well. Cold turkey. Heavy exercise early morning then nice shower and grooming. Lots of water no sweets and I’ve lost 8 lbs. Now I’m on a mission to get in great shape. N1P. Never 1 puff. Congrats to all who are quitting!! Time for my 1 hour workout.
This is my 15th day too, after smoking pack a day for 5 years. I have had craving attacks but I was able to control it. I had no other physical problems as of yet.
I’m SCARED reading your blog. Have I had it too easy, or the worst is yet to come?
Well you need to not let your guard down and think it’s all smooth sailing, because that’s when the cravings strike their hardest. Congratulations on making it this far, but you’ve got a little ways to go yet. Stay strong!
Today is day 15 of quitting smoking as well, i have smoked for 45 years, and like most have tried to quit in the past as well, But i promised myself I would quit by my 60th b-day which is in August, So I thought I better reduced the pressure and stress of quitting on my birthday by quitting sooner.
This is my 15th day without A Cigarette. The struggle is real! I used the patch (lowest dose) for the last 14 days. Now I plan to chew gum and pray. I do feel better, smells are very keen, and my blood pressure is stable. I’m 45 years old and smoked 8-10 cigs A day since I was 20. I’m going to take it 1 day at a time.
Jakki Taylor says
This is day 15 after smoking 50 years & then spending 6 months cutting down from a pack per day to 4-6. I lied to myself that cutting back would help the eventual quit, but it just made me withdraw every day for a few hours. I have been checking in with your blog every day & glad you are here. So, after 15 days, my muscles ache, my skin itches and I could not sleep last night, is this normal?
Very normal. To be completely honest, you smoked for 50 years. It’s going to take more than usual to feel better. Everyday will improve, of course, but it’s still early. It’s only been 2 weeks. Your body is re-adjusting itself and getting rid of all the toxins inside you. Keep fighting the good fight, and congratulations on making it this far already. Keep in touch!
TWIGGY MARTIN says
Fifteen days today after 50 years smoking. My goodness, I have been so sick. The 11th day was the worst, went to the doctor who told my my body had gone into complete shock with the cold turkey route. The craving is still there on and off but I am hanging on by the skin of my teeth.