Good for you! You WILL do this! I did it over two years ago, and have never looked back! I didn't gain weight when I quit (I expected to ). For the first few weeks, every time I craved a smoke, I drank ice water.
My favorite tool was quitnet.com It is a great site full of support. It will also track your progress..
When I quit, I was spending about $50 a week on smokes. The day I quit, I vowed to put that money away for six months. After six months, I had over $1500 in the bank, and I took a fabulous 4 day vacation to Vegas with it!.
Right after I quit, a good friend was diagonosed with lung cancer. I swore to her I would never smoke again. She died this past May at the age of 49. I will NEVER smoke again...
I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your friend..
Thanks for the tips. What a great idea to put that cash away for a reward. I can use it for my new wardrobe when I hit goal...
My cousin smoked VERY heavily and was able to quit using the e-cigarette type product with the replaceable cartridges - he used progressively smaller and smaller amounts of nicotine until now he uses flavors only without any nicotine. He keeps the e-cig and uses it because it gives him the pleasure of "smoking" without the nicotine itself. It looks very convincing and he can use it in situations where his peers are still smoking (at parties, while drinking, social settings with smoking friends, etc..). He swears by it..
I'm sorry I don't have any personal experiences to relate, but I am cheering you on and wishing you the very best! I'm glad I started and stopped smoking all in the same couple of months in 10th grade. I guess it was lucky that I was an outcast, because I quickly figured out that for me at least smoking did not improve my popularity. If I had been more popular I would have been a smoker for certain sure..
What a great gift to yourself!..
GOOD FOR YOU! And it is so cool you are inviting others to join you! Who knows....you may just be saving a life! You are right..this journey isn't just about losing weight but about becoming the healthiest we can be. Watching my sister die of lung cancer at the age of 54 was horrible. My heart is doing a little happy dance in her memory because you have made this awesome decision!..
I got the ecig from www.cignot.com and it is amazing! Funny, but I just posted on the board about it and then scrolled down and saw your post.
This ecig is affordable and effective. I really like it...
I too am trying to quit. A few ladies at work have had success with www.greensmoke.com. I ordered one and it has worked better than I thought it would. I have cut my "real" smoking in half! The funniest thing is that you can smoke indoors and it does actually blow "smoke" which is actually just water vapor, but some of my co-workers don't know that. The look on their faces is priceless... but the thought that I might actually quit for good is even better!..
Good for you. My dad died of lung cancer at 59.
I have had several friends and coworkers have great success with the new drug, Chantix. It takes away the cravings and makes smoking much less pleasurable..
Im also quitting during the Christmas Break. I will be away from work and with family for a week so stress levels will be low...
Chantix may have some side effects for some people. I know my SIL has used it twice with no problems but she did go back to smoking anyway. So did my dad. With the e-cig, there is no side effects. I like that...