Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Virginia Beach, VA
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You have to want to quit for YOU, quitting for other people or because someone wants you to, won't work. I quit Dec. 26th, so I'm coming up on a year and although I do still chew some gum...I am really proud of myself for not smoking.
Accept that you will probably gain 10-15 lbs the first few months, because smoking effects your blood sugar and you blood sugar goes all sort of out of whack when you quit, as does your metabolism..but don't even worry about taking the extra lbs off until you've been smoke free for 2-3 months and then you can worry about dropping the extra 10. I know the weight gain is what keeps many women smoking but its no big deal, the weight can come off again once you have the cigs out of your system.
I avoided things that would make me want to smoke for about 2 months or so and not smoking becomes more of a habit, you don't even think about it
I had dreams about smoking quite often at first, and I'd always pounce up out of bed worrying about the dream and if it happened in my dazed state, lol.
As far as help, well..the habitrol gum, the book "the easy way to quit smoking' by allan carr (sp?), wellbutrin/zyban (much cheaper than the new stuff and less side effects) and lots of will power and determination. Oh, and the website whyquit.com There are lots of stories on there that scared me into the realization I was in denial.