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#1 Cristobal

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Posted 25 May 2014 - 05:32 AM

When we finally end our nicotine addiction - either with cold turkey, or ending the use of chantix, or nicotine patches/gum - there are a series of weeks that follow the last day of using nicotine that may cause to a new quitter temporary discomfort.

 

 

First there is "Hell Week" (Week # 1).

 

Then follows "Heck Week" (Week # 2).

 

 

After those 2 weeks, follows a very strange week called "WTF? Week" (Week # 3).

 

 

The first 2 weeks are self-explanatory - they are mostly about nicotine withdrawl - but this of "WTF? Week" (Week # 3) can be confusing to the Newbie.

 

 

But, the Newbie asks......"Why ??? Everybody is saying it gets more easier with time !!!"

 

 

The reason is because "WTF? Week" (Week # 3) can be when physical withdrawl symptoms are becoming much more weaker, but at the same time there may be more mental and emotional triggers and craves.

 

Add to this the unusual general feeling of not smoking for a few weeks, of not being comfortable yet with your new person and life as a non-smoker. 

 

Many of us have quit for short periods of time, but when you get to Week # 3 you start to internalize that your quit can be permanent.....and this realization can generate irrational fear, anxiety, and panic in our addict minds. 

 

 

The end result is that for many people, "WTF? Week"  can be a very strange and perhaps confusing period of time, as the dynamics of your quit change from physical challenges, to mental and emotional challenges.

 

 

The truth is that quitting smoking does become more easier with time, but the journey is not always a straight line.

 

Instead, it is more a situation of first 1 good day then 1 bad day, then 2 good days, then 1 bad day, then repeat this for another week. Then in the following weeks, it may be 3 good days, and then 1 bad day. 

 

Do not be disappointed if you experience this, because the general trayectory of your quit is always up, and away from the slavery the addiction imposes on us.....and more easier.

 

 

If you are in "WTF? Week" right now, do not ever forget or stop believing that it *WILL* become much more easier.

 

 

Just understand that the focus of your quit is now changing from physical withdrawl symptoms, to dealing with mental, emotional, and situation craves and triggers....and that these also will pass with time, as you N.O.P.E. them, which enables you to re-wire your brain and emotions.

 

 

The most important thing to always remember, is that everything bad or uncomfortable about quitting is *ALWAYS* temporary, but in reality is always good (it is *HEALING*)....and that which will be permanently good, will be permanent in your in life forever....at long as you take Not.One.Puff.Ever. (N.O.P.E.), and use this concept as your main tool to keeping this addiction asleep.

 

 

 

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Posted 25 May 2014 - 01:06 PM

Thanks Chris!
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Posted 25 May 2014 - 01:19 PM

I remember wtf week. So true Cristóbal, all the different transitions can be confusing, that's why education is so important. Just knowing about the changes and why they are happening helps to know these feelings are not permanent and this too shall pass, building strong and lifelong quuts!!

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Posted 25 May 2014 - 01:32 PM

Thank you Chris. This information is so important.

 

I will not smoke today.


Acceptance is the key.

 

Be grateful for the pain. We can not heal without it.

 

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Posted 25 May 2014 - 01:46 PM

Funny, just realized something while reading Cristobal's post. I've heard most of it before, more than once, but I forget that I'm supposed to remember it. Hmmm, that may not make sense. Craving threatens to crowd out common sense until I read these posts to bring to the forefront of my mind the reasons to quit, the ways to overcome cravings, etc. Make sense? I understand why it's so important to be here and be active on the site. You're a wonderful group of people. :-P


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Posted 25 May 2014 - 02:25 PM

Thank you Cristobal for the explanation. I am quite aways from week 3 but good information to have on board when I do make it there. 


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Posted 25 May 2014 - 03:41 PM

Thank you Cristobal!

Your posts always give me a "light bulb" moment. 



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Posted 25 May 2014 - 03:43 PM

Thanks so much for this, Cristobal!  Makes sense! 


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Posted 25 May 2014 - 03:50 PM

This is an awesome post, Cris!

Sure to become a QSMB classic!

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Posted 25 May 2014 - 04:41 PM

That is a really good post....i don't remember that week personally! Not giving up is the important thing i guess just always remembering on week one or week 100 that the goal is not to smoke no matter what :D

 

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Posted 25 May 2014 - 05:52 PM

Is there a way to "bookmark" favorites? I want to reread this one frequently in the weeks to come in my quit.


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Posted 25 May 2014 - 08:32 PM

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Posted 26 May 2014 - 04:11 AM

I am glad my post is able to help some people.

 

Although I experienced "WTF? Week" (Week # 3) over a year and a half ago, I remember it very clearly as being the most strange time of my quit, it was just very wierd time for me.

 

My wife agrees as well, Week # 3 was just very strange for her (she had a difficult quit....and is now a formidable NoSmoke-Nazi).

 

At that time, I had not found yet QSMB, and I was reading a just little bit about quitting smoking in some terrible spanish language forums, so I did not have enough education at that time in order to understand what was happening with me.

 

Hopefully this will help people to understand the complicated dynamics of this bizarre period of time in many people's quits.

 

 

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Posted 10 June 2014 - 06:07 AM

Bump for Pommymom and Kikkins.

 

(And for any other person having problems in Week # 3).

 

 

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Posted 10 June 2014 - 06:38 AM

I was just gonna tell you I read this and I needed the reminder it was great timing , then j saw you bumped it for us!!! Thanks !! ;)
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Posted 10 June 2014 - 09:45 AM

Keep reading Kikikins! Brighter days ahead!


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Posted 10 June 2014 - 04:03 PM

Bump for Pommymom and Kikkins.

 

(And for any other person having problems in Week # 3).

 

 

Cristóbal

 

Thank you Cristobal. I sat here and read through this again and again, trying to make sense of it all. I forgot about this post, but am still very thankful it exists!


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#18 Cristobal

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Posted 21 June 2014 - 03:00 AM

Bumped for Adrienne13.

 

 

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► 14 October 2012 - ¡ This day I took control .... and took back my freedom ! :grin: :grin: :grin:

► ¡ Cold Turkey On A Whim ! :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Posted 21 June 2014 - 06:55 AM

I'm getting quite close to wtf week. I just hanging to get out of heck week which in my opinion is way worse then hell week, thank younfor posting this. It's such a crazy journey!! I yelled at some parrots today lol.
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Posted 30 June 2014 - 02:03 PM

Thank you for posting this. Everything makes more sense now :)


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