I quit Copenhagen November 27th, 2016.
Today is December 8th, 2016.
I've been quit for 11 days.
The last few days have been great. The more time I put in between myself and the can, the more power I feel I have over it. I have almost completely severed the nicotine addiction, which feels incredible (this took about 4-5 days).
I feel like I don't have an anchor tied to me anymore. I don't have to worry about "dip logistics". I don't have to worry about paying for a can or a log - its just something I don't even buy anymore. I've already saved around $50 in this short period of time. I cannot stress how incredibly fast my mouth has turned around in 11 days. My teeth are incredibly whiter and healthier, my gums are back to normal (after 10 years!) I do have some recession on my gums, but they look a lot better today than it did 10 days ago.
Now, with all the positive, I will say this: I have to still monitor the triggers; I am not naïve. These are my triggers:
1.) After a meal (specifically dinner).
2.) Boredom / time alone
3.) Driving (haven't had to face this one yet since I'm deployed)
4.) Watching a movie (another one I'll have to stare down when I get back to the states)
5.) After a workout (I've done well here)
6.) While drinking beer (Again, another one I'll have to face when I return home)
7.) While doing yard work / manual labor
8.) On the golf course
I have to stay on track. I think the more time I log off dip, the harder it will be for me to go back to it. The extreme test for me will be when I return home to the states and I'm driving down I-35 in my truck or when I'm having a few beers at the house, or when I'm on the golf course with my dipping buddies.
I have to continue to hate it, and associate it with the most disgusting, grotesque thing I can imagine. I really enjoy being free from it right now.
Hang in there,