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W3 R2

Today I will be doing W3 R2 as a non smoker. I've only been given up for one day, let's see if this improves my breathing and performance over the next few weeks.

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Did you intend to quit or was it running that made the difference? Let us know how you get on, and good luck.

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I always wanted to quit but the putting on weight put me off many times. So I guess this program has gave me the strength to do it as I am more active which hopefully will help with the weight.

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It certainly can't hurt! I will be interested to hear if the discipline of running helps you break the habit - chalk up another benefit of c25k if it does. Good luck, keep us updated!

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I'm really hopeful that it will. I feel so determined as I love running and the C25K program.

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Yay Belinda, excellent decision to kick the fags . I was a heavy smoker 25+ for so many years. I have been stopped now 2 years next month. I am not going to BS you, it is not easy BUT you have a brilliant incentive now doing this programme and wont it be flippin' marvellous to have your lungs filled with fresh air, not cigarette smoke ?

I am going to tell you something, not to dishearten you , but sometimes when I have a particularly bad day , I think oh b&$$'**@ks to it , I am going to go buy some fags and smoke the lot, I still sometimes have that little demon in my head saying " oh go on, go buy some " but I know that if I smoked , I would have to say goodbye to my running , and I know which I want more . There is no way on this earth I could've done this programme whilst still smoking .

I wish you every success Belinda, one day at a time ..... :-) xxx

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Wow two years that is excellent, well done you. I have surprised myself to be honest as it's not been to bad but that's because I'm using a nicotine pen at the moment. So I have not had any cravings at all. I gave up a few years back for a year but broke my ankle in two places and the thought of no moving for 6+ weeks drover back to it.

I'm very confident with running and eating healthy it will make the quitting easier so far so good.

I think once you've smoked for so long there will always be a time when I think I want and need a fag ha ha I just have to put my running shoes on and run it out of me

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Oh Well done Belinda, great that youre keeping the lid on the cravings, I used the Nicotene Lozenges , they really helped, couldn't wear the patches as they made my skin itch like mad , Ive not heard of the pen must be a new thing , really glad its helping.

Keep it up ! Let us know how youre going on ! :-)

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Well done Belinda, how did you do on week 3?

I have still only done day 1, came down with a terrible sickness bug, I almost fainted this morning and was sick 4 times so I don't know if I can do day 2 tomorrow but I'm hopeful!!

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Thank you Kezza. I was dreading 3 minutes of running but to be honest I was dreading it for nothing, although it's longer, Laura builds you up for it in W1 and W2. Awww bless ya, sorry to hear you have been poorly. I hope you feel better soon and can get back to running it's horrible not being able to run :-(

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Hey Belinda, hows it going without the fags ? Still doing okay, I hope :-) xxx

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Hey there poppypug. I ran on Thursday as a non smoker, did not feel any different but I guess it's early days I've now been given up 3 days yipppeee. No cravings as of yet

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