This is getting harder

I am now 1 month into my quit. I have days when its easy and i dont think about it but then i have days when i think of nothing but smoking.

I am really starting to get down about it all and have even thought about having a smoke.

I have tried quitting before and never managed to get past 2 or 3 months. I am feeling really stressed and miserable.

Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr:mad::mad:

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  • Thanks. I know i dont wwant to smoke but i dont want to feel like this anymore. I feel like i am fighting a battle that cannot be won.

  • It feels harder and worse when you crave further down the line, if you really think about it you can control the craves much easier now you're quit.

    No pulling butts out of ashtrays in desperation or begging the neighbours for a spare ciggy :D

    The evil nic will try and pull at your strings from time to time, use the same methods as you did at the start, reward yourself and keep busy x x x x

    Stay strong Flippy x x

    ~Buffy x x

  • FLIPPY,

    Hang on in there it is so well worth it.

    I was just like you 1 month into quit, same old questions going around in my head.

    When will the cravings go.

    Will i feel like this all the time.

    Soon you will feel great but it is a gradual change which takes time.

    When you get to month 3 or 4 thats when things start turning for the best, was with me anyway. :D

    I have been quit for 7 Months, 2 Weeks, 5 Days, 21 hours, 33 minutes and 25 seconds (233 days). I have saved £1,929.65 by not smoking 7,016 cigarettes. My Quit Date: 08/03/2007 15:10

  • Thanks. I know i dont wwant to smoke but i dont want to feel like this anymore. I feel like i am fighting a battle that cannot be won.

    Flippy...argh I feel your pain on this. What you are describing has been the end of many quits for me.

    It was actually trying to research this that i ended up looking at this forum. All thses thing you read tell you ... first 72hrs and then it gets better...1 month...blah blah and I found it wasn't really true. A month later I would feel like my head was going to EXPLODE if I did not have a cigarette and I would just give into the thought that I could not keep feeling this horrible.

    I am not really one to give advice because I have not beat this yet but I find the best thing is to recognize it for what it is ADDICTION and your mind playing with you and know the horrible points will pass. Also as terrible as this feels Emphazema (sic)n Cancer etc I am sure feel worse.

    Anyway I hope it helps to know you are not alone on this. While I hate to hear you having a hard time it defo helps me to know I wasnt crazy to feel like that in the past. I am at 3 weeks tomorrow...it is getting better but I know that even when I am "OK" I am off and my brain is not functioning quite the way it shoulld. I wonder if it ever will.

    edited to add: I will admit that when I gave in on these occassions having a cigareete felt like coming home... tapping the pack in my hand it was GREAT for about a day and then it was back to the same old nasty habit standing outside in the rain, wasting money, coughing ect

  • You are all right and thanks for replying.

    I am keeping busy and trying to stay positive. I am not going to smoke because i dont want to get this far then cave in. I wil feel such an idiot too because everyone knows I have quit and i dont want to let everyone down.

    I am strong and i will keep going. Just need to get over these mad days.

  • Flippy/cravings

    Right back at ya! This weekend has not been good for me! I have thought about smoking all weekend! I ate alot of chocolate cupcakes to celebrate my arriving 1 month marker and I am wondering if the caffeine is playing a big role in the cravings. I had posted before, that I wondered if food was linked to cravings and such. I am beginning to believe that it is! I have been keeping a journal as to what I am eating and how I feel. I will sit down later tonight and review it. Right now I have to cook some dinner.

  • Right back at ya! This weekend has not been good for me! I have thought about smoking all weekend! I ate alot of chocolate cupcakes to celebrate my arriving 1 month marker and I am wondering if the caffeine is playing a big role in the cravings. I had posted before, that I wondered if food was linked to cravings and such. I am beginning to believe that it is! I have been keeping a journal as to what I am eating and how I feel. I will sit down later tonight and review it. Right now I have to cook some dinner.

    Hi Guys

    I have had a horrible w/e craving wise (and I was feeling so good too. Haven't smoked though so I guess I'm more determined han b4 but its sooooooooooooo hard!!!!!)

    Having read this thread ,It appears that all of us around the 1mth mark (I'm on day 27) are getting these type of feelings. I've said b4 I don't beleive in the 'icky 3s'. I think its just when the'novelty' of what we are doing is starting to fade slghtly but we don't feel like 'proper non smokers' quite yet. What keeps me going is the fact that I know from previous failed attempts that the initial euphoria of going back to smoking would only last a couple of days then all the reasons for trying to quit again would return making me mega miserable making me want to stop AGAIN. Now I think,if I can just 'tough the next few weeks out' as it were - The peace WILL come as others have testified on here.As Take That sing 'Have a little patience'!

  • i think it might be related to the sugar levels being kept really balanced for a few hours

    thats my theory anyway

    Boudee the scientist :rolleyes:

    No I think you may be right. I find that if I eat well and responsibly ie whole grains, fresh fruit less caffine ect I feel much better have have much less cravings. I also attribute this to a blood sugar issue. I feel that many of the side effects of nicotine withdrawal are blood sugar related. Also notces that hight fat or super sugary foods tended to bring on cravings.

  • I'm fat enough

    I'm happy to be a guinea pig - but not on the healthy food plan. I'm going to stay on the "mainly curry and lager" diet to see how my cravings go.

    I'll keep you posted.:D

  • Ok here it goes..

    According to my log here caffeine & refined sugars are big time contibuters!

    I am noticing that I feel better when I eat whole wheat crackers, cheese, yogurt, fruits, and nuts. The bad moments have been after chocolate, cookies, coffee, tea, ice cream, and such. I also noticed the yummy foods (bad ones) are giving me heart burn. Oh what to do???:confused: I love my junk!!!

  • According to my log here caffeine & refined sugars are big time contibuters!

    I am noticing that I feel better when I eat whole wheat crackers, cheese, yogurt, fruits, and nuts. The bad moments have been after chocolate, cookies, coffee, tea, ice cream, and such. I also noticed the yummy foods (bad ones) are giving me heart burn. Oh what to do???:confused: I love my junk!!!

    I've quit smoking forever BUT no way am I giving up my coffee & choccie cake - sorry.

    ON the other hand though I do have a huge bowl of optivita (a la aldo zilli) or Fruit & fibre.I could lie and say I was trying to eat healthy but the truth is its cos if I don't take the champix on a full stomach it makes me feel mega nauseaous (and \I don't do sicky feelings !!):rolleyes::rolleyes:

  • Actually, i've been thinking about cigs alot lately, i wouldn't give these thoughts the status of 'cravings' because i don't crave them, i just think about them ALOT.

    After reading this thread i can say that my diet has been alot worse than usual lately. I'm not the healthiest person, but usually eat alot of wholewheat and lots of fruit etc, but the past few weeks i've been eating alot more crap and hitting the bottles of wine alot more, AND i haven't been to the gym in weeks.

    I've always thought this was due to my personality, ie if i let myself down in one way eg not go to the gym, i tend to think f*ck it with everything and eat a huge bar of chocolate.

    But maybe this is all due to diet etc. I know when i was going to the gym my mood was much better and my outlook more positive.

    Hmmmmm.........................food for thought :p

  • Actually, i've been thinking about cigs alot lately, i wouldn't give these thoughts the status of 'cravings' because i don't crave them, i just think about them ALOT.

    After reading this thread i can say that my diet has been alot worse than usual lately. I'm not the healthiest person, but usually eat alot of wholewheat and lots of fruit etc, but the past few weeks i've been eating alot more crap and hitting the bottles of wine alot more, AND i haven't been to the gym in weeks.

    I've always thought this was due to my personality, ie if i let myself down in one way eg not go to the gym, i tend to think f*ck it with everything and eat a huge bar of chocolate.

    But maybe this is all due to diet etc. I know when i was going to the gym my mood was much better and my outlook more positive.

    Hmmmmm.........................food for thought :p

    Yes I know what you mean I am the same :p hehehe been off the gym cos of hols and drinking a tad more wine than is good for me :D

    Guess it's time to let the moths out of my gym bag and get stuck back in :D

    Hmmm maybe next week, if other half gets back to work!! he's such a distraction!

  • Must admit that I've been getting a bit porky recently!

    Today is a new day!:D

    I'll cycle tomorrow!:p

  • Hehehe well also, with christmas coming, is it worth all the effort now??

    Perhaps I'll leave it till the new year :D ROFL

  • Hey well done Boudee :D

    If you don't weigh yourself you'll stay as 3lb lost ;)

    I have some weird theories :rolleyes:

  • yup :D hehehe same wavelength :p

  • Actually, i've been thinking about cigs alot lately, i wouldn't give these thoughts the status of 'cravings' because i don't crave them, i just think about them ALOT.

    This is what i am doing. I am not craving just thinking about it.

    I have put on 6lbs in the last month and i am eating really bad unhealthy food:(

  • I'm happy to be a guinea pig - but not on the healthy food plan. I'm going to stay on the "mainly curry and lager" diet to see how my cravings go.

    I'll keep you posted.:D

    Nothing wrong with curry and lager:D

    In all seriousness though...

    from things I have read quitting smoking messes with your blood sugar levels... dietary fibre stablizes your blood sugar... refined sugars cause peaks and crashes in blood sugar. If you read the symptoms of Hypoglycemia and compare them to the symtopms of nicotine withdrawal they are similar.

    In my personal experience the better i am about eating balanced whole foods the less the effects of not smoking and the better i feel.

    not to come off as some sort of health snob... this weekend I downed a half chicken platter with mac and cheese, mashed potatos and cornbread from a local BBQ joint... now im hungry

  • Totally cool!

    Nothing wrong with curry and lager:D

    In all seriousness though...

    from things I have read quitting smoking messes with your blood sugar levels... dietary fibre stablizes your blood sugar... refined sugars cause peaks and crashes in blood sugar. If you read the symptoms of Hypoglycemia and compare them to the symtopms of nicotine withdrawal they are similar.

    Yeah! Choco cake & coffee here I come!

    Ok this is great cause now I can blame it on my blood sugar and not the damn ciggys! let's just hope I don't go into diabetic shock! LOL

    Day 30! WOOOOOOOHOOOOOOOOOOOO!:p

  • Yeah! Choco cake & coffee here I come!

    Ok this is great cause now I can blame it on my blood sugar and not the damn ciggys! let's just hope I don't go into diabetic shock! LOL

    Day 30! WOOOOOOOHOOOOOOOOOOOO!:p

    Hey OTE not to discourgae you on the cakes but my actual point was that the refined sugars will also throw you for a loop because they give your glucose a quick rise and crash.:(

  • Kenzo~

    Hey OTE not to discourgae you on the cakes but my actual point was that the refined sugars will also throw you for a loop because they give your glucose a quick rise and crash.:(

    I know I was just being a smart ass!:D I eat lots of good stuff too. I just luv me junk!:p I am sure that is what is happening and I'm not actually craving. I'm not ready to give em up though regardless of what they do to me. HE HE!

    Day 30! WOOOOOOOOOOOHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!:D

    Not smoked for: 0Y 4W 1D 7H 39M not smoked: 293 Cigarettes. Saving me £ 79.16. I will now live longer by: 0Y 0W 0D 23H 27M. I Quit on the:. Monday, October 01, 2007 6:00:26 AM. Download This Quitmeter free from stayfagfree.com

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