My first day

Hi everyone I joined this forum last night after days of deliberation! My employer sent the link in an email last Wednesday. I read my Easyway book and here I am....

I finally got the guts up and smoked my last ever cigarette at 2pm today. So far so good. After 4 hours of euphoria I had a couple of hours of weepy irritability. Now I've levelled off and am heading to bed soon.

I'm looking forward to day 2. You all seem so kind on here.

Good luck everyone!:)

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  • Awww Well done wkdfairy (love ya handle btw!)

    Just try to remember whenever you feel alone and have your low moments...there are plenty of us on here feeling that way so just come holler whenever you need to (I do! I think I have abused the privilege this week lol).

    Wishing you allllllllll the best! :p

  • Hi WkdFairy, Welcome and I wish you all the best.

    I read my EasyWay book two weeks ago and so far its going great so something must of sunk in.

  • Thank you!

    Not using NRT or anything. I failed twice using patches and gum - they actually increased my nicotine dependency lol

    I quit for a year ten years ago using good old willpower. This time I finished reading the Allen Carr book. I agree with everything it says. Now I know why I smoked for so long I can do something about stopping.

    I doubt it's as easy as he makes it out to be but it seems easier this time somehow. Depends how much you want something eh?

    I'M FREE!!

  • well done

    Hello Wkd Fairy

    keep the good work up, it's realy good here, loads of support given, I live with never ever have smokers so they don't understand what it's like to quit. So coming on here has helped no end, hope to see you around as the days go by.

  • Hi Wkdfairy

    Well done with getting day 1 out of the way , good luck for today .

    Lorraine

    I have been quit for 1 Month, 3 Weeks, 1 Day, 9 hours, 53 minutes and 47 seconds (51 days). I have saved £295.61 by not smoking 1,285 cigarettes. I have saved 4 Days, 11 hours and 5 minutes of my life. My Quit Date: 18/01/2008 22:30

  • I doubt it's as easy as he makes it out to be but it seems easier this time somehow. Depends how much you want something eh?

    I'M FREE!!

    Welcome to the forum..

    It is as easy as he suggests.

    If it isn’t read the book again until it is.

    If you want a fag, read the book.

    It really is that simple.

    Stop smoking and get on with the rest of your life.

    Don’t fret about throwing away ashtrays, avoiding smoky places and all that because being a non-smoker they don’t actually bother you.

    Being reminded that you used to smoke is not an issue because now you don’t.

    knowledge is ammunition and luck isn't involved. :)

  • If you haven't already guessed Day 2 was too much to bear.

    I caved. *slinks off to read the book again*

    I'm taking next week off work. Work was too stressful, people were being horrible and unsupportive. I hope to be back (and successful) soon.

    Thanks

    WkdFairy :o

  • Awww Never mind. Always another day. I'm actually jealous of you right now. I bet you're smoking a fag right this minute aren't you?! lol Ooh give us a drag :D

    Nooooooooo!

    Seriously, tomorrow is another day, or whatever day you choose. Just try to get your head round to a more positive way of thinking and your half way there. You CAN beat this! Now, let me hear you say it... heheh

  • Thanks Maddy *hug*

    LOL I haven't been chain smoking, I could weep with frustration. I got all the carbon monoxide out of my blood as well...

    Too many people rolled their eyes, I felt wretched, and even worse when I lit up a cig...

    Monday 17th is the day I STOP FOR GOOD!!

  • I read EasyWay again. I think it clicked this time.

    Haven't smoked for 8 hrs 37 minutes. Needless to say I am off work this week...

    Good Luck all 17th stoppers!

  • Good luck, WkdFairy.

    I have a feeling that the main reason I've managed to last (almost) 5 days is that I had to spend most of the last few days alone, and thus my battle was just with myself rather than the expectations of others. Of course, I needed support at the bad times, and this forum and a couple of anti-smoking online friends (both of whom have smoking parents) gave me what I needed without nagging me too much, and just enough sarcasm to be useful.

    Keep out of the way of people who are likely to be unhelpful, and whenever your resolve is weaked, come back here and you'll get people going through what you're goign through, or who just recently went through it, giving you all the moral support you need.

    Just maintain your good intentions, stick with the plan you've made for yourself, and you WILL prevail!

    I have been quit for 4 Days, 22 hours, 53 minutes and 47 seconds (4 days). I have saved £45.17 by not smoking 198 cigarettes. I have saved 16 hours and 30 minutes of my life. My Quit Date: 12/03/2008 12:07

  • Thanks everyone :)

    The thing about work is all the hardened smokers who are threatened by my ability to abstain. The majority are twitchy chain smokers who would make it their goal to get me smoking again. I want to swear!!

    One woman had me in tears, she's smoked longer than i've been alive and has never tried to quit. She actually sneered at me and said 'stopping wouldn't bother her' and laughed at my fail. Every morning after I started up again she would stick her head round the office door and say something sarcastic and laugh.

    I wish now (this was only last week remember) that I had sneered back instead of chugging on a cancer stick, but I was weepy and emotional. As i'm at home this week with just me and the love of my life (also a slave to nicotine) there shouldn't be too many problems. I did notice that his loud music was irritating me more than usual this moning.

    He isn't overly supportive of my quits. I am on one fad after another, but he won't jeopardize it either.

    Can someone tell me the difference between a 'crave' and the empty feeling?

    I know a cigarette would take that feeling away, so obviously I won't smoke.... but is it the same as a crave or different?

    Help ... :o

  • Can someone tell me the difference between a 'crave' and the empty feeling?

    I know a cigarette would take that feeling away, so obviously I won't smoke.... but is it the same as a crave or different?

    Help ... :o

    I'm not sure there is a difference, but I suspect that the empty feelings are (in the first couple of days, at least) the result of nicotine addiction/withdrawal, whereas craves are more the result of the habit and the automatic reactions you've developed to triggers.

    Or, it could be vice-versa, that the empty feelings are the result of the pyschological equivalent of grieving you're going through (don't think of it as losing a "loved one", think of it as having got rid of a vital enemy!) and the craves are the nicotine withdrawal kicking in.

    Either way, it's just semantics, and both need to be dealt with identically: by developing a different set of autonomic reactions to both the psychological and physical triggers you suffered as a smoker!

    Just disassociate the triggers from smoking, and associate them with something pleasant instead!

    I have been quit for 4 Days, 23 hours, 26 minutes and 54 seconds (4 days). I have saved £45.37 by not smoking 199 cigarettes. I have saved 16 hours and 35 minutes of my life. My Quit Date: 12/03/2008 12:07

  • Thanks for that, I think the empty feeling is withdrawl and purely psychological. It actually does remind of the feeling I get when someone dies. You know that feeling? Tight chest, panicky feeling.

    The craves (about 3 this morning) seem to be in waves, when I start arguing with myself about whether or not to smoke.

    I've had a few arguments in my time, but no-one is better at it than me! What a dilemma!

    I can't wait to be nicotine free, and to get it out of my mind for good. I want my body back!!

    Right, i'm off for a shower (i'm off work) then i'll sit in the garden with my easyway book and reinforce my reasons for stopping.

    Have a great day all

  • Can someone tell me the difference between a 'crave' and the empty feeling?

    Here's another site that's worth reading through..

    cognitivequitting.com/

    it might answer some of your questions.

  • when I start arguing with myself about whether or not to smoke

    Wkdfairy;

    No No No No, don't argue with youself weather you should smoke or not.

    There is no argument, you are a NON SMOKER and from now on always will be.

    Be proud, I mean really proud of yourself for stopping smoking.

    IT IS ALL IN THE MIND (nearly all anyway!!)

    You are a non smoker.

    Big breath in through your nose, imagine breathing in white light and good things, then slowly exhale through your mouth, breathing out all nasty horrid things and thoughts. Repeat often.

    You can and will do it, don't be weak, we're all rooting for you.

    Dave

  • Don't under estimate the value of some of those websites. The whyquit is my fave. Similar to Allen Carr in eliminating why we smoke and why we feel deprived when we stop.

    My first day is going great. I have had a feeling of euphoria for 30 mins now.

    15 1/2 hrs fag-free!!

    I'll do a post tonight but so far all i've done is drink cranberry juice and eaten regularly. I haven't changed anything else in my life. i'm just not smoking. I think the blood sugar thing hits the nail on the head. It describes why all my previous attempts to stop have been hell. Because I was suffering double whammy - no blood sugar or nicotine.

    Thanks everyone for your support. You have no idea how valuable it has been to me this day. I'll update later :D

    :)

  • Here's another site that's worth reading through..

    cognitivequitting.com/

    it might answer some of your questions.

    Another very interesting site.

    Thanks for sharing... I've googled millions of times in the past but have never come up with the goods like austin and catwoman do.

    Keep looking and sharing these with us :)

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