Day 7 - Hi all

Hello all,

My names Adam, I've been hiding in the shadows of the forum for the past couple of days, and decided to sign up and get posting.

I'm 20 years old and have smoked since I was 16. I smoked roughly 20 a day for those 4-5 years give or take a couple a day.

I decided to give up for New Years, and had my last cigarette about 3 minutes before midnight on new years eve.

I have tried to give up quite a few times before, but I don't think I've ever really "wanted" to until now. Most of the time by the 3rd day I will be chewing my arm off, finding any excuse to justify having a cigarette. The longest I ever did was 3 months on patches, but I found as soon as I took the patch off I still wanted a cigarette.

Now on day seven, cold turkey and It feels the easiest its ever been. I can't say I've had any major cravings. I've done pretty much all of the things that used to trigger me off (drinking, spending time with smokers, working on cars). Its more like I'll go to have a cigarette and then remember I'm not smoking anymore. :)

I have had a couple of odd dreams involving smoking, but whats even weirder is that my sister spoke to me the next day and told me she'd had a dream that I gave in and had a cigarette :confused:

I am eating a lot more, but thats an added bonus for me. I'm pretty sure smoking has ruined my appetite over the last few years. I was a good stocky build when I was about 14 and now Im borderline underweight. So getting my appetite back is a welcome change really. However it does mean that all that money I'm saving on cigarettes is going on food hehe :p

Its a nice feeling knowing theres other people going through the same emotions/stress, who will understand what I mean ;)

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  • hi adam

    welcome to the forum!! well done on your quit so far. you sound like your doing really well !

    posting and reading on here really helps so get stuck in!

    laura x

  • Hi Adam

    I too started smoking when I was 16 but I carried on for the next 24 years :eek: so congratulations on the best decision you could ever make.

    Educate yourself .Finding out the true reasons people smoke makes it so much easier to stop. There are some links in my sig, and the name of a very good book that all smokers should read ;)

    Well done and keep it up :)

  • Welcome Adam

    Congrats on your quit Day 7 already very well done. Your over the worse and things will just keep getting better. There is tons of support on here. xxxxx

  • Hello Adam

    Welcome to the forum.

    You've probably read this already but education is the key.

    READ, READ, READ.

    Cheers

    Nic

  • Hi Adam

    Well done on quitting and welcome to the forums :) It sounds like you are coping really well atm with it. Remember the forums are here you when you need them.

    The people on here are great, loads of encouragement and support for when you need it, also its good to be able to share your ride through quitting with others doing the exact same.

    You have now done a week hun, thats something to be really proud of, you have proved now you can do it.

    Denise

    xx

  • yes good luck adam,like linda said you are over the worse...its all mind games at the moment..so be strong and keep the faith tony

  • Hi Adam

    I had my last one about 1 minute before midnight and so I'm on Day 7 too.

    I had a dream where I was smoking and it woke me up. I think I would have given up giving up on Day 5 if I hadn't been able to come on this forum and vent my frustration and aggression!! And the replies of support and encouragement have helped me a lot really. Bit easier today and yesterday. Keep going xx

  • Thanks for all the replies people. Its nice to hear some encouragement and get a pat on the back. It does seem to be getting easier. I have had a few brief cravings in the past couple of days but nothing major!

    I suppose I get to move onto 2nd week section now hehe :p

  • Hi Adam

    congrats on completing what is known as hell week.

    stay close to the forum and lets us know of your progress.

  • I am eating a lot more, but thats an added bonus for me. I'm pretty sure smoking has ruined my appetite over the last few years. I was a good stocky build when I was about 14 and now Im borderline underweight. So getting my appetite back is a welcome change really. However it does mean that all that money I'm saving on cigarettes is going on food hehe :p

    Hi Adam, I'm in the same boat as you concerning the loss of appetite. I went over to Ireland for New Year's where my habit doubled to 30 a day for the week I was there, and as a result I hardly ate anything. Every time I'd go to eat, I'd get a few mouthfuls in and just give up cos I felt queasy. And what was the solution? Have a 'digestive' cigarette. Stupid idea. Maybe the alcohol had something to do with it too though... lol...

    I was like yourself too before I started smoking, not stocky as such, but a decent weight. I've been skipping breakfast 6 days a week for years, and when my quit date comes around and I'm prepared for it, I look forward to saving those pennies like yourself and going out for a slap up meal with what's been saved!

    Good job on beating a week, must feel great to reach a landmark date. Here's to the rest! Good luck!

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