Another newbie

Hiya

Just wanted to introduce myself - although a newbie at posting, I am not new to the site as I have been stalking you all for quite a while:)! I knew I was giving up in the New Year and was just preparing myself for what was to come!

This is my second attempt; first time was in 2002 when I managed 4.5 years. However, I was one of those idiots who thought I could smoke occasionally - spent 6 months just have one or two when out drinking or at parties. Like everyone else, it NEVER stops at this has gradually over the next year I had returned to smoking full-time - it was SO slow that I barely even noticed it myself!

The first time I gave up cold turkey, reading Allen Carr and with the support of a forum like this. As this method is tried and test, I will be using the same approach this time.

I'm on day 18 but what I am finding most strange is how completely different my withdrawal symptoms are from the first time - what is that? When do the vivid dreams stop? I never dream and they are really interrupting my beauty sleep ;)

23 Replies

oldestnewest
  • MrsS,

    Welcome to the forum and well done on 18 days !!:D Keep going you are doing brill .

    Tracey x

  • Welcome Mrs s

    Thought I had seen you name once or twice When logging in. Day 19 already thats fab. Cant help with the sleeping Im rubbish sleeper but i wasnt much better when I smoked. Congrats on your new quit anyway. Speak to you soon.xxxxxx

  • mrsS well come ,congrats on day 18,you are doing very well,, i too taught i saw your name on here as well,, c/t is just about the best way to quit,,you are to strong to give in now ,you just keep the faith tony

  • Hi mrsS

    Huge welcome to the forums, and well done on quitting.

    Day 18 already!! that is some achievment, i'm not sure if i could of got to day 20 without the people on here.

    As for the dreams...there are quite a few people on here that have mentioned vivid weird dreams, i sadly dont recall them if i do have them. I do however have trouble sleeping and sleeping soundly.

    Now you are here, dont be a stranger...its great having so many people to talk to about bad days and good :)

    Denise

    xx

  • Dear MrsS, I'm new as well and am on day 16 today. Well done, also remember how fantastic you must have felt for the 4.5 you did, amazing. Keep it up x

  • Hi b&h

    Welcome and huge well done on getting to day 16.

    Keep going hun you are doing so well.

    Denise

    xx

  • I quit the same day as well - I have only posted a couple of times as I have tried to keep myself as active as possible.

    Must say - I have found the last couple of weeks really hard but feeling a lot better for it.

    Sleep thing is terrible. Is anyone just turned into an insomniac or is just me?

    If so has anyone got any suggestions of how to improve night time awakenings????

  • Nytol helped my sleeping problems, still have probs getting to sleep though some nights but it's usually when I've other things on my mind.:mad:

  • Couple of things that help me sleep:-

    Imagine your mind as a video tape you eject then try and get it into not thinking about anything. If you start to think about stuff again re eject the tape.

    Another is to try not to stress about being awake, just lay on your back and say to yourself my body is still resting even though I'm awake so it's OK (which is actually true). I tend to drift off shortly thereafter.

    Don't work all the time but they're worth a spin:)

  • My prob is when I didn't get to sleep I always went for a cup of tea and a fag!

    Video tape Tim? What in these days of the interweb thingy and technological advances can we not think of it as a BlueRay disc or even an SD card ;)

  • Hi MrsS - you are doing so well.

    I too had the strangest dreams and nightmares in the first 5 days of my quit plus night sweats due to anxiety. I'm a poor sleeper at the best of times but took a couple of Nytol which seemed to help. Also enjoy a couple of glasses of red wine after a work out in the gym (I used to reward myself with a ciggie - how sad was that). Keep up the good work - everyone on this forum is here to help each other.

  • Hi Mrs S

    Glad to see you posting :D

    Seems like you are doing well, I don't remember at what point the vivid dreams stopped, but they do!

    Cheers

    Nic

  • My prob is when I didn't get to sleep I always went for a cup of tea and a fag!

    Video tape Tim? What in these days of the interweb thingy and technological advances can we not think of it as a BlueRay disc or even an SD card ;)

    Yeah, I'm a bit of an 80's throwback mate :D

  • Thank you all SO much for your kind replies - you have made me feel very welcome and I look forward to getting to know you all a bit better over the coming months.

    Its good to be able to communicate with others that understand the huge achievement of giving up smoking. My non-smoking (never-smoked) husband is infamous for his moaning and groaning about my smoking and the smell it leaves in its wake - he even moaned when I smoked outside and left the patio door open a little bit so the smoked whaffed in. However, I had given up for two weeks and he hadn't even noticed - I was incensed... if it was THAT bad, how could be not notice? I was tempted to see how long it would take him to notice, but it was irritating me too much (on top of the withdrawal symptoms) so I fessed up and expressed my disappointment. I'm now at Day 19 and he hasn't even mentioned it since - that just proves he doesn't have a clue!

    So, my friends, I'm afraid I am going to be looking to you lot for my 'pats on the back' and the 'well dones':D

  • I'm now at Day 19 and he hasn't even mentioned it since - that just proves he doesn't have a clue!

    So, my friends, I'm afraid I am going to be looking to you lot for my 'pats on the back' and the 'well dones':D

    I'm afraid that the never smokers just don't understand, how can they. Well we are here to give you that pat whenever you want one.

    I you can't reach a computer though you might want to construct one of there :D:D

    growabrain.typepad.com/phot...

    Cheers

    Nic

  • Hi MrsS

    I know what you mean my youngest son has never smoked he thinks every thing is black and white. Just dont do it he said when I first quit and when I failed he just could not under stand. Well done from me anyway. xxxxxxx

  • Hi Mrs S

    Another day, you are doing brilliantly. I keep saying out loud to myself when my husband or kids are in the vicinity. "Gosh another day of not smoking, well done to me, it's really hard but I'm doing it" and then they all seem to jump and start congratulating me.

    Sleeping - herbal nytol on occasion. Hot bath and a Horlicks

  • Good idea B&H - I'm going to try that, you never know!

  • Well done you two

    You show them GIRL POWER. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  • Hi B&H

    Yes - you're better off posting on here to tell us your non-smoking progress and achievements. When we say 'well done' we really mean it because we know how tough it can be.

    I was quite a secret smoker - non of my work colleagues knew I smoked, neither did my mum, so I couldn't expect any praise from them!

    My husband still smokes so he isn't very forth-coming with the 'well-dones' as he is a bit jealous I think!

  • Well done ladies :) You are both doing great.

    Keep going :)

    Denise

    xx

  • lol i think ill do that to mine to just for the hell of it :D

  • LOL - that is SO funny, and how I so want to do something like that to make him appreciate how hard it is. Its probably better to see the funny side of it, rather than wind myself up trying to convince him how hard it is!

    I'm a great believer in what comes around, goes around, so maybe in a few years time he'll have to give up something he really enjoys ;) and I'll be .... whatever..... :D

You may also like...