Caution!!!!!!!! >>>>>>read<<<<< warning!!!!!

If you are in week 3ish then you will likely experience massive cravings akin to those in week one. It will seem like a huge setback and prompt panic, feelings of renewed anxiety. pseudo physical cravings (they really are not physical) and other psychosomatic symptoms.

DO NOT BE FOOLED!

This is your brain messing with you and trying to trip you. I have assurances from multiple/multifarious sources that this is just another phase that will ultimately pass and part of the multiplication factor known as the x3 or triple effect, id est. you will experience a cravings cycle that occurs at peak levels after/around Day 3, Week 3 and Month 3. Once again I WARN you NOT to be fooled. It is an AMBUSH against your efforts and unexpected attempt to undermine your success.

Hold your course.... Do not fall into the pit. Like Frodo (LOTR) in the swamp when he looks too closely at the dead bodies of the fallen soldiers floating in the bog and gets sucked in and only escapes because Golem saves him...

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  • Yes Steve

    Some people experience the "icky" 3's Day, Week, Month but equally many people find that they don't or that other points are tough. If you do a search for any day someone will have found it difficult!

    But the truth is that when you get through the difficult points you strengthen your quit and the more you do that the fewer bad days you get.

    Best wishes

    Nic

  • him steve,,im 73 days in to my quit,up to now i have been all right,,a few bad days,heard a lot about the icky,3,s day,so i am ready for them,know what to exspect,so i think i will be all wright,,good post steve so you all keep the faith tony

  • Oh ho - I thought I was doing too well. Getting ready to go into week 3 on Sunday but today is the first time I have thought of a cigarette. Thanks for the tip - I will be on my guard.

  • Good to see you back Steve, I was a bit worried you'd left us :eek:

    I'm right behind you on this one though, I've found it more thinking about a fag when I'm on my way home or if I'm going out on a site visit, just the usual times when I would have a habitual smoke. I'm fairly confident I can handle the cravings ok but it's more the fact that smoking is pretty much on my mind all the time and that's starting to get me down a bit. I also have that 'something good is going to happen' feeling, the one that usually makes you smoke more - it's not helping.

    All in all I still feel great about not smoking and really think I can hack it out, it's just getting a bit annoying at this stage that I still miss the dirty b**tard things :rolleyes:

  • All in all I still feel great about not smoking and really think I can hack it out, it's just getting a bit annoying at this stage that I still miss the dirty b**tard things :rolleyes:

    John,

    Rome wasn't built in a day, cut yourself some slack. You have been using cigarettes for a long time, you are bound to miss them. They were a large part of your life, whether you realised it or not.

    Quitting smoking is a marathon not a sprint, the 1st bit is stopping which has immediate unpleasant symptoms. The next bit is staying stopped by dealing all with the psychological associations (learned behaviour) which have been reinforced by the addiction over the years. In time you will not miss smoking in the way you do now, but you have become more used to living your life without smoking, i.e. without having to plan your life around getting sufficient nicotine.

    You are doing great, don't be disappointed, focus on the fact that what you have achieved to date is no mean feat!!

    Cheers

    Nic

  • excellent post

    i stopped, start of the month and have found the last week a little more challanging than the last few.

    i feel exactly the same

    All in all I still feel great about not smoking and really think I can hack it out, it's just getting a bit annoying at this stage that I still miss the dirty b**tard things.

    Will keep fighting till I win.

  • I find logging in to this really helpful when that voice in my head says "I need a cigarette" which it has done more in the last 24 hours than in the previous 2 weeks. But day 20 today and my cough has practically gone, my teeth are clean and other smokers stink. Walking up hill is easier although still a little breathless and I have not spent over £100.00 on fags. Keep it up everyone, you're all really helping me. Thanks xxx

  • B & H

    Same here. If I start to think of a fag I log on. By the time I'd read the postings I feel much better.

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