Now I have 3 things to get over, and I can't say it's not all my fault

After binge eating to the point of excess (is there a better way to binge eat?) yesterday on Day 1, I've managed to consume everything edible (and some things not so much) in the cupboards and now given myself caffeine withdrawal and hunger pains to go with the cigarette withdrawal symptoms as if smoking wasn't difficult enough. Now that gives me 3 things to contend with.

I'm restless and can't sleep which means I'll be late waking up tomorrow which should make for another unproductive day.

I'm embarassed with myself for eating so much, but I'm still bloody hungry which doesn't look good for tomorrow.

Plus I'm bored but I don't want to go out or do anything right now, make any sense?

Hopefully Day 2 will pass as quickly as it came and I can get onto Day 3. I do need to go out and get some food at some point, we'll see how that goes.

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  • After binge eating to the point of excess (is there a better way to binge eat?) yesterday on Day 1, I've managed to consume everything edible (and some things not so much) in the cupboards and now given myself caffeine withdrawal and hunger pains to go with the cigarette withdrawal symptoms as if smoking wasn't difficult enough. Now that gives me 3 things to contend with.

    I'm restless and can't sleep which means I'll be late waking up tomorrow which should make for another unproductive day.

    I'm embarassed with myself for eating so much, but I'm still bloody hungry which doesn't look good for tomorrow.

    Plus I'm bored but I don't want to go out or do anything right now, make any sense?

    Hopefully Day 2 will pass as quickly as it came and I can get onto Day 3. I do need to go out and get some food at some point, we'll see how that goes.

    i really do think you need some kind of help, advice. eating , binging to excess is so not healthly,

    smoking withdrawal is not to be taken lightly and not combined with any other problems or issues you may have.

    i cant see how anyone could give you advice on your quit when you have so much to deal with , re food etc ....

  • Alot of us have suffered similar to you bob with the eating excessively and coping with the boredom.

    We all seemed to have picked up little tips to avoid binge eating, i sucked lollys alot during the early days, and i know someone else sucked aniseed balls (keep meaning to get some) not good for the teeth but 1 would last for a good while and stop me heading for the kitchen cupboards.

    You are doing so well, this first week is the hardest but things will get so much easier very soon.

  • Alot of us have suffered similar to you bob with the eating excessively and coping with the boredom.

    We all seemed to have picked up little tips to avoid binge eating, i sucked lollys alot during the early days, and i know someone else sucked aniseed balls (keep meaning to get some) not good for the teeth but 1 would last for a good while and stop me heading for the kitchen cupboards.

    You are doing so well, this first week is the hardest but things will get so much easier very soon.

    The aniseed balls work a treat lol, seriously though Bob I feel a bit concerned for you. I think you've just got to force yourself to get out of the house, go for a walk or something. When I feel bored I go play spinabingo here heybingo.com :D (it's free btw and addictive)

  • Hi Bob

    I agree with Denise and Yvette the boredom can be awful I use a puzzle book,or read either a book or on here, going for a walk is also good relieves boredom and gives you exercise at the same time it is not good to spend all your time indoors as for the eatingyou will pick up loads of tips while reading on here thus killing two birds with one stone I use fruit and raw veggies so I can nibble and not feel guilty when I get the munchies, this does not happen so much now

    Good Luck

    Margaret

  • Woke up today feeling really tired, even after 10 hours sleep, my back and muscles hurt a bit but my sore throat has gone, I'm not feeling hungry like yesterday, and not even worried about craving for cigarettes.

    Thanks so much for the advice, but there's no need to be concerned, I've done this so many times before I know exactly what's coming lol, all the advice you've given is good advice.

    The first day is always the worst, after then things start getting back to normal. I'll be heading out to get some food in a couple of hours (only fruit and veg though like Margaret suggested, then I have to see some people tonight (no drinking for me though) and I feel totally fine about all of it.

    Now 1 day 13 hours, 2:50 hours reclaimed and my lungs have been saved from 34 dirty cigarettes. Feeling like today's going to be a good day :D.

    Have people found when they give up they get feelings like they're sick? Like I mentionned about the sore bones, tiredness, sore throat, plus I sniff a lot too. Is it the smoking trying to make me feel like crap so I go back on them or is this just a thing with me? Happened all the times before when I quit too. :confused:

  • Hi Bob

    Glad you feel better this morning

    Some of the feeling poorly thing is I think the body starting to heal and partly those sneaky nico monsters trying to get you back just hang in there

    Good Luck

    Margaret

  • hi bob,nice to see you are getting back on track,,hang in there bob,i have found these EXTRAICE MINTS very good when you get a crave,,you have made the best choice you will ever make given up smoking,,so stick with it bob,,we on here are here for you day or night,,you can have a good old rant or a rave,,,just keep the faith tony keep:D:D:D

  • Hi Bob

    Yes - I did feel ill. The insides of my nose are still recovering, I felt like I had flu & one day my body ached so badly I was swallowing Ibuprofen like a gooden & they didn't touch it. But I stuck it out & am starting to feel better. So stick with it.

    Hunger, apparently is a fall in sugar levels, think you get this worse if you go CT, drinking plenty of fruit juice should help.

    I still sleep far too much, first week or so I was napping in the afternoon. I reckon I'm still averaging 12 hours sleep a day - just as well my husbands been about to have our Son while I snooze!! Not sure how long this will last but am starting to feel more energetic when I can keep my eyes open. Of course my husband thinks I'm pulling his leg that this is a side effect of quitting smoking :)

    Good luck x

  • Hi Sophie, sorry to hear you're having a rough time of it.

    Maybe overloading on the coffee isn't the best thing you could do as if you're like the rest of the population then you probably associate having a coffee with having a fag, and it makes the cravings worse! I've stayed off the coffee so far and it's been fine for me. You don't get the sugar rush and coffee comedown to deal with either which helps.

    Try drinking water, a lot. Everytime you think you need a cigarette, drink water until you're full. Try doing breathing exercises on the hour every hour- close your eyes and breath in deep from the diaphragm for 5 seconds, hold it for 5 then release for 5. Do this 10 times. Realise that you're taking in new fresh clean air, not poisoning yourself with cancer causing chemicals.

    Hope you're still sticking at it.

  • Hi Sophie

    Sorry you feel rough I quit with the aid of champix as well

    Like you I drank lots of coffee as thats all I normally drink and started to get to me as I don't like water a;though I drank some I switched to Fruit teas which are caffeine free found they helped a lot

    Good Luck

    Margaret

  • Hi Sophie and Bobmonkhouse (love your name!). Isn't it strangely comforting that so many of us are substituting food or coffee for nicotine? When I say comforting, I mean that we're not all odd or strange!

    For me it's been food - I've cut back on coffee to one a day - it was making me too jittery and just reminded me that I usually had a cigarette with it. But I'm currently eating my second packet of crisps this evening - and I'm not hungry. I don't usually eat crap but since stopping smoking I've had really bad cravings for crisps and chocolate.

    On the plus side, while I'm unbelievably tired all the time (another side effect, I believe), I've got more time on my hands - and have been filling it to stop me smoking. In the last week I've cleaned out my kitchen cupboards, cleaned my windows and cleaned and vacuumed my car.

    I think we all need to take a step back every now and then and remind ourselves that we have all taken a really big step. It's not easy but things that are worth doing rarely are. We should stop beating ourselves up, resolve to get back into the healthy eating soon... but right now just focus on staying off nicotine.

    Once the warmer weather arrives we will have more energy, better lung capacity and more money to get out and about and enjoy ourselves - and lose a few pounds :)

  • Sophie, so you're on day 1 of your quit, what day of Champix are you on. Champix by design should be helping you with your cravings as that was my trouble stopping previously. The tabs should be kicking in and blocking your receptors by day 14 at worst. I stopped day 14 as I found from day 10 I no longer had any nicotine hit from the cigarette and all I got was the awful taste of the chemicals. It was thus easy to just stop. Set a day when you will stop but if you don't feel like it before then just stop - you can do it, hang in there...just eat with your tablet and try out all the tricks from people on here who have effectively saved their lives from this addiction.

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