I decided yesterday to give up the fags... again. I woke up after a night out, with 3 left in the packet from the previous night and...
By the time I was smoking the third I felt like I was forcing myself to do so, maybe it was me thinking clearly about what I was actually doing to myself or perhaps it could have been that I was feeling so rough in general that smoking was more out of 'necessity' than actual desire. Never-the-less, I persevered and finished the cig. I began thinking about making myself presentable and heading out to the shops... with, of course, the sole aim being to buy more cigarettes.
A combination of stumbling across some old (but still 'in date') nicotine patches and generally not feeling like I had the energy for the shopping journey I decided to give the big quit another go - very much unplanned and spur of the moment. That was about 2pm yesterday so I've completed the first 24 hours unscathed and am doing fine on day 2.
I actually signed up to this website to use the forums little over a year ago during my first quit attempt. I must say, I always found them to be useful and insightful for the brief period I was an active partcipant.
I have no real excuse for my return to smoking last year. I lasted around 3 months away from smoking (Jan - March(ish)) and didn't realise how much better I was feeling from doing it until I picked up the habit again. That's when I really noticed how much easier and affordable things had been. C'est la vie as the old saying goes, I shant dwell on what might have been had I stuck with the cessation process.
Anyway, I realise I have now written a little more than I had intended to on my first entry so if anyone has read the whole post, I apologise! Putting things on to paper (or the screen in this case) was definitely a good aid for me last time round so I'm giving it another bash. Incidentally, I'm 22, have smoked since I was 13 (that makes it 10 years this summer - or 'would have made it' I should say) and was on about 20 a day.
Best wishes to those of you also on day 2 or any other stage in your efforts of quitting.
P.S. I've ordered an electronic cigarette to assist with my quit (I realise this is an unapproved method, but I had a shot of one and it was surprisingly realistic). Anyone have any experience of the e-cig they'd care to share?