two weeks ( nearly)

On monday morning I will have been a non participating smoker for 14 days.:D

the story so far...

My smoking buddy at work decides to quit. He gives me two days notice of this. I kind of half heartedly commit to stopping with him so after work on the Monday morning we have our last smoke. By the wednesday my buddy is back on the fags and nearly 14 days later I guess this no smoking thing has taken hold on me.

3 days ago I had a nice meal and thought that a fag would be quite a nice thing to have afterwards.. i asked my friend for a fag and smoked it. Much to my dissapointment at the time I really did not like it.. the taste and the subsequent dizzyness were really quite unplesant. I was really surprised by this and like I said quite dissapointed that I could not 'enjoy' a ciggy. With hind sight though that was a really dumb attitude to have I should have been( and am now) really pleased that I know I wont enjoy a ciggy again.

So far (after smoking 20 a day for the past 18 yrs) its been remarkably easy. Ive hardly prepared for this at all. Although did read Allen Carrs 'easy way' a few years ago. I soppose that what was said in his book has been on my mind in one way or another ever since..

Ive got no cravings and I dont think I ever did .. Its just a mild sensation of wanting a ciggy.. Nothing worse that that . I could probaly work my 'want' up a bit more but by just getting on with something else the feeling passes quickly and adds up to no more than 20 mins of mild 'wanting' per day.

After finding things 'easy' so far i am just a little concerned that it will come crashing down any minute and that I will be overcome with an unstoppable need to smoke!

Anyway I am rambling now and Ive got things to do .. but to all that have posted on this forum your posts have been some inspiration and am sure have helped reduce my need for weed! i will keep you posted with my progress and hope my posts can be of some inspiration to others..

Thanks

Andy

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  • Hi Richara :D

    Welcome to the forum and well done on the decision to quit possibly one of the most important you will ever make and you will be losing nothing but you will regain control of your life and that has to be good

    You will find all the help and support you need on here as we all help each other just like a family we are here for you every step of the way cheering the good days and sympathiseing with the bad but the good far outweigh the bad

    Read the posts on here you will find a lot of tips and advice and in the signatures of a lot you will find links to other sites just click on them

    Here are 2 I find very good to start you off whyquit.com and woofmang.com Read, read and then read some more as the more you read and learn about why you smoked and about your addiction the easier your quit will be

    Well done you almost 2 weeks quit that's great

    Good Luck

    Marg

  • Nearlt 2 weeks

    Well done andy and congrats on have a lapse but not a RE-lapse !!

    I have only been 10 days here, finding it very supportive and useful and the people are kind enough to read each others posts and upport each other through any aspect of conversation we choose to write about, wow i have waffled my tongue of on here, typing how i feel etc etc.

    Enjoy being free and keep positive. Hope your journey continues with ease and if you feel an 'itch' popping up just take a few deep breaths and blow the bugger away !!

  • Hi Andy

    That is great bet you feel good. I will be 14 days on Tuesday had ups and downs, I bought the Alan Carr book today after hearing so much about it thought it might help with those bad days from what I hear it explains lots and helps you understand the quit.

    Keep it up and keep posting

  • Cheers for the kind words folks.

    Trendy have a read at the Alan Carr book. I used the guys 'method' to quit another demon just over a year ago. But thats a whole other story.:o

    On the no smoking front. I had one of those break through moments today ( which is day 13) Since early last year I have been commuting by bicycle. Its only an 8 mile round trip. And It has proven to be an easy way to keep my flabby bits in check as well as being fun / cheaper and good for me. Anyway up till now I had not really noticed much difference in the ease with which I breath . Well.......this morning my lungs felt like someone elses. That extra effort that a smoker has to put into getting a deep breath was virtually gone ( felt like it anyway) the 'burn' that I get during the last mile 'sprint' into work was much reduced...At last I am begining to feel some of the physical benefits from having stopped.I suppose that the changes are gradual and are easy to miss as one day merges into another but today was a step change for sure.

    All the best folks.

    Any time spent not smoking is time well spent.

  • thanks BTW Margareth... this is just what i was after

    whyquit.com/whyquit/A_Benef...

    Deedee . I 'lurked on this site for the first week or so. Just having a good read over the forums passed the time if nothing else. Some of the stories are humorous, some sad ,some desperate and some happy. Above all they were all help in not having a smoke.

    Andy

  • Hi Andy :D

    You are very welcome and you are so right the posts on here cover the whole range of emotions and that helps others as there is always someone here who has been there done that and usually more than one which is what makes this forum such a great place to be

    I know I couldn't have done this without everyone on here to help and support me as needed and as you rightly say "anytime spent not smoking is time well spent'' Keep up the good work

    Those physical benefits don't take long to kick in and soon you will notice lots more of them

    Love

    Marg

  • Hi Andy,

    the great thing I get from your posts is that you have the right attitude. Your mind seems set on where you want to go. I agree that to give into a crave, or work yourself up into a worse one and be negative will increase your chances of failing or at least make the whole thing damm hard. It can be difficult at times but I still love a post which basicially said welcome to hell, its the best feeling in the world and embrace it!

  • Its my day 14 today. :) I know its still really early in the scheme of things. but I am feeling pretty good .

    Ive had a few mornings now when it has been 2-3 hrs before the usual " Right then its time for a smoke.....Hold on a minute , Ive stopped!" thought goes through my head. Does anyone else have those moments.. They are usually accompanied be a moment or two of dissapointment.. Kind of like the dissapointment I used to feel when reaching for a fag to discover the packet was empty. It passes quickly though and isnt a problem , in fact it makes me chuckle to myself that I can actually forget about not smoking.Usually if a task is difficult it stays on your mind all the time but I seem to find it easy to forget that I am giving up the ciggies. Having said that I seem to go 6-8 hrs at a time before smoking crosses my mind at all. It is getting to the stage ( at least it feels like it ) that not smoking is becoming the norm rather than smoking being the norm.

    Any way I am having a bit of a ramble without any idea where this post is going, other than to put my thoughts out there for others to read, scoff at, riddicule or dismiss as stupid , who knows though they may actually help someone.:D

    Anyway, Good morning to you all and have a nice day not smoking!

    Andy

  • Good morning Andy

    Well done 14 days I am a day behind you and the worst times for me are mornings and I think it is like you say you forget you have stopped and the auto pilot starts and it can be a bit of a jolt. Other than that things have been fine odd bad days but have to admit the good days are getting more

    Gratz again on day 14 X

  • Hi Andy :D

    2 weeks already that's great well done and yes most of us have thoughts like yours from time to time but as you say they are mostly fleeting ones and soon gone again

    It is good to have a ramble now and then just letting your thoughts take you where they will and be assured they do help other people and that is what this forum if for

    Love

    Margxxxxxx

  • Cheers very much Marg

    and Mel, exceptional work on your day 13:D.

    Mel your right.. Its a bit of a Jolt when it hits. Then I can feel just that little bit smug:)

    Andy ( I am having a good day)

  • Hi Andy and Mel,

    You are both doing so well,2 weeks and great attitudes,you will beat this.

  • Hi Andy and Mel! Good job on 2 weeks! I know what you mean by those thoughts. I've been quit almost 2 months and I still get them once in awhile. Yesterday I went shopping in a town 20 miles away with my granddaughter for the first time since I quit smoking. I never have been one to smoke when out and about nor in the car. Always wait till I get home. Anyway, back to the tale, 3 miles into the ride home, I thought "As soon as I get home I can have a cig! Oh, I don't smoke anymore!" Thought gone that fast! I always had a cig as soon as I got home after the two of us went shopping. Another trigger gone! Yeah!

    Quit: Jan 18, 2009

    Method: CT

    woofmang.com

    quitsmokingonline.com

    whyquit.com

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