Monkey Bar Tenders

Must be a few monkeys arriving here over the next few weeks, welcome all, I believe I'm on of the first to arrive. Getting a bit bored with it all though, as has happened to me before around the 3 month mark, but I will persevere this time as I am more aware of the whole mental side of abstenance from my chosen addiction, this is the longest I have ever been without ANY nicotine since I was 14.

Rather than having trigger craves I find I am having full days with a feeling I'm missing out, but when I am in an instance where I would normally smoke I don't even think about it, wierd??

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  • Getting a bit bored with it all though,

    I know how you feel. I wrote a thread at a similar point called Losing the excitment.

    You just need to accept yourself as being a non smoker and carry on, and dismiss the temptation knowing that smoking is never the answer. (Unless, of course, the question is how can I increase the chances of a slow and unpleasant death and pay through the nose for the privilege of doing so.)

  • Hi John :D

    You have been a Non Smoker for 3 months now and that's great so you know you can do this don't start to doubt yourself now just hang in there and accept all the benefits that go with it

    Love

    Marg xxxxxxxx

  • Hi John,

    I'll have the 3 months on Saturday! I do still occasionally miss a ciggie too. I had quite a struggle last Saturday when I went to Uttoxeter races. A lot of the crowd I went with - including my husband - are smokers. It was quite tough when I'd had a few drinks too!

    I did think 'I could just have one today and promise myself never to smoke again' but then I reminded myself how the nico-demon would lie dormant just waiting for its opportunity to get me to smoke. I also thought that I would be even weaker the next time a real temptation came along whereas if I didn't smoke, I'd be even stronger.

    I am soooo pleased I didn't smoke. Since Saturday I have not been even vaguely tempted to smoke, I haven't even thought about ciggies, even sitting next to my husband while he smokes - I don't even think about having one.

    I just love being a non-smoker!

  • Hi john, know what you mean about the missing out, it's odd isn't it. Is it cos not smoking is less of an effort so the achievement doesn't seem so big? We have to keep patting ourselves on the back each day. I'm two weeks behind you and at the moment it does seem tough.

    Don't forget what you've achieved, and don't forget to tell yourself well done.

    Fantastic job. Well done john and the other team monkeys ready to join you, I hope I get there too.

  • What a bunch of bar-stewards you are!

    So many quitters from the same time (more or less) keeping it going is wonderful to see - I'm certain that a lot of people see this and are inspired by it.

    As far as I can tell, nearly all of the original monkeys are still smoke free....

    Just awesome, congratulations to all of you :D

    Stu (Celebrating my 204th smoke free day today)

  • Yep, that post is on the button Nic.

    Nikki, I can stand with smokers and it makes me not want to smoke! Even when I see someone smoking it puts me off. I'm not really thinking about fags but just have a feeling I'm missing something and that the reason has to be fags?? I can't really explain it tbh but what I have figured out that I cannot afford to smoke and obviously never could - hence my current credit card debt!! I noticed in the shop the other day that they are up 10p since I stopped!!

  • Well done you little monkeys you!!! its gone so fast hasn't it? you are all doing fab fab fab-really pleased so many from the team has suceeded,

    The fact that you're getting 'bored' is a sign that you are simpley moving on to the next phase-yes the excitement of the achievement is gone-so what? its because its feeling natural being a non smoker-you will always get little niggles, but they are easy to sweep under the carpet and move on!

    well done xxx

  • Week 12 in the bag come Saturday at 22:00 Hrs but godamn has the last couple of days been hard:mad:

    Anyway onto the positives..

    Into my annual training for the C2C charity ride now and have noticed the old air bags performing top notch:D

    Used to feel a bit giddy after a hard ride - not any more and that can only be down to ditching those festering fags.

    Sleeping better, food tastes great, don't feel guilty when the stop smoking ad's come on, when people offer me a smoke - "no thanks, I don't smoke, etc, etc, etc.....................:)

  • Please keep going

    Must be a few monkeys arriving here over the next few weeks, welcome all, I believe I'm on of the first to arrive. Getting a bit bored with it all though, as has happened to me before around the 3 month mark, but I will persevere this time as I am more aware of the whole mental side of abstenance from my chosen addiction, this is the longest I have ever been without ANY nicotine since I was 14.

    Rather than having trigger craves I find I am having full days with a feeling I'm missing out, but when I am in an instance where I would normally smoke I don't even think about it, wierd??

    I only joined yesterday and already I am feeling that I am not alone. I will say this though that I gave up on previous occasions, once for 3 months then went back, that was over 10 years ago. So this is not the first quit, but I hope the last (24 days today). I believe that nicotine is cunning, baffling, powerful AND PATIENT. It will be waiting for you whether it is in the guise of temper, jealousy, bereavement, boredom, it's always there. Be vigilant and don't give in. Love Jeanx

  • I love reading these later posts. They are really inspiring. However, I do not feel qualified to post any advice on any of these 'bigger' threads! Anyway, well done to anyone past 2 months! You all inspire me.

  • Thanks to all for the encouraging replies! I have to say that now I rarely even consider having a ciggie and it is so true that every time you face a tricky situation but get through it, you get stronger.

    Tonight I have been to my sisters (for a bbq!) and a few weeks ago I would have dreaded it because it would mean alcohol and so******ing with smokers. I didn't give it a second thought tonight - I had a lovely evening and I even sympathised with the smokers!

    Nicki x

  • ooops - forgot we can't say soc1al1se with!

  • ooops - forgot we can't say soc1al1se with!

    Why can't you say that word?? :confused:

  • There is a product called c1al1s that has sexual links! google it! Any word that contains the same string of letters has it omitted. Actually I can't really see the problem but rules is rules.:D

  • What are you talking about woman?

    Sociαlise. There you go. Quite bαnαl really.

    How do you do that? :eek:

    That's not fair :p

  • He has a special licence as he needs to use ciaIis before a bit of a*** - is this too much???clicksmilies.com/s1106/lach...

  • Another monkey here, arrived on the 20th.

    Keep going guys your all doing great :D

  • Well done billyc!!

    Good to see you here.

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