Day 3 after lapse

Hi All,

I actually quit on 1st June, but then lapsed on Friday night and continued to smoke until Sunday, so I'm calling this Day3. Haven't smoked since then. I'm using patches to help as these have proved most effective for me on the many times I've attempted before...

Here's what I've found:

[*]I felt really bad for smoking all weekend

[*]Once I'd smoked,the cravings came back worse than before

[*]If I just ignore the cravings, they tend to go away after a few minutes

I'm determined to keep it up this time. I'm actually finding weekdays a lot easier than weekends, so need to do some forward thinking & planning to avoid temptation from Fri onwards.

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  • I'm actually on maternity leave at the moment so I havent worked for 5 months and won't work for the next 7 months either.

    My previous 2 quits I have was working and I, also, found it more difficult on a weekend rather than through the week.

    Now that I don't work, I've gotten through 3 days of what I'd say was previously my normal weekend activity and I now find my weekends are more action packed than my weekdays so I really think I'll succeed this time...

    I've taken up a few fitness activities as well to try and replace the smoking with something else - though granted it's not as frequent.. Hopefully the benefits of both will only serve to strengthen my resolve.

    Just keep it going, you're obviously doing really well to have stopped for 2 weeks to begin with. Also it may feel like three steps forward and two steps back after your relapse, you're still moving forward and moving through..

    I'm lucky in so far as my partner doesn't smoke and neither do any of my friends or family.. I also am practically tee-total except on special occassions, but in the past, before my pregnancy and the few months prior, I was out every single weekend, Friday and Saturday - so I didn't really stand a hope in Hell's chance..

    Good luck, keep us informed of how you're getting on, you're doing great :)

  • Welcome Darren and well done on your quit. It's strange, whenever anyone quits they always say it was horrible, it certainly gets me thinking what a waste it would be to try, it's that awful.

    Lots of luck you can do it.

    Jackie

  • Here's what I've found:

    [*]I felt really bad for smoking all weekend

    [*]Once I'd smoked,the cravings came back worse than before

    [*]If I just ignore the cravings, they tend to go away after a few minutes

    Hi Darren :)

    Sorry to hear that you slipped on Friday till Sunday vut well done for restarting your quit Yes try planning the weekend it may well help you if you can find things to do not just work but fun things as well

    But most of all remember that list and the lessons you learn't

    Love

    Marg xxxxxxxxx

  • Hi Dr greenthumbs :)

    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

    Post often to let us know how you're doing, to rant, rave have a moan whatever you like pretty much anything goes on here OK

    Best Wishes

    Marg xxxxxxxx

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