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I have reached Day 5 now - not without tricky moments for sure ! It is very true that we can all identify particular associations between the weed and say having a drink or the mid morning cup of coffee - I am trying to face these as I go rather than avoid them on the basis that I wish to stop them triggering a need for a smoke - I have had what I assume to be normal two or three enormous battles with myself - just sitting thinking I am longing for a ciggy - the thought though of having one - probably disliking it - disliking myself and having to start from Day 1 all over again has managed to stop me giving in - the first evening when I had a glass of wine I promise you my hand went out to reach for my packet off the table - well if that doesn't illustrate " the habit " what does ? Also drinking heaps of water - firstly it helps flush out toxins - secondly stops you eating so much - it is clear that we can mistake withdrawal symptoms as hunger pangs - hence lots of people put on a lot of weight and thirdly drinking replaces the " dummy " which was the cigarette. It is the giddy and light headedness which has caught me out and a feeling of fatigue - but hey ho we are withdrawing from a very evil drug - has anybody else any tips or ideas to share - I went for hypnotherapy by the way on the morning of Friday 3rd July at 9.30 a.m. !!! and I am approaching this very much on a day to day basis

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  • Just read the link earlier today and in retrospect wish i'd known that at the time, really did have a weird day 2. It does get better and although I'm tired today this is just a natural tiredness.

    Good luck and you can do it.

    I have been quit for 1 Month, 6 Days, 23 hours, 35 minutes and 27 seconds (36 days). I have saved £160.86 by not smoking 739 cigarettes. I have saved 2 Days, 13 hours and 35 minutes of my life. My Quit Date: 31/05/2009 20:00

  • hi hoboatheart

    Congratulations on your quit that is brilliant..

    i am also quite early in quit on day 8 .. if a craving comes i just kind of like you try to distract my self found reading helps me .. when i want one i just read anything handy, the newspaper, how much fat is in what im eating lol just anything to read really, i know it mite sound stupid but i am then focusing on something else & it helps. Ive also still have things that go with fags like cup of tea etc etc (not done alcohol yet though not brave enough) - hopefully eventually too i wont associate smoking with my fave cup of teas.

    well done you x

  • Hi Hoboatheart,

    Welcome to the forum. You are correct about trigger moments that bring about the cravings. Having a cuppa coffee was one of mine; also having a glass of wine was another. They do fade with time but they are there in the early stages of a quit. I am on day 38 now and incredibly have given up drinking coffee. It was not a conscious decision, I simply found myself drinking more water and cups of tea and suddenly realised that it had been a day or two since I last had a cup of coffee. Once the realisation set in that I didn't want a cup of coffee I made an effort to stay away from it, this was about three weeks ago. I'm not saying you should do this but for me it is one of the bonuses of quitting.

    All the best with your quit.

    Regards stateofgrace

  • Thanks I nearly fell !!!!

    Thank you so much for your words of encouragement and your welcome - had a ghastly evening - worst so far for really fancying a ciggy and that was Day 5 evening !! - did the one of talking myself out of it i.e. what's the point you have smoked for 40 years so the damage is done, I probably already have one or more of these ghastly diseases so why ruin what is left of my life by taking away something I really enjoy, I could get killed in my car tomorrow etc etc etc. I am only glad I made very sure there were no cigarettes in this house from Friday morning - I even washed and stored every ash tray - because I am pretty sure I would have succumbed last night !!!! Didn't expect it on Day 5 to be honest - let's hope Day 6 is ok !!!!

  • Hi there,

    Please hang in there, it does go away. I was a smoker for thirty years, smoked a pack and half a day. I have never tried to quit before and honestly never thought I could but have managed so far. It does get easier, the craving do go away. I can relate to the reasons you have given yourself to start smoking again, I assure you had came up with the same reasons, why bother? I could get knocked over by a bus tomorrow, so why bother? I went though it all. But and there is the kicker, a cigarette will not make it all better, all my life’s wrongs will not suddenly be made right by lighting up again. This is the false sense that, as smokers we cling to, that the cigarette will make it all better, it won’t. Once we start again we want to stop again. It is a vicious circle that only we can break.

    I still work with guys that smoke, go to designated smoking areas, crowded into smelly smoking areas, with filthy ashtrays. I go there daily, to remind myslef what I am giving up. This is what you are giving up mate, you are not losing a friend, and you are giving up a smelly, expensive habit. Give yourself a break mate you have done well, reward yourself with the money you have saved, take your mind off it and it will get easier, but please hang in there.

    Regards stateofgrace

  • Thanks

    I would be so so annoyed with myself if I quit quitting - you see deep down I know that when I lit a cigarette I would most likely be very disappointed - not only in myself but also in the taste etc. - it is so easy to think it would be fabulous but after even 5 clean days I am not so sure !! Imagine taking a drag on that fag that sets you right back to the beginning and finding it quite noxious - that would make me really really mad - so I will try and stay strong - thanks for the support

  • That's what's keeping me going too.................imagine having to go back to the start and do the last 5 days again for a few puffs. But boy what I would give for a few puffs right now :D But I am not going through the last 5 days again.............NO WAY!!

    Maybe tomorrow will be's hoping :p

    Carol x

  • Totally agree with the above. None of us want to go back to the beginning again.:eek: Stay strong stick together and we will all come through this fine.

    Im sure that we will all be better people for beating the stupid addiction. As previously said it is stupid because when we smoked we didn't get anything from it. Apart from ill health empty wallets etc.

    Stay strong everyone.:D

  • Totally agree with the above. None of us want to go back to the beginning again.:eek: Stay strong stick together and we will all come through this fine.

    Im sure that we will all be better people for beating the stupid addiction. As previously said it is stupid because when we smoked we didn't get anything from it. Apart from ill health empty wallets etc.

    Stay strong everyone.:D

    great post!!

    totally agree with that, this will be the best thing you have ever done!




  • Hi Hoboatheart :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 and 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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