This has got to be possible

Hey there, I have been smoking just over ten years now and I am about to turn thirty. I always promised myself I wouldn't be smoking in my thirties. I have tried to stop a couple of times a few years ago but this time I know it has to be for good.

I have been psyching myself up for this for quite some time and wanted it to co-incide with me starting to go running again. Well, last night I went running. I managed two miles, which isn't much but what I noticed was above everything my lungs just could not keep up with my body. I would run for about 5 minutes and then my lungs would be screaming, almost suffocating me. This morning I woke up and knew today was the day.

So, Im four and a half hours in (had my last one at about 10:30pm last night but woke up at 7:30am) and feel oddly giddy and a bit tingly. I'm a bit of a masochist so I reckon I will be able to keep pushing myself on. One thing I never tried before was being involved with a community of people all doing the same thing.

I must add, this time I am going cold turkey with it. I tried NRT methods and just went back to smoking. Why am I sure I can do it this time? Because I owe it to myself. Even if the mardy nicotine monsters inside start running amok, they are getting nothing. Fcuk them. Time I had my quality of life back.

Wish me luck dudes. Will give an update later which may or may not make as much sense as this one!

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  • hey hey!

    You sound confident... good thing! Can i have some?! heh...

    My first day also, and at the cant keep still, cant concentrate, wanna just beat something stage. heh!

    Just wanna say good luck! Go kick ass! :D

  • Thanks, and good luck to you too! It can be done. This may sound awful but just think of cancer every time you think about wanting to smoke. Think about full ash trays filled with soggy damp fags. Think about eating that crap in a bread cob. Nu uh. Positive attitude will get you through!

  • Good luck.

    Be ready with a total positivity that you intend to win this fight with 'the monster' (I call my monster git now)

    Remember you are only fighting yourself here though, you are the positive determined half, the monster is working its magic on your negative half, the doubter and worrier.. but slowly and surely.. the more you stand up to the mind games and the tricks the monster plays, the more of your other self you get back.. and you become stronger to it. Eventually you become one again, and at that point you are already looking back and in your case, able to run much further and feel alot more positive about what youv'e achieved.

    Take it a step at a time, get some distraction going, if you've any good friends in work (ideally the non-smoking friends), enlist their help.. let them know what your doing and absorb their encouragement in times of need.

    That and using these forums do help.

    Above all, keep busy.. and if you've nothing to do.. find some things to do.. we put off so many things til later, well that later is now, so no time like the present eh!

  • Good luck to you both...

    Advice, keep occupied and read everything about nicotine addiction, try why quit, tales from the quit woofmang.com/ and keep going.

    Get some more exercise today too, truly believe that 15 mins a day helps when your beginning your quit, for me I found it to be the time when I was most lucid going through the withdrawal.http://www.nosmokingday.org.uk/forum/showthread.php?t=11064

  • Mid Afternooon

    Well, progress progress.

    I don't want one even now. I just feel a little bit sickly. Concentration is hard because of the dizzyness. I'm sure it will pass. It feels like time keeps freezing here and there. This is kinda troublesome because my job requires lots of thought and patience and is quite technical.

    I'm sure I have a face like a mardy kid too! Bottom lip is out etc.

    Aaaaaah screw it.

    I shall go for another run this evening, maybe over the moors today. I'm pretty sure if I keep pushing myself, the reminder of how scorched my lungs feel after running will keep me on track. When I was a kid I loved Sonic the Hedgehog. Maybe in a few months I will be able to run no probs again. Just like the little blue fella. Heh.

    Hows everyone else feeling?

  • Good luck today - expect to feel a bit weird for a few days - it does get better.

    Today is good just re-read a good piece, hope you find it interesting too.http://talesfromthequit.com/keep-going

    Definitely the first few days takes determination - just keep going, head down, don't be distracted from your goal

  • Hi Apok :D

    You're nearing the end of day 1 and that has to be good well done

    The dizziness and lack of concentration are normal just now but will pass quickly

    Below is my standard welcome and advice post which I try and give to all new members

    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

    Love

    Marg

  • Good luck new starters :)

    Stick with the quit, it gets loads easier over time, I am a nearly at the 4 month mark now and have decided to get back into shape and have noticed that now when I go for a run I stop because my legs are tired not because my lungs can't take any more, this has simply got to be a good thing :)

    My advice is try to keep busy for the first couple of weeks and remain strong in your desire to quit.

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