The day just changed

Really interesting thing just happened. Waiting for the lift here at work and a smoking-buddy (well, I've known him 20+ years so more of a friend), came up to me and said "there's a rumour you've quit smoking". I just said "well, I've stopped". He then asked how so I told him about Champix and this forum. Just sitting here it's struck me that someone sees me doing what I've always envied other being able to do – to stop smoking – and has asked how I've done it. I was always the person asking that question.

I've not been having a good day to that point- thinking far too much about the little white sticks, but just like that the day changed and I'm feeling pretty good. :)

So fellow Octoquits, although nobody may be saying anything, people are noticing what we've done and maybe getting ready to ask how did you do that?.

BTW – 23 days today and I'm not sure where I should be. I've done Week 3 and it seems too early to be in Month one, but there's no Week 4 to hide in. So gang, where do you want me (I've been married a long time so I know to take advice from a woman). Thinks – I'll stay in week three until told otherwise….. don't want to be told off, they might swap the beer for cake!

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  • Hi Dave :D

    23 days well done you that's great

    You go in the month one room and when you start month 2 go in there and so on when you get to the year you stay in the Penthouse for good OK

    I know what you mean about the day changing when that friend asked how you'd quit isn't it great when that happens

    A friend of mine did that as well when I'd been quit for a month she admitted she didn't think I'd ever give up the fags HA HA

    Love

    Marg xx

  • Well done Dave xx

  • Well done!

    I, too, am not sure where I belong. I gave up 16th October and last cig on 25th October, but it does not matter to me anymore (I think!!).

    I just want to be able to say ONE MONTH, so I guess that will be on the 25th!!

    After that, I guess it will be easier, counting the days and weeks stresses me!!

    lol!

  • Hi Dave

    Firstly well done my love (have a beer or four), go into 1 month then come into month 2 on the 28th but bring some wine.

    I only have 1 friend who smokes and she has tried Champix and stopped smoking for 8 months but started again because her boyfriend (who I hate) carried on smoking in the house etc and she gave in, which was annoying. However Dave it's lovely you are now there for others, just remember you can not make someone give up.

    Right have you got the wine yet??

  • Dave, well done on 23 days !!!

    but even better, how much better it must feel to perhaps even inspire someone else to perhaps at least consider quitting smoking? You are in a strong position of being able to lead by example i'd say. Alot of folk who are still there now smoking, wish they could quit, and fear failing if they should try, but nothing gives them encouragement more than seeing how much better someone is doing now they have actually quit.

    I was meant to quit on the same day as a chap at work in may.. and i put it off.. i stupidly put it off.. yeah bottled it.. until July 11th.. but between june and july i bumped into this guy at work a few times and he seemed brighter, happier.. bouncy.. to say the least.. he spoke with positivity.. and his only regret was not having quit much sooner.

    That made a massive impact on me even before i quit myself.. but now i get folk in work who are asking me about quitting now too, and they ask me how i feel... so i tell them. I don't lay on the whole quit smoking thing too heavy, i just tell em how much better I actually feel. Its up to them to decide if they want to follow.

    So well done you.. you are becoming an example of which they will follow.. maybe not now.. perhaps not next week, but meeting you and asking you about it may just have cemented the idea in their head that quitting smoking is actually possible.

    Nice one.

    jase

  • Dave

    Well done you, glad it turned your day around, so it should, how proud you must have felt. My 82 year old Dad keeps murmuring "never thought you would give up, thought you would smoke for life, so proud of you ", makes me feel good as well.

    Only 2 days behind you and will follow you into next room when you find it.

    Enjoy the beer !!!!

    Dee

  • Hi Dave

    Nice one - you can go to Month 1 if you like - But, and here's the big one, on Nov 28, you will be ceremonially paraded into Month 2 (provided you've brought sufficient alocohol).

    I've had that sort of reaction from friends/colleagues too. My Mum's friend is now on Champix. One of my friends has just got it from the doctor. And a women I had a business meeting with last week has emailed to say I've 'inspired' her to try giving up. I think everyone thought I was such a lost cause smoking-wise that if I can do it anyone can

    Sue

  • I've had that sort of reaction from friends/colleagues too. My Mum's friend is now on Champix. One of my friends has just got it from the doctor. And a women I had a business meeting with last week has emailed to say I've 'inspired' her to try giving up. I think everyone thought I was such a lost cause smoking-wise that if I can do it anyone can

    Sue

    ..and ME!! I found this site when I was thinking of giving up and read your blog re Champix (knew nothing about it at that stage), told husband that night I was giving up, went to the docs on the Monday and started Champix Tuesday!! I had been thinking of quitting for 12 months (never said a word to a soul) but your blog made my mind up. I had never tried to give up smoking in my life, yet I know I will never smoke again thanks to you (I thought I'd mentioned this, sorry)

    Mind you I do blame you for the fact my size 10s are now way too tight!!!!!:D

  • Ahh Christine, thanks - that's kind. And now in turn there are quite a few people on this forum who I'm sure would say that you've been instrumental in their quit and helping them stay quit.

    Good the way it all goes round isn't it.

    Sue

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