Having a down day today so here are my reasons again

The aftermath of much chocolate, booze sluggishness etc. I don't really want to smoke but i just feel a bit blaah(and fat- how much weight have i put on in a week????)

This time, I have done 6 weeks today! (or a year and a half if you count stop, start, one or two, social smoking, give up again blipness-which i don't cos there was far too much of it to be considered blipness.)

So, treating this six weeks as my proper quit (the longest ever!)

Here is what i would stand to lose if i smoke again.

1) I'm not and have never really been an exercise person, apart from walking everywhere.....I can now RUN , and i've started running part of the way home from work.....I could NEVER run because i would collapse in a wheezing heap completely outta breath. What was i doing to my poor lungs? I am even (THIS AMAZES ME) THINKING OF JOINING A GYM!!! i don't occasionally wake up, gasping for breath like an 80 year old anymore.

2) My teeth have never been this white! For all those expensive whitening toothpastes i used to buy were total waste of cash when i recoated the teeth with the next dose of nicotine shortly after.

3) I'm not a junkie who cares first and foremost where i can get my next puff, which is never enough. I don't have to borrow a fiver at the end of the week for fags (food i could do without, but fags must be bought)

4) I smell nice. I hate the smell of smokers and i can't believe i used to smell like that! I couldn't smell anything though so i didn't know! I can smell things, the sense of smell is a wonderful thing .

5) Freedom- don't have to worry when i can get that next fix. Don't have to kid myself that i enjoy it anymore.

6) My thoughts are much less negative- I'm thinking bout things i haven't thought about doing for years. Learning to drive, going to college, leaving my Cr*p job.I was soo stuck in a rut of negativity and it took stopping smoking to change it. I don't have to live day to day, because i know can think about the future, and i know i can make changes. I'm more confident- weirdly, now i haven't got my social prop.

7) I've always liked food, but - hey who knew it tasted this good? (time to ffw those gym plans methinks)

Yeah, this quit is good. I no longer want to be an addict. I want to be free to be myself. I don't want to f**k up six weeks!!!!

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  • well said jude so very true...:)we all need to keep the positive thoughts in our heads when we feel the urge to smoke

    on top of most of what u have said i so like not having to worry in case i run out of cigs

    i can stroke my cats and type on lap top takes 2 hands... if i smoke takes 3 which 1 do i not do

    i dont feel guilty smoking around my cats

    every day there are more positves

    lets all keep up the good stop

    xxx

  • Hi Dude, isn't it funny how we all want to stop for the same reason OURSELF!! Although this is my first attemp at stopping I have seen many in the past that have. And they have stopped for themselves reading what you have written you want to stop for yourself so I believe if you believe in yourself you'll keep going. I have only been stopped for 26 big days but I stopped for all the reasons you have said and more.

    Over the last 3 days because of being snowed in and can't use the car I have walked a few miles and that includes uphill and what a difference. That alone helps me to keep going I could not have done that 3 weeks ago.

    People who try to stop to please others always fail we have to stop for ME!!

  • Jude - keep going, all the benefits of quitting are yours, do you really ever want to do the six weeks again?

    The weight will come off again - everyone puts weight on over christmas.

    I believe in you.

    M

  • 6) My thoughts are much less negative- ...... It is amazing how much nicotine controls our lives and our thoughts. It truly is a master and we have been its slave. Now that we are breaking away anything is possible although a little scary. I too want to get out and live life. Cheers and well done

  • Hi Jude :D

    6 weeks that's great I'm sorry you had a down day but most likely it's just after Xmas blues

    Keep going remember those reasons all good ones to quit

    Now name me ONE GOOD REASON TO START SMOKING AGAIN ??? go on I DOUBLE DARE YOU and I said a reason not an EXCUSE

    Love and a Hug

    Marg xx

  • The aftermath of much chocolate, booze sluggishness etc. I don't really want to smoke but i just feel a bit blaah(and fat- how much weight have i put on in a week????)

    This time, I have done 6 weeks today! (or a year and a half if you count stop, start, one or two, social smoking, give up again blipness-which i don't cos there was far too much of it to be considered blipness.)

    So, treating this six weeks as my proper quit (the longest ever!)

    Here is what i would stand to lose if i smoke again.

    1) I'm not and have never really been an exercise person, apart from walking everywhere.....I can now RUN , and i've started running part of the way home from work.....I could NEVER run because i would collapse in a wheezing heap completely outta breath. What was i doing to my poor lungs? I am even (THIS AMAZES ME) THINKING OF JOINING A GYM!!! i don't occasionally wake up, gasping for breath like an 80 year old anymore.

    2) My teeth have never been this white! For all those expensive whitening toothpastes i used to buy were total waste of cash when i recoated the teeth with the next dose of nicotine shortly after.

    3) I'm not a junkie who cares first and foremost where i can get my next puff, which is never enough. I don't have to borrow a fiver at the end of the week for fags (food i could do without, but fags must be bought)

    4) I smell nice. I hate the smell of smokers and i can't believe i used to smell like that! I couldn't smell anything though so i didn't know! I can smell things, the sense of smell is a wonderful thing .

    5) Freedom- don't have to worry when i can get that next fix. Don't have to kid myself that i enjoy it anymore.

    6) My thoughts are much less negative- I'm thinking bout things i haven't thought about doing for years. Learning to drive, going to college, leaving my Cr*p job.I was soo stuck in a rut of negativity and it took stopping smoking to change it. I don't have to live day to day, because i know can think about the future, and i know i can make changes. I'm more confident- weirdly, now i haven't got my social prop.

    7) I've always liked food, but - hey who knew it tasted this good? (time to ffw those gym plans methinks)

    Yeah, this quit is good. I no longer want to be an addict. I want to be free to be myself. I don't want to f**k up six weeks!!!!

    Hi Jude!

    what a fab post... thanks... its reinforced all of my reasonings, there's such sound ones in there too, tis nice also to not have to freeze outside in the rain and wet for a fix in this weather, similarly in the pub when its miserable and the troops troop out....

    Thanks for this!

    Zozie xx

  • Hi Jude,

    fab reasons, it really does help to get them out there. I am feeling a bit down today, don't know why, well not even really down, just missing the little blighters yesterday and today!

    However on the 2nd day of 2010 I will be 4 clear months done, and I am very sure I am not willing to throw that away, so me and you will get through this little blip and face 2010 happy, content and driven and non smoking.

    Keep going we can do this.

  • 6) My thoughts are much less negative- ...... It is amazing how much nicotine controls our lives and our thoughts. It truly is a master and we have been its slave. Now that we are breaking away anything is possible although a little scary. I too want to get out and live life. Cheers and well done

    Definitely! the addiction controls your brain, and you get sucked in to the needing it, and thinking it helps you. Can't remember who wrote the nicotine trap, but that sums it up pretty well.

    Actually there are loads more reasons:

    Not feeling so cold in winter, and not having hands and feet like ice. I usually can't stand cold weather, but now it doesn't bother me so much.

    Better skin- no spots!

    More money, fairly obvious one, but very nice.

    Not burning holes in the carpet or in my favourite tops

    Not leaving a trail of grey ash on furniture

    Not having a manky coated tongue (what was that about?)

    Feeling glad that i'm not gonna die of a horrible smoking related illness or need to wear an oxygen mask

    Yeah, the list goes on. Loving being a proper non smoker.:D

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