Hi from Newbie!

Hi all,

I have been reading the posts on here for a few days and thought as this is the start of my new life I ought to share it with you guys?! :p

I quit on new years - I had been thinking about it for a while but only really decided on it on new years morning when my boyfriend made me the first rollie of the day ... to which I said no thanks :D So I am now the only non smoker of my family ... managed a family roast last night with them all chuffing away! ;)

Day 1 was bad - did anyone else get totally spaced out? I felt like I was on another planet! So now I'm starting day 4 and I will be back to work this afternoon.

It may be auto-suggestion but I do feel healthier already. I have promised myself teeth whitening as a reward - to get a rid of those nicotine stains!

Good luck to you all

Jen x

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  • Gratz on your quit!!!! There are a lot of things that effect us when we quit. The first week was the toughest for me. It got easier as I went along, not way easyier but it did get better every day, every week. Do your best and don't forget why your quitting and use the site. Heres some info that might anser some questions for ya.

    Smoking cessation timeline – the health benefits over time

    * In 20 minutes, your blood pressure and pulse rate decrease, and the body temperature of your hands and feet increase.

    * Carbon monoxide in cigarette smoke reduces the blood’s ability to carry oxygen. At 8 hours, the carbon monoxide level in your blood decreases to normal. With the decrease in carbon monoxide, your blood oxygen level increases to normal.

    * At 24 hours, your risk of having a heart attack decreases.

    * At 48 hours, nerve endings start to regrow and the ability to smell and taste is enhanced.

    * Between 2 weeks and 3 months, your circulation improves, walking becomes easier and you don’t cough or wheeze as often. Phlegm production decreases. Within several months, you have significant improvement in lung function.

    * In 1 to 9 months, coughs, sinus congestion, fatigue and shortness of breath decrease as you continue to see significant improvement in lung function. Cilia, tiny hair-like structures that move mucus out of the lungs, regain normal function.

    * In 1 year, risk of coronary heart disease and heart attack is reduced to half that of a smoker.

    * Between 5 and 15 years after quitting, your risk of having a stroke returns to that of a non-smoker.

    * In 10 years, your risk of lung cancer drops. Additionally, your risk of cancer of the mouth, throat, esophagus, bladder, kidney and pancreas decrease. Even after a decade of not smoking however, your risk of lung cancer remains higher than in people who have never smoked. Your risk of ulcer also decreases.

    * In 15 years, your risk of coronary heart disease and heart attack in similar to that of people who have never smoked. The risk of death returns to nearly the level of a non-smoker.

    A lot of info like this is in the links in the signatures of posts on the site. Use them, read , read and read. Helps alot. Good luck

  • Hi Thomas,

    Thanks for your message. I have found all of the posts on here very helpful - especially the links.

    Thank you for your support

    Jen x

  • Hi Jenny and welcome

    Day 4 well done, I found day 2 the hardest day of all but you have got through that. Good luck.

  • Welcome and well done Jennie. Yes read, read then read some more, this is how we learn about the addiction to nicotine and is what helps us stay stopped.

    Best wishes.

    Jackie

  • Hi Jenny

    You're doing great well done keep going

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

    Quote:

    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 sympathising 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

    This link is good for the psychological part of quittinghttp://whyquit.com/whyquit/A_Symptoms.html

    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

    Love

    Marg xx

  • hello! I've just joined here and im in the same boat - didnt plan to quit until new years day...decided on the spot, mainly because my stonking hangover made me feel like spending a whole week in bed so didnt want to get up! but also because i thought that its easy to keep check of how long ive quit for :) good luck with it! xx :)

  • Hi all,

    I have been reading the posts on here for a few days and thought as this is the start of my new life I ought to share it with you guys?! :p

    I quit on new years - I had been thinking about it for a while but only really decided on it on new years morning when my boyfriend made me the first rollie of the day ... to which I said no thanks :D So I am now the only non smoker of my family ... managed a family roast last night with them all chuffing away! ;)

    Day 1 was bad - did anyone else get totally spaced out? I felt like I was on another planet! So now I'm starting day 4 and I will be back to work this afternoon.

    It may be auto-suggestion but I do feel healthier already. I have promised myself teeth whitening as a reward - to get a rid of those nicotine stains!

    Good luck to you all

    Jen x

    Hi Jenny

    welcome aboard glad you could join us well done on your decsion to quit best one you will ever take, wont kid you gonna be a bumpy ride for the first few days loss of sleep, emotional are all signs that your body is starting to heal grit your teeth and hang in there it will be worth it in the end, People on here are so supportive so post away let everyone know how you are doing you will lots of people offering help and advise but most of all support :)

  • Thank you all for your support :D

    I had my first day at work yesterday - it wasn't as bad as I was expecting. When I would normally go out for a smoke, I ate a Polo. All of my colleagues were lovely too - I think they expected me to be a dragon :mad:

    So day 5 begins ... going to buy some lolly pops - getting bored of polo's! ;)

    Keep going all! x

  • Morning jenny:D

    well done on getting to day 5,Im also on day 5 to today:cool:

    Good to hear you had a good day at work and you and are happy today.

    mmmm lollys sounds good, Dont forget to buy me some lolly pops:D

    lee x

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