Hello all, new here and on day 4

Hi Folks,

Firstly I am new here so hello. This forum looks brilliant. I am really looking forward to the support and hopefully contributing as I go along.

Well I had my last one on 07/01/2010. Been wanting to quit for ages but having a sinus infection and still smoking made me decide to do it. Been working from home Thurs and Fri and had a laid back weekend mostly at home just out shopping with friends and family so not really been around anyone smoking.

Been finding it OK so far apart from feeling emotional on and off yesterday and today but really worried about going back to work tomorrow. I think I've probably had it a bit easier so far with not being in my usual routine. Just worried that it will suddenly become really difficult aarrrgghhh.

Using patches and this is about my 5th attempt but first in 3 years.

Any advice?

Thanks very much.

Debs

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  • One Day At A Time....

    Hi Debs, Dont look to far ahead, if a day at a time is to much, just take an hour at a time... It doesnt matter how u get there, as long as u get there. Good luck, and post often to get help and advice...... Stay Strong Kaz :p

  • Hi Debs what Kaz has said is correct 10 months now for her and you should see the things Kaz has bought with the money she saved through not smoking.

    Anyway welcome to the form there is lots of help around here, read as many posts as you can and very importantly read the links in others signatures.

    It seems you have been doing very well so well done.

    Okay going back to work tomorrow look out for the triggers, cuppa and a fag, take a walk to the shops and have a fag, lunch break have a fag. These are the things you have to watch for plan to do something else in advance for when these things happens have a mint or an apple maybe an orange just be prepared.

    Good luck and good willpower, it's hard but stick with it.

    Jack x:)

  • Hi Kaz,

    Thank you so much. I am doing OK just in a panic about tomorrow. Think its a fear of failure as I really don't want to smoke again. Jack mentioned you have treated yourself to some great things with the money you saved. Can I ask if you put the money in a jar every day like I have seen some people here do?

    Jack thank you. You are an inspiration after reading how long you were a smoker for. That sounds like a great idea. I am going to write down the times I am worried about and what I plan to do. Writing things down helps them stick in my head.

    I really am determined. Sick of feeling rubbish all the time.

    Thanks guys for making me welcome and the advice.

    Debsx

  • Hey Debs, as they say on the famous tv shows please come back tomorrow and let us know how you get on.

    I a driving instructor and I have not been able to work for the last three and a half weeks. So like you I'm kind of going back to work and will have to get used to rountine again but without the cigs.

    Take it easy,

    Jack x

  • Savings

    Hi Debs

    I put and still put £4.00 everyday in a tin marked "Cash 4 Ash" and everytime it got to a reasonable amount I treated myself... I then put the receipt in the tin and wrote a list of what I brought and left it there. I find this to be a fantastic motivation, and I look forward to the treats, especially in the beginining. If you look at my post entitled 10 Months it shows the list. When I put it in writing yesterday it was quite amazing..

    Good Luck before u know it u will be counting in weeks, then months. The time soon goes by. Kaz x :p

  • Here you are Debs I'll do this for Kaz cos' she's cool:cool:

    Just follow the link.

    Jack x

    forum.nosmokingday.org.uk/s...

  • Cheers

    Oh thanx Jack, I meant to do that, had a blond moment and forgot.... x x

  • Don't start me with the blond jokes:D

    Jack x

  • Hi Debs and welcome

    Well done on your quit so far you will have great support and advice here. Read all you can from the links in peoples posts. Try not to worry to much about going back to work. i work with over six smokers and was not looking forward to trying to stay smoke free with work mates I been smoking with for over 20 years. But it didnt turn out half as bad when I tryed it and now one or two have even quit with me. xxxxx

  • Hi Debs :)

    Well done you day 4 over and done with that's great being emotional is normal for most of us OK tear, anger, you name it we get it but it passes

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

  • Not so bad.....

    Hi All,

    Typing this sneakily in work but just wanted to say thank you to you all for your support.

    Today has not been so bad. Much better than I was expecting. My friend in work stopped over a year ago and was giving me lots of good encouragement. Even went out with him and our other friend who smokes after out lunch while she had her ciggie and it was fine.

    I think something has clicked into place in my head. Am hoping it stays clicked! Am a bit worried it's easier cos I am not 100% well still but think I am just being negative.

    Jack, wondering how you are getting on today back at work? Hopefully it's going well.

    Re being emotional, it seems to just be on this site lol Reading how well everyone is doing is making me well up - in a good way.

    Also been told how much colour I have in my cheeks :D

    Kaz I am going to buy a 'Cash not Ash' tin today and follow your lead because seeing your list of things bought with your smoking money I was gobsmacked!

    Thanks again and heres to day 6 tomorrow :)

    Debsx

  • Hi Debs

    Firstly well done on your decision to quit and your quit to date. Don't worry about it being your 5th attempt, most of us have gone back to the dark side on serveral occassions.

    The guys on this forum are great, really supportive because they have either been through or are going through the same thing. If it wasn't for these guys I don't think I would have attempted the quit again so soon so they have a lot to answer for ;) It's like having your own virtual family.

    I know what you mean about thinking differently this time. I am in a different mindset now. I think well I made the choice to smoke and now I've made the choice not to smoke. Yes it is for health reasons, of course it is but it is financial too. I am no way going spend over £5 for a packet of cancer sticks. I may aswell chuck my money down the drain. The cash jar is a good idea. I have opened a separate bank account I do money transfers through internet banking. That way I will be less tempted to dwindle the money on something stupid as excuse the pun but mone does burn a hole in my pocket so if it's in the bank it's out the way :)

    I can only echo what others have said and that is to read about the habit and addiction there are many good books and internet sites out there.

    You are going to feel emotional, moody and though energy has zapped but it is all part of the quit. At the moment I'm feeling all 3 but it is getting easier and I'll be damned if I'm gonna go through those initial days again so there is no way I'm giving in.

    To help with cravings hmmmm not sure most will advise fruit and water but I think sod the healthy stuff at the moment and I'm heading right for the chocolate. I'll worry about the lardy bum when I'm comfortable with my quit.

    Also another suggestion is some guys on here have a "click quitter" on their PCs which tells them how long they have quit, how much money they have saved, etc. I don't personally have it though and not sure where you download from. I'm sure one of the other guys will let you know if your interested.

    Sorry for the rambling, I hope this post has helped you in some way.

    WELL DONE ON YOUR QUIT. KEEP GOING YOU ARE DOING GREAT!!

    Tinks xx

  • Hi Marg,

    Thank you for the welcome message. I have had a look at a couple of the links in work and will read more tonight when I get home. I have been reading through the posts from 1 day to 1 year + and finding both really inspirational. I don't want to do day 1 again!

    Tinks thank you so much for your message. I will read it again in more detail tonight but I really appreciate all your advice. As for snacking I am actually at weightwatchers and have lost just under half of the stone I want to lose. I was planning to wait til I had reached my goal but there will always be some reason not to do it. I am hoping to at least stay the same for the next few months by going every week. Plus I find concentrating on planning my food etc a good distraction.

    Just about to head home and getting in from work is when I used to smoke the most so shall be interesting. Have a funny feeling the flat will be nice and tidy after tonight.

    Debsx

  • Hi All,

    Typing this sneakily in work but just wanted to say thank you to you all for your support.

    Today has not been so bad. Much better than I was expecting. My friend in work stopped over a year ago and was giving me lots of good encouragement. Even went out with him and our other friend who smokes after out lunch while she had her ciggie and it was fine.

    I think something has clicked into place in my head. Am hoping it stays clicked! Am a bit worried it's easier cos I am not 100% well still but think I am just being negative.

    Jack, wondering how you are getting on today back at work? Hopefully it's going well.

    Re being emotional, it seems to just be on this site lol Reading how well everyone is doing is making me well up - in a good way.

    Also been told how much colour I have in my cheeks

    Kaz I am going to buy a 'Cash not Ash' tin today and follow your lead because seeing your list of things bought with your smoking money I was gobsmacked!

    Thanks again and heres to day 6 tomorrow :)

    Debsx

    Hi Debs, looks like your 1st day back to work hasn't been so bad and a big well done. Watching and being prepared for those triggers is very important.

    Yep I managed to get some work done today earned a little money and of course even after 40 days the triggers were there for me also. But just expected them, dealt with them and they past on and I just got through the day.

    It seems you are like I was in the early stages very determind and positive. Well times and things will come along and try to make you change your mind. The NICOTINEDEMON, please don't allow this to happen keep strong and keep that positive determination. It was you that decided you don't need to smoke any more so keep it up and very well done.

    One other point I don't know if you noticed but I in Pitlochry it would not take me long to drive to Glasgow if I need to tell you off:D:D:D

    Jack xx

  • Hello Jack,

    Pleased you had a good day and earned some pennies.

    Warning duly noted ;) It's good to hear that it won't always be easy cos I do need to be realistic about it and be aware of the pitfalls.

    Stupidly put my patch on my back today (no idea why, was half asleep) and it started to come loose about 7. Since then have eaten pretty much anything I could get my hands on. I am so embaressed about my earlier "I won't put weight on" post. Reality check number two.

    Also have cravings now. Thankfully no cigs in the house so going for a bath then early night.

    Debsx

  • Hello Jack,

    Pleased you had a good day and earned some pennies.

    Warning duly noted ;) It's good to hear that it won't always be easy cos I do need to be realistic about it and be aware of the pitfalls.

    Stupidly put my patch on my back today (no idea why, was half asleep) and it started to come loose about 7. Since then have eaten pretty much anything I could get my hands on. I am so embaressed about my earlier "I won't put weight on" post. Reality check number two.

    Also have cravings now. Thankfully no cigs in the house so going for a bath then early night.

    Debsx

    Debs what I like is you are accepting it won't be easy and by telling you to watch out for these things that will try to catch you out I am not trying to scare you. It's knowing what may come along will help you to deal with it, expect the unexpected.

    You are doing great, fantastic, make sure you reward yourself tomorrow.

    Have a good night and a great smoke free day tomorrow.

    Jack xx

  • Day 6

    Hi folks,

    Well day 6 almost over. Today has been ok. Had a few moments where I feel like I should be going for a smoke and the first time I missed the feeling of inhaling the smoke. But didn't think of actually going for one.

    Also lost my rag when someone was incredibly un-team-like towards me in work. Normally I would seethe and not say anything but they got it between the eyes via email (in response to theirs) and I copied in my boss. Then took some rescue remedy before I exploded. That was a bit odd...... I am quite hot headed but normally it takes a lot to get me like that. Then later on when a horrid project manager who is incredibly rude to everyone sent me a stinker of an email she got one right back. Not that it isn't about time I stood up for myself but normally I would be kinda intimidated. Think I will take the rescue remedy first thing in the morning tomorrow......

    Finding nights after work a bit harder. Snacking a lot more than usual. Almost finished a box of maltesers - oops!

    Went to the chemist for my patches tonight and was expecting a round of applause for doing so well but was sadly dissapointed. I had to ask to take he co2 test again. She went "Do you want to take it? Cos it will show if you've smoked" grrrrrrrr Not everyone is like you lovely people on here it seems :D

    On the upside, I did run for a train without coughing up a lung and am really excited about tomorrow being a week. I can't believe I have managed it!

    Debsx

  • Hey Debs fantastic lassie you're doing absolutely great.

    Stuff them in the chemist cheeky soanso's the point is you know you've not smoked and that's what matters.

    Keep it up we're watching you in a nice way.:)

    Jack xx

  • Hello Jack,

    Thank you very much. I am so grateful to have this place to come and empty my thoughts into every so often. Hopefully once I feel I have got to grips with this I can offer the same to newer peope.

    I am actually going to be thinking I have to be really good in case you spot me out on a long hire Jack lol! Or do you have NSD spies all over the place? ;)

    How are you getting on today?

  • I have a camera built into a satelite, you take care you're doing great. If you need help anytime just ask.

    Jack x

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