Day 7-so why so flat?

Hi All,

I made it to day 7, week 2 starts tomorrow, i should be ecstatic right?

I feel like i got run over by something big and heavy. I've been really up and positive all week and so looking forward to cracking my first week, but when this morning arrived i just felt flat and tired.

I know all of this is probably normal and should pass eventually, guess i've just got a touch of the miseries today:(

Is using patches and inhalator cheating do you think? Am i just saving up the real hard work for a later date? I suppose I'm worried that I'm just kidding myself a bit as ok, i'm not smoking a cigarette but even as i write this i have a patch firmly stuck on and the inhalator clenched between my teeth!

Oh where oh where has my sense of humour gone?? Think i'll go and read Davofgy's jokes again:D

Thanks for helping me get this far folks, i'm not giving in, just having an off day.

Jenni xx

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  • Hi Jenni :D

    Well done you into week 2 tomorrow and that's great Big Hug

    I'm sorry you're having a bad day today but all the things you're feeling right now are normal but they will all pass very soon OK

    No using Patches and an inhalor is not cheating at all most of us use something to help us I used champix for instance it has after all stopped you smoking OK you're still getting some nicotine for now but nowhere near as much as when you smoked as you work through the the patch nicotine gets less each time so that your body gets used to smaller and smaller amounts until finally you stop using them altogether

    So don't worry about that you're not cheating I truly admire the people who go CT but I certainly couldn't and I did try more than once

    Love and a Hug

    Marg xx

  • Hi Jenni, sounds like you are having some symptoms of stopping, feeling a bit down. There is a thread in "Other symptoms of quitting", where people shared about emotions, it may help you to read that. Why Quit also have info on emotions and of course lots of other valuable reading.

    Don't go looking for bad stuff try to relax and yes read David's jokes, a distraction is a great idea. Don't worry about the patches, you can stay with them while you get over the picking up a cigarette and get used to not doing that. Later you can cut down on the patch either by using a lower nicotine one or by cutting them up, there are some good stories about patches too, put patches in search engine should bring them up.

    Best wishes.

    Jackie

  • Thanks Marg, I think i was needing a hug:D

    And cheers Jackie, I know all I'm feeling is nothing new and I've never been one for wallowing too long, just having a bit of a "moment" as my friends and I call it!

    I'm off to forage for a chocolate biscuit:)

    Thanks so much, this forum is invaluable. I know for a fact i wouldn't have even got this far without you all.

    Huge hugs right back:D

    Jenni xxx

  • It really is an emotional rollercoaster, but you are doing really well. Treat yourself to a large bar of chocolate, I honestly found comfort eating to great help.

    xx

  • What you just described there hit me just before my 100 days, i should have felt great about the 100 days, but all i felt was.. like it was a bit of an anti-climax.

    I sure celebrated the weekend after it though once i'd got through moping for a few days.

    It passes and before long you'll realise you've been quit 2 weeks and that will be double the reason to celebrate. Who knows might be you'll relax a bit more during february, and once you do, you'll realise instantly what a great thing this is that you've done.

    j

  • Thanks Christine and thanks Jase,

    It is an emotional rollercoaster but yes, chocolate definitely helps!:D

    I don't know if having your sleep patterns all messed up has an effect too and possibly leaves you a bit low and washed out.

    Cheers for the boost though, i know it gets better, but like you Jase I expected to be celebrating my success today and felt really wrong footed to discover myself decidedly un-chipper this morning:confused:

    Ah well, tomorrows another day, I'll just chuck some pizza and salad at the kids tonight as enthusiasm's definitely not on the menu...baaaad mommy:p

    Big bar of chocolate,early night, all will be well.

    Jenni xx

  • Sorry to hear you had a bit of a day Jenni

    But pat yourself on the back, you've done a week!

    What treats have you got lined up?

    M

  • hey jenni

    realy well done

    its hard stopping but you will get through it. you are over the worst keep it up

  • Well done! Keep up the great work....keep reading these stories, works for me.

    My day 7 today. Tomorrow 2nd week *pats own back* Its tough but i feel great after letting myself down in November.

    Smell that lovely clean air in your room! :D

    ps- Hoping you will all suceed.

  • What treats have you got lined up?

    M

    Gosh I hadn't even thought of that! I have been saving my money in a jar though so I guess I'll need to think of something nice to do with it eventually:)

    Looking forward to starting week 2 on a more positive note.

    Thanks all and wishing us all success and good health.

    Jenni xx

  • Just wondering how you were today Jenni??

  • Hi Christine,

    I'm a bit chirpier today, though I do seem to be feeling ridiculously tired all the time but unable to sleep properly at night.

    I see some others have experienced similar on the patches, so with any luck i should feel back to normal soon.

    Normal???? Sheesh, I've smoked for the last quarter century, I have no earthly clue what normal feels like!:D:D

    Here's an odd one though, I felt pretty rough this morning so i didn't put the patch on, fed up with the wide awake/exhausted thing, and I've been craving less, eating less, and not wanting to use the inhalator either:confused:

    Any ideas? I'm not thinking I'm cured or anything, i'll put a patch back on later but i just thought it was a bit odd!

    How's your day?

    Jenni xx

  • Hi Jenni

    My day is getting better!! I quit on Champix so ironically I slept like a baby in the early days, however I struggled to sleep in month 2 and someone told me about Chamomile Tea (most supermarkets sell it). Have a cup 1/2 hour before bed and it does make me drowsy. Worth a try.

    Another day nearly done, well done you.

  • Cheers Christine,

    I'll give that a try tonight. I've got some in the cupboard, it's a chamomile blend called Night Time so it might just do the trick. I'd pay good money for a decent night's sleep!:D

    Jenni xx

  • In that case if you sleep tonight I will accept a cheque.:D

    Good luck and let me know.

    xx

  • Hi All,

    I made it to day 7, week 2 starts tomorrow, i should be ecstatic right?

    I feel like i got run over by something big and heavy. I've been really up and positive all week and so looking forward to cracking my first week, but when this morning arrived i just felt flat and tired.

    I know all of this is probably normal and should pass eventually, guess i've just got a touch of the miseries today:(

    Is using patches and inhalator cheating do you think? Am i just saving up the real hard work for a later date? I suppose I'm worried that I'm just kidding myself a bit as ok, i'm not smoking a cigarette but even as i write this i have a patch firmly stuck on and the inhalator clenched between my teeth!

    Oh where oh where has my sense of humour gone?? Think i'll go and read Davofgy's jokes again:D

    Thanks for helping me get this far folks, i'm not giving in, just having an off day.

    Jenni xx

    Hey, Jenni. I stumbled upon this forum accidentally while searching for an old post I made on a no smoking forum years ago. I cannot remember the name of the forum, and thought I would just get lucky. I am wanting to access that old post so that I can share it with another forum I'm on. After perusing this one, I am certain that this is not where I posted -- however, I spotted your post and registered here for the sole purpose of responding to you in hopes of offering some encouragement and sharing some extremely important information for anybody in your/our/my shoes.

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  • Hello FreeToBeMe,

    Thanks for your post, sounds like we have a CT advocate here! The site you mention is very good, I agree. I discovered it and others about a year ago and have been educating myself since. I've also read Allen Carr's Easy way and Only way books.

    I appreciate what you are saying but I've tried Cold Turkey previously and it's really not for me. The patches help me to do it gradually and without committing any murders:)

    My cousin quit using patches, she's been quit over 8 years now and hasn't slipped once, so I guess it's whatever works for each of us, we are all different.

    Thanks again though and welcome to the forum.

    Good luck with your own quit this time!

    Jenni x

  • Hello FreeToBeMe,

    Thanks for your post, sounds like we have a CT advocate here! The site you mention is very good, I agree. I discovered it and others about a year ago and have been educating myself since. I've also read Allen Carr's Easy way and Only way books.

    I appreciate what you are saying but I've tried Cold Turkey previously and it's really not for me. The patches help me to do it gradually and without committing any murders:)

    My cousin quit using patches, she's been quit over 8 years now and hasn't slipped once, so I guess it's whatever works for each of us, we are all different.

    Thanks again though and welcome to the forum.

    Good luck with your own quit this time!

    Jenni x

    LOL ... I actually read some of your other posts after I posted this to you, so I was expecting your response. I'm an advocate of whatever works; CT has proven to be the easiest for me.

    Allen Carr's forum is the one I was speaking of earlier. After I read his book, I was positive that was it. I became active on the forum and wrote some really good posts. Of course, after I lost my quit, I was too ashamed to go back and have since forgotten the web site.

    But, yes, let's be supportive of whatever works for each individual to quit, remaining mindful to "never take another puff."

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