So it's update time

29 Days

38 minutes

11 seconds

522 Cigarettes not smoked

156.08 saved...

...I say saved but that isn't really the case. Today has been an expensive day! Tank full of diesel at £1.15 something a liter, £4 for a jet wash and £250 for two new tires. I think I should go lay down for a while!

On the up side though still smoke free. I've promised myself that if I really want (I mean want) a cigarette then I'll have one. Strangely enough since I've told myself that the cravings have gone away. Was something I read before about unhappy quitters. Essentially it broke down to you quit something because you don't want it any more; there's a reason. Therefore if you want it then quitting isn't really what you want. There's a significant difference between wanting something and simply craving (e.g. addiction).

Well it has worked for now and will be the case for the rest of the weekend as I'm heading for a few days away tomorrow afternoon. I'm quite looking forward to the two and a half hour drive for some reason.

Hope the rest of you are all doing brilliantly! What have you all got planned for the weekend.

Happy Friday and even happier quitting.

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  • There's a significant difference between wanting something and simply craving (e.g. addiction).

    hey stav,

    I dont mean to be hard on you here but if ever I heard the addiction talking then its now. Wanting something that kills you is not a logical thought, Its an attempt by your addictive voice to get you to give it what it wants. Nicotine. Don't listen. You got a world of benefits coming your way and better smoke free life is amazing. Please believe me, and you ARE doing it, your already done alot of the hard work. Don't slip now mate.

    I'm sure you got it under control but be on your guard this weekend as your post shows warning signals to me. I have failed many a quit by telling myself these same few words.

    good luck and hope to see you in month 2 soon :)

    Bman

  • Cheer BMAN

    I know in my head what's going on (been there before). The difference being this wasn't really a planned quit. Funnily enough that's the thing that has kept me going; simply don't want a return to smelly hands.

    The good news is so far there have only been brief thoughts. I mean that by I'd like a smoke like I'd like a Mars bar. I've stopped both (and the Mars bars weren't addictive).

    I've done all the things that would make me give in; filled up the car, been to the local shop etc.

    I've just promised myself I'm not going to be an unhappy quitter. If do turn bad I'll tackle it; however if it then gets terrible I refuse to be Mr Grumpy and snappy at my wife and friends. I shall then try, try again ....

  • lol - i hear you stav! Just make sure you have the mars bar, not the smoke! :D

  • Stav - on my last quit, 2 years ago, I told myself if I REALLY wanted ONE cigarette I would have ONE. So that's what I did on Day 19. Which is the day my quit ended and I smoked another TEN THOUSAND NINE HUNDRED AND FIFTY cigarettes over the following 2 years before I decided to quit again.

    I'm an accidental quit too, so I hear ya. I read a bit of whyquit.com/ or look at some smoking grimness on You Tube if I need a sharp reminder of why I'm doing this.

    You're doing fabulously!

  • Keep strong stav_98!! You sound like a determined guy (girl?!). Stick to it. Your a non-smoker now so theres no two ways about it. Smoking is not a feature in your life.

    WELL DONE THOUGH ON YOUR 5 MONTHS!

    Brilliant stuff.

    hw2010 (paul)

  • Quittings easy staying quit is hard

    Hi Stav and any one else who knows me sorry couldnt resist that LOL

    Have to admit this is my second quit in 41 years first time did for others and threw all cigs etc away felt pressure from day 1 till 11 months later when started again this time I have just decided to stay quit even though I have all the things in the house to have cig if want one, in fact I think that if they are there I do not panic at the thought that I have none and if say I reached the point that loads reach and go and buy some then having taken the time to go to the shop buy them I WOULD SMOKE ONE makes no difference to me now what anyone thinks and that also takes the pressure off not every ones way to quit but its worked for me for the last 5 + weeks and as far as I am concerned I am NEVER going to smoke again but who can say at least I am happy None smoker so what ever floats your boat and knowing I can have one any time without recrimination gives me a choice and my choice is to not smoke.

    Have great smoke free or not weekend

  • On the up side though still smoke free. I've promised myself that if I really want (I mean want) a cigarette then I'll have one. Strangely enough since I've told myself that the cravings have gone away.

    I suppose if you have the choice it makes it easier to say no and you are giving yourself that choice.

    I have always said if I want to smoke I can smoke. It's only me that is saying no and there is no pressure from anyone else for me not to smoke. It is my choice.:cool:

    Jack :)

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