Day 17 - I can do this

Hello all,

Day 17 here. This week has been an 'easy week' -- I can barely think of a moment where the thought of wanting to have a cig has entered a mind. SCRAP THAT!! About a minute ago to be precise, it's a Friday, wind down time, a couple of beers with my fiancée, and how about a cig. AHHHH!! But no. I'm not 'that' stupid. The thought entered my head, and now its gone again.

I keep posting this, but honestly to those who are looking in who may be a few days behind or just about to quit --- I cannot repeat the benefits of quitting enough. I know some people miss smoking, some people cannot think of not having a cig, but I assure you, the benefits of not smoking far far outway any resemblance of benefits of smoking.

I play football on a Thursday evening, and I can honestly say playing for 60 minutes at full pace was a breeze last night. That has got to be down to the quit. Usually about 40 minutes my breath would go and I would be a passenger on the pitch.

I have a spring in my step in the morning. I breath in the fresh air and mumble to myself today I wont smoke. I actually have time to get myself ready rather than feed a nicotine addiction. I can lie in for an extra 10 minutes in the morning. And brushing my teeth is a delight! (OK, maybe a slight exaggeration but you know what I mean) - and I no longer have to wash, and rewash (or is that scrub??) my hands to rid them of hat nasty colour that the 'benefits' of smoking brought.

QUITTING SMOKING IS GREAT FOR YOUR HEALTH.

AND YOUR WELL BEING. I can honestly say, again, that I feel more RELAXED, CONFIDENT, OPTIMISTIC, and POSITIVE about things. QUITTING SMOKING IS GREAT FOR YOUR MIND.

Please anyone who is just quitting --- stick with, or about to quit - please do -- it really does seem to make a complete difference.

Dont get me wrong, I'm gonna be on my guard, because from what I read there will be downs along the way. But I'm adamant that I'm not going back to the way it was. I just cant. A quick sneaky one? Yea...ah no. No chance.

There you go. My weekly update!!

good luck everyone. Lets beat this pathetic addiction.

hw2010 (paul)

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  • Great post

    I love your positive outlook. That is how I feel.

    I feel free. I can sit and watch tv with my boys and not dash off at the ad break for a cigarette. I can smell and taste better before. There are so many positives. I know this time is different.

    We were in Madrid between Christmas and New Year visiting my sister in laws. We stayed with on of them in their apartment. We smoked on the balcony when we were there and she let us use a plant pot as an ashtray. When I was cleaning up the mess before we came, I realised I would never do this anymore. I wanted to control my life not live the life of an addict.

    Reading this site is helping me keep my resolve.

  • Hello all,

    Day 17 here. This week has been an 'easy week' -- I can barely think of a moment where the thought of wanting to have a cig has entered a mind. SCRAP THAT!! About a minute ago to be precise, it's a Friday, wind down time, a couple of beers with my fiancée, and how about a cig. AHHHH!! But no. I'm not 'that' stupid. The thought entered my head, and now its gone again.

    I keep posting this, but honestly to those who are looking in who may be a few days behind or just about to quit --- I cannot repeat the benefits of quitting enough. I know some people miss smoking, some people cannot think of not having a cig, but I assure you, the benefits of not smoking far far outway any resemblance of benefits of smoking.

    I play football on a Thursday evening, and I can honestly say playing for 60 minutes at full pace was a breeze last night. That has got to be down to the quit. Usually about 40 minutes my breath would go and I would be a passenger on the pitch.

    I have a spring in my step in the morning. I breath in the fresh air and mumble to myself today I wont smoke. I actually have time to get myself ready rather than feed a nicotine addiction. I can lie in for an extra 10 minutes in the morning. And brushing my teeth is a delight! (OK, maybe a slight exaggeration but you know what I mean) - and I no longer have to wash, and rewash (or is that scrub??) my hands to rid them of hat nasty colour that the 'benefits' of smoking brought.

    QUITTING SMOKING IS GREAT FOR YOUR HEALTH.

    AND YOUR WELL BEING. I can honestly say, again, that I feel more RELAXED, CONFIDENT, OPTIMISTIC, and POSITIVE about things. QUITTING SMOKING IS GREAT FOR YOUR MIND.

    Please anyone who is just quitting --- stick with, or about to quit - please do -- it really does seem to make a complete difference.

    Dont get me wrong, I'm gonna be on my guard, because from what I read there will be downs along the way. But I'm adamant that I'm not going back to the way it was. I just cant. A quick sneaky one? Yea...ah no. No chance.

    There you go. My weekly update!!

    good luck everyone. Lets beat this pathetic addiction.

    hw2010 (paul)

    Hi Paul :D

    This is a great post that will i know help and encourage many to carry on quitting

    I'm so glad that already you're feeling so many benefits from stopping smoking

    You'll continue to have thoughts about them from time to time for a while yet but they get easier to banish with every one you get

    Love

    Marg xx

  • 17 brilliant days done and dusted, well done. Your story is great will be a huge help to those coming up behind you.

    Jackie

  • Hi Paul

    Looks like you got the sucker surronded and well under control good show.

    Day 19 for me as well this Sunday been hard very hard temptation every where real battle of will's sometimes.

    I know what you mean about the quick benifits.

    When I take a deep breath of the cold air around at the moment it seems to go a lot deeper and it feels real good as well.

    Losing the smell is a big plus.

    Not spent £108.00 on fags plus more on beer as not buying so much now.

    All in all a very positve thing to do the brain can be rewarded in other ways.

    Goodluck to everyone

  • Day 17 - For me too!

    DAY 17

    Mark here... Good afternoon.

    I smoked 27 years. Finally, I was just so DONE. Sick of the bad habit.

    I went to a parade this pass Sunday. I passed by a group of smokers that look like they smoked all their life... I'm telling ya, they looked really bad. I said to myself..."Im so glad I quit." I dont wanna look like them. Just nicotine infested. Skin color, wrinkles, smelly clothes, the unhealthy look. You guys must know what I'm talking about, right?

    I'm on the patch remedy. (Target Brand)

    In the evenings, I pull out the Mandala coloring book & the colored pencils..turn on some soothing relaxing, meditation music. Light up an essential oil diffuser with water, lavender, blk pepper & eucalyptus essential oils and go where my imagination takes me.

    I do have my thoughts of wanting one very often. I take some deep breaths and focus. Relaxing the mind helps a great deal! Not only with quitting smoking but with everything else life throws at you. You should give it a try!

    Best of Luck!

    --mark

  • Hi Mark so glad you have manage 17 Days and that you are finding ways to divert your thoughts to something else other than cigs, dont know if you noticed this is an old thread so the person who was on 17 days has either done 5 months nearly or has vanished and not been seen since LOL you are doing the right thing as it will make you a happy and healthier person, if you find this doesnt get you enough post put yourself one on, take care x

  • Thank-you!

    Yah, I noticed it was an old post after I posted it. Oh well. You got it though! HA!

    Maybe I'll post it in a fresh thread somewhere on here to help some others out.

    U quit xmas day huh? Awesome!

    --mark

  • Cheers Mark, has been called lots of things one being NUTS, that was my discription, had a brain storm I think but seemed a good idea at the time and still does, dont regret it one iota so you are joining a forum that will keep you quit I hope not another as good any where x

  • Ha!

    "Merry Kiss My Ass!" was what you said to smoking my friend. Brilliant!

  • Something like that, have always liked the idea of being diferent, mind you I will probably be lonely celebrating on here on my own christmas day but hey ho I dont mind so long as I keep quit thats all that matters, and you can come say hello to me chrissy day if you want x

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