Hoping for some help!

Hello everyone

I've been reading this thread for ages. I quit first on 2/10/09 using Champix, but started again with "just one" over Christmas.

It's taken me til today to stop - last fag at 9.00. I've decided that CT is the best way for me, so hope to get some wisdom from people who've done it that way who are a bit further on the road....

V

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  • Can't help but Good luck

    Welcome back, and good luck in your quit. I am using Champix at the moment so can't help re CT, but wishing you the best

    x

  • Hi V and welcome.

    I would suggest you read the links, they will really help you get your head straight and keep it that way! Take one day at a time, I remember in the early part of my quit actively choosing not to smoke for the next hour and then the next hour etc etc and I got through quite a few sticky moments like that.

    Post often I again found it helped me to post often and to offer support to others on the forum as this really reinforced my quit.

    Stay strong, you know you can do it and remember NOPE- Not One Puff Ever.

    If you want further advice on CT send me a PM I will help you all I can.

  • Hi V,

    Welcome back & well done for starting your quit again.

    I am using NRT so can't help cold turkey this time I am afraid.

    I did quit years ago cold turkey & as I seem to remember I gave up coffee & chewed ordinary gum & exercised like my life depended on it LOL. I did quit for 2 years so was not all in vain LOL.

    I wish you all the best with whatever you choose. Read & posts lots. this forum will help no end I am sure.

    Gaynor xx

  • That was quick!

    Thanks every one for such a swift response! Bev, I may well PM you about CT when I work out how to do that! I've been reading the WhyQuit site and what they say about it does make sense to me. I'm full of cold today and I'm hoping that will help! Although I keep checking my quit counter and I can't believe how long each half hour is lasting!

  • Welcome, Vix24

    Good luck on restarting your quit. I am nearly 6 weeks smokefree by going cold turkey. I also watched the Allen Carr Easyway DVD a week after I stopped just to help reinforce my resolve. I found drinking lots of water helped in the first week. I also took deep breaths whenever I had a craving. I started exercising which really helped clear the gunk and keep me motivated. I felt so much healthier fairly fast apart from a runny nose that has now disappeared completely.

    Reading the forum was also a great help. I just keep telling myself I haven't given anything up, I have chosen to stop a destructive behaviour.

  • Hi V

    Welcome to the gang. I quit CT 5 months ago. Like others have said one hour then one day at a time. I took early nights and snuggled up with a hot water bottle in the early days which I found comforting. Took up yoga and listened to a Paul McKenna hypnosis CD to keep the stress down. Took Kalms and Stressless (pills from Boots) and still do along with St Johns Wort. I took up more active excercise a little while after, cycling and now running/walking as it helps you feel better and shows you how much better your lungs are working. For cravings deep breaths and water and my little mantra that I got from the Gillian Riley book (see my sig) which is well worth reading along with Allen Carr and all the stuff on why quit etc. It all helps especially on a bad day. It's very do-able if you don't think too far ahead, baby steps will still get you there. I wish you all the best.

    Amanda

  • Hello everyone

    I've been reading this thread for ages. I quit first on 2/10/09 using Champix, but started again with "just one" over Christmas.

    It's taken me til today to stop - last fag at 9.00. I've decided that CT is the best way for me, so hope to get some wisdom from people who've done it that way who are a bit further on the road....

    V

    Hi V, If you can do it CT is in my opinion the best way but probably the hardest way to stop. I started with Champix but did not really use it to stop I stopped after only being on it 4 days and after seven days stopped champix all together. I felt I was stopping with out Champix so did not take it any more and went CT.

    Again only my opinion but I also think CT is quicker in that once you have removed the nicotine from your system you are not putting more back into your body. I must point out this does not mean I don't agree with other methods.

    You have to be really determined to stop but also be happy about stopping. You have probably told yourself hundreds of times you can't stop but you have already proved you can no matter which way you did it.

    It's a long hard road but I am now three months tomorrow and it's the best thing I have ever done for myself. It's still hard at times but now it manageable and totally under controll.

    So well done on your decision to quit if you need help post on here read as much as you can and you can always PM me if need be.

    Jack

  • almost one day

    Thanks everyone for your support - it really is encouraging to read that other people can do it, and in 15 minutes time I will have done one day. Also, my friends are either never have smoked or still smoking. They can be supportive but, they get bored of it easily and don't really get it! This forum is a life saver.

    I'm off work yesterday and today. In some ways that makes it harder - I live alone and definitely find being home the hardest. After all who'll know?! But also there's a sense of acheivement that I haven't cheated myself. Thank you CT'ers for the tips. A real motivation for stopping is wanting to do more exercise. I took up running before my last quit and boy, have I felt my fitness slip since I fell of the wagon. I am really looking forward to about a weeks time when I can breathe a bit easier up a hill!

    Well, thanks again for the support. I'll be moving to the day 2 forum in about 10 minutes!!

    Vicky

    26 years smoking

    20 a day

    1st quit 02/10/09 - 20/12/09 champix 4 weeks then ct

    2nd quit 01/03/10 CT

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