Joining the free people!

Hello everyone, I'm Matt and I've been a smoker for ten years. Ten years can go past very quickly and I'm ready to stop my addiction to nicotine!

Five years ago I had been quit for ten months, but I broke, and started to smoke joints again (I'm now free of the green weed again, that's a different story!) however after a while the nicotine in the joints got me hooked again, and I found myself smoking rollies in the day.

I never meant this to happen again, and after five years of my head in the sand I'm ready to stop again. I hate the "power" nicotine has over me, being an addict is a horrible feeling.

I'm ready to forgive myself and move on to a cleaner, better life. I've just read the easy-way, and I'm feeling really postive, I'm never told my parents I've smoked (How weird is that for a 24 year old) but I'm going to smoke my last rollie in front of them to make this real for me. I read and hear from so many non-smokers who had smoked longer and more then me, I know I'm no different, anyone can be a non-smoker. It's not easy at times but it only gets easy day by day, I know that from when I stopped last time.

I'm really excited about this, and I know having contact with people going through the same thing will help me.

Wish me luck!

11 Replies

oldestnewest
  • Hi I am glad that you have made a conscious decision to quit smoking but I don’t really understand why you need to smoke your last ciggie in front of your parents?? If they didn’t know you were a smoker before then wouldn’t it be best to leave them to not think their 24 year old son has been lying to them all this time.

    As I said great decision and keep posting and reading this site is great and will help you keep you’re quit strong.

    Let us know which way you decided to take it.

  • Welcome Matt

    Good luck with your quit. Your parent's probably knew you smoked anyway, and will be proud that you're stopping! :)

    Keep posting and let us know how you get on

    x

  • Welcome Matt and all good luck with your quit, you will find loads of good reading, support and help on this forum.

    Stay strong

    Dee

  • Thanks for your messages folks, after chain smoking all weekend I've gone over two hours without one haha, guess every journey has to start somewhere!

    With telling my parents it was something I had to do to make this real, I'm really glad I did, my sister is an ex-smoker and she's really proud. I never told them I didn't smoke, I just didn't tell them I did if that makes sense.

    My mum said she had her suspicions, which I kind of thought anyway but I don't think my dad knew.

    Anyway tomorrow is my first full day and I'm still eager about it, haven't had that sinking feeling of fear which I have before when I've tried to quit!

    Cheers all,

    Matt

  • All the best to you Matt and I fully understand the 'making it real' with the smoking in front of your folks.

    It may add pressure to your quit but it's a good pressure...... after all they AND you want what's best for you.

    Past experinece tells you what's ahead re the next few weeks when you've quit and the toxins are getting out of your system.

    There will be ups and downs but, to some degree I do believe on some level, you can determine the ups and downs........... make this your quit and see it as a positive :cool:

    All the best

    Pol

  • Thanks for you message Pol,

    Just about to head of to work and for only the 2nd time in three years I've gone without my rollie, feels easy so far!

    Even had a dream last night where I said I didn't smoke, guess my brains taking it on board!

    Cheers folks, I'll post an update later.

  • I'm ready to forgive myself and move on to a cleaner, better life. I've just read the easy-way, and I'm feeling really postive, I'm never told my parents I've smoked (How weird is that for a 24 year old) but I'm going to smoke my last rollie in front of them to make this real for me. I read and hear from so many non-smokers who had smoked longer and more then me, I know I'm no different, anyone can be a non-smoker. It's not easy at times but it only gets easy day by day, I know that from when I stopped last time.

    I'm really excited about this, and I know having contact with people going through the same thing will help me.

    Wish me luck!

    Hi Matt,

    Well done on making such a fab decision. We hope that you have managed to get through day one without too much trouble.

    I think a lot of people don't tell their parents they smoke - my mum still doesn't know that I use to smoke and now quit!

    Anyway welcome to the forum and I hope you get the support you are looking for!

    NSD

  • Well so far so good.

    I'll admit there were a few times today where it wasn't quite so easy, especially the early part of the day and when work wasn't going as smoothly as I'd like.

    I just had to remind myself a rollie wouldn't make it better, it'd just make me feel worse.

    My sister is an ex-smoker too and we just went on a run together (it was so much easier after less then a day of not smoking!) and talked it all through, it's really good to have so much support, it really makes you see the positives.

    Looking forward to how tomorrow goes, I know it's early days but I feel I have so much momentum already.

    Thanks again for everyones encouragement.

  • Hi Matt I am glad that you are finding the first day at work not too bad, I hope you didn’t take offence at my suggestion that you didn’t tell your Mum and Dad about your smoking, I just thought that it would have been less pressure on you in your quit, but now you have done it and it has turned out ok that’s great.

    At least you have your sister for support as she will know all the pitfalls and will be able to keep you focused and smoke free.

    I will say I am so impressed with your running I wish that I had given up when I was younger and been able to take up running, that will I am sure give you great incentive to stay quit and get all the benefits of quitting that you will begin to feel very soon, its remarkable how quick our breathing improves.

    There are loads on here that rate exercise more than anything else to make their quit strong, so keep pounding the pavements and it want be long before the thought of a cig will repulse you, and don’t you smell good LOL

  • jamangie I took no offence at all, don't worry! I've tried so many times without telling them, and just lit up in the morning again.

    They were really good about it, my dad is a smoker, though he's quit many times before, we spoke about the process and it felt really good to be honest with him.

    You're right about the exercise, the sad thing is 5 years ago I was very fit indeed after I quit smoking. I was about to become a competitive boxer, however I stopped going to training after I took up smoking again, I just couldn't keep pace with the other lads any more.

    Boxing's still something I want to take up, but I'm going to take it stready and stick with the running and push ups for now, managed 2.4 miles today which I'm happy with!

    Just realised it's been 24 hours now, my first day not smoking at home for five years! Hooorah, what a great feeeling!

  • Well done matt your first day over

    how good is that ..sounds like u know exactly what you want from your quit ...Can feel all the postivity out ure post ..Good luck :)

You may also like...