Half a year of no smoking

I never thought I would be celebrating 6 months quit but here I am, I can now walk up stairs and hills without my heart trying to jump out my chest as I try to catch my breath. I walk for at least 30 minutes every day,sometimes more,still drink lots of water and gererally I feel better than I have in a long time and I have never had the cravings to smoke for about at least 3 months.

Sounds like a "but" I hear you saying! and you would be right as I still seem to have slight depression periodically once or twice a week,I do believe that you can suffer withdrawal issues for about a year, has anyone else experienced symptoms for this amount of time?? I did try StJohns wart till someone told me they are addictive and stopped taking them after a couple of weeks, but hey Ho on I go to the next staging post at 7 months and once again I believe that this site and the people on it helped me to this point where I can say that I am a non smoker. Special thanks to Jamange

Dannyboy

Age: 55

Stopped CT: 18th December 2009 after 35 years smoking

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  • Dannyboy a huge well done. Sounds like you are really enjoying all the benefits of being a non smoker.

    Can't really help with the depression issue I'm afraid, if you are concerned maybe a visit to your GP would at least put your mind to rest.

    I am sure someone much more helpful will be along soon, I just wanted to congratulate you on 6 months done, same again and then into the Penthouse.

  • Hey, well done with 6 months quit and especially with a good amount of health improvements your feeling.

    I too investigated St Johns Wort (did a few years ago, but for something different to quitting) and after speaking/posting with a few other October quitters, took it for about 1 month and I feel, it helped. Subtle but helpful.

    I'd not heard it's addictive. Always worth knowing as much as you can about something :)

    Hope that minor but annoying repetitive twice a week feeling of depression lift very soon thus allowing you complete benefit of being smoke free :cool:

    All the best to you

    Pol

    (In response to your other post of the day) ..... slightly more than half dozen years younger than you ;)

  • I never thought I would be celebrating 6 months quit but here I am, I can now walk up stairs and hills without my heart trying to jump out my chest as I try to catch my breath. I walk for at least 30 minutes every day,sometimes more,still drink lots of water and gererally I feel better than I have in a long time and I have never had the cravings to smoke for about at least 3 months.

    Sounds like a "but" I hear you saying! and you would be right as I still seem to have slight depression periodically once or twice a week,I do believe that you can suffer withdrawal issues for about a year, has anyone else experienced symptoms for this amount of time?? I did try StJohns wart till someone told me they are addictive and stopped taking them after a couple of weeks, but hey Ho on I go to the next staging post at 7 months and once again I believe that this site and the people on it helped me to this point where I can say that I am a non smoker. Special thanks to Jamange

    Dannyboy

    Age: 55

    Stopped CT: 18th December 2009 after 35 years smoking

    Well done on 6 months quit...I'm half that behind you...but from what you say, it does get better

  • A big congrats on your quit Danny. You are an inspiration for those of use who have quit recently. Well done!

  • Hi Danny you wouldnt believe how pleased I am to see you reach your 6 months and as for the deppy thing its as common as muck :D my whole family are on the smoke free road in front of me and I know my OH son is 15 months and still feeling deppy a bit as well but he says its lifting now, he joined a gym and I think this helped not just the exercise but the social thing that goes with it, probs with gym is it can be exspensive so you could join a walking group or something that was not a solo sport, but so so proud of you and I will be with you next friday and then we will be company for each other on the way to the Penthouse, PM me if you want to chat you know Im here for you xx

  • Danny

    Firstly huge congratulations on getting to 6 months - thats fantastic.

    On your withdrawal symptoms/depression question: I'm now at 9.5 months quit (cold turkey) and I had a terrible time between month 3/4 - not sure I'd call it depression but I was VERY down. From 6 onwards I felt pretty good - and didn't really feel down at all. All quits are different tho and I'm sure this will pass as you body and mind evens itself out (I thought I'd never feel better - but I did - and you will).

    Now I have very minor "wants" like fancying a Kit Kat - thay are very easy to deal with and pass v v quickly.

    Your attitude sounds great - onwards to month 7 mate!

    AG

  • Hi dannyboy

    6 months is just wicked...Well done mate ..you must feel good now...I so want to be there..:)

  • Wow - how fab are you. Seems a long way off to where I am right now but I have just realised that in 6 months time not only will I be jumping for joy about still being off the cigs but I will also be incredibly excited and bouncy for Christmas!!!!!!

    OMG:eek:

  • If I win that Lotto

    Thanks for the reply and comments Becca,Chrisie V, Kikat72,Atomicguy,Tao,Nickiw,Pol,Bevyorks, and my Quit mate Jamangie (talk to you on Friday)

    But to all the many special people that I have meet on this site who are always there with a word of encouragement or a "Pat on the Back" I love you all and if I win that bloody lotto you will all be with me partying on a smoke free beach somewhere in the Med. Thanks to you all

    Dannyboy:)

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