Nearly a month!

Hi all,

Glad you are all doing so well in your quits. I fear we don't hear from those who have fallen off the wagon. i know that I tend to slink away and don't go on the forum until i am ready to try again. Well, for those of you who are finding it hard, so am I. However, the fact that have got this far is amazing. I am only able to do it one day at a time and every morning i wake, i am dissapointed that I have no ciggy to look forward to. The good news is that i am not as affected by melancholy as I was at the beginning of the quit. In fact, the sands are slowly shifting, and I am almost (but not quite) pleased that I don't smoke any more. As the day goes on , i feel happier and happier about it. the morning is always the worst cos it is like you have to face life all over again without your best mate by your side. So once I have put on the patch, i am fine and the day gets better and better, even when bad things happen. In a nutshell, it has all been worth it and instead of looking forward to a fag, i look forward to the feelings of pride and hope for the future that i experience on a daily basis. so, if , like me , the start off the day is the worst part, just keep going and you will fell better very soon.

I honestly cannot contemplate any further than today re not smoking and i find that this works well. it is nice to live in the present instead of worrying, regretting the past and fretting about the future. I will be extremely annoyed if I get run over by a bus during my quit. that would seem unfair. It would be o.K if I was smoking a fag and got run over, if you know what I mean.

Also, the benefits of stopping are beginning to show. My complexion is improving, my teeth look better. I don't cough, can walk up stairs no problem, and feel much fitter. I have been abstaining from alcohol recently, although as soon as I have more than 2 glasses of wine, I can feel the resolve slipping. My solution to this is to get even drunker to block out the nicodemon's voice. This actually works, but it is only a way of not cracking under the pressure of alcohol. Drink yourself sick so you can't smoke!!! These are extreme measures, but whatever it takes,as long as I do not smoke! I would recommend avoiding booze at the beginning cos it has always been my downfall in the past. Everyone is different though.

Anyway, it is a rocky road, but day by day , and thanks to the great people who help so kindly on this forum, it is getting easier to deal with. So keep going and remember the happiness that not smoking can bring.

xox

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  • Hi all,

    Glad you are all doing so well in your quits. I fear we don't hear from those who have fallen off the wagon. i know that I tend to slink away and don't go on the forum until i am ready to try again. Well, for those of you who are finding it hard, so am I. However, the fact that have got this far is amazing. I am only able to do it one day at a time and every morning i wake, i am dissapointed that I have no ciggy to look forward to. The good news is that i am not as affected by melancholy as I was at the beginning of the quit. In fact, the sands are slowly shifting, and I am almost (but not quite) pleased that I don't smoke any more. As the day goes on , i feel happier and happier about it. the morning is always the worst cos it is like you have to face life all over again without your best mate by your side. So once I have put on the patch, i am fine and the day gets better and better, even when bad things happen. In a nutshell, it has all been worth it and instead of looking forward to a fag, i look forward to the feelings of pride and hope for the future that i experience on a daily basis. so, if , like me , the start off the day is the worst part, just keep going and you will fell better very soon.

    I honestly cannot contemplate any further than today re not smoking and i find that this works well. it is nice to live in the present instead of worrying, regretting the past and fretting about the future. I will be extremely annoyed if I get run over by a bus during my quit. that would seem unfair. It would be o.K if I was smoking a fag and got run over, if you know what I mean.

    Also, the benefits of stopping are beginning to show. My complexion is improving, my teeth look better. I don't cough, can walk up stairs no problem, and feel much fitter. I have been abstaining from alcohol recently, although as soon as I have more than 2 glasses of wine, I can feel the resolve slipping. My solution to this is to get even drunker to block out the nicodemon's voice. This actually works, but it is only a way of not cracking under the pressure of alcohol. Drink yourself sick so you can't smoke!!! These are extreme measures, but whatever it takes,as long as I do not smoke! I would recommend avoiding booze at the beginning cos it has always been my downfall in the past. Everyone is different though.

    Anyway, it is a rocky road, but day by day , and thanks to the great people who help so kindly on this forum, it is getting easier to deal with. So keep going and remember the happiness that not smoking can bring.

    xox

    Hi rachel

    A month you say ....already ....well done you thats a great quit you got going there.....long may it continue:)

    p,s you only get run over by a bus ..if you stop to spark up ..so your ok :)

  • Whenever I see a post from you, or see you logged on.............I smile........coz I know you are still with us............not only that but your posts are always so fascinating.............you should be proud of yourself..........hang onto it if only for the complexion............I have to keep looking twice in the mirror.............no smoking plus loads of water = skin of an 18 year old YIPPPPEEEE :D

  • Hi Rachel

    You always make me smile :) To be hit by a bus would be tragic so just make sure you look both ways ok. I used to find the mornings traumatic - not having that first one with my cuppa occasionally sent me into a panic but now it doesn't even cross my mind. Carry on taking one day at a time - if I'm having a bad time I just focus on hours. Your skin will get even better and it's great when your teeth feel clean all day.

    Keep going Rachel - you're doing brill :D

  • Thanks all

    Hi, thanks for your messages of support. Never been told i was fascinating before, must admit, I could get used to that!!

    Hope you are all doing well today. I have just watched the world cup final. Had 2 beers, some crisps and no fags. Felt as fit as Iniestia!!! Well, nearly.

    Anyway, I have decided to keep going with my quit as I see you all waving at me over the horizon telling me it is safe to come into the water. So every day I dive merrily into the challenge of not smoking and on the way I see lots of lovely fish, and dazzling coral (my teeth!). At the moment I am only snorkelling but hope to graduate to scuba diving next as more exotic species will be revealed.

    So let's keep walking the plank together. I haven't fallen in yet, and the view is good from where I am standing, although I am holding on precariously to a rusty rail. But I am holding on tight. That will do for now.

    Thanks Shelley, Bradders and Pookie for your encouragement. Keep going!!

    Take care

    xox

  • Watching football with beer and crisps, yes that's how to do it! Used to miss many a goal when I was a smoker having to pop out for a fag to calm the nerves! Am more of a cricket fan now, much more relaxing!

    Yes deffo keep going with the quit, is this the longest so far since you joined the forum? Yes you will definitely see some beautiful fish on your journey but like me you will also have days when it is just sharks and piranhas! And on them days I just want to avoid the human race and get to bed!

    I have faith that you will do this because like me, one day it will just click that you cant go back! And yes I do think you are fascinating/interesting, your posts are always humourous so keep holding the rusty rail on this bittersweet journey xxx

  • Hi Rachel you are doing so well now and I am sure that it will get easier by the day which is exactly how you should face this quit one day at a time, there will always be something that will stress us so we have to tell ourselves over and over again that a cig WILL NOT help, keep smiling you know you cant help it.

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