I am new...but have made it to day 5!

Hi everyone,

Just wanted to introduce myself. I have been smoking since i was 13. I am now 37 and Mum to 3 lovely kids. I would love to be around to see my them have their own kids amongst other things. Many factors, including coughing my lungs up of a morning and feeling lethargic through the day made me decide that enough was enough and it was time for me to stop smoking. It has been hard going cold turkey but i have weathered it so far by spending alot of time gardening, walking, or just heading to the gym to take my frustrations out on the treadmill or bike.

Day 5 seems to be going ok. A few cravings but i am trying to keep occupied. I am finding the eating is getting out of control though!!!:o

Thanks for having me and for reading.

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  • Welcome to the forum and congratulations on getting this far...

    Stay on here and chat to everyone and you'll soon find that not only do you pick up some great tips, but you make some great friends too...always ready to support you and keep you going through the hard times....

    Nicki

    xx

  • Hello Purplegirl

    Good to see you posting, 4 days - you're doing really good and as you've gone CT, you should now be getting rid of the remaining nicotine, to flush out any remaining (as you've probably already read) drink plenty of water.

    Everyday things will begin to get easier but for those moments it helps to have a list of the reasons why you quit in the first place. Work out how much cash you're saving. Download a quit metre, Whyquit, should be able to help with that. Also read the links in mine and other peoples sigs and educate yourself to what your body is going through, in essence, read read and read.

    Good luck and keep posting.

    Onwards and upwards.

    M

  • Thanks M, i shall take all of your advice on board. Thank you Nikki i think i am going to need it but hey, that's why i am here!

    I have been drinking lots of water and hoping to flush myself out. I am really good through the day, but evening hits and i am finding it is the hardest part of the day for me. While i am in the kitchen cooking i look for a break and having a cigi while dinner is cooking and the biggest one is after i eat. It is so hard. Tonight i have grabbed some extra chewing gum and come straight on here.

    I hate the whole cycle of feelings...crave..feel anxious, then angry and back again. It is easing though i find it hard to not get cranky. I suppose my patience has not been the best with the kids for the last few days. And hubby has been on the receiving end of my sharp tongue and it doesn't help he is still smoking, though no where near me.

    I am determined i will kick this. So far i am so proud of myself. One day at a time hey.....

    I have so much admiration for those who have successfully kicked the habit. It really does take guts and determination.

    Thanks for reading and for allowing the vent!!

  • hi purplegirl

    like your username btw :) A big well done on 5 days & a welcome to the forum, keep posting on here .it will help you at lot,

    great to hear you

  • Thanks Kitkat, i really like your name too. they are a fav of mine.....

    I am hoping it helps. Will try anything :)

  • Thanks M, i shall take all of your advice on board. Thank you Nikki i think i am going to need it but hey, that's why i am here!

    I have been drinking lots of water and hoping to flush myself out. I am really good through the day, but evening hits and i am finding it is the hardest part of the day for me. While i am in the kitchen cooking i look for a break and having a cigi while dinner is cooking and the biggest one is after i eat. It is so hard. Tonight i have grabbed some extra chewing gum and come straight on here.

    I hate the whole cycle of feelings...crave..feel anxious, then angry and back again. It is easing though i find it hard to not get cranky. I suppose my patience has not been the best with the kids for the last few days. And hubby has been on the receiving end of my sharp tongue and it doesn't help he is still smoking, though no where near me.

    I am determined i will kick this. So far i am so proud of myself. One day at a time hey.....

    I have so much admiration for those who have successfully kicked the habit. It really does take guts and determination.

    Thanks for reading and for allowing the vent!!

    You're most welcome Purplegirl, this is worth it, some days or at least some points in some days you really need to hold on to your quit, but the frequency of those times do start getting further apart and things begin to ease. The trauma of quitting does begin to dim.

    Something else to bare in mind though, is the fact that our addiction to nicotine did mask other *things* like anger etc, I know I do get angry but in the past I just went for a fag and dealt with it, if I don't give myself some space now before reacting I may regret my reactions.

    Deciding to be successful in quitting is about keeping at it, remembering how far you come, I bet if you think back over the last few days there are times which are harder than you are experiencing now? Do you ever want to go through that stage again? If you have a fag you will have that to do over. Is it really worth it?

    Keep on going it will get easier.

    There is a section called "Your reasons" in another area of the forum, you might want to take a look and start a blog of sorts, Milena's thread is very good. It will also serve as a progress page for you to gauge how you are doing.

    Keep going, you are doing good.

    Have you got any treats planned?

  • You're most welcome Purplegirl, this is worth it, some days or at least some points in some days you really need to hold on to your quit, but the frequency of those times do start getting further apart and things begin to ease. The trauma of quitting does begin to dim.

    Something else to bare in mind though, is the fact that our addiction to nicotine did mask other *things* like anger etc, I know I do get angry but in the past I just went for a fag and dealt with it, if I don't give myself some space now before reacting I may regret my reactions.

    Deciding to be successful in quitting is about keeping at it, remembering how far you come, I bet if you think back over the last few days there are times which are harder than you are experiencing now? Do you ever want to go through that stage again? If you have a fag you will have that to do over. Is it really worth it?

    Keep on going it will get easier.

    There is a section called "Your reasons" in another area of the forum, you might want to take a look and start a blog of sorts, Milena's thread is very good. It will also serve as a progress page for you to gauge how you are doing.

    Keep going, you are doing good.

    Have you got any treats planned?

    Mah,

    Thank you so much, i had never really thought of the anger issue like that. I think you may have hit the nail on the head.

    I have also been and posted my reasons and read all of Milena's thread. Awesome to read. No i have not decided on any treats yet. Maybe i had better think about that.

    I am doing better tonight then late this afternoon. Everyone is in bed and i have my own time. I seem to be able to cope better when no body is around.

    Anyways i am off to bed, and hopefully not dream too much....my god THE DREAMS!!!

    Thanks for your replies once again. Talk to you on my 6th quit day.:D

  • Well done purple girl, i know CT isnt easy.

  • Morning purplegirl & welcome to day 6 :D

    Hope you have a great smoke free day & let us know how your doing ;)

    Gaynor x

  • Hello Purplegirl and welcome to the forum. :) Your in the right place for a good strong healthy quit with loads and loads of support. Well done for going cold turkey - you must be starting to feel a bit better by now? Like you i've got 3 kiddies so a very very good reason to quit smoking.

    I wish you all the best, keep posting.

  • Good Morning my friends, i am in a bit of a "crave cloud" this morning that doesn't seem to want to go. But i am fighting back.

    Day 6. Wow this has been such a long six days....

  • Keep going

    Hi Purplegirl

    You are doing fantastic and the first week is almost behind you. As everyone has probably told you it is better to take it one day at a time. Just say to yourself that you won't smoke today and don't think about the next day. I also found that when the craving was bad I took 10 deep slow breaths and that really helped - it was like smoking without the cigarette :)

    Stay strong and keep posting.:D

  • Good job purplegirl, sorry to hear you are craving this morning (well it is here anyway) only way through it is to keep going, take deep breaths and remind yourself your already doing it and have done so for 6 days.

    Hope you got my visitor message on your wall with the whyquit link. Several other good PDF files on there including a good booklet, includes a story about a woman who had to have limbs removed before admitting she was an addict.

    M

  • Thanks MAH, yes i did get it and had a read. I did answer you but maybe i mucked up. I wrote out a huge post today but it disappeared!!! Hehehe just one of those days.:D

    The craving has been quite nasty today. Not as long in duration or quite as strong but a little more frequent than yesterday and the day before. Hopefully tomorrow will be better. Thanks again for that info, it helps.

    Thank you Steph, yup those ten deep breaths....done that a few times today!

  • Well done for getting through the day and just keep telling yourself how well you are doing - because you are :D

    I had a bad day yesterday and don't really know why but I couldn't stop thinking about them - but like you I got over it. It does get less - honest and we are all behind you - onwards and upwards :)

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