Allen Carr take 2!

My first quit was a complete success about 5 years ago after reading Allen Carr's 20th edition of the Easyway!

Talk about easy!! it was amazing how easy it was, and how I had to keep reminding myself that I was a non-smoker, especially when I reached for the cigis and couldn't find them!! But then I'd use the "Yippee!! I'm a non-smoker" line, feel like laughing with joy and life continued! After about 6 months I moved.... and things couldn't have been better.... money wise, it was as if I hardly remembered smoking....

Oh.. should mention here that prior to that first quit (the others were failed attempts at 'giving up') I'd smoked on and off (mostly on) for nearly 40 years I guess.... not always heavy.... but it had gotten to the stage when I couldn't even enjoy a shower without one!! I kid you not!:eek:

Anyway, well over a year later, I thought it was less but it was nearer to two years, I had one to "prove I didn't like it"... (how cocky was I????:mad:)

and became a "social smoker"... for another 3 YEARS!!!!

Not going to berate myself any more than I have, but suffice to say, I've quit again... read the book... was chomping at the bit, as he says... noted this time that apparently the easier it is to quit, the easier it is to start again, ???? etc etc.... I KNOW I feel better, I KNOW I don't want to smoke, I KNOW I'll hate it if I have one, I KNOW all the contents of the book... I've even got the mini easyway.... but this time, it's NOT quite as easy... I'm bursting into tears at the slightest thing... feeling almost as if I'm mourning something.... What has happened??? Admittedly, this is only my 2nd full day... and Allen does state that the 'little monster' takes 3 days to die... isn't that right??? oh dear...

Has anyone else experienced this??? Quitting SO EASILY for SO LONG! ....starting again, like an idiot and expecting it to be as easy, once I'd made up my mind... and finding it's NOT that easy this time...... oh boy!! I wasn't even aware of that little monster last time.... and I smoke 4 times as much as I did before quitting this time... I really considered myself a "controlled smoker".... how's that for a new excuse????? I really believed that as soon as I was "ready" I'd read Easyway again and that would be that, just like last time..... but it WASN'T like that... and I felt 'nervous'.... but still happy as!! I AM happy with myself.... oh I don't know.....

Sorry to ramble on like this... :(:confused:

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  • Thanks for that Silver!

    The circumstances are different atm too... ie last time I was working, now I'm not.. etc.. I could have chosen a date too.... but when I quit, I was busting to do it... kept remembering how wonderful it would feel...

    I'll be looking out for you next week, with an open hand!!:)

  • Hi freeolivia

    Day 2 ...your doing good..a few people on day 2 at the moment...which does help a lot..:)

    good to hear you :)

  • I quit for 10 years

    I quit for ten years. Then I had a few drinks, borrowed a few cigarettes, and finally bought a pack the next day. I then smoked for another 7 years before quitting cold turkey.

    I've now been off for 3+ years.

    Don't even think about smoking once you have quit. Don't even think it.

  • Hiya Free Olivia,

    Welcome to the forum!

    I can't explain why it's harder for you this time around - but, maybe it's to remind you not to have that casual smoke the next time you think about it!

    Congrats on Day 2!

    All the best,

    Sylvia :)

  • Been there!!!

    I love Allen Carr, can't get enough of his books

    I have been in a state of 3 days off one night on, one month off one two nights on etc etc for 10 years. I have lived in that state of withdrawl for all that time for an occasional smoke here and there that I did wasn't enjoying. Allen Carr has been a massive help and I took the next step and got 'The Only way to stop smoking'. Just started reading it but Easy way got me on track and I'm 14 days in Cold Turkey.

    I can't help but smile feeling as good as I do. It's just not worth going back to the misery of being a smoker.

    I enjoyed reading your post as it is exactly how I feel :)

    Just keep reading you did it before...You can do it again...I found changing my routine for a few days really kick started things. I started working on an evening on a little project instead of lighting up.

  • I love Allen Carr, can't get enough of his books

    I have been in a state of 3 days off one night on, one month off one two nights on etc etc for 10 years. I have lived in that state of withdrawl for all that time for an occasional smoke here and there that I did wasn't enjoying. Allen Carr has been a massive help and I took the next step and got 'The Only way to stop smoking'. Just started reading it but Easy way got me on track and I'm 14 days in Cold Turkey.

    I can't help but smile feeling as good as I do. It's just not worth going back to the misery of being a smoker.

    I enjoyed reading your post as it is exactly how I feel :)

    Just keep reading you did it before...You can do it again...I found changing my routine for a few days really kick started things. I started working on an evening on a little project instead of lighting up.

    Allen Carr worked for me too but for just 3 months! I thought I would never get hooked again and just lit one up to prove a point and that was it, i was hooked again! Now I know his book worked for me for some time I have currently booked a session at the allen carr clinic here in Bristol.... it cost a small fortune but I feel positive about it... wish me luck and good luck to you all!

  • Allen Carr worked for me too but for just 3 months! I thought I would never get hooked again and just lit one up to prove a point and that was it, i was hooked again! Now I know his book worked for me for some time I have currently booked a session at the allen carr clinic here in Bristol.... it cost a small fortune but I feel positive about it... wish me luck and good luck to you all!

    Let us know how you get on at the clinic...That was going to be my next plan of attack. Best thing that happened for me was my wife started reading Allen Carr's no more hangovers and within a day she quit booze. We now go out for meals to pubs but just eat the nice food and drink water. It's great!

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