I'm not finding this week as easy I had hoped it would be and I really want to get to that stage where I'm not missing smoking or feeling like I'm depriving myself of something pleasurable!!!!
I have stopped smoking before, once for a year when I was in my early 20's then again 6 years ago for almost a year. I started again each time using stress as a trigger, kidded myself I would just get over this hurdle then quit again as I hadn't found it such a nightmare to stop smoking. However, I wasn't able to stop smoking immediately after the stressful situations were over, the nicotine hold struck fast and lasted years before I had the resolve to quit again. The really stupid thing was the last time I started was because I'd been diagnosed with breast cancer - of all the ridiculous times to start had to be then!
Anyhow it's taken me another 5 years and about 6 quit attempts to get to this stage of determination. This time is harder than the other times I quit.
I tried Zyban which worked the previous time I quit but not this time, Champinex which made me feel really poorly (but worked miracles on my dad), patches - couldn't stand them and they made me sick.
I am using up to 6 pieces of 4mg gum but have concerns. Having read some other smoking sites on the web feel that I would have been better going cold turkey because I am still having nicotine and that when I reduce the gum intake I will go through withdrawal symptoms again!
How true is this? Am I just prolonging things? I didn't really look into this beforehand. I thought Nicotine replacement therapy was replacing the nicotine with something else other than nicotine.
Anybody out there who can shed any light on this?
To be honest I don't feel like I could go without the chewing gum completely just yet and thought only having up to 6 wasn't too bad this stage in the game.