On day 10 today. Had a very tough day yesterday - got cocky and thought "i can go without my patch for today". Never used to smoke on a Sunday (usually cos was hungover!) and had used 2 patches on Saturday due to the first one falling off in the shower at lunchtime. Rookie mistake. I was very very irritable, angry, irrational.....but i didn't give in.
Probably the main reason for not having a cig was the feeling that i'd done so well over the past week or so, and if i even had one drag i would regret it and have to start all over again. Plus i forced myself to think about how i used to feel after smoking - yeah before and during i would be satisfied and relaxed etc, but after i always used to cough and hack up flem, and then i'd feel guilty and lethargic and would sit on the sofa feeling stupid and sorry for myself.
Lessons learnt - 1. nicotine is a bloody strong master and in order to break free i need to play the NRT game properly. 2. On a positive note, i am still focused on the reasons for quitting.
Off to the gym tonight to go on the treadmill - as a smoker i could run for about 10 minutes, but would get a horrid dry mouth and really panty and bright red in the face. Therefore, hoping i notice a difference tonight. But if i don't, that's okay. 10 minutes running should burn off some of the 100s of lollipops i've eaten over the past week!!
Oh, and on Saturday (my 8th day) i celebrated a week off the fags by buying some beautiful shoes (£24 - i would've usually spent £35 in a week on fags). They are now adorning my feet and everytime i look at them i feel proud that i worked bloody hard and earned them! Would recommend a treat like this for anyone.
Looking forward to day 11 and the rest of week 2
Best of luck to all on your quit journey