The journey so far

Well I was planning on waiting till day 40 to post a "how i feel so far" thread, but as I am away then, thought I would do it now!

Well the things I like:

1. Not having to sneak off outside for a fag every hour or so

2. Not worrying about the effect my smoking will have on son (both healthwise and in terms of in the future when he is confronted by smoking being 'cool')

3. Exercise is MUCH easier

4. Knowing there is at least something I am doing to make my family proud (even if I had to do something they hated to get there!).

5. More money to pay bills and treat little one

6. Not having to worry that I stink (well of cigs at any rate!)

7. Realizing that smoking in many circumstances was the CAUSE of my stress, or certainly exacerbated it. I am SO much calmer 99% of the time and it actually is quite embarrassing and humiliating to know I caused myself and those I cared about so much unnecessary aggravation under the misguided belief it was helping!

8. Just the general feeling that I have accomplished something for myself this year.

What I dislike:

1. The weight gain, but this has also in one respect been a benefit as I am eating healthier and exercising more post-quit because I was getting even fatter!

2. The return of asthma and allergies. These were always there, and I am hoping to figure it out soon. Despite their return, my breathing is better when exercising, and I think I recover from colds better, so you win some you lose some!

I thinks the positives win!

I have been quit for 1 Month, 1 Week, 21 hours, 16 minutes and 58 seconds (38 days). I have saved £246.92 by not smoking 777 cigarettes. I have saved 2 Days, 16 hours and 45 minutes of my life. My Quit Date: 21/10/2010 23:00

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  • Genes

    Thats great to see your good and bad list, if that makes sense.

    Nearly 40 days already, im not far behind you im on day 37 and like you the feelings are great that i am experiencing.

    As for the weight gain, you can deal with that when your better settled with your quit, dont go worrying about that at the mo. Your doing brilliantly and i wanted to SHOUT a BIG WELL DONE hun ;)

    Anyhow, take care and stay strong. Heres to a nice glass of bubbly to mark day 40.

    lol

  • WOW congrats to the both of you!!

    Can't wait to get to 30 days smoke free - only a dream for 40 days at the moment.

    Do you guys still get cravings? Or do they go after a period?

    I am 22 days in and still want a fag, most mornings really!! :eek:

  • wow 22 days, well done you

    John

    I can only speak for myself but i can honestly say that apart from 2 days one in 2nd week and one in the 3rd week in which i could have murdered for a cig that now NO i dont actuallty get craves as such.

    I think its because i was better prepared in my mind and also in my actual daily routine this time.

    I have changed lots of the habitual things i used to do and started to do things that i never thought i would do like knit and read and by doing those things i have managed to stay away from craves as such.

    I have not smoked in doors for 5 years so that helped, i have not smoked in a car for the same amount of time too so that has helped too.

    I do think that it does get easier. Dont get me wrong i occasionally have a thought but then as quick as its there its gone again. My worst one was the morning cig, that first one where i had to have a cig before anything else and yet i have now managed to get past that.

    You can do this and it will get easier. Good luck my friend

    Oh and i know not to let my guard down as nasty nic can rear his ugly head at anytime

  • Thanks Jo

    I will keep going and see where it leads me! My goal at the moment is to get to xmas, so that I can announce to the family that I no longer smoke (currently only sister knows).

    As I have been smoking for over 20 years there should be some pricless expressions!!!

  • I'm sure it'll be one of the most wonderful presents that you can give your family :)

    I still can't believe I'm going to be 3.5 months quit for xmas!

  • John

    Take it one minute, one hour and one day at a time. It will get better and before you know it time would have flown by.

    My OH gave up in 2006 and i asked him if he ever thinks about it and does it get easier, he said yes occasionally and he said it will get easier and quite quickly too.

    He forgets he ever smoked now and not even my kids remember him doing it which is nice cos im hoping that they will forget i ever did.

    Take care

  • I'm sure it'll be one of the most wonderful presents that you can give your family :)

    I still can't believe I'm going to be 3.5 months quit for xmas!

    Oh well done you ;). 3 1/2months at Xmas. Just thought myself i will be 2 months at Xmas. Oh we are all so good and we can all do this. :)

    Good luck everyone

  • I will be a week or so behind you Jo!!

    The only smoke I intend to see at xmas will be coming from the wifes burnt turkey!!

  • OOH....hope your wife doesn't read that John :D

  • Hey guys, thanks for all the support been great!

    John just stick at it, it does get better! I honestly cannot remember the last time I actually WANTED a cig (well actually I can - day 10 I believe). Now it really is fleeting thoughts. My mum, who quit 30 years ago still gets fleeting thoughts, but says it was only i the first month that she could have caved, after that it was just a thought, nothing big. I think of it a bit like I think of clubbing, it was a scene I was really into, and I think about nights out partying a lot, does not mean you will find me in a club again EVER!

    Sorry not been about too much today, power off from 9am-ish to 4pm and then all my visa paperwork arrived from the states (typical day before I go on holiday) so spent quite a while filling in forms, talking to the US embassy and organising everything! Now having a well deserved beer before getting all the food packed for the holiday, boy is in bed very excited about meeting the elves on hols (part of the package is helping elves and meeting santa), also need to figure out the heating as not working right since power cut!

    Thanks to everyone for your support here :D

  • 7. Realizing that smoking in many circumstances was the CAUSE of my stress, or certainly exacerbated it. I am SO much calmer 99% of the time and it actually is quite embarrassing and humiliating to know I caused myself and those I cared about so much unnecessary aggravation under the misguided belief it was helping!

    8. Just the general feeling that I have accomplished something for myself this year.

    Really liked this post genes, these parts of your list particularly hit home with me and the one about stress was the most unexpected thing that i noticed about my quit. wouldnt have believed it if someone told me i would be less stressed after i quit would you?

    Well done on nearly 40 days - wow. and think i speak for everyone on this forum by saying thankyou for all your help and support along every step of the way. i just feel that we will all actually make it to the penthouse but like jo says one min at a time.

    enjoy your holiday and fill us in when you get back

    amy x x x

  • crap!!! how do you quote on this thing????? help?? anybody?? lol am useless!!!

  • hi

    Im sorry I havnt got a clue how to quote either.

    Well done on getting to day 40. I am on day 35, must say though that I am still craving. I really hope it goes away soon. I also have taken up a hobby crochet. Nothing complicated just blankets, cant follow patterns. Just sent off for a book to crochet socks, keep my feet nice and warm. Need them in this weather!

    Isnt it great having extra money.

    Well done and best wishes.

    Jojo

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