Erm, day 25?!! WTF, how did that happen?!! On Friday night at about 11.30pm (i wish i'd thought to look at the exact time now!) it'll be 4 weeks since i smoked my last cigarette. Hence the EEEEEKKK! of excitment
I'm not saying it's been easy and there have been times where i've been very close to giving in to the cravings. But i haven't and have come up with my own little methods that have really helped me:
1. "I just don't feel like smoking right now" - this is what i tell myself if i'm standing with smokers smoking, i tell myself i can have one later but i just don't feel like one now. If that doesn't work (which tbh it usually does) i have a few puffs of my inhaler or a lolly.
I am awful at being told what to do (and what not to do) - as soon as someone says "you can't" i think "sod off, i can", so this really works for me.
2. A pack of fags in the house - A weird and potentially dangerous one i know. But the problem with previous quits has been that i have had the age-old panic of a smoker that has run out of cigs. By having 3 fags from my last packet in the kitchen drawer (albeit hidden at the back) is like a crutch that i could smoke if i wanted to, but i don't want to smoke, so i don't. I planning on binning these in the next few weeks.
3. Reading - A simple one. I get so in to a book that smoking doesn't even enter my head (unless a character in the book smokes, dammit - maybe advise sticking to Harry Potter!!)
4. Lollipops - I quit just after Halloween so we had a bag full of lollies in the house. A mate at work quit 9 months ago using nothing but lollies and it really helped him get through the routine in the first few weeks. It has done with me too, and especially if i'm in a situation where others are smoking and i want to join in the conversation - i have a lolly or maybe some chewy or my niccy inhaler and feel like i've not 'missed out' cos of not smoking. (This was always a massive reason why i didn't quit in the past, fear of being excluded from things)
5. THIS SITE!!!! Seriously, this site and all you guys have saved me from cravings more times than i ever thought. Whether it be something to read, some encouragement, some advice or some laughs it's been brilliant, so thank you one and all!
Off to find some Diet Coke now - that's one craving that i think i'll have for life