just thought I would check in finally as I have not been posting for a while. Loads of new quitters on here now which is great. I have made it to 4 months, 3 weeks and 3 days. Or is it 3 months etc ect. Lost count. just know it was a Tuesday in October that I gave up or stopped. Had one blip on New years day and smoked four fags. This was because I had run out of lozenges!! Could easily have kept smoking but decided to clamber back on the wagon. So far, it has been a bumpy road, but the potholes are getting less and less. I started off on the patches and then switched to lozenges as I felt that I could all too easily forget the patch was there (tho' i definitely felt the nicotine intake) and was tempted on social occasions. so was topping up with the odd lozenges and then gave up patches altogether. so one addiction has been swapped for another as i am now consuming lozenges by the dozen!! I know I have to cut down and do so occasionally, but they help so much as I need some sort of crutch to get me through life. Sad but true. I am not going to beat myself up too much about it though as I feel so much better and am sticking to my quit come hell or high water. I will deal with the lozenge problem when I am ready. Tried the Allen Carr way, but, still feel I am giving up something, though I totally grasp his method. One thing that always sticks in my mind is his advice to "never doubt your decision to quit."
So to all new quitters, I say -it is not easy but hang in there and stick to your decision not to smoke. That is all that matters. I must add, I did not enjoy the four fags I smoked but did it out of desperation combined with a hangover downer. Crazy, isn't it!! Take it one day at a time and you will soon feel the benefits. Let's face it, time flies but life can seem so long when you are quitting. Try to just ignore the slow bits and find something to do. Paint your nails or do the dishes. And as for the girls, put your feet up and eat some chocolate. I am lucky that I never put on weight and I am slimmer than before my quit as food does not hold any attraction for me other than preventing an early demise! So stuffing my face does not appeal which is a shame and probably why I love my lozenges so much.
I shall stop rambling now, just want to say thanks to all posters old and new. It is such a comfort to know I am not alone in this non smoking world. By the way, people left in the pub guarding the coats while friends are outside smoking are now officially known as Smorphans. I like this. I am now a smorphan and proud of it!!!