Alright Everyone?

Hello! Looks like I'm supposed to be in this bit now. Cool :cool:

Here's the all important stats:

I have been quit for 3 Months, 4 Days, 10 hours, 51 minutes and 33 seconds (96 days). I have saved £412.80 by not smoking 1,543 cigarettes. I have saved 5 Days, 8 hours and 35 minutes of my life. My Quit Date: 17/11/2010 22:30

1500 fags - gross :eek:

Nearly 100 days!

Anyway, doing o.k really. I get the odd moment where I think - 'ohhh a cigarette would be lovely right now' - but I get through it without it even scratching the surface. I'm not saying I don't get my moments but they are much more easily handled.

New situations can still get me a bit. They can knock me sideways with a sneaky crave as I haven't encountered it before since being smoke free. Although I have found sometimes they are more enjoyable...like when we were on a short break I could sit around the table after a meal and really relax and chat and enjoy the moment instead of hurrying everyone up because I have to have a cigarette or leaving everyone while I went outside...which I've learnt can change the moment for others.

Just another little slice of how selfish addicts are when they are in the grip of it. Everybody has to dance to Mr. Nics tune whether they smoke or not :rolleyes:

Anyway, I would say that I am at the point where my life is significantly better purely because I no longer smoke. Even now I'm still fighting one heck of a nasty virus it hasn't gone to my chest and, as with hangovers, colds and viruses are easier to cope with too.

The one down side...my weight :(

However, tonight I'm off to my old slimming world club (I was a target member and had been for years untill quitting the fags) to sign up and get their support again. I've been trying to do it alone but...a bit like me trying to quit without this site, trying to diet alone (not diet, eat healthier I meant) is hard and I need the group support.

Doing one or the other is a cinch - doing both is likely to have me off to the funny farm!! So my target really is to be back to 'normal' by summer time. When I was a smoker I replaced a lot of food with smoking and fed hunger pangs with cigarettes - so I think I need to learn to eat normally. Since quitting I've had to re-learn loads of stuff I guess this will be the next thing.

Take care you lot and take care of your quits too.

xx

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  • Hi Looper

    Good for you - it is great to see you are doing well.

    Its nice to see you being so relaxed and comfortable with your quit - a real inspiration to all!! :cool:

    Keep it up, we will be in the penthouse before you know it ;)

  • Congrats Looper :)

    You do read well and getting the benefits of not smoking albeit with the odd moment. There's still some journeying to go through and experiences to get past. As ever read up and if you haven't tried doing so read about the experiences of those that are currently going through months 4 & 5 just to give you a heads up.

    There's mileage with thinking in terms of going through the full year's events...birthdays, anniversaries, Christmas and New Year (well those 2 are checked off) and also your holidays...even illnesses like the yearly bout of flu through winter.

    But, it's not doom and gloom....far from it, TBH.

    Cav

  • Cheers John and Cav :)

    John, I am confident of seeing you there in the penthouse, I just can't think of any other option really.

    Cav - good thinking Batman....actually thinking about it my Mums birthday is coming up and I am the only family member she has that doesn't smoke.

    I may arrange something seperate or enlist hubby to be there so I'm not the only non smoker. Hmmm, I'll have a think....or I could just go prepared and tough it out.

  • Looper... you're amazing. You just are.

    Congratulations on a really strong quit. And best of luck with the healthy eating adjustments!

    You are an inspiration to me, as at the moment I don't seem to be able to keep my sticky paws off the cake.

    Keep on keeping on!

    Hel xxx

  • Haha :D:D

    Cheers Hels although I would be more comfortable in being a detterent rather than an example:p

    I've just got to re-learn the whole 'eating when hungry and stopping when satiated' thing. Sounds odd I know, but I've used cigarettes to control my appetite for yonks - I think it's just something I have to go through.

    They'll be surprised to see me there - I know they are all going to think it's baby fat because I only ever go after having a bubby.

    Ah well, I know I need the group so I'll just suck it up and explain it's a quitting paunch!

  • Well done on having such a strong quit Looper....also, it takes guts to do something about one's weight and you're really jumping in with both feet :)

    Agree with Cav on the yearly milestone thing... although I seem to have a cough I just can't get over at the moment... very annoying. oh well, at least I'm not just pushing all the yucky stuff down into my lungs!

  • Well done Looper,

    You seem to be coping really well.

    Im with you on the weight, I tried SW for 3 weeks and though it suited me really well last year it just didnt cut it this time so Im doing WW, it suits my snacking (ok, its not snacking, its replacing fags with food, but good stuff like sweets and crisps). I put on 18 lbs, three off last week and my hols are booked for the end of May, so fingers crossed.

    Good luck to you in your quest for the bikini beautiful bod.

  • nice !!!! keep going .

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    My quit buddy, well done...we've made it this far :)

    Know what you mean about after a meal........I no longer have to escape to the kitchen as soon as I have put down my knife and fork. I can now let hubby clear the dishes, or chat, or have seconds :o instead of running off to have what I thought was that all important smoke.

    1500 fags not smoked...........yeah that's gross, but by god girl, would have been a hell of a lot grosser if you'd have smoked them.

    Gl with SW. If you approach that with the same enthusiam as you have with this, you'll do great. I have my induction to my gym sessions this sat. I've been practising by cycling with the little one, so I dont pass out on the first apparatus :D

    You've had a fab journey, and long may it continue........and I look forward to taking those steps with you. You are one of the reasons I will be at 100 days in an hours time. See.....told you you are an inspiration x :D

  • Hi Looper

    Great, great, great! I'm one day behind you ...

  • Hi Looper

    Great, great, great! I'm one day behind you ...

    Hello Luckydog!! Not seen you around for ages!! Hope you are doing alright? 4 days untill your hundred day milestone. Pretty good Luckydog xx

    Congratulations :) It's always good to see posts of success

    Thank You :)

    nice !!!! keep going .

    ...and Thank You :)

    Well done on having such a strong quit Looper....also, it takes guts to do something about one's weight and you're really jumping in with both feet :)

    Agree with Cav on the yearly milestone thing... although I seem to have a cough I just can't get over at the moment... very annoying. oh well, at least I'm not just pushing all the yucky stuff down into my lungs!

    I would get that cough checked out if I were you SLB. It's probably nothing but it's always better to get things like this seen by the doc. Go. Make the appointment. Now. I think now's a good time. Pick up the phone. Now. Do it....

    I'm really good at harassing people about stuff like this and it'll ruin your whole NSD experience to have a nutter like me stalking you. Better get it checked hun.

    Well done Looper,

    You seem to be coping really well.

    Im with you on the weight, I tried SW for 3 weeks and though it suited me really well last year it just didnt cut it this time so Im doing WW, it suits my snacking (ok, its not snacking, its replacing fags with food, but good stuff like sweets and crisps). I put on 18 lbs, three off last week and my hols are booked for the end of May, so fingers crossed.

    Good luck to you in your quest for the bikini beautiful bod.

    Slimming World has always worked for me and I love cooking so that fits too. I like not having to think about food and the pricipal of free foods where I can stuff myself silly with as much as I can handle is all good.

    Sat down to the group bit and as she's going round, she never says what someone weighs but tells everyone of a loss or a gain. She always says 'a smidgey little gain' when someone has put on like half or one pound. I've put on about 2 stone!! When she got to me she started off with...

    'and here's Looper a target member who...'

    so I filled in with '....had a smidgey little gain'. Hahaha

    I'll get there, I know I will. I just need to re-learn how to eat without using cigarettes as a marker or as a supressant that's all. Not sure about a bikini bod but I do have a naughty little size ten summer skirt I'm aiming to get into.

    I'll have to check in with you from time to time, we can have a WW v's SW comp!!

  • My quit buddy, well done...we've made it this far :)

    Know what you mean about after a meal........I no longer have to escape to the kitchen as soon as I have put down my knife and fork. I can now let hubby clear the dishes, or chat, or have seconds instead of running off to have what I thought was that all important smoke.

    1500 fags not smoked...........yeah that's gross, but by god girl, would have been a hell of a lot grosser if you'd have smoked them.

    Gl with SW. If you approach that with the same enthusiam as you have with this, you'll do great. I have my induction to my gym sessions this sat. I've been practising by cycling with the little one, so I dont pass out on the first apparatus :D

    You've had a fab journey, and long may it continue........and I look forward to taking those steps with you. You are one of the reasons I will be at 100 days in an hours time. See.....told you you are an inspiration x

    Awww - Rachel ((hug))

    Haven't we done well :)

    I did start with bopping around the living room to the Clare Nasir video and believe, it's not for the faint hearted!! Thing is, I keep getting colds and stuff and it's hampering my exercising efforts a bit. So I'm going down the diet (woops, healthy eating I meant) route first. At least it doesn't make my sinuses hurt like jumping up and down in the living room does.

    We have had a fab journey. Looking back it's quite cool to see how far we've come (and all the other NASers too of course). I remember us both posting even before we had quit and both being more than a little worried about it. I remember feeling scared and I had no idea what of and you did too - not that long ago in the grand scheme but it feels like ancient history as far as this quit goes.

    We have done so well!

    Do try not to keel over in the gym luvvie, the heart attack look is so last season and just isn't cool.

    Actually best of luck with it, keep me posted on the progress. I'm sure you will look like She-Ra before you know it. ;)

    Oh and stop with that inspiration stuff, couldn't have got here without you and you know there were times I was dragged kicking and screaming through it, hardly inspirational more....sectionable.

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