I can’t believe that I missed this by a day but hey, after 3 years who’s counting? (Me actually 3 years quit on Feb 23rd 2011…… YeeeeeeeeeF*&^ing HA!!!!!)
OK, just to bore all you newbies, a brief history……. About a month after I quit (Alan Carr course and I would recommend it or his Easyway book to anyone) I realised that even though I was doing well ,I still needed support to keep me in my quit and so I joined this forum. It was one of the best things I could have done. The people I met on here were a brilliant bunch and we had a great laugh together…..they all know who they are/ where.
I learned many valuable lessons which helped make it easy….yes I said it ….EASY , to quit. The main thing being to understand what would happen as I progressed with my quit, from the quitzits to the extremely smelly farts to the (as a guy) wonderful effects of increased blood flow!!!!
How did I learn all this? Why by READING of course. The “READ READ READ” mantra was put about a lot in the early 2008’s as a great way to help understand what to expect with your quit and how to deal with it, and I reckon that from those days, the first really substantial batch of successful, supportive quitters emerged on this forum. Catwoman, CWord, Jude, Cavalier, Supervillain, Onemoretry, Austinlegro, Tomatpots, WickedFairy, Catmagpie and many others all gained success while supporting others, and this led to some who closely followed, NicFirth, StuartH and MargaretH etc. followed by others like JackieInv, Belleblue & Jamangie and many others all taking up the mantle and helping those who were to follow. (I apologise for the many, many names that I have inadvertently left from here but it really is a long time since I was on and even longer since I posted).
In the 3 years since I quit I can honestly say that I hardly ever think of cigarettes and that is a great feeling. It is a cliché I know but if I can do it so can any of you who are just starting your journey on here.
My advice (for what its worth) is to “READ READ READ” as much as you can…. “WHYQUIT” is great for real hard hitting facts about smoking and quitting and “Woofmang” is just brilliant for inspirational tales to help you when times get a wee bit tough.
And don’t forget, a simple sentence to boost you up when you feel down is great. Things like NTAP (Never Take Another Puff) and NOPE (Not One Puff Ever) are good.
I always preferred DBSFS myself, which must be said with a Glaswegian accent, whenever I felt the urge to smoke.
DBSFS Don’t Be So F£$%ing Stupid!!!!!! It really works Go on try it.