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I forgot to mention that I took my blood pressure yesterday, has anybody else recorded this?

I record mine generally always taking at the same time in a relaxed state. Historically it has been 125 to 132 over 80 to 97, I believe this is normal high. My resting heart rate is usually in the region of 75 - 78.

Last night was 117/72 with a resting pulse of 59...an amazing difference, no wonder I've been feeling calmer and sleeping better.

Waffle over

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it absolutely makes a difference

for about a month or two before i quit i had a heartbeat [on the i phone heart rate thing] of around 100 and even if the app was a little out i knew things were bad as i could hear my heartbeat in my ears most of the time [definately not right]

this was all happening on the run up to my quit i knew in november i was gonna quit on new years day

so not sure if it was my bodies way of telling me LOOK U HAVE TO DO THIS or whether something was really gonna happen to me

but either way wen i feel weak i remember how i felt before i quit and i dont want to go back there


oh yeah lol forgot to say since quitting never ever hear my heartbeat in my ears heart beat on i phone 68-72 and feel calm all of the time

says it all doesnt it


Interesting thread. My BP is now much much lower and my resting heart rate is now 55-59 BPM so much better than 85-95 like when i smoked.

I am much calmer, i dont hear my heartbeat anymore and i can exercise with a higher heart rate but not get out of breath just get so hot where i work so hard.

My weight has stabilised now and with my healthy eating plan i have lost 5lbs in just over 2 weeks. I work 30 mins on my treadmill daily and go the gym and pool with my kids during the week too.

I am not on a diet as i dont do those but i am watching what i eat and logging my calories every day. I use a website for my calorie and fitness logging. Try it out its called My Fitness Pal

Anyhow good luck everyone



Interesting boo. My relaxed rate is 89 bpm so god knows what it is when I am active. Also hear my heart in my ears and just lately been getting lots of "strange sensations" in the heart area. As you may know I still smoke but was surprised to see stopping made your symptoms go. Feel a bit worried now so thanks for sharing. I never get scared by other people's experiences but when you share the same it makes you think twice.

Good to hear yor news stav.

hey karri

yeah i to had the 'strange sensations' around my heart it wasnt a significant pain as such. just as if my body was telling me something

and i know u still smoke and i did wen i had all these symptoms and it wasnt until november time wen i decided to quit that all these symptoms came to the surface and i know u want to quit cause you spend time on here and u have tried to quit so it is always on your mind to quit, its not like u are happily getting on with smoking.

i really believe our minds are more capable than we will ever know [you know the we only use 10% of our brain power thing] and i believe the power of the mind is very strong and i believe this is the bracket that this falls into

i think because i made a concious decision to quit back in november and set a date of new years day that my mind was showing me i had to do it and these symptoms were encouraging me that smoking was doing this to me and if i carried on something bad would happen sooner or later

i hope i dont come across as a fruit loop but you to karri have made a decision to quit too u just havent quite made it yet

and nuttynurse how bizarre i thought i was the only one with a heartbeat in my ears and now two of u [u and karri] turn up in minites lol

but seriously all of my symptoms went within a week of quitting i have not heard my heart beat in my ears since and have not had a 'strange sensation' in the chest area even after alot of exercise

i 100% believe the cigarettes and all the poisons in them did that to me i can honestly tell if someone is a smoker now just by looking at them and without smelling them they always kinda look poisoned its always in there eyes i can tell i cant put my finger on exactly how i know but i have a 100% success rate of recognising a smoker


thanks nutty nurse am gonna sign up to my fitness pal now and work work on the spare stone i have gained and no longer want or need


I've 2 stone to shed by Noveber 8th...not going to happen! I have used my spare cash to join a gym though :)....I haven't been yet but it's a start :D


lol the thoughts there and u have joined

once you start going u will get addicted to the exercise a much healthier addiction


Well will make the most of it over the weekend :) not going to be particularly active for a good few months so need to get it out of my system. :D


Boo and NN - I got the My Fitness app a couple of weeks ago but haven't used it yet. It seems to have a lot of good reviews.

Boo you have definately got me thinking about things seriously. Thanks again for writing your post and no you don't sound like a fruit loop lol.

karri if i could take u to where i am today and show you wat its like i would do it in a blink of the eye, i know you want to quit so bad and u have all the tools and good advice and know all the information u need to know.

i know for me it was the time i had to prepare mentally, i knew for about 6 to 8 weeks before that new years day was the day, maybe if u prepared and set a date bit further ahead may help

also dont feel u have to do it cold turkey i certainly had no intention of going cold turkey i needed those patches big time and my inhalator

i had days i would sit in the toilet and cry my eyes out [over a cigarette ] seems ridilulous now but crying made me feel better got it out of my system

i felt depressed and got medication to treat it [only stayed on it for 3 months] but needed it and not ashamed i used it

i have had alot of hard days over the time but i swear if u stick it out it will get better and u will feel normal and happy without smoking

somewhere down the line [actually it was when i went to @bristol] so about 4 ish months in i realised the pure freedom i had and then that feeling became more powerfull than the want to smoke, and i kinda let go of the last little bit i was holding on to

i emailed my friend also who had given up for a year and on a daily basis i emailed her exactly how i felt and poured my heart out it helped so much she replied daily and knew exactly how i felt and reassured me all was normal

[if u wanted to pm me i would be happy to help you anytime]

i know the steps i took may not be for everyone but if i can help anyone else like people helped me at the start i will


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