This quitting smoking lark is easy - once you get past the first 3-7 days of physical cravings in my opinion the rest is all about mind-set.
It has now been 47 days since I last smoked a cigarette and I can honestly say that for the first time in my life I fully understand the reasons why I smoked and the reasons why I will never smoke again.
The fact that I have been through each of my triggers on numerous occasions has now confirmed to me that I can face any situation without having to reach for a cigarette. These were;
2) After meals
3) With a alcohol
4) Tea/Coffee breaks at work
5) Being around other smokers
6) Stressful situation with work
7) Argument with friend/relative/girl friend
8) Speaking on the phone
I now look at smokers and feel sorry for them, they are in the nicotine trap and they are not aware of it, I see how nicotine used to control my life in every way. I can 100% vouch for Allen Carrs book, it certainly worked for me, I’ve heard it has not helped with others but once your "mind-set" is in the right place his book opens your eyes to the real smoking trap.
I would like to say anyone reading this during the early stages of your quit - Keep going, struggle through, do anything you can do to not give in. I tried on several occasions but always gave in within 3 days, but not this time, purely down to my "mind-set" - It gets easier.
Finally other quitters who are ahead of me - I find your posts inspiring and they help me to continue on my quest for the "Penthouse", I am more aware than ever than just one cigarette will see me back in the trap - It is because of all of you that I will not let this happen.
Thanks for listening and apologies for the long post - I felt like I had to get this off my chest.
Keep going everyone.