Day 1, Patch 1

Hi,

Thought i would intoduce myself to you lovely people :)

Im Dawn, iv been a smoker for 18yrs. I quit for 9 months when i was carrying my daughter due to not being able to stand the smell or taste during pregnancy, im ashamed to say that as soon as i was able to stand up (emergency c-section) and there was someone to watch my daughter (family member) i went straight into the smoke room at the hospital and had a ciggy... from then on in, i was back into the habit. :o

I kept saying i would quit, but there was always a reason not to... Too much stress with work.. too much stress at home... to much bordom more like!

My current partner dosnt smoke, he dosnt like the habit.. It has caused a few arguments due to family history and i understand why he is so upset, but like most people with the habit i would shrug it off and say things like "people die through driving/drinking blah blah blah" "you knew i was a smoker when you started to date me.. dont try to change me for what you want me to be..":o

Iv recently started driving and im finding it stupidly expensive to have my lessons and to provide my body with its fix... so it came to a crunch.. My car (wich gives me freedom to move about where ever and when ever, i really enjoy driving) or my ciggies (wich can cause no end of illness's, costs a bomb for a few seconds of relief, leaves a vile smell on everything)

Its a no brainer.. but sadly i didnt realise untill yesterday.:rolleyes:

So today is Day 1, i had my last "Death stick" (as my partner calls them) last night at around 19:30, this morning i have applied the Niquitin 24hr patch.

Im getting married next year, we are going to Egypt for 2 weeks... although all the wedding and honeymoon is payed for, i see going to Egypt as my incentive to quit... With the money i will save we can go hot air ballooning over Luxor, a plane ride to see the pyramids in Cairo, and many other things

So here it is..... Day 1

Temptation to smoke today : This morning on awaking... i loaded up my lappy and switched on the kettle.. my next action would have been to light up.... but i didnt, i took my lappy and my coffee and went into the living room (no smoking allowed in any part of the house bar the kitchen) I think im ding ok.. so far lol

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  • Temptation to smoke today : This morning on awaking... i loaded up my lappy and switched on the kettle.. my next action would have been to light up.... but i didnt, i took my lappy and my coffee and went into the living room (no smoking allowed in any part of the house bar the kitchen) I think im ding ok.. so far lol

    Wellcome to the forum Cherry.Doing ok, you're doing great. That decision to give it a proper go could be the best decision of your life. Apart from better health, you have some extra perks to look forward to, and there's no reason why you shouldn't achieve them all. I used the 24 hour patches to quit and apart from a couple of little niggles they did the job physically and this forum has done the mental part. You've done well to recognise the first trigger, after putting the kettle on, you didn't light up. You'll find more triggers as you go along, just learn to see them for what they are, just little temptations and memories. You'll find lots of links scattered about in peoples sigs (I have some), just read all about this horrible addiction and you'll have the ammunition to beat it. David

  • Wellcome to the forum Cherry.Doing ok, you're doing great. That decision to give it a proper go could be the best decision of your life. Apart from better health, you have some extra perks to look forward to, and there's no reason why you shouldn't achieve them all. I used the 24 hour patches to quit and apart from a couple of little niggles they did the job physically and this forum has done the mental part. You've done well to recognise the first trigger, after putting the kettle on, you didn't light up. You'll find more triggers as you go along, just learn to see them for what they are, just little temptations and memories. You'll find lots of links scattered about in peoples sigs (I have some), just read all about this horrible addiction and you'll have the ammunition to beat it. David

    Hi David,

    thanks for the welcome, i know where my triggers will be, Break time at work... stressfull times at home/work, times out with my mates, even simple things like going to my parents house or staying in at home with nothing to do, but i will get there!

    I dont want this habit anymore, i dont want the expense anymore.

    Iv sat an worked it out

    I spend on average £3.60 per work day (at home i smoke tabacco as its cheaper) wich works out on average like this

    £18 per week

    £72 per month

    £864 per year

    added to that my tobacco, filters and papers, not including the lighters... im saving over £1000 a year by quitting, and thats only for the weeks i work 5 days, some weeks i can work 6. Not only that but thats only going on the pack of ten, some days ill buy a pack of 20 but still need to buy a pack of ten the next day, sometimes even on my days off ill buy ciggies.

    If my driving instuctor can do it after 30yrs of smoking and millions of others, im sure i can, i just need to belive in myself :)

  • Hiya Cherry

    Good for you to have come to this decision. I was a smoker for about 37 years and had worked my wayy up to a not so marvelous 30 a day. Like you I have had all the arguments with myself about why I should not quit, but eventually I realised I was just talking with an addicts brain.

    Im nearly at 7 weeks now and I have arrived here by doing one day at a time, like an alcoholic I tell myself I just wont smoke today.

    Ive put a link on here for a quit counter, you can download it to your laptop, I have and I think quite a few other son here have. Its very simple to set up and tells you day by day how you have done, it also has achievments to help you celebrate ladmark victories.

    I hope your quit goes well for you, if you find the patches arent enough try topping up with some low level lozenges. I did and stopped the patches after 2 weeks and just continued with the lozenges.

    Good luck to you. xxx

    forum.nosmokingday.org.uk/s...

  • Hi Cherry and welcome to the forum and well done for day 1. I used patches on my previous quit but found they made me itch i just use 1mg loz as when needed and extra strong mints . Have you joined the november N.O.P.E group we are a lovely bunch. Good luck in your quit and keep reading and posting. Jacqui. Quit: 14.11.11. Proud member of the November N.O.P.E group. Live long and prosper.

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