Someone suggested I start a new thread so this doesn't get lost. I hop eit helps.
Hi guys, thanks for the positive comments. As I was asked for my experiences i thought it only fair to share them with you.
I decided to give up for various reasons. The main one being I had had enough. I thought I enjoyed smoking but the smell, the cost, the health implications, the stigma were begining to outweigh the pleasure. I was also fed up with being a slave to ciggerettes. I have two children and wanted to be around for their weddings, graduations, becoming a grand dad etc. I knew I had to give it up after 30 years. Everything you do is put on hold so you can have a smoke. Need one before a car journey, need one before going to the pictures, need one before going into the footy etc. Can you imagine anything else that would take precidence over any of that? Also with 20 Silk Cut costing around £7.50 a day i knew the time was right. I would also rather go without food then fags. i always had enough money for fags but sometimes made the decision to spend last bit of money on smokes and not food.
I decieded to give up on 1 January 2010. I made sure I did not have any ciggerettes to last me after the 31st December. Had I some left I would have probably smoked them. I also did not tell my family I was giving up. The reason for this was that I wanted it to be my decision and my success or failiure. Also if I failed after two days I only let myself down. Funnily enough a week went by and no one had noticed. So I had to tell them I had not smoked for a week I was seriously amazed they had not even noticed.
I also decided to get fitter at the time and set the goal of the Sport relief Mile in March of that year. I was seriously unfit and struggled to walk a mile let alone run it. So I started with walking, then walking running, then running. I did the mile without stopping and was so proud of myself.
I did not use patches, hypnosis, fake ciggerettes. Just good old fashioned will power. It worked for me. During the last two years I have gone through some very stressful times. These have included divorce, house purchase, work worries. All things that would have previously had me reaching for the smokes. I stayed strong and i am so glad I did. the divorce was not down to me becomming a right old grouch because I missed the fags so don't worry that will happen to you
I still keep up the excercise going to the gym three times a week, coach a football team, play squash and never felt more healthy. So glad the cough has gone. I could still smoke right now and if it was free, socially acceptable and healthy i would probably still smoke. But the benefits of giving up far far far outweigh the benefits (if there are any) of smoking.
It really all boils down to whether you want to smoke or you don't. I didn't. I hope me sharing this with you helps. My children are so pleased i have stopped. Pleased is a very weak word. They couldn't be more delighted. And I will hopefully be around for all their major milestones. It's amazing how bad people smell who have been smoking now. You really do notice.
I have since found a new partner, bought my house back and work is good. And I don't smoke!!!!! It's like a fairy tale
So good luck to all you guys on this tough journey and if any of this helps then i am glad.
Happy New Year.