How is everyone getting on?

Afternoon all,

I haven't been on for a while, work has been manic but thought I would check in to see how everyone is doing ?

I've been trying to stick to my fitness regime but it is proving more difficult than I first thought, my fitness just doesn't seem to be picking up as quick as I thought. I'm thinking of taking advantage of the "cycle to work scheme" - Basically get a nice discount off a bicycle and could be another good way of getting fit during the summer months.

Mark

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  • Hi Mark, good to see you still around.

    I'm not doing too badly, the change in season has trigger some 'memory craves', I guess it's because it's the first Spring as an ex-smoker. It's not a big urge though, more of an association I think.

    I still get the same thoughts about meat if I smell certain foods, or think about tuna sandwiches (don't know why tuna is such a big thing with me :p). But I've been veggie for nearly 8 years now, so I think I'm safe with the smoking 'craves'.

    The only other thing I'll say is I miss the ritual sometimes when I'm at work. I used to have one or two at lunchtime, and it was always a little bit of time to myself, where I could just zone out. I *could* just go and stand outside for five minutes, but I'd just feel daft, and there wouldn't be a 'marker' to punctuate it.

    Otherwise I'm fairly settled into not smoking. It's nice to come home from work, put my PJs on and stay in them for the evening without having to get changed to go outside. And of course, it's great to not smell :D.

    I've started going to the gym too, although not as often as I should, and I'm trying to lose a bit of weight (not very successfully yet). I guess quitting smoking makes you value your body more? When you're smoking, exercise and eating well seem a bit pointless really.

  • Hi all... An all to infrequent visit from me too.

    All is good here too. Noticed on my counter that tomorrow will be 200 days smoke free for me.

    Marathon training coming on a treat. In the last few weeks the personal bests have been tumbling, so I guess my fitness must be getting there too.

  • Another (lately) infrequent visitor here too!

    Still going okay with not smoking. Had a few family problems of late which have actually taken my mind off the quitting, and also taken up a lot of my time in general, hence my lack of posts recently. Think when I had something more important to worry about, it actually drew a line under any remaining craves. For the first time in my six month quit the not smoking is not my minds main priority anymore. I've got to say it's been a relief to be lifted of that particular burden. It's a case of, there are more important things going on in life than missing smoking. Who's have thought it eh, last year I would have smoked myself silly through any problems. I haven't really thought about wanting a ciggarette, I knew it wouldn't help and it didn't cross my mind to use it as an excuse to smoke. I've been waiting six months for that excuse lol, conversely it was the excuse I used to firmly leave my smoking past well and truly in the past.....for good!

    Hope everyone else from the SSS group are doing fine too....I have every faith you all are xx

  • Another (lately) infrequent visitor here too!

    Still going okay with not smoking. Had a few family problems of late which have actually taken my mind off the quitting, and also taken up a lot of my time in general, hence my lack of posts recently. Think when I had something more important to worry about, it actually drew a line under any remaining craves. For the first time in my six month quit the not smoking is not my minds main priority anymore. I've got to say it's been a relief to be lifted of that particular burden. It's a case of, there are more important things going on in life than missing smoking. Who's have thought it eh, last year I would have smoked myself silly through any problems. I haven't really thought about wanting a ciggarette, I knew it wouldn't help and it didn't cross my mind to use it as an excuse to smoke. I've been waiting six months for that excuse lol, conversely it was the excuse I used to firmly leave my smoking past well and truly in the past.....for good!

    Hope everyone else from the SSS group are doing fine too....I have every faith you all are xx

    Well done Pip. It does feel good not to rely on cigarettes during stressful times.

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