Day 6 - The Battle Begins

Morning all,

I have a feeling this is when the real battle for me starts. I have always found the early days easy after I eventually take the plunge then my quit becomes harder. That initial strength and motivation carries me through and I hardly noticed any physical withdrawals. Now for the mental ones!

I was fine until yesterday afternoon then the very brief 'moments' started. The ones when your tummy has that funny pulling sensation. The moment your hand goes out to pick up a ciggie that is no longer there.

I refuse to start smoking again and have no intention of doing so. I just don't want every moment of my waking day to be centred around fighting thinking of smoking or feeling that uncomfortable 'pull' in my tummy.

I know the Nicodemons plan and I know I just have to fight him good and hard.

I hope everyone has a good day today and wins the battle with their own Nicodemon :D

G x

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  • Gaynor you can do it , we all know it is not easy but you got to stay positive.

    Let them feeling come and go, try not to focus on them.

    As you say they are brief, nothing you cant handle.

    It does get easier Gaynor, my quit is getting easier day by day and I have to say I do not have the strongest willpower but I am not going to let it bet me this time. Stay strong sweetheart I know you can do this.

    Love Joan xxx

  • well done gaynor

    fight the good fight i know that pulling feeling in your belly mine was in my belly on and off for a while but i gradually got stronger than my belly pull and one day it just dissapeared i didnt even notice for a few days it had disappeared

    stay strong

    boo

  • Ooh its hard. It was similar for me too and that pull peaked on day 8. I dont know if it well help you or not, but i'll throw it into the pot as another suggestion for you and as something that worked for me. Plain and simply I just DIDN'T fight it. I totally allowed the feeling to wash over me and invited it to do its worst. Sometimes I held out my arms as though I were standing in pouring rain allowing it to soak me. I found when I completely relaxed against it and allowed myself to fully feel it, it was much easier to deal with. Often the worst of pangs left me feeling huh? Is that it? Is that what I have smoked all these years to avoid.

    Good luck. keep going.

  • Ooh its hard. It was similar for me too and that pull peaked on day 8. I dont know if it well help you or not, but i'll throw it into the pot as another suggestion for you and as something that worked for me. Plain and simply I just DIDN'T fight it. I totally allowed the feeling to wash over me and invited it to do its worst. Sometimes I held out my arms as though I were standing in pouring rain allowing it to soak me. I found when I completely relaxed against it and allowed myself to fully feel it, it was much easier to deal with. Often the worst of pangs left me feeling huh? Is that it? Is that what I have smoked all these years to avoid.

    Good luck. keep going.

    omg love your name

  • omg love your name

    Thanks :)

    Love yours too. Boo is my daughters nickname :)

  • Thanks :)

    Love yours too. Boo is my daughters nickname :)

    haha boo is my daughters nickname too when she was a few weeks old if we said boo she smiled so it stuck she is 11 now and all the family call her boo most of the time we rarely call her by her proper name lol

    boo

  • Keep on fighting that ol' Nicodemon sod, Gaynor.

    As you keep moving forward you'll notice that your relationship with Nicodemon will change; your perception of it will change. It can become tiresome but lots of things in life become that way when we let them get at us.

    Maybe have a shot at embracing the 'pull' as Dippy has described...with your own variation possibly put on it...whatever works for you. TBH I'd never thought of that but like most effective techniques the beauty lies in the simplicity.

    Have a cool non smoking night and because the day is nearly done, tomorrow too :)

    Cav

  • TBH I'd never thought of that but like most effective techniques the beauty lies in the simplicity.

    Funny that, I've been advocating not fighting off the feelings, but rather letting them happen and riding them out for quite some time now.

    Ah yes, but I had forgotten. You're "ignoring" me. Wink wink :D

    Alex.

  • Day 6 indeed - irritated

    I am with you on the difficulty of day 6. Yesterday, day 5, I woke up with a mad rash all over my body, and have, since then, also been feeling unbelieveably irritable with the smallest things. I know that smoking won't make my irritations go away, and I am aware that smoking doesn't solve anything long-term. I don't want to smoke again, but I miss it quite a lot. Day 6 is proving the hardest day so far, as the novelty of the quit is now wearing off, and withdrawal symptoms are rearing up. I am exercising everyday, though, and that helps a lot. Also trying to eat healthy. Biggest challenge today and yesterday is not biting anyone's head off for nothing. Doing yoga stretching throughout the day in my office, drinking water...but aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhHSghag&^*&#^#TG*@@#%&*&#@!! I am still so annoyed. Here's to better days to come, I know they're in the future somewhere. Good going everyone on your quits for today. This is my first post so far. Loving the support group vibe that is here. Thanks.

  • Well i'm very glad I escaped the 'mad rash' Eep! That sounds nasty. Much respect to you for the yoga, healthy eating etc though. I'm only just getting round to such things after living like Waynetta (minus fags) for over a week. Deep breathing Vizz. In through the nose out through the mouth. You'll get through it. Keep it up and well done. Six days. Thats amazing. :)

  • Funny that, I've been advocating not fighting off the feelings, but rather letting them happen and riding them out for quite some time now.

    If you find parallels between Dippy's experience and what you've been advocating then I'm presuming that there must be substance in the ideas. I certainly am convinced by Dippy's comment given that it's worked for her and there's no better example than direct experience.

  • Well, after my wobbly day 6 post I find myself able to post in week 2 :D

    In hind sight day 6 and 7 weren't too bad. I came out the other side and still smoke free I am glad to say.

    Thank you all for your support. I took it all in. Just so busy at work I haven't had time to post. :(

    Interesting view point on not fighting the bad feelings Dippy. You might have a point there, maybe the constant fighting just prolongs the agony rather than let it wash over you and be done with it. Will give it a go ;)

    Heres to a great weekend for all of us and hopefully some SUN :D

    Gaynor x

  • Brilliant news Gaynor.

    Well done my good woman. Proud of you.

    Week 2 eh? Life doesn't get much better.....well unless you're me and about

    to enter week 3 heh heh (joke).

    Top top top stuff :D:D

  • If you find parallels between Dippy's experience and what you've been advocating then I'm presuming that there must be substance in the ideas. I certainly am convinced by Dippy's comment given that it's worked for her and there's no better example than direct experience.

    I first read about it in Kristina Ivings book, and it "just made sense" to me at the time. Since then I have been observing both in real-life and on the forum that the technique seems to work well.

    Alex.

  • Ooh its hard. It was similar for me too and that pull peaked on day 8. I dont know if it well help you or not, but i'll throw it into the pot as another suggestion for you and as something that worked for me. Plain and simply I just DIDN'T fight it. I totally allowed the feeling to wash over me and invited it to do its worst. Sometimes I held out my arms as though I were standing in pouring rain allowing it to soak me. I found when I completely relaxed against it and allowed myself to fully feel it, it was much easier to deal with. Often the worst of pangs left me feeling huh? Is that it? Is that what I have smoked all these years to avoid.

    Good luck. keep going.

    Hi, this is fantastic advice! I am on day 5 and that 'belly pull' talked about in this thread is what I'm experiencing quite strongly today. I was starting to think it's some sort of weakness in me, then I read this and now feel really empowered. :D

  • Oh, well done, Lauren!

    And, of course, great advice from my Runny Yellow friend... :)

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