Day 5

Well I made it this far! Despite a few ridiculous temper tantrums over the last few days I have made it to day 5!

Minor grumpiness at work on Friday (day 2), but managed to keep a lid on it and maintain a sense of (vague) professionalism. I fared slightly worse over the weekend with my girlfriend, but she is being very supportive and managed to put up with most of my grumpiness. Sunday felt much better, like the worst of the nicotine-related rage had subsided and since then I feel like I might be over the worst of it.

I do have concerns though that I do actually still *want* a cigarette... maybe that feeling won't ever leave me. I was thinking of reading Allen Carr's book to try and get me out of the mindset that I am denying myself something that I actually want. It's been quite comforting reading all your stories of your struggles on this forum, I wish you all the best of luck for the rest of the week, and forever.

Paul

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  • Hi Paul and well done on getting to day 5 :)

    that is a great acheivement and you should feel so proud :D

    the mood swings will calm down and the further along the quit you go the thoughs of wanting a ciggy will get weaker

    just remember you are suffering withdrawel symptons from smoking so naturally your smoking mind is still trying to tempt you with everything it can to get you to smoke again normally by telling you one wont hurt or one will help both of these are lies and you just have to carry on ignoring it and it will get weaker in time and also in time you will start having days where you dont even think about smoking

    you have the power now and you dont want to give it back to that disgusting white poisonious expensive life controlling stick

    reading and posting on here will help you with your resolve if you click on my signature there are alot of good tips that will help as well

    onwards and upwards

    :)

    Carol

  • Thank you Carol, I think I'm already starting to become slightly less of a nightmare. It's mostly with my other half that I'm concerned... there's a certain self-imposed limit I have on how it's okay to behave at work so I don't think I will be too angry to anyone (well I'd better not, I only started this job last week!). Perhaps because I'm more comfortable, or perhaps because she's still smoking, I worry about being unkind to her when my cravings kick in... but I don't think she'd be okay with my plan to lock myself in a room and not come out for a month or so until I'm 'clean' :---)

  • paulie, congrats on getting to day 5, i reckon you will be over the worst.

    Are you using any NRT or going cold turkey?

    I am going CT but reading Allen Carrs book and i have to say it makes a world of difference. The book helps you see things in a different frame of mind.

    One thing he says is how rediculous it is that when we quit we pine for and crave something that we dont want? how f**ked up is that?

    Read the book mate, its worth it and will only cost you the same as 1 pack cigs.

    good luck.

  • Are you using any NRT or going cold turkey

    I'm on the cold turkey! It's a bit dry and boring, like the stuff my mother serves the day after Christmas... but in time I think I can get used to it :)

    I just felt that any form of replacement therapy was not really solving the problem, I appreciate that I am addicted to cigarettes, but I am also addicted to nicotine. I'm quite single minded and just wanted to try and break both addictions at the same time. It is proving quite difficult, and because I had never tried to stop smoking before I had always thought that it couldn't be that difficult. Apparently it is!

  • I'm on the cold turkey! It's a bit dry and boring, like the stuff my mother serves the day after Christmas... but in time I think I can get used to it :)

    I just felt that any form of replacement therapy was not really solving the problem, I appreciate that I am addicted to cigarettes, but I am also addicted to nicotine. I'm quite single minded and just wanted to try and break both addictions at the same time. It is proving quite difficult, and because I had never tried to stop smoking before I had always thought that it couldn't be that difficult. Apparently it is!

    Well done mate really well done! day 5 cold turky your hard core ;-) when i first tried quitting years ago i thought it would be easy but i lasted a day and since then tried all NRT to no avail. Now on Champix ( none nictotine ) im up to week 5 going really strong, have the odd urge to kill someone but overall its ok, no hard withdrawl its that *WANT* im dealing with. Just push it back of your head and remember Cigs do NOTHING for you NOTHING! how can putting smoke in your lungs help ? its an addiction and your doing great. Your want may never go but as all ex addicts it wil lbecome a distant passing thought in time :-)

    keep it up mate yopur doing absoulte amazing

    derek

  • Hi paulie, I too am going full tilt cold turkey and am on day 8. I tend to agree with you re nrt. I just wanted the nicotine out as quickly as possible and nrt clearly wouldn't help.

    Keep it going mate, you're doing it!!!!

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