New here - day 28

Just wanted to thank everyone who contributes to this forum. I am now on Day 28. Quit cold turkey after biting my tongue, spitting up some blood and being terrified for 20 minutes until I remembered biting my tongue. Actually lit up a cig in my terror. Once remembered the tongue bite promised myself I would NEVER Allow this thing to create that fear in me again.

Smoked for 20 years x 20 a day.

Been a bit of a roller coaster since then, but this forum has helped.

Starting to feel really good now, starting to excercise.

Startling to live again.

Anyways thanks again for being a great resource

Paul:D

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  • You thought you were coughing up blood? Arghhhhhh no wonder you were terrified....and yes.......life as a smoker was very often a life of fear. I don't miss that! Welcome Paul. Massive congratulations on 28 days. That.....as my children would say......is pure mint like:)

  • It's great to hear you say how you are feeling much better and more positive now that you have quit. Thanks for that. Welcome, and well done on achieving day 28

  • Well done on the 28 days. Glad you are feeling great.

    It's once you get past the initial few days you realise that there really is nothing to fear, the world won't stop if you don't smoke today or the next day or the next day.

  • Dippy, yes bit my tongue swallowed lots of blood 10 minutes later cleared some phlegm from my throat obviously ha blood in it doh. My early morning mind only saw the blood. What terrified me the most was my immediate reaction was to reach for a smoke. How crazy.

    Biggrin, yes the first few days my mind was everywhere, surprisingly very emotional. Ultimately though it's not exactly painful or terrible. No worse than a little toothache really and how the pain from that fogs your mind. After those first few days it is slowly but very surely getting back to something very close to normal.

    ForeverandEx I totally agree once you are over the initial hump it is a slow return to being normal. Each throat clear is one closer to health, each deep breath is fresh air to heal your wounds.

    Deep breathes - how good are they, think I actually heard by chest creaking as muscle down there inflated my lungs more than they had inflated in 20 years. That alone makes the terrible first weekend so worth the pain

    Paul

  • Hay Paul, well done on day 28 :D it takes some odd things sometimes to kick us into quitting eh... glad it wasn't seirous tho ..

  • Short stuff, I am glad I did sneeze and bite my tongue now and sorta forgot about it, else I wouldn't be here now. I sneeze and accidentally bite my tongue maybe once a year. Damn my sharp teeth. Or maybe I should thank them this time... Or my big tongue! :rolleyes:

    Just been out doing my 'couch 2 5k' program and so happy I can run a bit. I don't care it is a little. I used to pretend I was fit cause I could march up stairs two at a time to catch the kids. Seriously didn't realise how unconditioned I was until I tried to run solid for just a little. I will get there though just a few months to blow out those cob webs.

    Hope you are all doing well. I have been looking forward to my run all day so I'm hoping it becomes my new addiction. :cool:

  • I downloaded that app...ermm thats as far as I have got with it :rolleyes: I always seem to make some excuse....mainly how silly will I feel if I can only get 2 mins up the rd before I collapse LOL or Hmm its raining, or knackered after work

    Is it any good??

  • Short stuff,

    I am always knackered after work. The one I have got start of with just a 5 min walk and then 1min jogs and 1.5 min recovery walk x 6 and it is work up from that. Called 5k runner.

    I promise you if you can walk for 30 minutes at a reasonable pace you will not collapse and like me always knackered you find it actually perks you up after work for the rest of the night. Even if you can only do 1 time 1 minute light jog that is better than none time and sitting watching the crap on telly :D

    or At least that's how I thought about it web I started. Now I look forward to it every other day which is a good distraction to think about if a crave hits me during the day.

    Cause it is cold out now the cold air rushing into me lungs is the best feeling in a long time ......give it a go over the weekend and let us know how it made you feel.

  • Well done Paul running will become youir new high! A hell of a lot healthier! I know how hard running is but I also know how rewarding and addictive it is too:)

  • If the reason for not running is that you feel reluctant about the running itself (i.e. as opposed to not wanting to go out in the rain, or being worried about what you look like, etc) then you might want to try this trick - which worked for me.

    As you are running along, ask yourself "how bad is this?". Since you already think it is bad, you might expect the answer to be "it's terrible". Strangely, if you check to see how bad it really is, you will might find that it isn't really that bad at all (i.e. not nearly as bad as you belive it to be). There may be some reluctance to admit this to yourself at the time! Repeat this process over a few different runs and you will find that your attitude to running will (grudgingly!) change. After a while you may even begin to enjoy it for what it is!

  • Sorry I lost this thread, I couldnt find where I posted ...

    the one I downloaded is "DoubleRun" and starts with a 5 min warm up then the same as yours, walk a bit, jog and bit stop and breath a bit... I might give it ago tomorrow to shake off the alcohol from a 40th Birthday party tonight lol

    Short stuff,

    I am always knackered after work. The one I have got start of with just a 5 min walk and then 1min jogs and 1.5 min recovery walk x 6 and it is work up from that. Called 5k runner.

    I promise you if you can walk for 30 minutes at a reasonable pace you will not collapse and like me always knackered you find it actually perks you up after work for the rest of the night. Even if you can only do 1 time 1 minute light jog that is better than none time and sitting watching the crap on telly :D

    or At least that's how I thought about it web I started. Now I look forward to it every other day which is a good distraction to think about if a crave hits me during the day.

    Cause it is cold out now the cold air rushing into me lungs is the best feeling in a long time ......give it a go over the weekend and let us know how it made you feel.

  • Great short stuff. See and take it nice and easy. Breathe deep and just take it easy... Plenty of time to build up to the next Olympics. :)

    Enjoy the party... I am still avoiding social situations just now... Or rather I'm designated driver so I can keep my resolve. :rolleyes:

    Let's know how your first session goes - some good tunes I felt help a lot.

    Paul

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