I've been lurking on these forums on and off for quite a while now and I'm probably a bit of a fraud posting here as I haven't stopped yet! I thought now would be a good time to post however, as the journey started yesterday.
I decided to give myself a Christmas present this year; I started taking Champix (again) with my quit date set for Christmas Day. I'm 46 and have been smoking for about 30 years; I used Champix in 2007 and stopped for ten months, so I've seen the benefits and inner peace of life on the 'other side' and it's a place a long to get back to. My previous attempt resulted in a complete change in lifestyle and a loss of around five stone in weight (about half of which has gone back on) so I really did feel a very different person - the myth that you'll gain weight when you stop certainly wasn't true in my case. I remember very clearly what Allen Carr describes as the Moment of Revelation, about two months into the quit, I was driving along on a warm spring day and suddenly thought 'I've got this cracked' - and so I had for the next eight months until, having been for a business meeting in London which finished early, and with a couple of hours to kill, I thought I'd buy a packet of cigarettes and 'just have one' - great idea (not). No further cigarettes for a couple of weeks, then I thought I'll 'just have (another) one' - well I'm sure a lot of you know where this (well trodden) path is leading - another couple of weeks and I was right back to square one.
This time I've bought the Champix online - over £200 for six weeks supply:eek:, which sounds like a lot but is less than I'd spend in a month on cigarettes (scary thought month in, month out). Feeling very positive this time - I've had a few half-hearted attempts since 2007 but looking back I never approached them with confidence or conviction; I think these attempts were doomed from the start. The only quit that counts is the quit that lasts, so roll on Christmas
Enough of my rambling for now; I look forward to reporting success next week