Quit advancement!!

Hi all

Today is Day 17, and last night I took another step forward on the road to staying quit.

As you all are aware I am using the patches to aid my quit, they are the full strength 24hr ones.

Last night I made the decision to no longer have the patch on whilst sleeping. The reasons were two fold.

1) I want to reduce my dependence on NRT's and rid my body of nicotine altogether, but I know, from past experiences, that I must make that process slow so as not to get complacent. I am pleased to report that I have had no negative effects from not wearing the patch through the night.

2) I have not had a good nights sleep since using the patches, the dreams are awesome though (really should start a dream thread), so thought that if I take the patch off I would get a good nights rest. Wrong. Probably the worst night yet.

However, I shall persevere with not wearing the patch while sleeping from now on. As I see it, if I go back to wearing the patch at night it will be a step back, and I just don't like going backwards.

Next step is to reduce the patch strength, and that's already been decided. Thu 3rd Jan 2013.

Bit by bit, step by step the long road gets shorter.

Don

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  • :D

    Well done Don

    thats a great attitude to have bit by bit you will reach your goal of being nicotine free and dont forget also your sleep will still be abit patchy so to speak but now your not wearing the patch at night it should start to improve have you thought about just wearing the other patches is it 12 or 16 hour ones you can get or as some have done you could always cut the patch in half to start weaning yourself down on the strength

    what you up to over the christmas period?

    Carol

  • Hi all

    Today is Day 17, and last night I took another step forward on the road to staying quit.

    As you all are aware I am using the patches to aid my quit, they are the full strength 24hr ones.

    Last night I made the decision to no longer have the patch on whilst sleeping. The reasons were two fold.

    1) I want to reduce my dependence on NRT's and rid my body of nicotine altogether, but I know, from past experiences, that I must make that process slow so as not to get complacent. I am pleased to report that I have had no negative effects from not wearing the patch through the night.

    2) I have not had a good nights sleep since using the patches, the dreams are awesome though (really should start a dream thread), so thought that if I take the patch off I would get a good nights rest. Wrong. Probably the worst night yet.

    However, I shall persevere with not wearing the patch while sleeping from now on. As I see it, if I go back to wearing the patch at night it will be a step back, and I just don't like going backwards.

    Next step is to reduce the patch strength, and that's already been decided. Thu 3rd Jan 2013.

    Bit by bit, step by step the long road gets shorter.

    Don

    So pleased you've got this far Don:) Please, please remember that you have a whole life ahead of you as a non smoker:). You've hit it on the head to take things slowly, so please take each day as it comes regarding patches.

    Fi x

  • Good for you Don

    Softly softly catchy monkey :)

    (wonder where the hell that saying came from?!?)

    Onwards and upwards as always mucker

    Take care

    Greg

  • Well done Don!

    It sounds like you're doing brilliantly, and if you're reducing the patches already it's fab! :D Don't worry about going back to more if you feel like you need to though, it's always better than smoking!

    Lol, wish I'd got awesome dreams on the patches. I've either had nightmares or dreams where I've had a fag in my hand :eek:

    Good luck with it, you're winning! :cool:

    Gemma :)

  • You are doing great Don, just great! I really feel this is your final quit. Well done!

  • Yes,

    Another night without the patch. A much better sleep, a good solid 6 hours, that is a great improvement of late.

    Ah Carol, you must of read my diary, the date mentioned my initial post is indeed the drop down to a 16 hour patch, but the same strength as I am on now. So as I see it, if that is what I am now doing, then in 10 days times I may be ready to drop down the strength of the patch.

    Nifty, onwards and upwards. At times it rather feels I am going in every conceivable direction....not going backwards though........

    Gemma, my awesome dreams, I must make myself clear. They are nightmares I am just a sadistic and really enjoy those kind of dreams. Mad I know.

  • I'm glad your quit is going well Don.

    A note of caution: You can reduce the nicotine input in a systematic manner, no problem with that. The problem may come with the unsystematic, apparently random and maybe even bloody-minded way in which quitting symptoms appear.

    The danger is that the systematic reduction of Nicotine can give a kind of false confidence. If a ravening quit syptom then appears out of nowhere, it can feel very challenging and unexpected - not part of the plan. This can lead to a loss of confidence, a feeling of despondency. There is then a danger of having a smoke :eek:.

    This may not happen, but if it does, allow yourself the option of temporarily boosting the nicotine input - from patches or gum/inhalator/lozenge etc.

    There can be a tendency to think that NRT is the same thing as smoking, and that it is better to stop the NRT asap. NRT is a lot better for you than smoking - as you know. Don't worry about extending your time on NRT if you need to.

  • Yes,

    Another night without the patch. A much better sleep, a good solid 6 hours, that is a great improvement of late.

    Ah Carol, you must of read my diary, the date mentioned my initial post is indeed the drop down to a 16 hour patch, but the same strength as I am on now. So as I see it, if that is what I am now doing, then in 10 days times I may be ready to drop down the strength of the patch.

    Nifty, onwards and upwards. At times it rather feels I am going in every conceivable direction....not going backwards though........

    Gemma, my awesome dreams, I must make myself clear. They are nightmares I am just a sadistic and really enjoy those kind of dreams. Mad I know.

    Well done!! :D

    I'm glad it's working so well for you and you're sleeping better!

    Oh that kind of awesome :eek: glad not to get them, but if you like them it's a bit of a bonus!! Am just waking up feeling lousy at the moment.

  • Yes Biggrin

    That unfortunately has been my down fall previously, and as such I am very guarded against it this time round.

    Everything about this though feels right, but keeping a level head and complacency at bay is the priority, and of course not smoking.

    Thanks for the reminder though, it never hurts to have reality check every now and then.

    Don

  • That unfortunately has been my down fall previously, and as such I am very guarded against it this time round.

    Everything about this though feels right, but keeping a level head and complacency at bay is the priority, and of course not smoking.

    Don

    Seems to me like you are going to do it this time. Nice one.

  • Don and Biggrin, you are both doing great!:D

  • Karri/Guys

    I have news for you.

    You all ROCK. This place is awesome. :D

  • I feel a song coming on......

    This ones for you marra!

    :D

  • Awww you are always so sweet. Hope you all have a great Xmas x

    Thank you!!!

    You have wonderful xmas and new year too.

    I will be mostly driving tomorrow, followed by mostly drinking lol, I would like to think have a rest on Christmas day, but I feel the kids will have different ideas and plans for me, and on Boxing Day again mostly driving.

    Well, my hands will be kept busy. Oh and the saved money on not buying fags will now be pumped into my fuel tank. My car needs a good service as well or someone to invent a way of making my car do more miles to the gallon, only getting just over 300 to a tank. 50 liter tank, that's £66 to fill up. :mad:

    Oh well

    Ho Ho Ho

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