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having decided to stop smoking for the new year, I have been lurking here over the last two weeks. I have been through some pretty tempting times (mostly work related) but your posts have been a real help to keep going. Until tonight. Have relapsed with a 'I need this' fag. Am now feeling pretty stupid that after 10 days without a cigarette, I have succumbed. Still, at least it made me realise how fragile a quit can be and that I need to keep trying. Do I go back to 'day 1' or can I still be part of the week 2 gang?

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  • hi that made me laugh ,sorry , im sure the 2 week gang will let you stay there for one little slip up , seem a shame to think its day one again , hope you have a better day tomorrow :)

  • thank you - was feeling a bit sorry for myself! Will try harder ...

  • Oh, that's a tough one. I don't know but that's not surprising really. i think of this more as a community and a source of support. Given that, how do you feel about it right now? MORE THAN A WEEK IS REALLY GOOD GOING, and congratulations on the quit, you'll find a shed load of support here and answers to your questions. I'm just one voice.

    So two points from me. Please keep it up, don't give up giving up, you don't need it, and use the forum to reinforce your desire for a smoke free life. Already you're doing really well and should feel proud of yourself. Celebrate every win and recognise your achievements, this is no mean feat!

    Secondly, tomorrow is another day. If you still feel about smoking and quitting the way you felt yesterday, I'd go with day eleven. If not then back to day one, but you have to be honest, it's your call.

    Good luck

  • Dont give up carry on and put that one slip up behind you, have you thought about using a little help? patches or gum, no shame in it if it helps the main thing is keep trying :)

  • I agree...keep on keeping on! I suggest a lozenge to keep

    the cravings at bay! Break in 1/2, place under tongue...

    It will take the edge off and you keep on moving....I did it!

    YOU most certainly will be able to do so too! I believe in you! :D

  • thank you all. I woke up this morning with the first headache that I have had since quitting and general lethargy, all to go with the general sense of self-reproach.

    I had a long hard think about why I slipped. My job involves sorting out other people's serious problems - I am the person with the solution and it can get pretty stressful. Smoking was always justified as 'I deserve this' or some sort of 'me time'. I realised though that I have felt so much better for the last two weeks and that smoking wasn't a decision I was making to sort out my problems; it was a cowardly escape and self-indulgence. A poisonous substance which is killing me is not a reward for hard work or a deserved treat - instead I have decided to put to one side the money that I am saving and give myself a proper treat, like a manicure or a hair cut.

    Anyway, I have persuaded husband to throw away his cigarettes and only smoke roll-ups (which I have never been able to stand); I have thrown away my e-cig (use of which was perpetuating my psychological habit by imitating smoking) and I am fully back on track and committed.

    Thank you all so much for your wise words and support - I honestly think that without them I might have given up.

  • thank you all. I woke up this morning with the first headache that I have had since quitting and general lethargy, all to go with the general sense of self-reproach.

    I had a long hard think about why I slipped. My job involves sorting out other people's serious problems - I am the person with the solution and it can get pretty stressful. Smoking was always justified as 'I deserve this' or some sort of 'me time'. I realised though that I have felt so much better for the last two weeks and that smoking wasn't a decision I was making to sort out my problems; it was a cowardly escape and self-indulgence. A poisonous substance which is killing me is not a reward for hard work or a deserved treat - instead I have decided to put to one side the money that I am saving and give myself a proper treat, like a manicure or a hair cut.

    Anyway, I have persuaded husband to throw away his cigarettes and only smoke roll-ups (which I have never been able to stand); I have thrown away my e-cig (use of which was perpetuating my psychological habit by imitating smoking) and I am fully back on track and committed.

    Thank you all so much for your wise words and support - I honestly think that without them I might have given up.

    well done for getting back on track , me and my husband both smoked roll ups , he still does, he goes outside , by the time ive made a drink hes finished and i think was it worth it , im not missing anything , keep going and good luck

  • To err is human kentquitter, you can stay, I'll even keep your seat warm!

  • Welcome

    And very well done for keeping with the quit. What's a little relapse, eh?

    Saying that, don't do it again! It's not worth it, really!

    :)

    Nik

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