week 2

I quit smoking after 15 years. This is day 10 for me since I last smoked my cig. I have to admit I feel good health wise, don't smell of smoke and can treat myself.

I finding today difficult as there is so much stress in my life but I still ready to give up and I am going cold turkey. the craving are bad today

anyone in the same boat as me, how did you find week 2?:)

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  • I quit smoking after 15 years. This is day 10 for me since I last smoked my cig. I have to admit I feel good health wise, don't smell of smoke and can treat myself.

    I finding today difficult as there is so much stress in my life but I still ready to give up and I am going cold turkey. the craving are bad today

    anyone in the same boat as me, how did you find week 2?:)

    Congratulations on making it to week 2 Naz! :)

    Firstly, cold turkey really is the best way if you can hang in there, but there is no shame in using NRT if you really struggle. The main thing is making sure you don't smoke the real thing!

    My first week was great, then later on into the second week I really started to struggle. Each day was up and down and I ended up coping with the cravings minute by minute. I found it easiest to tell myself that I could choose to smoke whenever I wanted. The fact is, I didn't actually want to smoke. You might be surprised (I was) to find that when you actually ask yourself "do I want to smoke" the answer is no!

    It's just the little nicodemon whispering in your ear.

    Tip: If you find it beneficial, use this site as much as you can. It has helped to pull me out of my worst moments. Though, if you find it makes you think of smoking more, the forum may not be the best place. Everyone is different.

    Another tip is lots of sweeties/lollipops to keep you busy. As much exercise as you can cram in is also good. :)

    If you're in doubt, order Allen Carr's "The Easyway to stop smoking". It is an amazing book and really changes your perception on what quitting means to you. You'll find that a lot of quitters tend to recommend it! :D

    We'll be here every step of the way if you need to ask anything or just vent for a while!

    Good luck.

  • Hi and welcome! You're already into double figures so be very proud of what you've achieved already, you're doing great!:D Having already fought your way through the three days of hell that are Days 1 to 3 AND having survived at least one weekend (always a challenge!) you are well on your way and have overcome the first two major obstacles that we all face. Unfortunately getting past those doesn't mean that it becomes plain sailing :( The one thing that is guaranteed about this quitting malarkey is that the evil little oik that is our nemesis (the nicotine monster) will stop at nothing to get us back under his smelly little thumb and he will lurk just out of sight, waiting for an off guard moment, an unforeseen stress, a difficult situation, a drink too many and then POW!!!

    There is no way to avoid these ambushes by the nasty little beast, all we can do is be as prepared as possible, keep our guard up and press on through. It's rotten when they hit but they WILL pass and you'll get a real sense of achievement from having fought your way through to the other side. If you get all anxious and stressy when a crave really gets going then see if you can pull my trick of converting those feelings to anger and rage that some little plant is manipulating you and controlling your feelings and your ability to handle everyday life - getting mad as hell at what smoking has done to me has been very effective in throwing off the cravings!

    All the best crazy, rooting for you :)

    Dearest Kat, you are such an inspiring lady! :D xxx

  • ^^^ What Kat and Sarah Lou said!! ^^^

    I found it easiest to tell myself that I could choose to smoke whenever I wanted. The fact is, I didn't actually want to smoke. You might be surprised (I was) to find that when you actually ask yourself "do I want to smoke" the answer is no!

    It's just the little nicodemon whispering in your ear.

    And if that doesn't work and you say yes (I did a few times) ask yourself *why* do you want to smoke?

    Actually, I caught myself saying out loud "I want a fag" - yes I am slightly insane - and when I did, would ask why and I had absolutely no good reason whatsoever *to* smoke but thousands *not* to smoke!!

    Good luck :D

  • ^^^ What Kat and Sarah Lou said!! ^^^

    And if that doesn't work and you say yes (I did a few times) ask yourself *why* do you want to smoke?

    Actually, I caught myself saying out loud "I want a fag" - yes I am slightly insane - and when I did, would ask why and I had absolutely no good reason whatsoever *to* smoke but thousands *not* to smoke!!

    Good luck :D

    Thanks for the back up there Gem. I didn't really get to the part about "what to do when the answer is yes". Oops! :rolleyes:

  • Thanks for the back up there Gem. I didn't really get to the part about "what to do when the answer is yes". Oops! :rolleyes:

    That's 'cos you never answered yes!! :p

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