Standing on the edge

Well thats how i feel right now, on the edge of a big cliff about to jump off.

Have decided I will take the plunge starting 1pm today after reading many posts for many months on here. all your posts have been an inspiration and have got me to this stage.

At 52 & a smoker for 40yrs its about time I quit this unsociable filthy habbit. I dont want to smell or have to plan my next ciggie in awkward situations. its not my friend, never has been. but I thought it was, thought it had always been there for me through thick & thin. the opposite it true, I have always been there for IT! I'm a slave and now its time to escape.

Feeling emotional and a bit scared but reading posts from those that have reached into months and years have made me see that it can be done. I, too, want to know how that feels, to be proud of an achievement I never thought possible.

I look forward to 1pm and hope I never look back.

Thanks to you all.

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  • Well thats how i feel right now, on the edge of a big cliff about to jump off.

    Have decided I will take the plunge starting 1pm today after reading many posts for many months on here. all your posts have been an inspiration and have got me to this stage.

    At 52 & a smoker for 40yrs its about time I quit this unsociable filthy habbit. I dont want to smell or have to plan my next ciggie in awkward situations. its not my friend, never has been. but I thought it was, thought it had always been there for me through thick & thin. the opposite it true, I have always been there for IT! I'm a slave and now its time to escape.

    Feeling emotional and a bit scared but reading posts from those that have reached into months and years have made me see that it can be done. I, too, want to know how that feels, to be proud of an achievement I never thought possible.

    I look forward to 1pm and hope I never look back.

    Thanks to you all.

    Hi Chrissie, welcome to the forum and well done for deciding to quit!!

    It really is the best decision you're going to make :)

    It sounds to me that your "smoke tinted glasses" have well and truly fallen off and you can see smoking for what it is - stinking and unhealthy and most of all a prison - most of quitting is done in your head so you're already off to a brilliant start :)

    It really isn't as scary as it feels when you're gearing up to quitting, yes you get moody, grumpy and a bit teary but that is only for a short time - and that is more than balanced out by feeling, looking and smelling fab as well as not chucking £8-odd down the drain every single day!!

    Please post on here as often as you want, there's always someone here to help or encourage you and the inportant thing is liek you say, we've all been there before, got through the tough times, and want to help you quit too!!

    Good luck,

    Gemma x

  • You have made the best decision in your life. And by the looks of things you are off to a great start. Smoking for me was more in my head, the habit was the hardest to let go of, but with sheer determination for a better healthier life, it can and will be done. Life is so much better without smoking, you will find you have much more free time as well and your quality of life is far better.

    Your head looks like it's in the right place for this quit, just keep at it and be strong. Don't forget why you are doing this, and you will be fine.

  • Well done Chrissie! :D We'll all be here by your side if you need anything at all. A little guidance, a shoulder to cry on, a good joke. We're all pretty good at that and there are loads of tips on here that should help you through any tough patches that you might come across.

    Remember: If you stay positive and believe you can do this then it WILL happen and it will be a breeze!

    Looking forward to 1pm, when you will add another non-smoker to our group! xxx

  • Chrissie. A year ago I was you. Oh my God....I sooooooo remember how that feels.

    A year from now you will be me... (sort of)....and you dont yet know how that feels.......but I cant wait for you to find out :)

    You can do this......and after the first mad few days (which I promise you its possible to quite enjoy) .........that cliff will start looking more like a mole-hill. Relax. Enjoy. Go with the flow. Sleep....eat.....be very very kind to yourself...and stick to this forum. Great decision....day one of freedom you clever clever girl :)

  • Welcome to the forum Chrissie. You'll find all the support you need here - it's been the making of many a quit.

    Don't be scared to step off that cliff. You won't fall, you'll fly.

    Just take it one day at a time (one hour at a time, if you have to).

    Contrary to what your lifelong addiction has been telling you, you don't need cigarettes. They don't improve anything - not one single thing - about your life. It does take time to adjust to experiencing emotions and situations without a fag in your hand, when you've always been used to having it there, but it isn't impossible. Just keep taking one day at a time, and the journey will get easier the further you go.

    Congratulations on making the single best decision of your life :D

    Helen

  • Hi Chrissie , well done on deciding to quit . It is the best thing I ever did and as a fellow 52 year old I do feel a lot more energetic these days and am certainly very glad that I stopped poisoning myself .

    You will find lots of support on here and when the craves come ( AND GO , which they will) , remind yourself of all the reasons that you have made this life changing and healthy decision.:)

    Good luck .... you can do this and after just a few days it gets even easier :cool:

    Trev

  • Welcome....and what they said! ^^

    Go for it and stay strong Chrissie, great decision and you'll find this forum a fountain of knowledge and experience to help you along (but you know that already :)) - keep posting and enjoy the ride!

    13:22 - you're 22 minutes in already :D

  • Hey hun, welcome to Day 1!! :D xxx

  • Go for it Chrissie, you have everything to gain and absolutely nothing to lose! I know it is quite daunting to make the decision but honestly it is not as scary as you think - in fact it is quite exciting!!! This is the ideal place to visit for any reason as everyone is so supportive and you will get great advice!

    Good Luck :D x

  • Hi Chrissie, a very warm welcome. I have also smoked for over 40 years, but with a great deal of help from this forum, and being determined to get out of the nicotine trap, I now feel positive that I shall never smoke again. I am only just over 9 weeks into my quit, but already that insurmountable mountain has become a small hill. Just take very small steps and keep focused and you will make it

  • Keep a few things in mind

    -It will be hard. Each week it is half as hard as the week before.

    -It is sooooo worth it. Being quit for 4 months, I would do it all over again if it meant I got to be quit.

    -We are here for you! These forums + cinnamon gum got me thru the worst of it. I smoked for 20 years. I was a smoker for more that half of my life (i'll be 35 this summer).

    -You can do it! Quitting has changed so much for me. I walk to de-stress now. I feel much stronger as a person. I keep feeling as if I can do so much because I was able to quit.

    Don't hesitate to post when you need some support. We are all here for you and i am proud of you for making this decision.

  • Welcome Christie and congrats on your great decision to quit. Enjoy your journey to fag freedom :D

  • How're you getting on Chrissie? :)

    I hope it's going fab but if not don't worry we'll help you through!! xx

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