I'm Ill so I'm Quitting...day 1

Hello

I've read this forum on and off for a few months, and now it's time to stop smoking myself.

I have got a bad chest, a really deep cough and a high temperature..didn't go to work today but if it ends with me quitting, it's well worth it.

I plan to not drink alcohol for a month as well, as this is a big cue to smoke. I'll also be using gum (nicotine and normal), lots of sweets and lollipops and have made a list of vulnerable times and things to do instead during these times (tetris, clean house, paint etc).

Thanks in advance for your help and support..can anyone suggest anything to plan for / expect?

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  • Welcome to the forum and good luck :)

    It's probably a good way to start really - sounds like you've got the kind of bug that would even have made me thing about stopping for a bit so that should se you through the toughest few days!!

    If sounds like you've got a good plan worked out there!!

  • Good Luck!

    Just take things hour by hour, day by day etc. If you can get past Day 3 you're well on youre way because it does get easier.

    Sounds like youve got a good plan to keep busy....if you run out of cleaning and painting, Ive got plently of both you can be getting on with here!!

  • I was absolutely ill at the start of my quit. I'd switched to an e-cig 2 days prior & woke up feeling awful so i didn't bother using it.

    That's over 2 weeks ago now & i've had nothing since.

  • I was absolutely ill at the start of my quit. I'd switched to an e-cig 2 days prior & woke up feeling awful so i didn't bother using it.

    That's over 2 weeks ago now & i've had nothing since.

    My e-cig gave me a sore throat until I got used to it, and now I've quit it's given me an ex-smoker's cough :(:rolleyes::eek::mad:

    Well done for going CT!!

  • Quitting because you're feeling ill is a perfectly valid way to start off a quit. That's what happened to me, and I'm 2 1/2 years down the line now, not one puff.

    When I had the flu the state of my lungs (aggravated by asthma) and the horrendous debilitating cough were enough to make me throw away the cig I was desperately trying to smoke and say 'no more'. When I felt better, and the craves started to kick in, I would think back to that horrible feeling of gasping for air. The thought of making myself so ill with smoking that I had a chronic lung condition and felt that bad all the time... well, it was a huge incentive to keep me on the straight and narrow.

    This forum is a godsend - use it as much as you can. Keep busy,take it one day at a time. I am living proof it can be done :D

    Hope you get better soon!

    Helen

  • My e-cig gave me a sore throat until I got used to it, and now I've quit it's given me an ex-smoker's cough :(:rolleyes::eek::mad:

    Well done for going CT!!I actually thought i had nicotine poisoning! Think i was overreacting but it worked!

    Had an unpleasant cough since i quit though, feels like a chest infection, so i couldn't smoke even if i wanted to. Illness is the cure it seems!

  • I actually thought i had nicotine poisoning! Think i was overreacting but it worked!

    Lol I was worried about that too, especially when the juice got in my mouth :eek::eek:

    Doesn't seem to have done me any harm though :)

  • Shut it Phil do not respond :D

    To what? :confused:

  • Noooooooooo! :eek: To your previous post! PLEASE don't ask him to elucidate!

    Oh flipping heck what's he like??

    E-cig juice :rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes:

  • Hijacking a new quitter's thread much, people? :rolleyes:

    Shakey, I hope your quit is going well and your temperature is coming down x

  • No no, feel free to hijack! It's good to see this place has a nice group of people.

    I'm sure I'll survive, my temperature has come down and I'm coughing less already. Really hope I do get better this week as I have gig tickets on Friday and am flying for a weekend away Saturday morning!

    Not really noticed quitting yet because I feel rough. Feeling good about it this time though. I've done 9 weeks before. I'm trying to see this one in the terms of; 'I've quit' rather than 'I'm on a quit' or 'I'm quitting' as they make out it's a phase which could end.

  • I'm trying to see this one in the terms of; 'I've quit' rather than 'I'm on a quit' or 'I'm quitting' as they make out it's a phase which could end.

    That's brilliant - most of this is done in your head (it's why we sound a bit mad, on about voices and monsters and stuff) so you get that right you can power through!!

    Hope you have a fab time at the weekend!! :D

  • It's definitely a battle in your head. Of course it's physically addictive, but I think you get past that quite quickly (i.e. within the first week)..it's the emotional / mental reliance on smoking which is undoubtedly the hardest bit.

    I'm actually not looking forward to getting rid of this chest infection because I know from past experiences I'll be craving soon!

  • That's brilliant - most of this is done in your head (it's why we sound a bit mad, on about voices and monsters and stuff) so you get that right you can power through!!

    Hope you have a fab time at the weekend!! :D

    Also...what does everyone think of the idea that counting the days of a quit is a bad idea? Doesn't it make it kind of like a house of cards..counting the days up until it inevitably crashes down?!

  • Also...what does everyone think of the idea that counting the days of a quit is a bad idea? Doesn't it make it kind of like a house of cards..counting the days up until it inevitably crashes down?!

    Are you for real??

  • Also...what does everyone think of the idea that counting the days of a quit is a bad idea? Doesn't it make it kind of like a house of cards..counting the days up until it inevitably crashes down?!

    I never thought of it like that to be honest.

    My last smoking session (for want of a better word) was "only" about 3 years, but I've been a regular smoker since i was 16, and a social one for 3 years before that - over half my life altogether :eek: so marking off my freedom was a huge encouragement to me!!

    Seeing the days I'd not smoked (having gone from 20+ a day) was fab, and it didn't make me think i was going to fail!!

  • Also...what does everyone think of the idea that counting the days of a quit is a bad idea? Doesn't it make it kind of like a house of cards..counting the days up until it inevitably crashes down?!

    If that is your attitude then I am afraid that, my friend, you are doomed to fail!!! You really need to be positive - every day not smoking should be counted as a celebration!!!

    I for one am pleased to count every day as a success! :rolleyes:

  • If that is your attitude then I am afraid that, my friend, you are doomed to fail!!! You really need to be positive - every day not smoking should be counted as a celebration!!!

    I for one am pleased to count every day as a success! :rolleyes:

    Stopping smoking is a great success, a real achievement.

    Just wanted to put it out there that counting the days, stacking them up as if you're setting a record or personal best might not help everyone

  • Shake,

    Today is my first full month smoke free. If it weren't for this forum I don't know if I would of made it this long. I do a lot of running to keep my mind off the urge, but running only takes up a fraction of the day. I don't work, so when I am not out walking and running I have nothing else to do. That's when I turn to this forum. I sit and go through every thread and just start reading! You will find a lot of information and amusing stuff on this website. You will find a lot of people on here are jokers and clowns ( no offense to anyone since I am the biggest joker and clown of them all) :p which is amusing, will make you laugh, and keep your mind free! My suggestion is to use this forum often and read, read, read! And when things get tough, just start posting away! :)

  • Stopping smoking is a great success, a real achievement.

    Just wanted to put it out there that counting the days, stacking them up as if you're setting a record or personal best might not help everyoneI sort of agree.

    Given that it's mainly a mental addiction, & most of the battle is fought in our heads, doesn't constantly reminding ourselves when we last had one keep us thinking about it in an odd way?

  • Shake,

    Today is my first full month smoke free. If it weren't for this forum I don't know if I would of made it this long. I do a lot of running to keep my mind off the urge, but running only takes up a fraction of the day. I don't work, so when I am not out walking and running I have nothing else to do. That's when I turn to this forum. I sit and go through every thread and just start reading! You will find a lot of information and amusing stuff on this website. You will find a lot of people on here are jokers and clowns ( no offense to anyone since I am the biggest joker and clown of them all) :p which is amusing, will make you laugh, and keep your mind free! My suggestion is to use this forum often and read, read, read! And when things get tough, just start posting away! :)

    Well done Kub! You're inspiring us all bro! Start of Day 4 for me, and feeling good. I've not used any NRT yet, I'm gonna try leaving them for when I feel really desperate, but I'm hoping that's not gonna happen..as I DO NOT SMOKE now! :D

  • By counting the days you are distancing yourself from the last cig...You will already know what date you quit ticking the days just gives you the feel good factor... I used to look forward to ticking the days off.For some, & i dare say the majority of people, that's how it works. I think for some people it's the opposite though.

    When my mother quit her 30+ year habit 2 1/2 years ago, she refused to even talk about it. The very mention of smoking annoyed her & even now, she still hates talking about them. Her reason being, talking about them makes her think about them. Which in turn makes her want one.

  • Yep, it's horses for courses I'd say. My OH quit over 2 years ago as did I. He never mentioned it again (even when my quit failed and I started again). On the other hand I need the encouragement and feeling of achievement not to mention a pat on the back when I reach a milestone ;) and that's what I love about this forum :D

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