Whatever it Takes

Well - Here I am....posting in the 1 month section. Still fighting the cravings. I have found, for the most part, people are more happy for me quitting then I am for myself. I know it is better for my health, my bank account, my smell etc... but I don't think I will be truly happy about quitting until I stop missing cigarettes. I am not smoking because I don't want to fail, I don't want to let people down and the faith I have in people telling me these cravings will go away. On another note.... I bought myself a jump rope. Thought I would get some excercise in. I have not jumped rope since I was a kid. Man - it's hard!!!! And kind of comical! It's the hardest 20 second workout I have ever done.:p

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  • Well - Here I am....posting in the 1 month section. Still fighting the cravings. I have found, for the most part, people are more happy for me quitting then I am for myself. I know it is better for my health, my bank account, my smell etc... but I don't think I will be truly happy about quitting until I stop missing cigarettes. I am not smoking because I don't want to fail, I don't want to let people down and the faith I have in people telling me these cravings will go away. On another note.... I bought myself a jump rope. Thought I would get some excercise in. I have not jumped rope since I was a kid. Man - it's hard!!!! And kind of comical! It's the hardest 20 second workout I have ever done.:p

    Well done Melzee - you are doing great! I know what you mean about not feeling truly happy. I am 6 weeks in and still feel like I'm missing something. It still feels like a bereavement. It might help to read one of the books again to reinforce the idea that cigarettes aren't your friend etc. it's hard, but it will be worth it in the end. I'm sure true happiness will prevail in time.

    Hang in there!

    Sarah

  • Well done Melzee you sound as if your doing very well and determined. You are a few weeks in front of me and i am not sure if youve quit before but I have and I can tell you that it truly does get easier. Time is what is needed and whatever you are doing is working for you so keep doing it. You have spurred me on to dig out our skipping rope and I'm giggling even thinking about it lol but i could start off with maybe just 3 seconds LOL and work from there so thank you for the inspiration and keep up the good work x :)

  • You're doing fine. After a month, I still found it tough, and definitely felt something was missing. I wondered if I was doomed to feel that way forever. After three or four months, to be honest, I still felt a bit like that sometimes. By six months, things were really changing. By a year, I just had the odd brain flash of thinking about cigs but brushed them off in a moment. Now I'm two and a half years quit and I don't miss them in the *slightest*. I promise you, if you offered me ten grand to light up a cig, I wouldn't do it.

    What I'm saying is... this thing takes time and perseverence. You have to readjust to life without smoking and it takes longer for some than for others. But the further you go on the journey the more your mindset changes and the easier it becomes.

    Keep on keeping on!

  • Well - Here I am....posting in the 1 month section. Still fighting the cravings. I have found, for the most part, people are more happy for me quitting then I am for myself. I know it is better for my health, my bank account, my smell etc... but I don't think I will be truly happy about quitting until I stop missing cigarettes. I am not smoking because I don't want to fail, I don't want to let people down and the faith I have in people telling me these cravings will go away. On another note.... I bought myself a jump rope. Thought I would get some excercise in. I have not jumped rope since I was a kid. Man - it's hard!!!! And kind of comical! It's the hardest 20 second workout I have ever done.:p

    Hi

    I felt like I was missing cigarettes and the act of smoking them too. Im now on day 60 or 8 week's ish and sonething has happened in my head, all of a sudden that feeling of loss has lifted and it feels great!

    Keep going as it does get better and better. ;)

  • Well done Melzee you sound as if your doing very well and determined. You are a few weeks in front of me and i am not sure if youve quit before but I have and I can tell you that it truly does get easier. Time is what is needed and whatever you are doing is working for you so keep doing it. You have spurred me on to dig out our skipping rope and I'm giggling even thinking about it lol but i could start off with maybe just 3 seconds LOL and work from there so thank you for the inspiration and keep up the good work x :)

    Gerti - I quit once about 15 years ago for about a month or two. Then thought I could be a "social smoker". Was back to a pack a day within a week. I know 110% I can never ever have a cigarette unless I plan on being a full time smoker. NOPE - that is what I keep telling myself! I am glad I put the jumping rope idea in your head...it's nice knowing someone else in the world is laughing at themselves trying to jump a rope without falling over.:p

  • Well done Melzee - you are doing great! I know what you mean about not feeling truly happy. I am 6 weeks in and still feel like I'm missing something. It still feels like a bereavement. It might help to read one of the books again to reinforce the idea that cigarettes aren't your friend etc. it's hard, but it will be worth it in the end. I'm sure true happiness will prevail in time.

    Hang in there!

    Sarah

    Sarah - the only book I have read was Quit Smoking the Easy Way. I read it twice. Maybe I will try a different one. You hang in there too! I have complete faith in what everyone is saying - One day smoking will just be a distant enemy - one we no longer think about. Helsbelles is a true inspiration with her 2 1/2 years of being smoke free - and loving life!!! Helsbelles - we will get there soon! Like Max said - it could be sooner then we think! Tic - Good for you for arriving at that wonderful place!!! Save a seat for the rest of us!

  • Sarah - the only book I have read was Quit Smoking the Easy Way. I read it twice. Maybe I will try a different one.

    Is that the Allen Carr one? I'm going to re read it now as it was a good few years since I read it. I'm sure another book has been mentioned on this forum before but I can't remember the name - perhaps someone else will comment who knows the name.

    Let's hope the fog of depression lifts soon!

  • Is that the Allen Carr one? I'm going to re read it now as it was a good few years since I read it. I'm sure another book has been mentioned on this forum before but I can't remember the name - perhaps someone else will comment who knows the name.

    Let's hope the fog of depression lifts soon!

    Yes - it is the Allen Carr Book. I read it twice a couple of months ago. Not sure if I can read it a 3rd time. I love to read but find self-help books very boring. zzzzz

  • I read the nicotine trick by neil casey and it has had a profound effect on the way I think about why i smoked. I found it easier to read than the allen carr book and i couldnt put neil caseys book down. When i have had a big crave that book has seen me over. I also find you have to talk to yourself very sensibly when your irrational side starts shouting all the filthy reasons for going back on the weed. Almost mantra style but it really does work. for brain fog and depression you need to exercise (any way that suits you)

    dont sit and and go over things in your head, just distract and keep busy doing chores or whatever. If you do start to debate with yourself then make it short and answer your ridiculas side with your reasons for quitting and then end the debate but saying '' thats enough for now we will finish this conversation later '' all these tips are helping me and I hope they will help others xxxx

  • I read the nicotine trick by neil casey and it has had a profound effect on the way I think about why i smoked. I found it easier to read than the allen carr book and i couldnt put neil caseys book down. When i have had a big crave that book has seen me over. I also find you have to talk to yourself very sensibly when your irrational side starts shouting all the filthy reasons for going back on the weed. Almost mantra style but it really does work. for brain fog and depression you need to exercise (any way that suits you)

    dont sit and and go over things in your head, just distract and keep busy doing chores or whatever. If you do start to debate with yourself then make it short and answer your ridiculas side with your reasons for quitting and then end the debate but saying '' thats enough for now we will finish this conversation later '' all these tips are helping me and I hope they will help others xxxx

    Thanks Gerti! I will give the Neil Caseys book a read! :)

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    Yes - it is the Allen Carr Book. I read it twice a couple of months ago. Not sure if I can read it a 3rd time. I love to read but find self-help books very boring. zzzzz

    ...getting the book from audible (you can get it free on a 1 month free trial membership!). I listen to it whilst walking the dog - it is a border collie who i think is getting sick of long walks (done to keep mind of smoking!).

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    ...getting the book from audible (you can get it free on a 1 month free trial membership!). I listen to it whilst walking the dog - it is a border collie who i think is getting sick of long walks (done to keep mind of smoking!).

    Neil Casey book is good -

  • I listen to it whilst walking the dog - it is a border collie who i think is getting sick of long walks (done to keep mind of smoking!).

    That is funny Danny! My dogs love the extra walks - which is something that I do to keep my mind off smoking too! Good idea getting the audible books!

    Thanks for sharing!

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