As the title says I am 1 week in, gave up last Sunday 20th October and going 'cold turkey' :eek:.
Lovely DH passed a cold onto me last week and it hit my chest and stayed there like never before, i couldn't breathe on the Saturday night, was very scared TBH, i physically couldn't smoke and haven't had one since.
I will be 44 (shhh) in a week or two and have smoked since i was 18, gradually building up about 25-30 a day.
My chest is now better (after the antibiotics) and i thought i would be straight back smoking once this happened, but i haven't.
Have had a few stressful situations this week too, which would ordinarily have me reaching for a fag, but again no.
I was a right horror bag the first couple of days, moody, snappy, tearful etc. I felt like my choice to give up had been taken away from me and i was being forced (by bad chest) to give up when i wasn't ready. I have now got my head around this part and after reading that the nicotine leaves your system after 72 hrs, i was determined not to put any back into my body that would make me dependant again.
At the moment, my cravings are still very strong, they do come and go and the old adage of keeping busy certainly helps. Kids are off this week for halfterm so how this week will be i don't know, it may be ok because i am not in my normal routine, we shall see?
I have downloaded Allen Carr's EasyWay to read as mum (66) who gave up cold turkey too 9 yrs ago after smoking 20 a day for about 40 years, found it a great help. She did 'crawl the walls' for a good while after giving up, although she has reassured me it does get easier day by day.
Dad (71) gave up about 20 years ago, also cold turkey, with no problems, just stopped....hope i have more of my dad's genes
At a family gathering yesterday i told as many people as i could and that's another reason for joining this site too, as i feel the more people that know, i don't feel on my own so much, which i think will be very important in the early stages, and hopefully i can help some others with my experiences too.
So, hello to everyone as i start on my 2nd week - still a bit fragile :rolleyes: