Just joined this forum.
My post on 16/11/2013
I thought I could quit on 09.11.13 - somehow thinking it a poetic date to do so. I thought I was strong enough to leave 5 cigarettes for posterity. NO GO. Saturday, smoked 2; Sunday another two. Going for another memorable date...... 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month - smoked my last cigarette. I have been a 'dedicated' smoker for over 40 years (and smoked as much daily!). I love/loved smoking. But of late, it was nagging at me that I have to reckon with my smoking and its consequences. My mother died of cancer (she was not a smoker); my doctor is not too happy with my 'health regime' - ie regular medical check-ups but still carry on smoking. My husband, coming from a family with dicky hearts, also goes for regular check-ups. His specialist gives him a clean bill of health but chastises him for smoking! He doesn't smoke, but is a passive smoker! Sum total...... I had to grow a spine and quit this habit! Some years ago, I had tried the e-fag - no disrespect to the inventor, they are utter crap. A very poor substitute. Lighting up a cigarette is a ritual, smoking it is a journey, as is its end. I reckoned, it was cold turkey or nothing.
I cannot say it has been easy, on the contrary, cigarettes are in the forefront of my thoughts. But, this time, 5/6 days, is the longest I have ever been without lighting up and hopefully I can get to week 2.
And today 18/11/3013........ I HAVE NOT SMOKED A CIGARETTE FOR ONE WHOLE WEEK!
I cannot believe I did it! I have always been gutless when considering giving up. I am still amazed how I got into the right mindset to take this step.
Must give a big thank you to this website and all who contribute. I read quite a few posts before I stopped and it was of tremendous help.
I think I will award myself a nice glass of white wine tonight!