Man v Fags: Day 2

Howdy all :)

So, 15 hours into day two -- or 39 hours in total, whichever sounds longer!

And...

...my cravings are far FEWER than yesterday, bizarrely.

I'm certainly not counting my chickens, but I haven't really thought about smoking

much today.

Yes, I'm wearing my patch. But I was yesterday, too.

Yes, I've got my mist spray thingie. But I've only used it once today, as opposed to

plenty yesterday.

The only thing to have changed in my plan is to introduce the Allen Carr EasyWay

book into the mix.

I bought the audio version yesterday, and started listening to it on the way home

from work. It's really good, actually. I tend to respond better to audio/visual stuff

rather than books.

So maybe that's having an effect on my non-cravings? I dunno.

If you're interested, I got it from Audible (I already have a monthly plan):

Allen Carr Audio Book

Another thing which might be helping is the Max Kirsten Quit Smoking Now iPhone

(or Android) app. Basically a hypnotherapy session. I've listened to it both evenings

so far, but fell asleep halfway through both times :D ...but maybe it taps directly into

the subconscious or something? Who knows!

Here's the detail:

Max Kirsten App

[FYI -- I'm not "affiliated" to either of these sites, so I'm not linking to them as a

sleazy way to make money. Just so we're clear on that!]

One last thing before I sign off: SLEEP :eek:

Both Monday night and last night I fell asleep easily (see above for the reason, lol),

but have woken up at 5am both mornings...and I'm NOT a morning person.

I have a theory, and it's related to the patches I'm using...

Before I bought my patches (the 24 hour ones), I read several reviews suggesting

I should ignore the instructions and apply them before bed, rather than first thing

in the morning. This apparently helps with the "first fag of the day" craving. Well,

I think the patch is giving me a nice dose during the night, which is actually waking

me prematurely.

So tonight, I'll remove the one I'm wearing, and go "patch-free" overnight.

I'll let you know if that helps!

Once again, thanks for your continued support...rest assured you have my full support

for your quits too -- whatever stage you're at.

You're all superstars :)

Best wishes,

Steve

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  • Nice post..... you sound like you are determined so keep it up.

    I am back to Day 2 again. I might have to try the hypnotherpy sessions myself as I struggle to sleep when I have not smoked previously....even though I know my body is totally shattered.

    Good Luck.

  • Hi Steve, well done your doing great. I remember listening to Allen Carr hypnotherapy disc you get with the book on a previous attempt, I think I fell asleep 2mins into it lol.

    I am using patches aswell, the 24 hour ones. I am on day 3 and have not had a problem sleeping....... yet anyway. I have been putting the patch on as soon as I get up in the morning but then removing it before I go to bed.

  • Thanks all, for your patch tips...great advice!

    Also, for your encouraging words!

    I'm not "coping" any better than you are/can.

    But...I've just had an epiphany:- "It's all in the mind".

    And really, it's as "simple" as that.

    Fags have no benefits at all. Even the benefits we convince ourselves of are boll***s.

    Just ask a "never smoker".

    Cheers,

    Steve

  • It really is Steve, which is what makes it such a hard battle to fight I think! You're doing great, hope you're pleased with yourself :cool:

    Hi Kat :) A million thanks for your reply...it made me realise my previous post was

    a bit condescending and generally of no help to anyone. Sorry!

    Actually, I'm not very pleased AT ALL with my younger self at the moment. In fact,

    I'm trying to fax him forbidding him not to light that first ever fag...but I can't get through.

    Typical BT Grrrrr.

    Anyhoo, it'll seem silly to some, but this is the longest time since my teenhood that I

    haven't been constantly and wilfully asphyxiating myself.

    Not only that, but it occurred to me today for the first time that constantly and wilfully

    asphyxiating oneself is a silly thing to do.

    And once I realised this, it became "easy" to see smoking as an "f"-ing stupid thing to

    do...which therefore makes it an easier battle to fight.

    I'm only on day two. I might collapse and crumble tomorrow (I don't think so though),

    or next month, or next year...

    But for me: admitting to -- and facing up to -- my smoking problem, has made my quit

    pretty easy so far.

    ...that plus the NRT, of course, lol :D

    The way I see it, we need to bring our sharpest weapons to beat this monster. And they

    include honesty, confidence, ******-mindedness, humility, guilt, shame, elation, pride....

    basically anything and everything!

    Sorry if this doesn't make sense. It's kind of a stream of consciousness reply!

    More importantly, I hope you don't think I'm being rude or discourteous.

    Cheers,

    Steve

  • ...it'll seem silly to some, but this is the longest time since my teenhood that I

    haven't been constantly and wilfully asphyxiating myself.

    Er, no - I very much doubt that:rolleyes:

    I think just about everyone here has been 'wilfully asphyxiating themselves' since their teenhoods; plenty of us took until into our forties / fifties / sixties before we decided to do anything about it - and look at you, just a whippersnapper:D, facing up to the battle NOW.

    Seriously, well done for facing up to your demons now rather than in ten / twenty / thirty years time. Ask just about every successful quitter what their biggest regret is, and (apart from starting in the first place), it'll be not stopping sooner!

    The benefits are truly beyond your best expectations. Doubtless you'll have challenges ahead, but never lose sight of the prize and you'll be rewarded in spades:D:D

  • Many thanks all! I appreciate your constant support very much indeed.

    Oh, and...

    I think just about everyone here has been 'wilfully asphyxiating themselves' since their teenhoods; plenty of us took until into our forties / fifties / sixties before we decided to do anything about it - and look at you, just a whippersnapper:D, facing up to the battle NOW.

    ...I am in my forties! But thanks for the unintentional compliment :D

    Best wishes,

    Steve

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