Man v Fags: Week 2

Hello everyone,

DAY 9

Well, I'm fully into the second week, which I'm obviously

chuffed about :D

I've got a stinking cold...I swear some of the things I'm

coughing up have got their own personalities :eek: But nothing

can get me down at the moment!

According to my little iPhone app, I've not smoked 255 fags

since I quit, which is amazing. If I hadn't spent all these

years in denial about how many I smoked, I would've given

up ages ago. But you can't change the past...only learn from

it.

My inclination to spark up is virtually nil, and not just because

I feel like sh*t. I think it's probably because I'm a fairly...erm...

habitual person, y'know? I have a pretty organised day-to-day

routine. Because of this, I think I've already encountered -- and

therefore beaten -- many of my 'triggers'.

Like...

Old me: used to have a fag as soon as I woke up

New me: has woken up 9 times since then

Old me: used to have a fag on the way to the train station

New me: has walked to the train station 7 times since then

Old me: used to have a gazillion 'technical' breaks at work

New me: has been to work 7 times since then

Old me: used to have a fag during every TV end-of-part

New me: is still watching loads of telly

Old me: used to smoke like a loony at the weekend

New me: has had a smoke free weekend

Old me: would smoke more when I had a bevvy

New me: has passed the pub test, with colleagues who smoke

Etc. Etc. You get the point :D

So I really only need to put my guard up whenever something

falls outside of my normal routine. Stressful situations, stuff

like that.

I say this in the hope that it helps someone who is struggling to

get through each day. Just think to yourself, "Hey, I [insert trigger]

yesterday and I didn't smoke, so why would I smoke today, ya

wee eedjit?"

Anyhoo, I've taken up far too much of your time again.

Have a great day, y'all :)

Steve *cough* *splutter*

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  • Well done Steve - getting though each trigger is such a relief isn't it! We both had our first this weekend with booze and no cigarettes and both succeeded! Cheers to the many smoke free weekends ahead of us!! :D

  • Nice one Steve, double figures looming :) Loving your positivity :)

  • Day 11

    Howdy,

    DAY 11

    Times a flying' :)

    Not much to report today. I realised yesterday that I

    haven't used my mist spray thingamabob for two days.

    I didn't make a conscious decision to stop, which made

    it a nice surprise!

    So my "only" nicotine intake is via the patches now :rolleyes:

    I honestly think that after the first 2 or 3 'crucial' days,

    quitting is as easy as you want it to be. It becomes a

    mental challenge as much as anything else. Especially

    when the help and support of you wonderful people is

    "on tap" :D

    I'm totally aware of the old saying -- "people who find

    it easy to quit find it easy to start smoking again", but

    right now the thought of smoking again seems...silly!

    I'm also aware that I'm still feeding the nic-demon his

    poison, which has undoubtedly helped my *mostly*

    smooth ride thus far. Even so, I know I'll have no problems

    weaning myself off the patches when the time's right.

    No worries.

    The only other thing worth mentioning is: I had my

    first "smoking dream" last night. I dreamt I was in the

    pub, and nipped out for a crafty one. I thought to myself,

    "you caved in a bit easy, mate" and promptly woke up!

    Weird.

    Great to see so many others doing so well!!!

    Speak soon,

    Steve

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  • That's funny, I dreamt that I smoked last night too - and I felt so guilty when I woke up!! :o

  • Hi Steve

    Im still feeling rough but not as bad, iv only been using my inhaler very sparingly. I think me and you are very positive and determine. Are you eating for England like me:p

  • Oh and very well done on 9 days mate , is this your first attempt.

  • You're doing brilliantly :D

    Coming off the inhaler naturally like that is brilliant, it will stop the hand to mouth action which is a huge part of smoking!! Being on the patches isn't a biggie at all, 'cos you're not doing anything to feed the monster, it just lets you gradually get off nicotine until you're free :D

    You've got the positive attitude to nail this!!

  • Ah you make me smile your posts are by far my favourite on here :) you really should do a blog there's only one online I have read and it's nowhere near as good as your posts.

    Anyhooo.... You are doing brilliantly the mist spray was a no no for me, I always ended up spraying it in my eye! :D

    Loving the positive attitude, I'm having a sh1t couple of days with it all but have no intention of going back now, keep up the good work fella :)

  • That's funny, I dreamt that I smoked last night too - and I felt so guilty when I woke up!! :o

    Hi Steve

    Im still feeling rough but not as bad, iv only been using my inhaler very sparingly. I think me and you are very positive and determine. Are you eating for England like me:p

    Oh and very well done on 9 days mate , is this your first attempt.

    You're doing brilliantly :D

    Coming off the inhaler naturally like that is brilliant, it will stop the hand to mouth action which is a huge part of smoking!! Being on the patches isn't a biggie at all, 'cos you're not doing anything to feed the monster, it just lets you gradually get off nicotine until you're free :D

    You've got the positive attitude to nail this!!

    Ah you make me smile your posts are by far my favourite on here :) you really should do a blog there's only one online I have read and it's nowhere near as good as your posts.

    Anyhooo.... You are doing brilliantly the mist spray was a no no for me, I always ended up spraying it in my eye! :D

    Loving the positive attitude, I'm having a sh1t couple of days with it all but have no intention of going back now, keep up the good work fella :)

    Oops :o

    Been so busy trying to figure out cryptic song clues I forgot to thank

    each and everyone for your recent kind words!

    I'm packing my bags...getting ready to move up to week 3 shortly.

    This has been the longest 2 weeks of my life...

    ...and at the same time I can't believe it's come around this quickly.

    Quitting is too weird, lol :D ...but totally AWESOME.

    A big thank you to all my new friends, and best wishes to you all with

    your quits.

    Anon,

    Steve

  • Steve

    You have slotted seamlessly into these forums mate with an admirable mixture of advice,humour and encouragement,so much so that your own quit seems almost an aside.;)

    Very well done to you,keep it going-that is really all you have to do is KEEP GOING no matter how bad a day may seem NEVER be tempted to have just one.

    You are a terrific asset to this place and we look forward to many more of your posts,keep it going!!!:D

    Max, honestly -- I hope one day I get the opportunity to shake your hand and buy you a pint. The time and effort you invest in making sure everyone -- old and new alike -- stays on track, focused, and upbeat is...quite frankly...way beyond the call of duty, and a total Godsend :)

    You're a great guy. I still can't get the song though. :confused:

    Yep! I've coughed some yuk up as well. Better out than in! Mate :)

    I'm not so sure, Craig. I think my "coughed up yukky excretions" have joined forces and formed their own government. I've heard they're planning a civil war :eek:

  • Cheering you on Steve, am really enjoying reading your posts and seeing the progress you're making. You've got this!

  • Ditto. Always enjoy your posts.

    The boy's doing great :)

  • Me three, he's fab :D :D

  • O.Kay. C'mon Steve, into the third week now ; how good is THAT :D:D:D:D

    I'm watching you, we will do this friend. :)

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