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Quitting, again.....

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Hi everyone, Jim here :)

Decided that today is the day to quit, not sure why today, but today it is.

I've been smoking on and off since I was 14 (39 now :( ) with a few quits along the way. Longest quit was 7 years, biggest mistake was starting again.

I actually managed to quit last Jan, and did really well, not a single smoke until I went on holiday in August and then for some reason just really wanted one. Thought I would be able to have just one, had one, and now smoking more than ever, about 15-20 B&H a day.

So I'm stopping, I know it won't be easy, but it has to be done. Going to go cold turkey again, worked last time, hopefully will work again.

Good luck to all new quitters, well done to the old hands and look forward to sharing the journey!

Cheers

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Hi Buttercup

You know it is a strange thing that you can get over the initial cravings, get over the habit, start feeling better, start tasting things better, breathing easier and generally being healthier and wealthier, and then one day you throw it all away. And for what? A few lungfuls of toxic fumes, a terrible smell and money you may as well burn. The worst of it was that I wasnt craving a fag, I just thought that I would like one!! It is indeed daft. So this time Buttercup I'm with you, not one puff, not one sly fag when the worst of the quit is over, going to make it stick this time :)

Hi Jim

Just want to say the best ok luck:D

Im on day 5 and proud regards

Keith

Well done on making a great decision that will improve your life in ALL respects. Stay in touch here a lot in the early days as it does help get through the first 3 days which are normally the hard ones.

Personally I think you are doing this the right way in just waking up one morning and saying "enough is enough". Some people talk about quitting for ages then move on to planning it in great detail before they actually stop smoking which can lead to increased anxiety and stress about quitting but each to their own method and as long as it works then they are all good. Your method (mine was the same) gets you quickly into a postion, before even really thinking about it, where you have some smoke free time under your belt and you then realise it wasn't as bad as you expected.

Hi John

Thanks for your positive words, I am sure that this time is for keeps. I agree that the time is right when the time is right. I have never planned a quit before and I think you are right, the more you plan in advance, the more anxiety and stress it causes. This sounds daft, but when I think about giving up smoking it is like going into mourning, like I am going to lose something that I will never have again, if that makes any sense!!

The first 3 days will be tough, I remember last time I felt really bad, really wobbly and mentally detached, it wasnt nice, but as Churchill said "If you're going through Hell, keep going" I will be on here alot, to be honest I came and looked on here during my last quit, but was just a 'lurker', too scared I was going to fail to make contact. That being said I still helped me enormously, which is why I am back and saying hello :)

Well done on your quit John

Cheers :)

Hi Jim

Just want to say the best ok luck:D

Im on day 5 and proud regards

Keith

Hi Keith

Cheers mate, very well done on getting to day 5, here's to day 6!

Jim :)

Hi Jim,

Just wanted to wish you luck with your quit. It sounds to me like this could be The One (if only because you've committed yourself by registering & posting this time :)).

Hope you continue to post from time to time to let us know how it is going.

Hi guys

@Skiddaw Thank you, I need luck on my side if this is to be The One! I will certainly be on here a lot, already finding it a help.

@debbieh Thank you for the welcome, I think for me CT is the way to go, get the nicotine out and start the recovery. Bit of a car crash feeling for a few days, but soon goes away. Unfortunately I have just found a bag of Cadburys Mini Eggs in the fridge, so there goes the waistline!

Well done to you both on your quits, keep up the good work :)

Cheers

Hello Jim,

Sounds like you are doing the exact same thing I am doing. Cold Turkey! It is the best way imo. I tried to quit once before using the e-cigarette but the entire "hand to mouth" motion kept me wanting. So this time around I have decided to do the good ol Cold Turkey routine and it has been working out fantastically.

Keep up the good fight, my brother. I will be here every step of the way cheering you on!

Hello Jim,

Sounds like you are doing the exact same thing I am doing. Cold Turkey! It is the best way imo. I tried to quit once before using the e-cigarette but the entire "hand to mouth" motion kept me wanting. So this time around I have decided to do the good ol Cold Turkey routine and it has been working out fantastically.

Keep up the good fight, my brother. I will be here every step of the way cheering you on!

Hi Mike

Thanks for the support :) Totally agree, the best thing for me is to cut it out completely, including the action of smoking. Glad to hear it is working for you my friend, let's get it done!!

Got through the first day today without too many scrapes, the real challenge is work tomorrow which means stress and habits. But I did it before and will do it again, bring it on :)

Cheers

Welcome Jim, good luck with the quit. Look forward to reading your posts :D

Welcome Jim, sounds like you're off to a great start and I'm sure the practice runs you've had in the past will help you make this your forever quit :)

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