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Hello! Day 12- so far so good.

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Hey everyone.

I quit smoking on 16 January after smoking about 20 a day (30 towards the end) for about 16 years.

So far it has been surprisingly easy (something that I feel a tiny bit guilty about). I'm starting to feel even better than I felt right after having a fag (if that makes sense). This is rather surprising because I was one of those people who believed that I would never be happy unless I smoked.

My quit smoking method was: I took a day off work and read the Alan Carr book. After every chapter I went for a smoke break and thought about what he was saying. I would ask myself why I smoked and if I agreed with what he was saying.

Towards the end of the book I started to realise that I don't have to smoke. I can (and will be) happy without it. It was an amazing feeling.

I used the same 'critical thinking' approach through the craving phase. I never allowed the thought "I would love a cigarette" to stay unchallenged in my mind. While I couldn't stop myself from thinking it I could evaluate why I thought that I wanted one and challenge it. Then I would imagine that I just killed the nicotene monster with my fireball (yes, I play too much Skyrim :D).

I know I'm not completely out of the woods yet so I remain careful in case the monster catches me unaware.

Looking forward to joining all of you on this amazing journy to freedom!

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Hi,

I think a positive mental attitude is absolutely vital, it hss made a massive difference

too the difficulty of my quit

I'm on day 15 and I also have found it easier than I thought good luck:)

Thanks Debbie! It's difficult not to feel guilty. I especially feel like shaking the smokers around me and shouting: "Why are you doing this to yourself!?". I'm afraid that I'm turning into one of those ex-smokers that always annoyed me when I was still smoking.

Thanks beerH (I like beer). Glad you are finding it easier than you thought as well. We are very close - fingers crossed that I never beat you in 'days smoke free' :)

Hey everyone.

I quit smoking on 16 January after smoking about 20 a day (30 towards the end) for about 16 years.

So far it has been surprisingly easy (something that I feel a tiny bit guilty about). I'm starting to feel even better than I felt right after having a fag (if that makes sense). This is rather surprising because I was one of those people who believed that I would never be happy unless I smoked.

My quit smoking method was: I took a day off work and read the Alan Carr book. After every chapter I went for a smoke break and thought about what he was saying. I would ask myself why I smoked and if I agreed with what he was saying.

Towards the end of the book I started to realise that I don't have to smoke. I can (and will be) happy without it. It was an amazing feeling.

I used the same 'critical thinking' approach through the craving phase. I never allowed the thought "I would love a cigarette" to stay unchallenged in my mind. While I couldn't stop myself from thinking it I could evaluate why I thought that I wanted one and challenge it. Then I would imagine that I just killed the nicotene monster with my fireball (yes, I play too much Skyrim :D).

I know I'm not completely out of the woods yet so I remain careful in case the monster catches me unaware.

Looking forward to joining all of you on this amazing journy to freedom!

A great post Lrimas, welcome to the forum :)

You have a really positive attitude and the help of Mr Carr behind you, who's books I also found to be a huge step towards a good mental state.

Keep plodding and counting those days. Looking forward to more posts like these!

Hi Lrimas

Great post. Very positive. Don't feel guilty, you're feeling exactly how Allen Carr said you would!

I'm 2 weeks into my quit. Years ago, I read the first Allen Carr book and thought it was excellent (though obviously I didn't stop for good that time). I've also been to one of his day clinics. Again, not permanently successful.

However, I am just reading a more up to date version. He puts his theories in different ways these days, and it really is having a great effect on my attitude.

It IS all in the mind and we can beat it and feel happy beating it with our minds.

Keep it up :)

Welcome Lrimas,

Like you, I stopped after reading the Allen Carr book. before I started reading I kept thinking, there is NO way this book is going to stop me smoking, how can it? I remember reading the book in a beer garden whilst having a ciggie and almost burst out laughing at the irony of me reading a stop smoking book whilst having a ciggie.

I still maintain that it isn't a magic fix as you still need the will power but what is does do is mentally prepare your brain for the re-wiring which it must do in order to become a non smoker and in that respect it is flippin brilliant.

Oh and I love the skyrim reference although i'm more of a guild wars man myself :D

Keep up the good work and make use of this forum, it's really handy

Thanks Sarah, Sugar and Doofus (hehe - do you prefer overload?). It's rather nice to receive so much support!

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