Weird

Morning,

Well it's officially the start of month 3 and not really sure how I'm feeeling. Glad to be not smoking obviously.

I went into a shop today where people were smoking outside and the smell was disgusting and i was really pleased to feel that way. In previous attempts to quit I'd have been following them up the street to inhale just a little.:)

So why have i got doubts?

The urge to smoke is still there, the reward cigarettes are the ones when i get a crave, when a horrible job is done, the one in the car after leaving work. I'm still taking NRT though a lower dose now and they don't work in these situations so it's in my mind and I don't understand why.

I feel bored of the whole thing. Does that make sense? Bored of the triggers/cravings and the relentless of it. I don't think about it all the time but I'm getting bored and fed up of it intruding into my life.

I don't feel the joy of 'yeah that's when I used to smoke and I don't have to do that anymore'

Off to bed and hopefully things will be brighter in the morning.

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  • Morning,

    Well it's officially the start of month 3 and not really sure how I'm feeeling. Glad to be not smoking obviously.

    I went into a shop today where people were smoking outside and the smell was disgusting and i was really pleased to feel that way. In previous attempts to quit I'd have been following them up the street to inhale just a little.:)

    So why have i got doubts?

    The urge to smoke is still there, the reward cigarettes are the ones when i get a crave, when a horrible job is done, the one in the car after leaving work. I'm still taking NRT though a lower dose now and they don't work in these situations so it's in my mind and I don't understand why.

    I feel bored of the whole thing. Does that make sense? Bored of the triggers/cravings and the relentless of it. I don't think about it all the time but I'm getting bored and fed up of it intruding into my life.

    I don't feel the joy of 'yeah that's when I used to smoke and I don't have to do that anymore'

    Off to bed and hopefully things will be brighter in the morning.

    You are perfctly normal, so don't worry!!

    I think like Kat said, you'd find a book that addresses the mental part of your quit very helpful - so that you don't see "reward cigarettes" any more, and avoid feeling like you're depriving yourself of a treat :)

    Totally get where you're coming from, it's weird how the NRT doesn't zap that kind of craving though :confused:

    A lot of quitters hit the 3 month bump too, it's no longer fresh, your'e bored with telling people you don't smoke, and it can become a bit of a slog - that's the part that will definitely get better by pushing through, and read the book of your choice!!

  • And just to add to what the others have said:

    You have done amazingly well - so don't forget it :)

    I struggle every day but, if I sit and reflect, there are just heaps of positives

    -£400 better off

    -I smell better

    -car smells fresher, and is so much cleaner

    -I can eat at the table again, it is no longer a smoking retreat no one will share with me

    -I spend more time with people, and in company I enjoy, and less time nipping away for a ciggie

    -the house has many little treats scattered around, funded by not smoking - fresh flowers, new jigsaw puzzle, plants in the garden, cook book, a scented candle

    -distraction tactics have made me look at things with a fresh eye and I enjoy transferring my concentration to the birds in the garden, the stars at night, the flowers coming into bloom, clouds sweeping across the sky - loads of small things I have noticed because I'm not smoking

    -oranges taste really orangey

    -chocolate tastes really chocolatey :eek:

    -my gums are pink and healthy and my fingers don't smell

    AND OF COURSE

    -down the road is my telescope :p:p

    The cravings DO kick in big time and make me forget that there is much to be enjoyed about the journey

    Be proud of yourself, Sue, and count the reasons to be happy - I think you will find them numerous enough to stay on track with a smile on your face

    Good luck

    Big hugs to you

    M

  • A lovely post there from Mina. Made me feel happy and I hope it will make you feel happy too, Sue. :)

    Also wanted to send congratulations your way for starting Month 3. Mighty! :D

  • Thanks everybody for the support, firstly it's nice to know I'm normal.:)

    This one has taken me by surprise. I'm used to the tricks of the first 2 months becuase i've quit several times before for that length of time and so I was on my guard for all the pathetic excuses that I've made in the past to just have one cigarette.

    This feeling though was totally different and it was good to hear that you knew what I was talking about. I don't want to smoke just fed up of quitting!

    @Gemma you're right it feels like a slog.

    @Debbie yep I'm bored of trying.

    @Kat I have the Allen Carr book and am off to bed to re- read it.

    I did find another post which made me feel better as well. Hope this works as Nic Firth who wrote it explained it far better than me and it might help others.

    forum.nosmokingday.org.uk/s...

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