10 Weeks

Hi Everyone

First of all apologies for my absence over the last couple of weeks. We have had a close family bereavement under the most awful circumstances and my time and attention is needed at home right now. I have also been under the weather and caring for my mother who is still bed ridden.

Once the first week of my quit was out of the way I had a great 7 weeks that followed. It is however fair to say the last 2 weeks have been my most challenging. I now know that my number one smoking trigger is upset and stress. I have found myself several times walking around the house in the small hours of the night deeply wanting a cigarette, one night in particular around 4am had there been any around my quit would not still be intact. I am glad I made the decision not to have any here. Its now my Top Tip.

I admit I have increased use of my ecig during this time, pretty much to the level I was using it week one. Not great but I am still not smoking and given the stress I have been under that will do for me for now. The insomnia is still a regular battle and infact some nights I have had no sleep at all (stress also triggers this).

We have the funeral early next week and some other challenges to resolve but I remain dedicated to my quit. I know I would HATE myself if I gave in and of course it would not resolve any of the current stresses I am under, most likely make them worse.

So my plan is to continue relying on my ecig to get me through next week and then take it from there.

I just wanted to thank a few people for the support I have been given. Particularly Kat, Donna, Sue, Mina, Bluebell, Gemma Lou and of course Debbie and the Freedom Fighters gang. It has meant a lot to me and whilst I haven't been particularly engaging your concern and messages helped me through some horrible days.

I can't promise to be on here every day posting at the moment but I am going to try to get things back to a more normal state over the next week. Positive thoughts would be most welcome :)

Linda x

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  • Before I go to sleep Linda I just wanted to say well done. You must be feeling a lot better health wise now.

    Good luck

    Regards Paul ( only on day 3 ):)

  • Hi just so sorry to read this so very heartfelt post,. The stress of life some times is enough to push us over the edge, but you have a plan to stay positive with your quit, (hats off to you). Is sheer determination you are showing you have.

    Just sooooo sorry for you difficult emotional times.

  • Good to see you.

    You are an inspiration to us all. To stay quit with this level of stress in you life is incredible. It shows how strong the human spirit can be. You're right of course it wouldn't improve the stress and would probably make it worse but it's easy not to be rational when you're in such an emotional, vulnerable state.

    Positive thoughts coming your way.

    xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  • Well done for staying strong in your quit xxx I agree stress is a big factor in craving, you are doing sonvery well. Stick with the ecig if thats stopping you smoke proper fags xxxxxx Hope things get brighter for you soon xxxxxx

  • Hi Lindy, you've had a truly awful time of it and I really am sorry for your loss.

    It's really amazing you held onto your quit through it all, you're a very strong woman to resist!!

    Big (((hugs))) xxx

  • It is lovely to see you again Lindy- I have missed your posts. :)

    I was so very sorry to hear about your tragic loss and whilst there are no words, of course my thoughts are with you for what it is worth.

    I can only bow down before you in admiration. To have managed to sustain your quit under such terrible circumstances is awe-inspiring.

    I shall look forward to your full return to the forum.

  • Hi Lindy

    Lovely to see you posting again, I am so proud of you for sticking it out I know it was on dodgy ground, you are stronger than you think, the use of the ecig is definitely the way to go, I was chuffing like mad on one last night at my friends wake so it definitely does help in those circumstances...10 weeks is awesome, YOU are awesome.....much love Hun xxxx

  • You are incredible Lindy, sending you huge hugs and thinking of you xx

  • Condolences, Linda. You've shown incredible strength and resilience under almost intolerable stress. Total respect.

  • Thank you everyone, means a lot to me.

    We have had a quiet weekend here and tried to clear our heads for the week ahead. The funeral will be Tuesday.

    Still chugging on this Ecig, although have stopped daytime and limited to evenings which is when I seem to need it most. Half the time I'm just sat with it in my mouth like it's giving me some comfort. Sad really.

    Anyway enough of my wittering on. I hope to be back posting more regularly towards the end of the week. In the meantime stay quit and be kind to each other. The best support we have is each other.

    Linda x

  • I shall be thinking of you and your family tomorrow Lindy.

    And you never, ever witter on...:)

  • Thank you everyone, means a lot to me.

    We have had a quiet weekend here and tried to clear our heads for the week ahead. The funeral will be Tuesday.

    Still chugging on this Ecig, although have stopped daytime and limited to evenings which is when I seem to need it most. Half the time I'm just sat with it in my mouth like it's giving me some comfort. Sad really.

    Anyway enough of my wittering on. I hope to be back posting more regularly towards the end of the week. In the meantime stay quit and be kind to each other. The best support we have is each other.

    Linda x

    Lindy what were you doing up at 3:53?:/..... I will be thinking of you and yours tomorrow my friend....I will always support my buddies and you are one of those... ((((Big hugs)))) xxxxxx

  • Dear Lindy

    Thinking of you at this sad and difficult time. xx

  • Been thinking of you Lindy:)glad you got through this awful time with your quit intact....x

  • Hi to my favourite people :)

    I just want to say I missed you all and to say how much I appreciated everyone's support. I am still quit :D I can't remember what number of days I am on LOL, but I know I am still in week 10. Will need to check the app later.

    Hope you are all well :)

  • Great to hear from you Lindy and hope you are okay after what must have been a very difficult time. Great that you've kept your quit in tact aswell, you must feel pretty proud :)

  • Thank you :). Missed you all :D

  • So glad to see you back Lindyloo- you have been truly missed. We've all been thinking of you. :)

    I can't begin to tell you how well I think you have done in staying quit under the circumstances. Just goes to show how strong and determined you are.

  • Great to see you back Lindy x

  • Thank you :). Week 11 tomorrow :D x

  • Thank you :). Week 11 tomorrow :D x

    This is so brilliant Lindy, good for you lovely lady :) xxxx

  • Seriously well done on 11 weeks completed and great to see you back.

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