Still Here

Hi all

Day 26 and still smoke free. I've not used the e cig for about 10 days now. I had bought two which I'd not opened and decided to take them back and I was pleasantly surprised when I got my money refunded.

Had a couple of very tough days midweek when work was stressful. On Wednesday if I had a packet of cigarettes on me I think I would have gone outside for one.

Still taking the lozenges, I have between 4 or 5 of the 1mg ones a day now. As I smoked 20+ a day for 20 years, I feel pleased that I've not had to have anything stronger or take the maximum allowed.

I have taken up running again and am really enjoying it. I'm just about to start week 3 of an 8 week plan to run 5k so am looking for a 5k run to enter early next year so I have a goal to work towards.

I still have a packet of cigarettes in a drawer. It is stupid but I've not felt able to throw them away. Should I throw them away?

With best wishes & good luck to everybody else on the forum.

Sally

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  • Ummm, well you are doing amazingly well, and I for one believe nearly one month done is fantastic:)

    As tg says only you know if you should dispose of them, is it some kind of challenge that you have them, but you are saying no, I don't need you so still there.

    Your quitting smoking and how well you are doing, so why do you have them?

    Just keep going, fantastic:)

  • Well done Sally. It's a strange thing but some people like to have a sealed packet. My nan packed up smoking years ago and carried a pack of fags for 2 years! No idea why. Give them to a smoker if you think you may be tempted, agree with Tea about not wasting money.:):)

  • Many congratulations on Day 26 (indeed, Day 27 now ) Sally- that's one fantastic achievement! :D I hope you're planning on a celebration when you get your first month under your belt?

    As for when you get shot of the packet...I really couldn't call it. I know I couldn't have had any smoking bits in the house- it would have been too tempting- but I know some people (TG included) who found it worked to have a safety blanket. Perhaps you could set a date when you'll get rid- your month anniversary for instance?

  • Hi everyone,

    Thanks for your replies.

    After giving up, it took me about 10 days just to go out without a packet of cigarettes. So I guess its just a reassurance thing to have them in the drawer still. And I agree they cost £8 so I will find somebody to give them to rather than throwing them in the bin.

    I will try & get rid of them this week. I'm worried that if they stay there much longer I'll think it's ok to have just one and then have to start all over again.

    It's been a strange day today. It's the last day of this "stoptober" thing & I told myself I only had to give up for 28 days. Yesterday I barely thought about having one, today it's been much harder again. I guess its still just getting through a day at a time.

    Sally

  • Hi everyone,

    Thanks for your replies.

    After giving up, it took me about 10 days just to go out without a packet of cigarettes. So I guess its just a reassurance thing to have them in the drawer still. And I agree they cost £8 so I will find somebody to give them to rather than throwing them in the bin.

    I will try & get rid of them this week. I'm worried that if they stay there much longer I'll think it's ok to have just one and then have to start all over again.

    It's been a strange day today. It's the last day of this "stoptober" thing & I told myself I only had to give up for 28 days. Yesterday I barely thought about having one, today it's been much harder again. I guess its still just getting through a day at a time.

    Sally

    Hi Sally my advice is not wait til next week just get rid of the blessed things.... From bitter experience I can tell you the "just one" theory is a myth.... It took me 1 fag to get hooked again.... numerous times I told myself " I can do this, I've proved I can do this, I'll just have one I can control it"..... It's a load of cobblers...... Just remember NOPE (not one puff ever) and you won't go far wrong xx

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