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Day 10 begins tomorrow.

Been tougher since day 7 for me. Bit like mood swings, ruminating which I am fully aware of and keeping as busy as poss. I am not too bad, there is no bad temper and I am not being short with anyone as I am taking everything slower than usual. Been for a walk today in the hope that this dreariness passes soon. I read the following statement on another site and am pasting it below so that I can read it over and over again. Lots of deep/slow breathing. I remind myself why I quit often thru the day and especially just as I am falling asleep at night as this is beneficial to our subconscious

A smoker HAS to smoke day in and day out. Week in and week out. Month in and month out. Year in and year out. Cigarette after cigarette after cigarette after cigarette. Only to relieve the anxieties that the previous cigarette keeps creating.

Hope you are all set for a lovely Christmas xx

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Into double figures soon Gerti, that's fantastic. I love the quote you found, how true that is and a great motivation to keep going.

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I,m so very pleased for you, WOW you are doing oh so very well. It's not easy this quitting nicotine Is it? But my word you are going great guns, you be proud my lovely. Fantastic

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Thank you everyone x

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Welcome to Day 10 Geri :)

You really are doing fantastically well. I know exactly what you mean about the 'dreariness'. I felt dreary too at that stage of my quit. It was as though nothing really penetrated and everything was coming at me from a distance. I felt hopelessly disconnected somehow. However, it passed pretty soon and I am sure it will for you too.

I think today should include some special treats as a reward for your excellent progress so far. Well done you! :D

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Thank you Skiddaw

I have just come back from shopping and have bought myself a few magazines on quilting ect which I shall be learning in the new year. Feel better today xx

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Keep it going gerti, you'll be surprised how quickly you can rack up the quit days :D

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Thanks Steelfixer x

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Day 10 wasn't dire, kept myself fairly busy and got last minute food shopping finished.

Day 11 here I come

Eating mint imperials since 6 a/m

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Well done Gerti. Pleased to hear day 10 wasn't so bad for you.

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You are on top of this Gerti, keep up the good work. :)

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Thanks everyone. Just back from a 3 mile walk in preparation of heading towards week 3 which I know can be a little problematic for myself. I need to keep the sadness in check, the anxiety in check and reinforcing that it has all been an illusion that I have been chasing. My Nicodemon or Chimp which is what I prefer to call it is running me down me on a daily basis but I am ready and waiting for him and I have every answer that he is looking for. I don't argue with him but I do calm him down with proven scientific facts. Sometimes he plays up for hours but I just keep helping him to quieten down and get back into his nice warm box where he is safe. The Chimp Paradox by Steve Peters, fab book that I read 2 years ago after I failed yet again. This time feels so different and put quite simply, I want it xx

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Love the chimp analogy Gertie :)

Yep- you just keep on shutting him away in his box when he misbehaves. He'll give up on it eventually and at the rate you're going, sooner rather than later I think.

Well done for going for a walk too- I honestly believe that walking was one of the main ingredients that got me through the early days of my quit. It's the perfect combination of distraction and exercise (with the added bonuses of helping to offset any quit- or Christmas- related weight gain, and the release of all those lovely 'dolphins' in your brain. ;))

Good on you- just keep it going and you can't fail.

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I like the chimp analogy too. I'm going to google that book right now! You sound as if your mindset is good and strong. HappyChristmas!

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I have not made a quilt before but its something that interests me as I love making things. I have 2 sons who discard their shirts and tee shirts after a very short period and I am toying with making a patchwork quilt out of their 'not so old' clothes as a keepsake.

Currently eating mint matchmakers yum yum yum x

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What a lovely idea Gerti! :D

(and the mint matchmakers sounds like a damn good idea too...)

Congratulations on having survived your smoke-free Christmas by the way. The first of many to come! :)

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Thanks guys x

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The 7th day marks me the worst quitting date! I have a good temper too, but I lost my patient that day. After that horrible time, I ruminated, and was suprised I did not smoke a single in that date! Thank you for sharing your story!

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