Hello to anyone that reads this. I'm 54 years old and have smoked for most of the last 39 years. I'm on my third try with Champix. The first time I stopped for 2 months, the last time, from March 2013, I stopped for 14 weeks (the longest I had not smoked for since I started the disgusting habit), completed the couch to 5k running programme, getting my 5kms completed in under 30 minutes. I'm still astounded by that. Shortly after I started the smoke again, my body just could not deal with the running and I let it peter out.
I love my sports activity - particularly tennis, swimming, cycling and Bikram yoga, but the impact from smoking is so obvious now. Plus I have severe colds for much of the winter months. I'm just coming out of one bout (temp peaked at 39c), which has really knocked me and resulted in four working days lost. My last bad bout was only in January! In addition, my father died unexpectedly on Christmas Eve from myocardial ischaemia, which resulted primarily from smoking. If he had stopped, we would have still had him here for a few more years as everything else was working fine. I know I'm going the same way; physically, I can feel it.
So, my third Champix prescription. With my ill health last week, I didn't desire to smoke, but even under those conditions I still managed to smoke a whole pack of ten, well smoked half way down and then stubbed out. I'm much better physically today, my cold is clearly abating. I'm also, from today, into my fourth week of Champix. In 2013 I stopped smoking at the end of the third week. So it feels as if this is the right time again. I know No Smoking Day is looming, the 11th March, so I want to get a run up to it. I'm returning to work tomorrow and that, the 24th February, will be my cease day.
I just don't want to fail again. It actually frightens me that I'll fail again.