Well hello everyone, newbies and regulars.
Its been quite a while since I posted on here. Mainly because whilst I needed you all in the beginning, as time went by, I didn't. Which sounds quite selfish but that's just life.
However I can tell you that today is day 365 of my quit process and at 10pm I am gatecrashing the penthouse party and making myself at home. Being smoke free for a whole freaking year!!!!
As a bit of background to me, I gave up using Champix. I must admit I was in the right frame of mind to quit and to be honest I found it quite easy. This makes me feel like a bit of a fraud. If it was that easy why didn't I give up sooner. I guess the answer was simply I didn't want to! I can only pass on my techniques which helped me along the way.
1. Log on and chat to folk on here. There is as plethora of good tips and some reet nice people to help you on your way
2. Drink water in sips. It really does help take your mind off the habit, the cravings and that something to do with the hand, keep that water bottle handy.
3. Walk everywhere you can. It will help keep the weight down and as your lungs start to recover you will be amazed at how good you feel. I now walk 3km to work everyday, rain or shine. I can climb the stairs at work without getting out of breath. And by god can I breathe
4. I had a bit of an issue with getting angry for periods of time. This was just because my cigarette was no longer my stress buster. I warned everyone at work (my only cause of stress lol) and would just walk away. I found my walk home from work is a great way to destress and not carry it on into my home life. I will admit my temper has not really recovered and I am much less tolerant than I was before. I have also just discovered yoga and I cant recommend it enough as a good channel to relax and focus the breathing.
And even better news is my partner has today started on the Champix after promising that if I made it to 12 months he would give it a go.
So to anyone starting out on your journey- embrace it, stay strong and most of all believe you can do it, because you really can and one day you will look back and think what were you ever thinking when you started smoking.
To all those who have helped me on my journey, I thank you from the bottom of my heart. I sing the forum's praises to everyone who says they want to give up