First Post: Is there such a thing as a bad time to give up smoking?

So..i signed up for stoptober- date set. I called the local quit support group and arranged to meet this coming Friday- lord knows I cant do this on my own. I am for all intense and purposes at the cross roads of my life. I find myself hundreds of miles from my kids, sofa surfing at my sisters, unemployed and on antidepressants and without going into too much detail being managed by others for the next can throw many curve balls at the least time you expect that have led me here have accumulated over many years but I remain ever optimistic and look to the future as a second chance to get it right, to get fit, find work and lay roots for my kids to come and visit or know they have a home to go to..I've given up the booze and drugs, so smoking really is the last vice which makes it more difficult to achieve, but having been in the gym for the last two years, shedding 4 stone, smoking really is holding up my fitness, especially with the swimming and tennis, its amazing what swapping bad vices for good vices can do for your strength of mind and physical well being not to mention your self esteem...i do all this for my family and friends who have showed so much love and support over the last 2 years and I will is there ever a bad time to give up smoking? I don't think so....

Wish me luck...

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  • Hi oggy65 and a big warm welcome to quit support.

    you can do this...look at what you have achieved so far, this shows a massive amount of strength and determination :) :)

    have a wee look around the site as there is a wealth of information on what to expect when quitting smoking. Being prepared really will help you, know that all the symptoms of recovery don't last for too long. :) :)

    We do have a great quit community here and you will find many of the members willing to support you through the tough times...if you have any questions - just ask..if you need to just vent..come and vent...this site really will help you..

    All the very best on your quit journey..Let us know when you start so we can add you too the wall of winners :) :)

  • Hi Oggy, well done on tackling this last hurdle. What you have come through so far should make this easy however support is always the most important thing. You can so nail this thing! Good luck to you and let us know how you are getting on ๐Ÿ˜Š

  • I'm wishing you all the LUCK in the world Oggy.

    Looking forward to hearing of your success in the not to distant future, x. :-)

  • Hiya Oggy and a big warm welcome from me๐Ÿ˜Š

    Well done for deciding to quit, it's the best thing for your future health๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ

    You have really overcome great difficulty and I admire your courage. We'll be happy to help and support you on your quit journey, so good luck๐Ÿ˜Šx

  • Is there ever a bad time to give up smoking? Not sure. I think that there is a certain frame of mind that helps a person decide that this is the time, right now, to stop smoking. Maybe the stars align in a certain way, maybe a number of influencing factors combine at the same time. I know when I decided to stop, it felt right at that particular moment and I went with it. I know that I didn't feel that way only the previous week.

    I wish you the best of luck!

  • Wow oggy you sound a very determined person and have obviously come a long way on your personal journey.

    No matter what the addiction, it can be difficult but you sound as though you are in the right place, both mentally and physically, to deal with kicking nic into touch ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

    I take my hat off to you 're your fitness drive and weight loss.... I'm struggling on both counts ....... I think I need to nick a bit of your inspiration to kick start mine ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

    Good luck with your quit and you just keep us nice and close and we will endeavour to get you through it ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€

  • Hi droopyj, thanks for your reply, any inspiration I can offer I will do so, but for now all can say to you is that if you don't like what you see then only you can change it, this involves a total life style change ranging from the food you eat to physical activities which is not easy. I have had a bad couple of years and not been working so the transition for me has been easier Than those who juggle busy working days with family responsibility, in which case you will need lots of family support which in turn means they too must share the lifestyle change to help you achieve your goal. Being patient from start to seeing physical change is key...the first 2 stone is always easy, the next 4 or 5 is harder which is where your mental strength is imperative, now I am 4 stone lighter than 2 years ago I now am seeing my body shape change, i always use my pedometer and fitbit to track all activity and keep within my calorie limits. Since June 24 this year i have walked one million steps or 500 miles, this does not include 8 hours of swimming and 8 hours of gym every is a demanding schedule since i also have chronic fatigue to deal with everyday...all I'm saying is once you have made your mind up to achieve your goal it us very difficult to give up..give yourself another chance and add another 30 years to your life and just go for it๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Oggy definitely inspirational hun ๐Ÿ˜€ and your right only I can do this ....๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š

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