Good Morning Everybody
Halfway through the week already, can you believe it? It'll be December before we know it!
Plenty happening for lots of people on Quit Support today; positive steps forward to a nearing quit date, quit dates arriving, celebrations of another week under your belt.... all good things happening, all that needs to be done by everybody is to remain positive and make sure good solid plans are in place to get you to where you want to be
Andi, I'm sorry to hear about your friends dad. The sad thing with being a smoker is that we can never tell what damage is being done until it presents us with the symptoms which, unfortunately with lung cancer it is usually at a later stage. However, we can stop things from progressing in lots of cases and knowing that it's never too late to quit. Remember one of our other members, Lang, who is over 70 years old and finds that stopping smoking the past few weeks had brought huge health benefits....
In terms of exercise, have you thought of trying a hula hoop? It could be fun and is something that you could give a go whilst in your own home I'm right with you on the one piece swim suit ha ha
Jillygirl, you are doing fantastic. Buying and selling a house / bungalow at the same time as giving up smoking could send anybody potty. You are also a great role model to your Grandchildren and at least they have you smelling lovely and sweet instead of stinking piggies! Keep it up
Lenne, brilliant news on your lower carbon monoxide reading. This is a real good sign, can you remember what your original reading was? I love your toast of tea to freedom too!
Pete, today is the day, I hope work goes okay for you and you are sporting a fantastic looking nicotine patch as planned. You haven't gone back to square one at all, just learnt a couple of lessons on how to go back to smoking in a few easy steps. You are so supportive to everybody, sometimes it can be difficult trying to motivate and support oursleves, so let us all help you out. We'll take each day as it comes until eventually you'll see yourself as a non-smoker rather than an ex-smoker. I remember one time that I quit for 9 whole weeks and then started again, I think it must have been another year before I gave up for good. Relapsing, is a common thing, it's what we do with the learning that counts. So here you are, having practiced over the past few weeks, putting it all back into play again. You can do this Pete, I know it and I'm sure everybody else here knows it too. Just stay positive
Wonder, you are doing ever so well and I love how positive you are too. Staying positive really is the key to success. I'm on your wine versus coke battle too, I know what my winner is
Loopyloo, I am so happy that you have started to plan your way to your next quit date. We shall support you all the way and get you on the right track to a smokefree future. You have been through so much and yet you are still having a go at taking steps forward. I shall reply seperately to your blog in a moment.
Although I have been working in the world of helping people to stop smoking for a number of years now, I am still learning things along the way. Something that I learnt the other day really shocked me, however, I thought if I could share it with you then it will arm you in your efforts to combat the ciggies and to stay smokefree;
70% of people who stop smoking will go back to smoking within a year....
This just goes to show how addictive smoking actually is, remembering that it's both a physiological (in your body) as well as a psychological (in your mind) addiction. As much planning, preparation and learning from each quit attempt is needed to ensure that we all go onto leading a smokefree life.
Today, I will be reposting some old blogs for you all as I think it will help to refresh on some of the things that we may have to go through to help us to stay quit.
You are all doing amazingly well and the fact that you are all supporting each other is amazing too
Please use our daily chat to let us know how you are doing with your quit attempt, at whatever stage you are at - Planning, preparing, quitting, staying stopped and even relapsing....
However, if you have any specific questions, then please still post in the questions section, or if you want to blog seperately on your quit story then please do so.
Remember, that any questions that you have may help others wondering the same thing.
Soooo..... chat away!