Still smoke free

I stopped smoking over 16 weeks ago...using patches and spray...feel great.

I recently found out that my post at work is due to be deleted and I had an interview for a new post within the organisation.

I was not successful, there is a strong possibility that I may be made redundant if I am not successful for another vacancy ( only 2 posts with 6 people applying !!!! ) on Tuesday it will be adios after 11 years working for a local government department.

After I received the bad news yesterday, a thought crossed my mind....buy some ciggies, this crossed my mind for 30 seconds...but something inside me said....don't do it!!!!.

Although I am at risk of redundancy and maybe out of work for a while I have decided that smoking will not help...for the first time in years I can honestly say that I am happy!!!!

Yes I was extremely upset when I was told that I was not successful...even more upset when I found out who was successful...negative thoughts.

The line of work is stressful and the upcoming changes to the benefits system will be hard for a large number of homeless people...

I needed a reason to leave this line of work...and it seems that this decision has been made for me..at least I am not smoking...

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  • A big well done Adidas! I think I would have thought about smoking too, super willpower there! Smoking wouldn't have altered your work dilemma, but what an excuse to have one!

    Fate works in mysterious ways and when one door closes another opens. Your positivity and optimism are uplifting and a big well done on being smoke free for over 16 weeks!

    A career change is more than likely what fate has in store for you. I experienced something similar a year ago, and it was the best thing that happened to me!

    Keep smiling!

  • I totally agree with Chickles. Very well done to you. Lets hope you don't get made redundant but as Chickles says, no doubt you will find something much better for you and with not smoking you don't have to consider the cost of that.

    Sometimes I think we look for an excuse to start smoking again, so we can say .. 'well I started again because of the pressure of......' and it's so easy to turn back to smoking thinking it will make us feel better. You have veen very strong willed and determined.

    Well done to you. Keeping my fingers crossed for you on Tuesday Adidas, please let us know how you go on. Good luck and keep being strong xx

  • Much appreciated guys

    Thanks

  • Hi Aididasslerp, To stay quit for over 16 weeks is great, but to get bad news and worry and still not smoke is brilliant. big well done. I hope all goes well for you. Like chickles says sometimes its fate. or may be a blessing in disguise.

    Lovely to hear from you . keep in touch. :) xx

  • Yes could be an omen I will keep you posted!!!!

  • Aup Adidas, and i welcome you to this lovely site :) :)

    Firstly, a massive well done to you for 16 weeks quit, ace just ace :) and what the Ladies have said is spot on :) but do you know you havnt just got willpower, you have '' guts, stamina, knowledge, determination and whats more positive thinking to get you through this hard time :) :)

    You know how the old saying goes - ''a change is as good as a rest'' so you see you may have a change and a rest as well :) :)

    Good luck Adidas, and please let us know how you get on :) :)

    Pete :)

  • These comments have lifted my spirits I thank you all! !!!

  • Well Adidas, you should be really proud of yourself! I would probably have crumbled! Amazing, awesome, astounding, absolutely fabulous ( top alliteration there :) )

    Like evryone has said, please let us know how you get on. Sending you positive thoughts to add to the ones you have already!

  • Mind you I Did have a couple of drinks!!!!! but the usual accompanied cigarette was not needed....regardless of what happens on Tuesday I feel inspired to succeed. .....thanks to all of you.......

  • Hi Adidas, 16 weeks is absoluely brilliant and all that stuff going on at work would be enough to make anyone relapse. You must be so proud of yourself that you didn't crumble. I think you must be enjoying that feeling of freedom, I know I do, and I'm always telling myself these days when I see people huddled up outside their workplaces that I have chosen not to smoke and I'm so glad I don't have to do that any more.

    Good luck with Tuesday but if it doesn't happen it's not meant to happen. :)

  • This is a very stressful time and you will make it through without smoking, you will know that you have cracked it, you are free, well done, very pleased for you. I ate more and drank more when I stopped smoking but you soon adjust.

    Good luck with the future, whatever happens :)

  • Thanks Wonder yet more inspirational comments, going into work tomorrow will be easier

  • Well done Adidas. I wish I was as strong as you. Previously I had quit for 3 years and then the career change happened. Stressful couple of years, not helped by a depressed and violent partner, started smoking again. Looking back, at least on the career side I am really happy with the change happened. I am smoke free for a month now, no aids other than an occasional Champix. Just from the experiences of my friends and mine, It is very likely that the career happening is good. Good luck for the future.

  • Well gang...did not get any of the jobs....did feel like C**p but my wife and kids have supported me, a few of my work colleagues were genuine ( I think ) and like i SAID BEFORE I did think about smoking but decided not to....I have to turn this negative into a positive....too long in my comfort zone...maybe the time is right..

  • Hope all is well for you and something good is around the corner

  • Thanks Wonder.....I feel more positive....The best is yet to come....

  • Hi Addiaslerp, I have only just found your latest comment sorry. How are you doing now?

    I hope that there is a positive sunrise on your horizon. You have done so well to remain smokefree at such a challenging time in your life. Please remember that if you do smoke, then the only thing that will change is the way you feel. It won't change the situation.

    Please let us know how you are doing.

    Take Care

  • Thanks Emjay,

    I feel great knowing that I have come through without smoking...this site helps 100%, keep up the great work....

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