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Hey ho Back to work I go. Ugh!! Really didn't want to get up this morning even though it's a lovely day. How come the hols go so quickly - count my blessings really as as least I have a job (touch wood at the moment!).

Slipped back into my routine as easy as pie - up, wash, dressed, cuppa (without a fag!) and then walk the dogs. Managed to get what I think is a reasonably good pic this morning so posting it with this.

Hope everyone has a stress and smoke free day - catch up with you all later.

Take care and remember, TOGETHER WE ARE DOING THIS!


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Morning Buttons and everyone else. Nice sunny day here, May be spring is here. :)

Off for my supermarket exercise this morning. Enjoy your day whatever your doing. Happy smoke-free day. xxxxxxx ;)

Catch up later.


Good morning Buttons, Jillygirl and everyone,

That's a beautiful pic Buttons :) you must have been out early to get that. It's nice and sunny here as well, hope your right about spring Jillygirl :)

As normal i have a boring day of not doing very much, i can't wait till the 6 weeks is up, I'd even enjoy ironing at the moment :o :D :D

Hope you all have a happy smoke free day :) xxx


Morning all :) Beautiful sunny day here - still got the frost glinting on the grass. Good morning for a walk before I get cracking on the rest.

Second day smoke-free coming up :) Feeling stronger already having resisited that first morning fag! One at a time!

Keep strong x


Hi Betts. Good luck and keep going. I quit yesterday too. Stay strong :-)


Hi bunnyrabbit

Thanks for this morning's good wish, it certainly helped. I hope you had a good day, got through staying strong. I'm off to bed now, resisting the last fag of the day, best get in bed quick and not prolong it! Hope you get a good night's sleep and feel good to start tomorrow. Sleep well, stay strong :)

We can do this.


Got the coffee pot ready for tomorrow mornng already!

Thanks, JohnUK.


Good Morning Everyone, there was a touch of frost about this morning (without David Jason!) but it soon melted away :D Everywhere looked lovely and crisp again. The sun seems to be making a regular appearance now 8)

Buttons, that's a lovely picture - was it early this morning? You're now fast heading into your 4th week stopped now aren't you? You're doing splendid :D

Betts, lovely to see you back again, I'll change your quit date date on our 'Wall of Winners' for you. Welcome to day 2 :D Remember to stay positive and you'll find it much easier :-)

Sue, you just relax and try and once you are back on your feet properly, we'll remind you of today when you said that you'd even enjoy doing the ironing :D

Jillygirl, enjoy your exercise this morning trollying around the supermarket :-)

bunnyrabbit, how are you feeling today? :-)

Remember to stay positive everyone :-)

Right, kettles on but I'm going to 'step away' from the biscuits today :-/ Somebody can have my share :-)


Hi EmJay.

Not feeling too bad today. I think the fact that before I quit, I smoked my final 4 fags back to back and then became very very sick helped. Not even doing the e cig too much.

The 'smoking girls' that I work with have just poped out for a 'fix' and it doesn't really bother me. What is frightening is the smell of them when they come back in. I must a been a real stinker. My partner is the anti christ of smoking and hates it with a passion which kinda helps.,


Hi everyone,

Well done Betts, you'll do this one fag at a time, stay positive, it will help you get there :)

That's brill bunnyrabbit :) stay strong, you can do this, were all right behind you :)

Hi Emjay, no biscuits today I need to stop eating them, at least until I can move about more, wish i hadn't mentioned the ironing now, I'll just have to hope you forget all about it :D :D :) xx


bet your off to sainsburys for some more cake. :D buy 2 get 1 free, :)


Thanks all for your supportive messages. Well, the cake and biscuits sound good, but so do a couple of wobbly cravings i am having, so I am going to do what I said, follow your examples, and get out for that walk, walk the wobbles off, in more ways than one :) ! I got stuck into cleaning kitchen, toilet, etc. etc. before, so the walk can be my reward, instead of the nasty fag :)


Hi everyone

Many thanks for the compliments about the pic I posted. Taken sometime between 6 and 6.15 am from my usual vantage point whilst out with my dogs. Good time of year to get some super pics though still waiting for the right one showing the moon in all its glory.

Day at work now done so it won't feel as bad tomorrow - hope everyone else had a good day and got enough exercise to be able to have tea and cakes tomorrow - my treat, just a little goodbye present, will leave them all ready but if someone could do teas and coffees would appreciate the help as I will have to nip in and out of work pretty sharpish so that I'm not missed!

Have a lovely evening everyone and do take care.

You can do this but regret that I can't not now or anymore.

Thanks for everything everyone - the kindness, help the just being there.

Wishing you all the best of everything




Buttons i cant understand why you are saying goodbye gal :o :o

Look if you have had a slip up, then just put it down to practice :) but you dont have to leave cos your smoking again :o we will help you to get back on the right track again, when your ready :) :)

I love reading your blogs Buttons, so you see you cant go can you :) :)


Buttons, please don't go! I quit then went back to smoking last year, felt a real failure, but kept looking at the site every day, and you were there! Thanks so much! It really helped me. I didn't input to the site then, but it was really important to getting me back to quitting again now, believing I can do it. And should I fail again (determined not to, of course), I will still be coming to the site. It's a great community.

I hope you are OK, and if not, that people here can help a bit?

Warm wishes coming to you. Hope you have a good night's sleep.


Hi Buttons, whatever has happened-just come back when you're ready, you'll be missed very much. Gill. xx


Oh Buttons you have always been so positive and kept us all going. Don't give up you have come so far suecxx


Don't give up Buttons, you've been doing really well xxxxx



Our body's ability to mend is beauty to behold!

Within ...

• 20 minutes

Your blood pressure, pulse rate and the temperature of your hands and feet have returned to normal.

• 8 hours

Remaining nicotine in your bloodstream will have fallen to 6.25% of normal peak daily levels, a 93.75% reduction.

• 12 hours

Your blood oxygen level will have increased to normal and carbon monoxide levels will have dropped to normal.

• 24 hours

Anxieties have peaked in intensity and within two weeks should return to near pre-cessation levels.

• 48 hours

Damaged nerve endings have started to regrow and your sense of smell and taste are beginning to return to normal. Cessation anger and irritability will have peaked.

• 72 hours

Your entire body will test 100% nicotine-free and over 90% of all nicotine metabolites (the chemicals it breaks down into) will now have passed from your body via your urine. Symptoms of chemical withdrawal have peaked in intensity, including restlessness. The number of cue induced crave episodes experienced during any quitting day will peak for the "average" ex-user. Lung bronchial tubes leading to air sacs (alveoli) are beginning to relax in recovering smokers. Breathing is becoming easier and the lung's functional abilities are starting to increase.

• 5 - 8 days

The "average" ex-smoker will encounter an "average" of three cue induced crave episodes per day. Although we may not be "average" and although serious cessation time distortion can make minutes feel like hours, it is unlikely that any single episode will last longer than 3 minutes. Keep a clock handy and time them.

• 10 days

10 days - The "average" ex-user is down to encountering less than two crave episodes per day, each less than 3 minutes.

• 10 days to 2 weeks

Recovery has likely progressed to the point where your addiction is no longer doing the talking. Blood circulation in your gums and teeth are now similar to that of a non-user.

• 2 to 4 weeks

Cessation related anger, anxiety, difficulty concentrating, impatience, insomnia, restlessness and depression have ended. If still experiencing any of these symptoms get seen and evaluated by your physician.

• 21 days

Brain acetylcholine receptor counts that were up-regulated in response to nicotine's presence have now down-regulated and receptor binding has returned to levels seen in the brains of non-smokers.

• 2 weeks to 3 months

Your heart attack risk has started to drop. Your lung function is beginning to improve.

• 3 weeks to 3 months

Your circulation has substantially improved. Walking has become easier. Your chronic cough, if any, has likely disappeared. If not, get seen by a doctor, and sooner if at all concerned, as a chronic cough can be a sign of lung cancer.

• 8 weeks

Insulin resistance in smokers has normalized despite average weight gain of 2.7 kg (1997 study).

• 1 to 9 months

Any smoking related sinus congestion, fatigue or shortness of breath have decreased. Cilia have regrown in your lungs, thereby increasing their ability to handle mucus, keep your lungs clean and reduce infections. Your body's overall energy has increased.

• 1 year

Your excess risk of coronary heart disease, heart attack and stroke have dropped to less than half that of a smoker.

• 5 years

Your risk of a subarachnoid haemorrhage has declined to 59% of your risk while still smoking (2012 study). If a female ex-smoker, your risk of developing diabetes is now that of a non-smoker (2001 study).

• 5 to 15 years

Your risk of stroke has declined to that of a non-smoker.

• 10 years

Your risk of being diagnosed with lung cancer is between 30% and 50% of that for a continuing smoker (2005 study). Risk of death from lung cancer has declined by almost half if you were an average smoker (one pack per day). Risk of cancer of the mouth, throat, esophagus and pancreas have declined. Risk of developing diabetes for both men and women is now similar to that of a never-smoker (2001 study and 2012 study).

• 13 years

The average smoker able to live to age 75 has 5.8 fewer teeth than a non-smoker (1998 study). But by year 13 after quitting, your risk of smoking induced tooth loss has declined to that of a never-smoker (2006 study).

• 15 years

Your risk of coronary heart disease is now that of a person who has never smoked. Your risk of pancreatic cancer has declined to that of a never-smoker (2011 study - but note 2nd pancreatic making identical finding at 20 years).

• 20 years

Female excess risk of death from all smoking related causes, including lung disease and cancer, has now reduced to that of a never-smoker (2008 study). Risk of pancreatic cancer reduced to that of a never-smoker (2011 study).

... so long as we stop while still time!


Went to the fag ends drop in centre yesterday for the first time.

It's been seven weeks since I've had a tobacco cigarette.I've been

using an e cig a day for six weeks.Then one e cig every two days.

Had a zero reading on the carbon dioxide test.

I want to pack in the e cigs but I don't think I could just yet.


Hi Kevin, well done on keeping off the real ciggys. and well done on your reading. Pack in the ecig when you feel your ready at least your off the others , which is a great achievement. :)


Hey all

Its been a while since Ive been on, been busy with the lovely weather and the kids being home from school

We had a morning of baking yesterday, made cupcakes, brownies and choc chip cookies, they certainly going down well (not me coz I actually dont like them!)

Today we have made pizza (which I LOVE LOVE LOVE) and tomorrow I have a day of running kids around and making more pizza for the freezer, soup and bread and rolls and hopefully get out a walk maybe after tea.

I seem to have a lot of energy lately even though I am not sleeping, its certainly the no smoking that is making me not sleep, its been 2 weeks since I took my last champix tablet so that should be out of system now but Im still tossing and turning through the night but really tired.

Im hoping this helps me loose weight as it has in the past.

It is now 11 weeks for me, 2 with no champix which I never thought Id manage.

Hope everyone has a great week


Hi Sarah,

You've been busy, how can you not like cupcakes :o :D :D I love them, so I'll be round your house later, hope you leave me some :D :D

Well done on reaching 11 weeks, that's fantastic :) :)

I don't know much about champix but I'm sure someone will come on who does it maybe that it takes a bit longer to get out of you system

Stay positive and strong, you'll beat old nic :) xx


Wow your doing great Sarah. 11 weeks is brill. Mind john doesn't sniff out those cup cakes. :D


Hi ya Jillygirl :) :)


Hi Kevin,

Your doing great, that's a brill co reading :) I don't know anything about e cigs, but your not using them very much at all, which is great, you'll be able to pack them in when the time is right for you.

Keep going, stay strong, your beating this :)


Good evening Sue, and everybody :)

Am off to do some catchup on here, back soon :)


Cheers Sue

I don't know much about e cigs.

All I know their working for me.

I think the best thing I can do is to stick with them for another three weeks.

That will be ten weeks off the fags, then I will try and get off the e cigs.

I've smoked for over 30 years .I am happy with the progress I've made.But to be honest it's the hardest thing I've ever done.

I had a craving today which felt more like a panic attack.

I was sitting in the car and I felt my body was running a marathon.

But I got through it. I am laughing now but it was not funny at the time.



Hi Kevin, you should be soooo proud of yourself, it is hard to do,and your doing it, kicking old nics butt :D :)

Have you tried Emjays breathing exercises, they would really help you if you get another bad craving, you could do them in the car or anywhere, but a big well done getting past that, that's amazing, keep going strong :)


Hi Sue 52, How you doing today. Hope your keeping warm and not too bored. I seem to be missing Pete on an evening, think my body clock has gone 2hours forward not 1. Eyes keep closing anytime after 9.00pm. :O


Hi Jillygirl, I'm not bad, today has passed really quick for me for some reason :o even though I've not done much :D

I know what you mean about getting tired early, all i seem to do nowadays is sleep :D at least Pete is home earlier tonight :)


Hi Pete, how's things? good I hope :)


OH! you surprised me then Pete, you see speak of the devil :D

How you doing love, missed ya these last few nights. :(

hope your not working too hard. :)


I've missed you loads morerererere :o :( :(


No I have missed you even moreeeeeere than your morererere.

Got you a nightcap, :-


Sorry wrong one!



Jillygirl your my kind a gal, gal :) :) I will have a sluuuuuuurp of that :P thank you very much :)

Erm maybe give the hat a miss for now cos the cats got her eye on it :o ;) :D :D


Cheers jillygirl


Hi Sarah, I would have thought that the champix is out of your system now, after 2 weeks without !!

Hmmm just wondering about the exercising your doing in bed, to loose weight :o erm perhaps thats why you canna sleep to well gal :D :D


:D :D :D :D :D


I really dont know how I dont like cupcakes, I dont have much of a sweet tooth although I did make lovely ginger muffins for the school xmas fayre which were amazing

I can never get the icing right though :(

Well done Kev, we all know how hard it is to get to 1 week never mind 10 so you are doing great ;)

I will have to figure out how to add photos from my tablet on to here so I can add some photos of my baking for you all ;)


Kev your doing just great pal :) :) you keep up the good fight, and those cravings will get less and less and less :)

You stay focused now Kev :)


Just in case you've not seen it Kevin, here is Emjays exercise

Cravings lead to irritation and sometimes panic, causing the quitter’s mind to speed up. When this occurs, concentrating becomes hard. Using a deep breathing exercise is an effective way of calming yourself down.

This exercise can be done anywhere from sitting down in a chair to waiting for a bus. It's also a an exercise that is easy to learn too

Follow the simple stages described below;

With your mouth closed and shoulders relaxed, inhale deeply and slowly to the count of eight.

As you breathe in, push your stomach out.

Hold your breath for the count of four.

Breathe out slowly to the count of eight.

Repeat the cycle five times.



Thats the one i have a job with, cos I allways want to pull my stomach in :D :D :D


:D :D :D me too Pete, I don't do it anymore, it was too difficult :D :D :D


Mind you though Sue, just trying to do it takes your mind off the cravings :D :D :D


I am off for breathing exercises on the 24th. so I will see what that involves. Hope its not too hard.


I hope they are easy for you Jillygirl, you can always borrow my brain cell if you need it :D :D :D


Why :o thats dead easy gal, just suck in, and then blow out :) :) see easy intit :D :D :D


I will find it hard to to a breathing exercise when I am swearing shouting and banging my head on the dashboard.I think I had a Bazil Faulty moment..lol


That's true, it's like trying to rub you tum and pat your head at the same time :D :D


Ok folk, My bath is ready so I am off now. jim jams and Horlicks after that.

see you all tomorrow. sweet dreams. night night. luvs ya. xxxxxxx :) :) :) :)


Nite nite jillygirl, you enjoy your nice bath and horlicks :P :P am sure I will get the taiste one day :) sleep well Jillygirl, hopefully speak tomorrow, luvs ya xxxxxx :) :)


nite nite Jillygirl, sweet dreams, luv ya :) xxxxxxxxxx


I'm off as well now, my eyes are hurting looking at this computer screen

nite nite all, sweet dreams, luv yas :) xxxxxxxxxxxx


Nite nite Sue, you keep nice and cosy under that duvet gal, and sweat dreams to you too :) luvs ya xxxxxx :)


Thanks Gang

Got my frustration out.Going to bed in a better mood.

Nice to talk to people who are going or been through the same situation.

Good night God bless.Kevin


Nite nite Kev, am so glad your in a better mood now :) before you go to bed, any time you want a shout or a moan, you come and give us hell :o :)

Speak soon Kev, and no I aint going to send you any kisses, well, not until I know you better anyway :D :D

Good night Kevin, and get a good nights sleep :)



please don't leave the site,I slipped up but got back on track and I know you can do the same. and have i have been on the site every day to read your wonderful blogs,xx


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