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14 years ago 0 24 logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo 0
Tomorrow will be my first day!

Wow - Day 2 is so much better - thank GOD. I updated my blog which is about the fact the doctor tells me I have LESS THAN 50% lung capacity and once I have stopped smoking I will need treatment to help mend my lungs. JEEEESUS, why have I done this to myself????????
 
The blog also talks about my mental 5 hour shopping trip yesterday!! Yep, I'm kicking the nicotine and becoming addicted to retail!
 
I am also making progress on all my other 30 Action Plan Goals. 
 
Does anyone else experience a weird metal taste in their mouth?? Why is that?
 
Anyhows, I'm a bit calmer today - yesterday was a nightmare.  HANG ON - I just realised this is DAY 3! (I'm in OZ so our clock is ahead).  Wow, imagine that, I am on day three and didn;t even realise! LOL!  Positively going MAD.
 
 


My Milage:

My Quit Date: 8/10/2009
Smoke-Free Days: 2
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 50
Amount Saved: $25.80
Life Gained:
Days: 0 Hrs: 5 Mins: 48 Seconds: 1

14 years ago 0 24 logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo 0
Tomorrow will be my first day!

Erm.... Just a little proud of myself.   Have just spent whole afternoon and evening with smoking friend.... who chain smoked in front of me.... and we drank - I had a whole bottle of wine.
 
All night long I thought - Just One..... But then i thought of the re-laspe posts I have read.. and the NOPE motto.... so I just didn't/  There is no doubt that without this forum I would have... crumbs I'm on Champix, I can always do it again.  But I just thought of these forums.... and thought of NOPE.... and thought "I am a non-smoker", and... well. I just didn't.  WELCOME DAY 4.... you quite simply do not even bother me!  I am ready for you, because I am STRONG - Very, very strong........ (I have armour on - it's called the SSC!!)
 
 Goodnight....    Fay


My Milage:

My Quit Date: 8/10/2009
Smoke-Free Days: 3
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 75
Amount Saved: $38.70
Life Gained:
Days: 0 Hrs: 6 Mins: 47 Seconds: 48

14 years ago 0 24 logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo 0
Week 2 and still going

I'v switched from the "Introduce myself" slot, to here!
 
My 30 day plan is still going well, but I seriously have put on some weight which is a bit depressing.  HOWEVER, I needed to lose a lot of weight anyway, so I'd rather put on a little and then work on losing it all after I have done 4 weeks on the no smokes.
 
Had a bit of a stressful day today (I have a lodger who is the most irritating person on earth), and I'm certain that getting away from him is a reason to step outside for a cigarette.  So I am dealing with that tonight and trying to work out how I can react better to this person without just picking up a pack of cigarettes.
 
This will soon be followed next week with going back to work which I am dreading. Work is the most fustrating, stressful and horrible place to be. I work with moneys, for a monkey and earn peanuts! Hate it!  My coping skills will be severely tested. The only good thing is that only one person at work smokes, and I have convinced her to give up asap too!
 
I'm real surprised I have made it to 10 days, but I have also accepted that this is a real long process.  I have changed the way I view "Giving up smoking". I just thought it was a week long sorta thing!  Instead I am setting 12 weeks as my "hardship" goal. And one whole year as my long term goal. This way I can make sure I don;t 'relax too much' and relapse. 
 
I'm certainly going to need all the help I can get here next week..... so expect to have me ranting ... lots!


My Milage:

My Quit Date: 8/10/2009
Smoke-Free Days: 10
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 250
Amount Saved: $129.00
Life Gained:
Days: 0 Hrs: 21 Mins: 5 Seconds: 44

14 years ago 0 24 logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo 0
Negative thinking?I need a hug and a hand pls

Hi Jazz,
 
I am not sure if many will agree with me here, but I thought I would pass some information to you....
 
My cousin had the same problem as you. He could quit cold turkey, but just felt terrible and would go back to full on smoking even after years of quitting.
 
He went to see a hypnotherapist.   He made him relax, and then asked him to face his nicotine, cigarettes or whatever, and shake their hand! Thank them profusely for all the many times that he had needed that 'hit' and they had provided it. Forgive them for the addiction. etc etc.  Think all warm and jubbly about nicotine as if it's your very best friend.  Then the hypnotist made him explain that it was time to part ways. That they could no longer be friends etc.  Goodbye!  He walked out and never thought about cigarettes/nicotine ever again!
 
Of course, I thought the entire thing was mad, but now I am giving up this makes a lot of sense to me.  It's a bit like the GRIEVING process, and you haven't accepted that your old 'friend' nicotine is dead.  Once you say goodbye properly, you will not only have these thoughts pass, but you will also FEEL the benefits - it will be like a weight lifted from your shoulders.
 
You may not want to see a hypnotherapist, but you will find that if you explained this to a councilor, they would be able to assist you over that last step in a many similar to helping a bereaved person move on.

 
OR... I have found since I quit just 10 days ago, a role model who is healthy, and cheerful, and a non-smoker. Every now and then I have these thoughts about how much I miss smoking and feel I have lost part of ME. But I imagine my new role model and realise that to be like that, I have to lose that part of me. This way I look at non-smoking as part of a GAIN not a LOSS.
 
I'm sure you must be a bit wary of taking advice from someone who's not even done heck week! LOL! But I am drawing on other experiences too.  I think the reason why I am succeeding this time compared to any other time is because I have lost all my family members in the last 5 years and have gone through the grieving process 6 times. I have managed to turn their passing into positive thoughts and I plan to do the same with the smoking as time goes on.
 
ANYWAY - Here's my (((HUG))))) and HAND bold

My Milage:

My Quit Date: 8/10/2009
Smoke-Free Days: 10
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 250
Amount Saved: $129.00
Life Gained:
Days: 0 Hrs: 22 Mins: 0 Seconds: 51

14 years ago 0 24 logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo 0
Quitting on Sunday

Well done - I liked all the descriptions of your favourite hiking places!
I too have just started with Champix. I am on my 4th week.  I also have a few friends who used Champix.
 
The only thing I have thought is that I chose a quit date maybe one of two days too early and wasn't ready, so I really struggled, whereas my friends hardly struggled at all. They just gave up and that was it!
 
I chose 12 days into the Champix because I was excited and wanted to hurry.  In hindsight, I would choose day 14 or 15. Just before I quit I started finding the smell of smoke horrible, and I remember the last evening I smoked I was feeling a bit frustrated because I wasn't getting the 'hit' from my cigarettes. I should have carried on with that feeling for a day, letting my brain know that it was no longer going to get that 'hit'. But I just went for the give up straight away and as a result I had the constant nig-nag going on in my brain associated with cold turkey.
 
I get headaches, cramps, dreams, strange thoughts and all sorts as side effects - but I reckon it's worth 12 weeks of weird side effects in return for many, many years of not smoking!
 
I with you loads of good luck. If you are not ready on Sunday.... leave it til Monday or Tuesday.  Also, don;t make Sunday MORNING your quit time.  Make Sunday LUNCHTIME you quit time.... it's easier!
 
Good Luck, I'l keep an eye out for your progress.
 
 

My Milage:

My Quit Date: 8/10/2009
Smoke-Free Days: 10
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 250
Amount Saved: $129.00
Life Gained:
Days: 0 Hrs: 22 Mins: 1 Seconds: 48

14 years ago 0 24 logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo 0
I'd like to introduce myself...

INSPIRING! You are so kind to share and help others on this website.

My Milage:

My Quit Date: 8/10/2009
Smoke-Free Days: 10
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 250
Amount Saved: $129.00
Life Gained:
Days: 0 Hrs: 22 Mins: 2 Seconds: 2

14 years ago 0 24 logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo 0
Why Depression

Did you know that clinical tests have proven that it is impossible to be depressed while trampolining! 
 
Get yourself a little re-bounder or jump on the kids trampoline for just 10 minutes and you CAN NOT feel depressed for hours!  It's a total cure!  I have been a trampoline coach for 18 years and have my own DVD teaching adults how to trampoline because of the many health benefits, including depression. I once helped a mother who was feeling post natal depressed by encouraging her to get on her kids trampoline a couple of times a day, even just for 5 or 10 minutes. The effects last for ages after. Albert Earl Carter is an expert on the subject if you wish to read further.... 
 
Just thought I would share! 
 

My Milage:

My Quit Date: 8/10/2009
Smoke-Free Days: 10
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 250
Amount Saved: $129.00
Life Gained:
Days: 0 Hrs: 22 Mins: 3 Seconds: 32

14 years ago 0 24 logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo 0
Just Checkin In!

Hey... I've been back at work and hardly had enough time to scratch myself....
 
Work has been hell, but strangely it hardly ever sets of my smoking cravings which is a huge surprise to me because I thought  I would find it tough at work. (My work mate did NOT give up like she said she would!)
 
Anyhow, I find it hard to believe myself, but I still have not had One Puff! Not One! I went back to the doctor and his opinion as that my lungs have improved dramatically and he has instructed me to take up some strenuous exercise to get em working good again! 
 
I've noticed all sorts of things... I went to my local shop and I noticed they had run out of my brand of cigarettes. That would normally send me into blind panic, but I sort of laughed! It was the first time I went into that shop in 3 weeks... I was a daily ciggie buyer and when I think of all the other things I bought there too I must be saving $$$$$$.
 
Don't want to get over-excited, but I just can't see me going back. I've been tested as far as I can. Smokers all around me, standing in smoking areas with friends, stressful situations, getting a bit drunk.... all triggers to re-start smoking. And I just won;t go there.  Sometimes I think about it and just say... hmmmmm, NAH. N.O.P.E.
 
Feels good!  I will be ecstatic if I make it to a whole month and I expect a cake with candles and everything!  Meanwhile, I hope I can start helping some others on here from time to time too, as I can not forget the amount of belonging I felt to this site int he first 2 weeks.  
 
Thanks guys......
 


My Milage:

My Quit Date: 8/10/2009
Smoke-Free Days: 22
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 550
Amount Saved: $283.80
Life Gained:
Days: 1 Hrs: 21 Mins: 44 Seconds: 40

14 years ago 0 24 logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo 0
My opinion

I have no doubt whatsoever, that if I came to this website and thought I could have a little puff, and still keep my days and all the congratulations that go with it, I would have had a little sneaky puff.
The amount of times I have thought about having just 'half a cigarette' and then thought of the consequences, including resetting that metre and losing my days.... well it is these things that have changed the whole way I  think about 'one more puff'.
 
So no - I think it's a cheat and you'r kiddin yourself if you can have an occassional puff but still claim you're smoke free.


My Milage:

My Quit Date: 8/10/2009
Smoke-Free Days: 23
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 575
Amount Saved: $296.70
Life Gained:
Days: 1 Hrs: 23 Mins: 26 Seconds: 0

14 years ago 0 24 logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo 0
This Is The Hardest Thing I've Ever Done

Hey there Brenda....  I have noticed your threads and realise that you find it incredibly difficult.  BUT, you keep on hanging in there don't you!  Seems to me you are doing the right thing... popping on these forums and using them to get you past moments of darkness.  I think there are many people on this forum that also notice and APPRECIATE how you help others along at the same time. I see you in the future being a Healer and Helping others with all sorts of afflictions because you have FELT what it is like to fight and the suffering it caused along the way.  Keep looking ahead, it can only get easier and easier for you... and you have those envious 125 days under you belt too.
Be good to yourself and remind yourself what I fighter you are... and a WINNER!
I'l be watching out for you as will many others on here I am sure.
 
xx


My Milage:

My Quit Date: 8/10/2009
Smoke-Free Days: 24
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 600
Amount Saved: $309.60
Life Gained:
Days: 2 Hrs: 1 Mins: 29 Seconds: 18