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to have expected to feeing much better than this after quitting fags for over 6 weeks?

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Bunfags Fri 15-Feb-13 17:40:21

I quit using champix just before New Year's Eve. Had a sneaky puff a couple of days after, but nothing more since then. I was a vv heavy smoker, 30, 40 rollups a day. Who knows, maybe more sometimes? I used to wake up in the night to continue my smoking habit. blush

I still have terrible cravings. They have been worse over the last few days. I feel really angry and upset. I also feel quite fat. I have not weighed myself because i'm too scared. Suffice to say there's Crimbo and Quitting smoking poundage, so probably 8 to 10 lb. To be frank, the fact that none of my niec clothes fit me properly also makes me very angry.

However, generally I feel upset and angry and miserable and would love a fag. I also have spots and I keep getting a horrid taste of stale tobacco in my throat even though I haven't smoked. I have a sore throat, cough, feel miserable and fat and I have spots. I wish I had never stopped. I took Champix and that made me feel awful. sad I'm seriously considering going to get some baccy, because I was happier and a nicer person as a smoker! Where is all this renewed energy and vitality they go on about? Aren't you supposed to turn into Supeerwoman? I feel like fuckin chuff!

IABU to exected to be feeling better and healthier after 6 weeks without smoking?

Dirtymistress Sat 16-Feb-13 15:37:28

Stick with it. You are over the worst. But honestly you are not going to stop missing it for months yet. I quit 2 years and 8 days ago and would say that for the last 10 months have truly stopped having any cravings. I smoked 20 a day for 15 years. Think of the money! Don't go back to it now.

YouOldSlag Sat 16-Feb-13 19:42:48

My MIL described giving up as being deprived of something you like and you feel bitter. In a way this never goes.

This is why a lot of ex smokers are miserable and often why some fail.

In the Allen Carr book, he changes the mindset to make you feel you are free from smoking and you never have to do it again.

Honestly the book is worth it. I was a devout smoker who couldn't ever imagine being happy without fags, yet I hated the hold it had over me, and my 6yo DS asking me why I smoked, and the guilt, and the cost and the smell.

Allen Carr actually made me excited about stopping and I feel amazing. I do not have cravings. In the first three days I did, but he de constructs smoking so that it just seems pointless.

Example: the reason you want a fag is because the nicotine from your last fag is withdrawing from your body. If you hadn't had the previous fag, there are no nicotine withdrawal symptoms.

The reason cigarettes feel relaxing is that you are resolving a craving. They don't actually relax you as your heart rate goes up every time you have one. Non smokers are more relaxed than smokers because they are not worrying about where their fag is coming from or if they can smoke, or if there is a smoking area etc etc.

This all made sense to me and now smoking seems illogical. It's like getting addicted to something just so you can relive the addiction. Cravings are gone and I even passed the night-out-with-wine test easily.

Don't call it giving up, call it being free.

ErikNorseman Sat 16-Feb-13 19:50:57

I done have cravings, I feel happy to be free. I second what the old slag (grin) says about Allen Carr. It changes the whole way you think about smoking.

Thingiebob Sat 16-Feb-13 19:51:02

You are doing so well. Everyday you feel greasy and spotty is another day of sweating out the toxins in your body. Eventually it will stop.

I got loads of mouth ulcers when I stopped.

Canihavesomemore Sat 16-Feb-13 20:18:58

hmm I quit 4 weeks ago, started on NRT's but got a chest infection a week later and been cold turkey since, I crave cigarettes at every usual trigger point (coffee, after a meal, leaving the office, with a drink, everytime I'm stressed) but that's ok because I have reframed and I shrug it off. What I can't stand is the weight gain, constipation, greasy skin and gassiness sad

Joiningthegang Sat 16-Feb-13 21:33:44

My last cig was 28th dec (only smoked 10-15 a week) - i dont feel better or worse but definitely smell better, and am craving leas and less - do fancy one from time to time.


Cant imagine not smoking again! I like it.

Gonna try the idea ^ and promise myself a pack on my 70th birthday - when they will be about £50 for 10

FrantasticO Sat 16-Feb-13 21:49:12

Come join us on these threads

I feel your pain today!

In general it's getting better.

I will be 7 weeks on Monday, cold turkey method, all methods unfortunately equally cigarette free

Hope to chat to you later.

YouOldSlag Sun 17-Feb-13 10:02:24

I think if you're going to stop but spend the rest of your life missing it then you will be miserable and always feel like something is missing.

With the Allen Carr book, you kind of realise that cigarettes are brainwashing and you go back to the person you were before you started, when smoking didn't occur to you.

One point that really made sense is that smokers spend their whole lives waiting for a cigarette. A beautiful meal is incomplete until they've had the cigarette. A social occasion is incomplete because they are waiting for an opportunity to smoke. Not smoking taught em to live in the moment and enjoy life more.

Life is better without them, not worse.

zookeeper Sun 17-Feb-13 10:33:10

yes , Allen Carr helps. you definitely need to get out of the mindset that you're giving something up and focus instead on what you're gaining .

TheSeniorWrangler Sun 17-Feb-13 10:42:20

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