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Quitting Smoking One Day at a Time

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AgentFelix Mon 20-May-13 00:16:39

I took my last puff at 23.59 and I am not going to smoke for the rest of the day, or the day after that, or the day after that ...

Bit of a blow at 00.00 when I gathered up my ashtray, lighter and 4 remaining cigarettes to find I had an unopened pack of 20 hidden on my desk. DP now has the somewhat crappy job of distributing said pack somewhere in the neighbourhood. I was going to post them through a (smoking) neighbours letter box but I don't know her very well and thought it might creep her out.

Does anyone want to buddy up?

I'm going to make myself accountable to this thread. Support is very welcome.

DP has just come back and assured me he has left fags where I won't find them. I just hope that the person who comes across them hasn't just started their own quit.

AgentFelix Thu 30-May-13 23:46:23

Everything's fine here, thanks Oopla. I'm almost into day 12.

Today was a bit difficult. I had to take DS and DNiece out for the day and I really wanted to sneak off and have a fag while they were eating like I normally would have. It wasn't really a craving, just an association I suppose.

How's everyone else doing?

HeartsTrumpDiamonds Fri 31-May-13 18:43:33

Can I join?

I'm quitting smoking tomorrow and could use all the support I can get! I last quit in 2011 and did pretty well for the first weeks/months but caved in and had "only one" one night when out drinking with friends. Big mistake.

Oopla Fri 31-May-13 22:10:19

Well done agent for not giving in. I know what you mean about associations too.

Hi hearts welcome along, what will you do differently this time? You did so well before too.

This is my first time ever giving up, I'm trying to think of cigarettes as though they were heroin or crack. Trying to imagine how hard it would be starting giving up again.

Have a great weekend- just say no!

eminemmerdale Fri 31-May-13 22:19:32

Ok, I'm here grin yet again, I m giving it a go. Stopped for three years 2004 - 7, and since then have done at least 10 times of varying intervals - between a week and six months.
I HAVE to do it now - dd7 is 'disappointed' in me, says it stinks and deosn;t want me to die sad ds13 has always hated it and dh also loathes it. I can't afford it, i had a horrific bout of bronchitis over christams (when I hadn't smoked for three months) and vowed never to do it again...but started up in March.
This has to be it -I'm 50 in 364 days grin and can't justify anymore. Also stopped drinking today (again - another long story!!!) and have restarted C25K after a knee injury stopped me doing it. Thank you if you've managed to read this far.
Anyway, I'm in!!

HeartsTrumpDiamonds Sat 01-Jun-13 14:43:06

Great, lots of positive vibes here! Emin my kids are all over my case too! Oopla just take it one day at a time I guess.

So far so good today. The DDs and I did the Race for Life this morning and it felt SO GOOD not to go off and skulk behind the bushes for a sneaky fag when I was running for cancer!!

eminemmerdale Sat 01-Jun-13 20:26:16

Well I'm at the end of my first 'proper' day - had about three yesterday - and i am feeling really irritable. Could be because i'm not drinking either, have spent the day out with kids and dh and now ds is banging his football about in the garden and it is REALLY ANNOYING ME!!!! I had my run last night which helped - doing another tomorrow and going to see grown up dd on my own tomorrow morning so that may help grin. Anyway, hope everyone else is doing ok!

AgentFelix Sun 02-Jun-13 02:53:29

HTD welcome. It does feel great to not have to light up, I know. I won't lie, I still miss smoking a bit, but I don't miss the inconvenience of it.

Emin happy belated birthday smile. I have lots of long stories about giving up booze as well. There are some really good articles on the WhyQuit website about giving up nicotine and alcohol at the same time and how it matches current advice. Best of luck.

How's everyone else doing?

I started the Harcombe Diet on Tuesday and have just finished phase 1. It has been so bloody hard and I was an idiot to start it so soon after quitting smoking. But I bought all the food and DP was up for it so I knuckled down and got through it. I'm delighted that I've lost 6.5 lbs in 5 days and can get in my jeans again. I am so relieved to be on to phase 2 of the diet.

Oh, I'm now I'm day 14 of not smoking. Good luck everyone!

waterlego Sun 02-Jun-13 09:40:03

Hello people, well done on your quitting attempts, I envy you!

I need a plan. I have smoked for about 20 years (except while pregnant), I smoke about 15-20 rollies a day. I have had so many quits, none of them have stuck longer than a year. I despair of myself and feel I've reached the point where I have absolutely no confidence in my ability to do it and now it's built up in my head to be this huge thing.

I want to stop, I really really want to. Am considering different options and wondering which will be best for me:

Champix- I've never tried it but I have a history of depression and anxiety and am really scared about the potential effects on my MH.

NRT- have used it before so not very confident that it would work this time when it hasn't in the past.

Cold turkey- just too scary, I think, but am very tempted by the idea as it is the most natural and I like the idea of being free of nicotine within 3 days.

I am just musing really but any advice or opinions would be welcomed. I am keen to get the ball rolling this week, one way or another.

Hope you all have a lovely, smoke-free day!

eminemmerdale Sun 02-Jun-13 14:38:56

waterlego it is really frightening isn't it. You have to remember you're not 'giving up' anything you're getting something back. <shamelssly stolen from somewhere> I'm now on quit 40million day 3, and feeling confident! I always use some nrt, but that's because I have a foul temper at the best of times grin. Also started running again, which is a real inspriation - hacking and wheezing while trying to act cool and healthy isn't a good look! Good luck!!

HeartsTrumpDiamonds Sun 02-Jun-13 21:00:07

Well done everyone. Welcome waterlego - for me it helped to pick a quit day and mentally prepare for it. I'm using patches and gum at the moment!

Smoke free for 35 hours now, and isn't it sad that I am counting in hours?? I don't think I've been too much of a bitch so far, but DH and the DDs might beg to differ grin

eminemmerdale Sun 02-Jun-13 21:14:54

Hours are as good as days - I do days, but during the day do hours !!

waterlego Sun 02-Jun-13 21:50:12

Thanks so much for the welcome and well done for your progress so far. Days, hours, minutes, it all sounds good to me!

HeartsTrumpDiamonds Mon 03-Jun-13 14:25:24

Day 3 and counting! This is the hardest day by far so far - I'm at work and I know my old smoking buddies would give me one, so I'm hiding in my office. There's temptation everywhere. I'm NOT giving in.

HeartsTrumpDiamonds Mon 03-Jun-13 14:26:05

52 1/2 hours!!

Elibean Mon 03-Jun-13 14:31:13

Half hours count!

Well done smile

eminemmerdale Mon 03-Jun-13 14:32:47

I'm day 4 and at work - not so much that anyone else smokes (they don;t and I'm in my own office) but I just associate work with nipping out for a cigarette!! arghh

HeartsTrumpDiamonds Tue 04-Jun-13 12:01:25

Me too emin! It used to sort of break up the day into manageable chunks for me. I miss that.

Listen to me - used to - day 4 though! (74 hours if anyone's counting)

waterlego, have you made any planning progress?

JRock Tue 04-Jun-13 12:15:33

Can I join? Never really posted before but I thought this thread might help me! I had my last cig at 9.30 on Sunday night. I'm using patches and they seem ok, not had any major cravings but I'm very irritable. I really hope I manage to completely stop this time.

NoobyNoob Tue 04-Jun-13 13:23:53

So, I totally took a tumble and had one today at my friends sad

It felt good, but it made me cough and the taste was vile. I now have a patch on again and hope that it was a one off!

Keep going everyone smile

HeartsTrumpDiamonds Tue 04-Jun-13 14:11:41

Hi JRock, well done so far! I'm only a day ahead of you, stopped Sat morning at 10am.

Nooby, how long have you been stopped for? Interesting that it tasted vile. I'm finding that even after only 3 days my sense of smell (and taste) are so much more sensitive.

JRock Tue 04-Jun-13 20:07:48

Major cravings this evening! I seem to be fine all day and then, when it hits 6 o'clock, I really want one, or 10!

Oopla Tue 04-Jun-13 21:23:31

Keep it up guys!

One week today....woooooooo! smile

eminemmerdale Tue 04-Jun-13 21:31:56

well I'm on day five, no smoking, no alcohol and just done day three of C25K! I feel exhausted, headachy, weepy and grouchy but I know it will pass grin Go everyone!!

waterlego Tue 04-Jun-13 22:49:46

Hearts I am stalling...procrastinating...making excuses blush

I think I have decided against taking Champix for the time being. I have a drawer full of patches and lozenges. I really have no excuse and I need to set a day.

waterlego Tue 04-Jun-13 22:50:45

Ok. Friday will be the day.

There, I've said it now. And now I really will have to try, because I've told a whole thread load of people that I'm going to do it on Friday. Eeeeek!

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