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01-11-2017, 00:37   #1
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Giving up (I hope)

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Tomorrow (today now actually) is my quit date. I decided to get rid of the filthy, money leeching, breath taking yokes after 24 years!!

I have had enough and they are affecting my health but I'm so addicted - had my last cig (a roll up) at 11pm and still have a full carton of cigarettes and half a pouch of tobacco left over - I could've set a give up date for when I've smoked all them but I'm just so sick of being a slave to the smokes.

So wish me luck as I start on the road to breathing fresh air for a change - I know it won't be easy
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01-11-2017, 09:42   #2
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Hi OP, I've been off the smokes 13 weeks now, after 16 years of smoking.
It can be done, believe me.
I personally found it extremely easy but I'm definitely in the minority, I know that.

I didn't set a quit date; I didn't even plan on quitting. I just decided one afternoon I would try and quit BUT I did play a mental game with myself.

I told myself that I was free to smoke whenever I felt like (much like if someone's trying to lose weight, the worst thing to do is tell them they're on a "diet". You immediately make that person feel they're missing out on something or depriving themselves.)

So I told myself I'd just see how I'd get on over the evening and again, I was free to smoke if I wanted.
I didn't get a craving for the whole evening and I think it's down to this little game I was playing.

I knew if I told myself I could never smoke again, I would instantly crave one.
Anyway, I did buy a vape and I used it on a night out the following weekend but soon after, I didn't get any cravings so I quit using that altogether.
I've been off the cigs and vapes ever since.

I get slight cravings sometimes but never enough to make me want to go back on them.

I don't wheeze when I'm lying down anymore; I am so much fitter...I can run on the treadmill now.
I have saved €700 and I have "not smoked" 1120 cigs (according to the app on my phone).

Feeling so much healthier, no longer worrying about my cigarette breath and how I smell in general, saving all that money each week and being fitter beats any craving I might have.

I think giving up smoking is a mental fight more than a physical one.
Try a vape, OP, or Nicorette or patches or something if you need it, OP, but remember, you can give up.

And life is pretty sweet without cigarettes, trust me.
You'd never regret quitting but you'll regret ever starting.

Keep us posted here.
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Well done Fussy Onion! - you give me hope! I'm taking the nicorette inhaler and it hasn't left my left hand all morning (Feeling slightly light-headed - but only pulled on it a couple of times)
You are right it is a mental battle - I'm having lots of words with myself - the goal of feeling healthier is keeping me going - Had my last cig at 11pm last night - 12 hours without a smoke (but obviously slept through about 6 of them!!)
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You're doing extremely well Pretzill. Just keep thinking of all the benefits you are going to reap very soon. You'll start to smell things much better in a few days and wait til you hear yourself breathe.

I keep thinking of those people who die from smoking related illnesses and how they're struggling to breathe.

I spoke to a nurse before and she said it's horrific seeing patients trying to breathe.
Keep going Pretzill!

Oh and I highly recommend the SmokeFree app...it's been a Godsend to me.
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You're doing extremely well Pretzill. Just keep thinking of all the benefits you are going to reap very soon. You'll start to smell things much better in a few days and wait til you hear yourself breathe.

I keep thinking of those people who die from smoking related illnesses and how they're struggling to breathe.

I spoke to a nurse before and she said it's horrific seeing patients trying to breathe.
Keep going Pretzill!

Oh and I highly recommend the SmokeFree app...it's been a Godsend to me.
I have had breathing problems for years (and I know I will get them after giving up too! It's the worst part - I gave up cigs for a year one time and got so sick - after a year I went back on them because it improved my breathing?)
I know it doesn't make sense - I have seen people who never smoked having trouble breathing too - and to be honest though my major reason for doing this is for the good of my health - I could have done it years ago for the same reasons...

Smoking doesn't make sense in a lot of ways!!

I'm slowly getting through my first day - hopping between chewing gum and nicorette inhaler - I'm really tired too.
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Day 1 down - which feels like an achievement! Had cravings and got quite grumpy too - also the Nicorette inhaler makes me feel zonked out of it and I haven't even taken much - but still 24 hours smoke-free and not feeling too bad at all :-)
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Day 1 down - which feels like an achievement! Had cravings and got quite grumpy too - also the Nicorette inhaler makes me feel zonked out of it and I haven't even taken much - but still 24 hours smoke-free and not feeling too bad at all :-)
I was exhausted in the days after giving up, don't worry, it's normal. Plus the Nicorette lists fatigue/tiredness as a side effect on their website.

Well done on completing day one, you're doing fantastically.

I used to like looking up the health benefits of giving up according to how long I'd been off the cigs. E.G What was happening to my body after 48 hours, etc. It really kept me going.
When you start feeling better in yourself it will spur you on to keep going.

Don't get me wrong, there may be tough days ahead but keep your Nicorette to hand and keep focused on why you're giving up.

Any craving you get is temporary. It WILL pass. Distract yourself.
For me, if I got a craving, I coloured (I'm big into adult colouring, lol) or read a few chapters in a good thriller. It's amazing how distraction can play a huge role in quitting.

Last but not least, write a list of pro's and con's to quitting if you start doubting your ability to give up.
You'll see the pro's far outweigh the cons.

Keep going, Pretzill and keep us posted here.
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Best of luck. Hardest thing ever. I'm smoking/giving up 24 years. On week 6 now again. You can do it!

Tougher again for me, as I'm a tobacconist. Aaagh.
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Best of luck. Hardest thing ever. I'm smoking/giving up 24 years. On week 6 now again. You can do it!

Tougher again for me, as I'm a tobacconist. Aaagh.
Well done, beertons, you're flying!

I keep looking at people out and about smoking and I don't envy them at all. I actually pity them because I know all the cons to smoking and I'm enjoying all the pros.

I'm big into fitness and smoking was holding me back all this time.
The change in my lung capacity and ability is unbelievable.
I don't recognise myself as a smoker. I actually can't believe I ever started.

Let's use this thread as a way of posting about our journey, if you like? (And if that's ok with the mods?)
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Third day in and still smoke free - it's not as hard as I thought after all these years dreading giving them up - I feel like I've been set free a bit - the day is longer without smoke breaks but I think I was wasting a lot of time smoking!

Had a few glasses of wine last night and managed to fend off the big craving that came along with the alcohol - haven't been in the company of any smokers yet (that will be hard)

But so far, so good. Will check in again next week hopefully still off them!!
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Third day in and still smoke free - it's not as hard as I thought after all these years dreading giving them up - I feel like I've been set free a bit - the day is longer without smoke breaks but I think I was wasting a lot of time smoking!

Had a few glasses of wine last night and managed to fend off the big craving that came along with the alcohol - haven't been in the company of any smokers yet (that will be hard)

But so far, so good. Will check in again next week hopefully still off them!!
Woo, day 3! You're flying!
You have gone through a huge hurdle with the alcohol thing; if you're gonna crave a cig, it'll be then, but you came through!

I personally don't find being in the company of smokers a problem because the smell of the smoke is repulsive to me but if you think being in their company would tempt you, try and avoid their presence (beer gardens etc) for a while til you feel stronger mentally.

Really well done though, you are doing incredibly well and we're all here for you.
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Day 6 - Still smoke-free and had the dream that I smoked last night
was disgusted but still managed to convince myself in the dream that I could have two a day -
Was delighted it was just a dream!
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1 full week today - still can't believe I'm off them - and really want to stay off them now
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12 days off the smokes - cravings are lessening I think - oh but I'm eating way too much and believe me I can't afford to put on weight - hoping that I will be strong enough to cut back on the food and get more exercise in but being too good to myself at the moment.
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Well done. Maybe with the eating thing,, try eating frozen raspberries or an apple or some carrot batons instead of the high calorie stuff. They might sound boring but your taste has probably improved since giving up and you might be pleasantly surprised at how nice they are. I find oranges good as you have to go through the whole peeling thing first. You'd have 3 or 4 biscuits eaten in the same time.
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