Stats Update: 550 days smokefree
Smokefree days: 550 days
Grams NOT smoked: 3300
Total savings: $3,960.00
Wow 18 months and 3 days.
Life is tough but hanging in there. Had some close calls but haven't failed yet
Starting to work on the extra 15kg gained. Baby steps.
Today's the day!
Well, I have actually had three cigarettes today... a lot less than the usual 10+. I have tried to quit so many times that I have lost count. I made myself some promises a couple of months ago.
I was given bad news by the doctor, after getting a routine smear I was told I had high grade cell changes and giving up smoking would be the best way to reduce my chances of developing cancer. I thought, he's a doctor, he has to say that. But I have just completed a paper at University about cell and molecular biology, and now I understand exactly why he has to say that.
The other promise I made myself was that if the price of cigarettes rose one more time - that would be it. And, about 3 weeks ago this happened. Yet I still bought numerous packets of smokes after that. I literally cannot afford to keep this habit up anyway. I am a student living on an allowance! Instead of buying food, I buy cigarettes. Terrible.
Today I realized I had broken those promises and I felt disgusting. Instead of cutting down I was smoking more! I used to smoke maybe 4 or 5 a day, now I go through a packet of 20 in less than 2 days.
I have heaps of nicotine gum, but I hate chewing gum! So I have decided to try lozenges and patches this time around. But I am still chewing the gum even though I hate it. This time, it has to be it. If my father can give up smoking, so can I!
Stats Update: 200 days smokefree
Smokefree days: 200 days
Cigarettes NOT smoked: 4000
Total savings: $3,350.00
Well second Hundy done and dusted! Funnily enough I know that if I had a puff now I would go straight back to smoking so.......... NOPE not one puff ever!
To all my quit buddies ..it's good here ain't it!
To the newbies.... Hang in there! Hard at first but it gets easier, honest!
i filled in for someone today and took the opportunity to ask if mondays is a permanent day to work. she said at the moment it is as there is no one else. that will bump my hours up a bit. so ive put my leave in for mid sept and with days off ive got about 22 days with my baby who i think could be walking by then. hes crawling forwards now and looks so cute. she went on to say when you go away and cant get back it creates problems and last time you went you didnt come back cos you had a headache. i said it wasnt that time actually it was earlier in the year. usually i just take a couple of days here and there so i decided i need to take a big chunk this time as i i have so much leave its crazy.i will have 13 actual work days and the rest is normal days off. its a fair way off yet but something to look forward to. so im on a six day stretch now and one day gone already. have a great weekend when it comes. i will be at work as usual.
Stats Update: 18 days smokefree
Smokefree days: 18 days
Cigarettes NOT smoked: 180
Total savings: $153.00
Feeling great, don't even think about smoking anymore. Triggers are all but gone. Don't reach for the smokes when the phone rings or when I feel stressed. Don't even feel like a smoke after my evening meal any more and the was my favorite smoke. Just love not needing those stupid smokes anymore.
Stats Update: 16 days smokefree
Smokefree days: 16 days
Cigarettes NOT smoked: 320
Total savings: $272.00
Stats Update: 94 days smokefree
Smokefree days: 94 days
Grams NOT smoked: 672
Total savings: $924.00
Hi everyone, hope you are all having a lovely week. 6 days to go, wow I am counting down the days for the hundy club!!
9 Poison free days
I thought I'd give the blog a go....
I've been a smoker for 11 years and have always wanted to quit. I have tried a few times before but would always lean on the fact that both my parents are still smoking to start back up again. I kept thinking I'd give up when they give up and sometimes they'd try and I'd try, but as soon as they started again- so would I. I've tried giving up with friends too, but again when they failed, I failed. I'm now in a time in my life where the large majority of my friends are non smokers and my new boyfriend is also a non smoker. I don't live with my parents so essentially my only exposure to cigarettes was coming from me.
I read somewhere that if you quit before you are 25 your body can completely restore itself as though you never were a smoker- so on my 25th birthday I quit for good.
It's been 9 days and the first 7 were like a dream. I felt amazing, happy, proud of myself. I was using patches so I didn't crave and really felt like this was it. I was free and I was engaging with the person who I truly am- a healthy non smoker. However, the past two days have been hard. I have had this constant lingering anxiety in my stomach that feels like withdrawals. I've been short to anger and incredibly low in energy. I'm just exhausted.
I called my bestfriend who has been a nonsmoker for about 8 months now and she told me that you have good days and bad days and even still she craves. That kind of disheartened me as I don't want to feel like this forever. I want to be free. I want there to be a hump that I just have to get over and then smoking won't ever be a part of my life again. Or is that just naive. I'm an addict and I'll always be an addict- which is why I have to get through this and never have another cigarette ever again. That's the key right! That's all I'm doing right?
Thinking about what my bestfriend said, I have noticed that occasionally she'd share a bit of my cigarette or have a drag here and there and I think that's what's given her that mentality- that it never ends. I don't want to be like that. I don't ever want to have a small puff let alone a full cigarette again. I'm absolutely done.
But I would like my energy back. Any tips?
A few things that I've learned so far that have helped me are as follows:
1. Quit smoking alone. Do it for you.
2. Don't let the small things build up. Find a supportive friend who will listen to your rants and rant! Get it off your chest. Find an empathetic ear and share your story.
3. Allen Carr's Easy way to Quit smoking book. Change your perspective on smoking- this book is amazing for that.
4. Try not to say "give up smoking", instead say "quit smoking" because you haven't given up anything in fact you are gaining a whole new healthy life. You are gaining freedom.
5. Quitline's 4 Ds- Delay, drink water, deep breaths, do something else.
6. Focus on your health. I've been on a real health buzz lately, working on my eating habits and doing 15 minutes of yoga every morning.
7. Reminding yourself that that first cigarette after you quit is actually quite horrible- it burns your throat, tastes disgusting and doesn't give you that feeling of relief and satisfaction that your body is telling you that cigarette will give you. I hate that first cigarette- so I'm not gunna put myself through it.
8. Being proud of yourself. This is the hardest thing I've ever had to do but if I can do it, there's hope for my parents :)
Lots of love to all of you! I'm with you brothers and sisters xo
Feeling better today after the dentist yesterday :)
My gum feels like it's healing nicely. I just had a couple of yoghurts last night. Taking the drugs he gave me... and not been tempted to play with or touch the sore gum... just leaving it alone.
The dentist even rung me this arvo to make sure I was alright lol.. :)
I think I will be able to eat some food for tea tonight.... better go find some!! :)
Goodbye Boeing 747
Bought a new washing machine today. My old F&P had wrecked bearings. I tell you it sounded like a Boeing 747 taking off when it spun. But it was hard to shut the door because if I didn't watch it .. it walked across the floor and tried to escape. Sometimes it locks me out of the laundry. So I kissed it goodbye and replaced it with a shiny new Boche :) Now .. what can I wash?