Well I have passed the one year mark!!!! I am so proud of myself, it has been one very hard battle but so worth it. I didn't come on here when it was my 'breathday' as, wouldn't you know it, I had the most dreadful cold and a chest infection. Now I was feeling pretty poorly but can you imagine how I would have felt if I was still puffing on those nasty fags!!
To all the newbies....keep going. I was a twenty a day girl for fourty years and had never seriously tried to pack up the demon weed. Here I am one year (and a little bit) and I am a non-smoker. Oh, just remembered I have had high blood pressure for about twenty years....guess who has perfect blood pressure now? Yes... that would be me!
Kia kaha my friends.
Eight months and going strong
Hi ... just thought I would drop in. Well one of the reasons I started this journey was that I was going back to the UK for Christmas and I couldn't bear the thought of standing around the airports looking like an old hag smoking desperately, standing outside everyone's house in the UK freezing cold and having to endure hours on the plane without a cigerette. I went on holiday, had a great time, met all the family and not a ciggy passed my lips...and I had a wonderful time. I am now offically eight months free and it has been worth it.
To those just starting the journey, I never thought I would be 'normal' again (it was hard, those first few months)... but here I am - a dedicated non smoker. In fact I have to say that I hate the smell of cigerettes and I have turned into one of those ' reformed non smokers'... poor hubby gets a hard time. Don't forget ..one minute, one hour, one day at a time and you will get there.
Five months today
Well who would have ever thought that I would have got this far. The only slip up was one little puff (yuk) three weeks into the quitting.
I was a bit hacked off yesterday as I went to the doctors and my blood pressure is still high and I did think that quitting would put that right... but if I hadn't quit I would probably be heading for heart attack material right now. Something happened at work today that had me thinking, "I could do with a cigerette right now," but I got over it and smoking would not have changed a thing... in fact it would have made me feel twice as bad. That proved to me that smoking did not solve anything (I would reach for the fags the minute a little bit of stress happened).
All in all I am feeling quite chuffed that I have come this far. The cravings are so slight now that I think all I am missing is the habit ...forty years was a long time.. I love being smoke free!
Keep on going everyone and thank you to each and every one of you that posts on here - it really has made a huge difference and has helped me through this amazing journey. Here is to the next five months and for ever!
Hi Dentarthurdent ... congratulations fellow non smoker! I am two days behind you...130 days today!!! Well done to everyone who is making this journey. I never thought I would say it but it really does get better and better. I can not even imagine smoking now... not to say I don't get mini cravings (after dinner especially) but I pop in a lozenge and hey presto I am fine. Like you Dentarthurdent I am loving the extra money. I have bought loads of new clothes for my big trip to the UK at Christmas... now I have to exercise my ass off (literally) to make sure that I fit into them. Hey, who cares at least I can breath and what do you know... my cough has gone completely. I always had a 'little cough' that I blamed on hayfever and it has disappeared. Onwards and upwards. Keep on going everyone it is so worth it.!!
wake up call
Hi there .. here we are 108 days in and all is going good. Last week I went to have my eyes tested and apparently I have 'slight cataracts'.... I asked the optican what that meant and he assured me that as a 'non smoker' it was nothing to worry about, HOWEVER, if I went back to smoking again then they would get worse!!
I have already decided that I will never smoke again but boy was that a wake up call. I can not imagine not being able to read a book.
Yet another reason (amongst the one hundred or so) to not smoke.
Just reading through some of the blogs and I noticed that some people are saying they are feeling tired .... I was like that and for the first three weeks I was an absolute couch potato. All I could focus on was silly computer games (anything that took my mind off cigerettes) . Don't worry about it, this will pass and hey if it stops you smoking that is all that matters. Give yourself some leeway, this is a huge thing that you, your mind and body are going through. I can honestly say it does get easier .... slowly does it. Don't let that awful nicotine win!!
Well I have made to the one hundred day mark and I am feeling very, very proud of my self. If I am honest with myself I never thought I would make it....but the first four weeks were so awful that once I got to that milestone I realised that I couldn't put myself through that again and I knew that I had to quit once and for all. Now I still fancy a cigerette every now and then but it passes quite quickly. I hate the smell of smoking and smokers (any one who knows me would never believe that I would say that) and I am feeling fabulous.
To all the newbies on here ....keep on going one minute, one hour and one day at a time and before you know here are just some of things you will notice ... okay here are some of the things I have noticed ...
I can blow up a balloon without falling onto the floor gasping like a fish out of water, my teeth are whiter, I can smell shampoo on my hair, I can run across the playground with the children, I can shoot hoops without turning red and being breathless, my tongue is actually a nice pink colour (haven't seen that for forty years), my ski'n is nicer and the list goes on and on and on.
One thing I do know I will never light up another cigerette again, life is so much better without them.
Hi Shane... there are only a few days difference between us and I know exactly how you feel. Half of me is thrilled that I have got to sixty three days and the other half is hanging out for a fag!
My other half has fallen off the wagon, he doesn't smoke near me if fact he goes down to the shed to have one, but I can smell it. The best of it is that I HATE the smell and it really does turn my stomach. I do fine all day and I do not even get cravings now during the day at work but when I get in the car I could murder a cigerette.
Hopefully this is all part of the process and we can get over this little problem. Then I have to get over the little problem off eating everything in sight.
Talking about the smell of smokes ... it is amazing just how much it does stink. I am a teacher and I know which childrens parents smoke! The dear little things smell as if they have just smoked a packet of twenty. It was quite an eye opener for me ... my children must have smelt like that.
Wow I have gone fifty days as a non smoker!!!
I think what has helped me to get this far is that from the first day I have convinced myself that I was not giving anything up.... I was a smoker then I was a non smoker. Also I thought about if I was giving anything up what was it.... and it was a smelly house, a smelly me (on my clothes, my breath, my hair) a persistant cough to name just a few things. Stuff that I would rather live without.
I was just talking to my son on Skype and he pointed out that I haven't got that 'little' cough anymore and I hadn't realised until then.
I can't remember who it wrote on the blogs that you get a 'revelation moment' and I got mine on Thursday driving to work. Suddendly it hit me like ...wow, I've done it!! I don't want a cigerette, I don't want to smoke. The feeling was so good. I still get little cravings but I just tell them to go away and I get over it.
To all the new people on here ... I was so miserable, tired, grumpy and sad the first three weeks but you have to hang in there because life is so good without cigerettes ruling your life.
List all the great things... driving to work with the heater on and the window shut, not standing out in the rain and the cold, smelling like shampoo, soap or perfume (not fags), not having brush bits of tobacco off your clothes and to be honest that stuck like s**t to a blanket... the list goes on and on. Take each hour at a time and be proud of every hour that you win and smoking loses. One more thing I did (and here I think everyone is different) I told everyone I knew that I had given up and that way it was harder for me to 'just have a sneaky one'. I didn't want to let down myself, my husband who has also become a non smoker , my kids and my grandchildren.
Keep on going... it is so worth it. Here is to the next fifty days and the rest of my life.
Six weeks and one day..and hubby, me and the cats are all in one piece and life has gone on without the cigerettes.
To all the newbies, I agree with Mandykoo, one hour at a time. Six weeks ago I was pretty miserable, determined not to smoke but still pretty miserable, all I could think off was 'not' having a fag. Now I am a happy (tubby) person and I have about four mini cravings a day.... suck on a lozenge, or a toffee and get through the craving in minutes. I would not have believed six weeks ago that I would have come this far but I have and am damm proud of myself.
One thing that I have really noticed is just how much smokers stink. In the supermarket last night and I could tell you everyone that smoked just by their smell. What horrifies me is the fact that I smelt like that ...yukkk!!
Anyway... keep up the non smoking everyone out there... we can do it.