Thank you everyone, you really are making a difference
I just want to say thanks to you all. I had a bit of a bad patch there for a few days. I feel like I have been really lucky because I am at day 37 and not once have I felt like a cigarette and I am honestly telling the truth. I prepared myself to give up and had a quit date then got really sick just before my quit date so just stopped while I was ill with that nasty flu that went around, I didn't even notice the horrible first three days withdrawal because I slept most of it off.
I have however suffered herendous mood swings and have felt like if someone even looked at me the wrong way I could rip their head off...lol. I have been smoking since I was 13 years of age and have been trying to give up since I was about 15. I have had about 6 serious attempts to give up and one of those times I gave up for 4 years. I am now 36 years of age and have changed my whole mind set on smoking. I don't think I am deprived of anything, I actually think I am giving my life back to myself which I am very proud of. I never liked the smell of smoke and always felt conscious of stinking of smoke around others. Crazy that I kept smoking for so long.
Pukeko - thank you for the advise, I am currently reading the 'never take another puff' book and it's great.
smokefreedancer and Debz30 - thank you for your advise, I really have listened
mintyfresh - you're amazing, the advise you offer and the support you give to everyone is invaluable. I hope the quitline know about you and how great you are. I read on someone's blog the youtube page (that you have created or recommend, sorry I can't quite remember) and it hit a nerve or something with me. The story 'thank you tobacco, you killed my mum' is so empowering and I have sent the link to my smoking buddies. I know they have to be ready to quit but if I can help my friends along in anyway then I will. Thank you for being you.
Thanks to those with advise on taking breaks and having water, lolllipops, pens or sticks. I will give it a go. However, I don't know if this is just because I'm finding it hard now - I don't want a smoke but I'm feeling really discouraged that people keep count of the days after such a long time. Is that a sense of achievement or a constant reminder of how hard it is each day. Or how I could light up a smoke at anytime. Why doesn't it go away. Do I have to live like this for the rest of my life. I just don't get it. It's a freakin smoke why does it have so much hold over me?????? I HATE THIS.
I haven't had a good day today. I feel like I have turned into a hermit and are trying to avoid being around anyone I know that smokes (which is most of my mates). I miss them heaps and feel like I'm being a complete idiot for staying away from them.
Smoko breaks at work was such a good catch up time, I'm not even taking breaks as to not tempt myself.
I'm still doing it!
This is so cool to hear how everyone's getting on. I'm on day 27. I've tried many times to give up but have never been this determined. In the past I have easily lasted to four weeks then I start to get anxious because the novelty wears off.
Please tell me this is normal.
I'm almost at 4 weeks now. I can't let all this good work go to waste. Have even organised my next 8 weeks of patches just in case.
Do you get withdrawals when you come off the patches?
I can do this
Had a call from the quitline group last night and they told me about this blog. Yay to the support.
Today is my 6th day, well actually, I set a quit date as two weeks ago and gave up from the Monday then went out for a drink on the Friday and smoked all night.
Still, I didn't smoke again after that so have officially been smoke free for 6 days today. I have tried many times to give up but am the most determined I have ever been to give up this time. I'm on the patches and reading the Alan Carr "The Only Way to Give Up Smoking Permanently" book. His book totally changes your mindset on smoking and assists in making me realise that I'm not actually missing out or depriving myself of anything, I'm actually getting my life back.
Anyways, I can do this and so can you all.
Keep up the good work everyone!!