Day 234 - So very proud
Hey everyone. Haven't blogged for a long time, but wanted to share with you today how very proud I am of myself ... 234 days and still going strong.
Best of all, we're entering the silly season, with lots of end of year parties, but I'm very optimistic. Had a huge client function last night, with alcohol aplenty, and not once did I think of having a smoke. Me thinks me will come through the Christmas period alright!!
More than $1,000 saved ...
Hi all. Aren't these stats on the website just awesome?! I'm on Day 108 and have already saved more than $1k by not buying smokes - times that by 2 as the hubby has also quit, so that's more than $2k!!
You'd think the money alone would be the best motivation to quit, but there are so many rewards: I don't cough anymore, I don't wheeze, I can lie on my back without smothering, I can smell everything, my sinuses are totally unblocked, my food tastes better, I have loads of energy ... All that is fantastic, but my very very best is that I have started running again for the first time in 20 years - because I CAN now and I can actually breathe when I do it!
Keep going everyone, the benefits are HUGE!
Hey everyone. Haven't been here for a while, but pleased to report that I'm still going strong - Day 74 and still not even a puff. Whoop whoop!!
Still taking the Zyban, still wearing the patches and still have my lozenges as emergency back-up, but things are so much easier these days.
Have to confess that even though I don't think about smoking that often anymore, I have felt quite tempted to have "just one" the last wee while. I'm way to scared that "just one" is going to get me smoking again so don't give in to the temptation, but just thought it quite strange to have that at this stage of the journey.
Just goes to show, it definitely is just ODAAT! Stay strong everyone :-)
Not as tough as I thought ...
On Sunday I felt like smoking quite often. It was more than the usual niggly cravings, this was real "I would love a smoke" stuff. This surprised me as I'm on Day 51 already and don't think of smoking that often anymore! I didn't give in to the temptation, but it really caught me by surprise. By about 4pm I realised what was happening ... I had forgotten to put my patch on!!
Beware everyone ... wear your patches for as long as you need to so that you don't cave in. You may think you're tough as nails, but it's probably best to avoid playing with fire.
On the up side ... On Saturday night I had my first glass of wine (okay then, it was 2 glasses) since quitting and I was fine. It definitely helped that I was wearing a patch and that all my friends were non-smokers, so I was never tempted to sneak outside and have a few puffs.
Stay strong xxx
Day 39 and it's just getting better and better!
Hi everyone. Haven't had time to blog for about a week now, but have definitely been reading some - they definitely motivate and support me, so thanks guys.
I'm on Day 39 now ... I still have a few cravings, but they pass very quickly and I can't say that they're a real problem anymore. Sometimes I still find myself thinking 'Oh, a smoke will be so nice now', but it's just a fleeting thought - and probably won't be as nice as I think it will be.
To all the newbies just starting out, keep going. It gets easier and better every day. Oh, and if you're on Day 1, 2 or 3 today, be thankful you got a helping hand from this crappy weather - bet that motivates you to stay inside instead of going outside for a smoke!
Stay strong everyone xx
I think the penny started to drop yesterday. Up to now I have not been able to say that I find the smell of smoke revolting - and still can't say that I do. However, last night my son caught a lift home with me and had a cigarette about 5 min before getting into my car. Man, did he stink!! I didn't say anything to him as I don't want to become one of those ex-smokers who criticise everyone who does smoke. I did have to open my car window though. I just couldn't stand it after a while. My son tells me that he ordered some patches and lozenges from Quitline last week - perhaps I do have a positive influence on him, without nagging the skin off him.
So it's Day 31 and I'm still going. My week has been hectic so far, trouble with the teenager, trouble with hubby, but I've managed to keep away from the smokes. Instead, I threw myself into my studies to keep me occupied and not even think about the stresses. I tell you, my lecturer won't know what happened with the assignments coming in ahead of time!
About 2 weeks after quitting I had this horrible phlegm (or something) in my throat, had to clear my throat all the time. That disappeared after about a week, but now it's come back! What's up with that? My goodness, that sounds sooooo attractive!
Happy blogging everyone and keep strong.
Had an absolutely awful start to the day - teenage son trouble (need I say more?), resulting in me being so late that I couldn't even have a cup of coffee before work. At least the traffic to work was on my side. I could easily have had a smoke to calm me down this morning - instead I popped a lozenge and felt better. Is it really the lozenges doing such great work, or is it just my mind messing with me because I was stressed?
The cravings are so few and far between now, I can easily go an entire morning without thinking of smoking. I have to admit, I still find the smell of smoke fairly attractive but at least I don't try to sniff the smoke anymore when I walk past a smoker LOL. Things are definitely looking up. Only 3 more days until I reach the 4 week mark, pretty awesome for a hardened smoker like me - oops, I mean NON-smoker!!
How time flies, can't believe I'm on Day 23 already, without so much as a puff! I've also saved more than $200 - how neat is that?? That new lounge suite will be within reach much quicker than I thought possible.
Moved house on the weekend and was kept super busy, which was great. What was even more amazing is that even though I worked up quite a sweat with moving everything, and felt my body ache with tiredness, I was NEVER out of breath like I would normally be! It's as if my energy levels are never ending. Pretty awesome!
Still have a few bad cravings every now and again, but much less frequent now. Thank you patches and lozenges, you're a tremendous help!
No way am I going back to the smokes, I'm having too much fun with my additional money and energy.
Lots of stress at the moment. Moving house this coming weekend, so lots to arrange and heaps to pack. This is perhaps also a blessing, keeps me super busy and I don't have much time to think about smoking - but I find myself wanting a smoke when I take a 5 min breather! The cravings are much stronger than I thought it would be at this stage, but definitely not as frequent as before. I have loads of energy now, which comes in really handy with the move! Oh, but the absolute best is that I don't have to go outside to have a smoke in this nasty weather!