I look different!
I went into the office today and one guy turned around and said - oh i didn't recognise you.
He said i can't work out what it is.
I said well it maybe:
my new lipstick
or that i'm now a non smoker
He looked a little puzzled so i left him to think on it.
I'm wearing less makeup now too cos my skin is looking better and i don't want to cover it up with foundation.
Tommorrow will be one month smokefree.
I've still been a bit titchy but i think that maybe a combination of quitting smoking and PMS.
So pleased i have stopped now.
Been spending money though on new clothes, got some good bargains at the Farmers Earthquake Clearance sale in Chch
Hope you are all doing well
Quitline are great
I rung up last night to organise getting the smaller patches, I need to wean off and not go from the big patches to nothing. I learnt after my dreadful day on Thursday when i tried to go cold turkey on the patches.
I think I spoke to John - he was lovely and gave me plenty of time to chat and was very helpful. I'm so thankful for the help out there to quit smoking (especially the financial help) like them providing the patches etc. I know if i bought them in the chemist they would be about $30 per week and who wants to fork out that, rather spend that on a dress!
So yer it's Saturday, getting stuck into the housework.
My taste buds are starting to spring back, it's taken a while but mind due they were probably dead for 20 years.
Have a great day everyone, be strong but remember to have some fun too, laughter is great :-)
Too hasty today
Well today i decided i wasn't going to wear a nicotine patch, trying to speed up the process of getting the nicotine out of my system, i thought i had conquered all! Not so......
Just got back from doing the supermarket shopping, it was the longest shop ever, i couldn't make decisions, came home without the carrots cos i'd forgotten them in the first aisle and just could not be bothered going back to get them and the chilli sauce was too hard to find, let alone the reduced cream for the dip!. I hated the shopping whereas i usually love it.
I spoke to the nice lady at the checkout and told her how i was feeling, she told me how she gave up 4 years ago cos she nearly died of a heart attack and told me how i would need to reduce my dosage with the patches to the smaller ones and go down gradually,( i have been on the strongest ones for 3.5 weeks.)
So i couldn't get home fast enough to slap a patch on, then i needed lunch, now i want to go out for a walk and i'm supposed to be working from home.
Anyway i think i will take a 15 minute stroll to breath in some fresh air and reset the switch.
I could see if i didn't put the patch back on i would become the witch from the west with my BF tonight and get nothing done.
Just thought i'd share that one.
Bye for now
Things are going well.
I'm hardly ever thinking about smoking now - i'm up to 3.5 weeks.
I think the only time i have to be careful is when i'm drinking. I wouldn't want to get drunk right now - it definately changes the mindset, the old booze.
I'm still wearing my patch but instead of having to wake up early at 5am to slap it on and then go back to bed i now seem to put it on about 9am.
I'm being delightful to my boyfriend, no more tearing strips off him, however he still says i'm a bit bossy - well lets face it i'll always be a bit bossy.
I had to look at what i was eating tho so went to the supermarket on sunday and bought lots of fruit. I'm eating more fruit and healthy salads, i think i'm turning into a bit of a health freak. I felt gross on friday after stuffing myself with chocolate bars and heaps of carbs.
I think why i've found it so much easier this time round is cos i got my head round it - i do recommend reading Allan Carr's book to those who need to get in the right head space
Well i had to go into the office today, got called in to cover sick staff.
One of the ladies said 'gee you look amazing, so happy, is life good for you?
She thinks its cos i've got a new man (well 3 months ago) and getting lots of action.
I said well yes thats all good but i think it's cos i'm so happy that i've given up smoking.
She is a smoker, but very supportive. I think it's hard for them to comprehend, thinking it must be something else.
Its 3 weeks today
Well this time 3 weeks ago i was sitting in the Allen Carr Seminar.
Sussing out why i should give up smoking.
I just went and picked up a new month of patches from the chemist.
Its quite good now with the patches, i might be up for a couple of hours before i think about putting one on. At first i was getting up at 5am putting one on and then going back to bed.
I went shopping today, got some nice treats, face and hair products.
And eating fruit for lunch and making a salad for tea.
Had to curb the eating, the crap i was stuffing away wasn't making me feel good and i would have got very fat very fast.
I'm so hoping the Warriors win today - a bit sad about Dan Carter's groin strain i must say though
Thought i better pop in and write a wee update. I do go on here about twice a day and have a read of how everyone is doing but gees this week has been so busy, i've hardly had much time to myself, it's been good tho.
I'm feeling a bit tired and need to chill out I think, to relax a bit more.
I am better tho, last weekend i was pretty uptight and that when things come to blows with my boyfriend, we have sorted that out now and i am being much nicer to him now and he's alot happier.
Oh and i have been eating way too much crap! sweet stuff and carbs is what i feel like. So this weekend i'm going to try and get lots of fruit in cos it's left me rather constipated and no doubt putting on weight.
Well i'm off to the markets to sell honey this morning. my flatmates have a wee business and need me to fill in for a couple of hours - hope i don't get asked too many tricky questions, so yer just helping them out, its one of those upmarket trendy types markets so there won't be too many smokers hanging around there.
Have a great day all
Champix - is it a champ?
I'm just throwing this out there, i'm not taking it or intending to but my friend has just been prescribed it and has started taking it this week
Does anyone know much about it and how it worked for other people?
My friend went to the doc and she just prescribed it without her even trying nrt or other methods first which i thought was part of the criteria and this is her first attempt of giving up after 26 years of smoking, shes 40.
My friend has bipolar disorder and is on quite a bit of medication to keep things on an even keel
I was having a read about it online and they said they have no idea how it effects mental illness.
My friend says her mood has been a bit flat since she started taking it.
Anyway if anyway knows what its like or any sucess etc i'd love to hear.
I know one man who wrote a blog earlier in the week was not feeling too good after coming off it.
I'm good by the way - hope you are too
Busy times - Day 17 smoke free
Well i didn't get online last night cos our damn internet is down, so i'm making a quick comment via my work computer.
I had a quick read of everyones comments but not all, hopefully i will get time later to come back and make comments on them.
this is such a great site.
Thanks for your comments yesterday about mum cleaning the car - i really appreciate them, i am so lucky to have such good parents.
Have sorted things out with my boyfriend. He told me i been tearing strips off him! Which is probably true. I have been more uptight, snappy and demanding since i quit smoking.
So i'm going to make a conscious effort not to do that - don't want to lose a good relationship over quitting smoking!
He said he will try quitting again soon too. His smoking isn't really bothering me now anyway - maybe it's a good wee test for me.
Oh before i go, i nearly forgot. Yesterday i had to go into the office to work instead of working from home (i work from home as i live in Chch and since the june earthquake our office has been damaged) but they are gradually getting new premises sorted.
Well - it was so awesome not having to go outside to smoke, i wasn't thinking about smoking all day and was really focused on my work. The premises we are using has a total smokefree policy, so you can't even smoke in the big carpark, you have to go on the street - so pleased i didn't have to bother. And the old smokers there stunk the wee offices out when they came back inside!
Right back to work
Happy day everyone.
To those of you struggling - hang in there, it's so worth it.
Mum Cleaned The Car
Well i've come to stay at Mum and Dad's for a day or two just to take a break away from my boyfriend.
They have a beautiful clean, tidy house and you certainly don't find any smokes around here!
Mum did comment on how it was strange how i was no longer popping outside for a ciggie all the time (a good strange!)
Yesterday she got out there and cleaned my car, inside and out.
I emptied out the ashtray that had about 4 old butts in it.
When Mum cleaned the drivers side window with her old white singlet she quickly came to show me the black dirt that had come off the window.
Anyway better do some work now - happy days everyone and i'll pop in later to see how you are going