Apr 29 2012
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McNick

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I think I have invented a new way to keep myself committed. On the second email I got, it was suggested that if you have a low moment, shopping is a way to divert yourself. Sooooo I went onto the net and bought myself a new set of golf clubs. (Mine are 20 years old) I reckon that I will have to stay off the weed for five more weeks to pay for them. Furthermore I have to go to Chicago to pick them up!!! Is that a good reason to stay smokefree??????

My son just got married in Chicago- we were planning to go anyway. However he and his wife are smokers so I have given myself motivation not to join them.
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Apr 24 2012
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McNick

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Greetings fellow quitters. It has been two days since my last smoke. I finally had no more excuses, so after making the duty frees last about two months, I have taken the plunge. I have been smoking for nearly fifty years so you can imagine how embedded in my life it has been. I have done all the right things- got the patches and lozenges, increased the exercise and joined up with you.

I don't know about you but I am amazed at how long the day takes without smoking. I work at home so I have far too much time to think. I have been exercising for at least two hours a day and listen to my ipod while I do it. (walking and cycling)

Although I am finding it very difficult, I find reading your blogs very helpful. I am fortunate that my life is relatively stress free, which it wasn't when I tried to give up 20 years ago.My first big test comes this weekend when two of my old school friends come to stay and I will probably have a couple of drinks. However it helps that neither of them smoke and one of them is my personal trainer!!!!!!!

Will keep you posted
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Mar 4 2012
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Hopping back on the waggonagain

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Hi all,

Well here i am again giving it another crack. This will be attempt number 6 i think. But in saying that i am more determined then ever this time around.

I know it isn't going to be easy especially as i drive for a job but i will get there with the support of my loving wife and kids who have made a picture for me to hang in my truck to look at whenever i want/need a smoke. :)

Will keep you posted on how i am going and if i can do it on attempt number 6, then anyone can do it.

Blog Soon. :)
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Feb 29 2012
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35 days saved 36000

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Oh Wow! I honestly did not realise I used to spend THAT MUCH on cigarettes! That's ridiculous!LOL! Oh well- I won't be doing that any more! 35 days may not sound like a long time to most people but to me that is a LONG TIME without a cigarette. I started when I was 13 years old and am now....ahem..39! So yeah- I feel like I am doing pretty well. I have also started to get more of a grip on my bad moods- they are definitely connected to the constipation issues. Every time I do a number 2- and BAM the smiley me comes out again!Hahaha! I have started enquiries into accupuncture too for the hormonal imbalances that have arisen with the smoking cessation- apparently nicotine plays havoc on Woman's girly bits! Oh well- we'll get there!Talk soon xxx
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Feb 26 2012
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Day 12

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Hi all, still here, still smokefree :) I am off all NRT now, the patches got me through the hardtimes but the itches etc were driving me nuts. I had a lozenge this arvo and all it did was give me the hiccups so I think chocolate fish are the go for me!

I had a bleat with mum about feeling as if I have nothing left to enjoy (I am a non-drinker) and then I had an epiphany...
I would rather have nothing to do and money in my pocket, than things to do and no money to do it with.
So when I feel down I will just remind myself of this.

I am rapidly approaching the 2 week mark, and feeling like a success, and as the time goes on it just feels better and better telling people how long it has been.

Thank you people, for listening to my ramblings.
Be good, be strong, and all the best.
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Feb 19 2012
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skateboarding is not a crime

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i'm feeling depressed again and there's really nothing i can do about it. my skateboarding is gone now because the park ranger told me not to come back to one tree hill. not even when the gates are closed. i said to him it's either this or a main road but he just said use the main road. he mentioned the cemetary and he's right. i saw it when grandma died. but i reckon they would crack down just the same.

so it has become evident that you can't be an individual anymore. if you're having fun and not paying for it; either with taxable vice or sweating like a chimp (whatever yanks your chain) you become a target for the ministry of love. the process goes like this:

you come up with an idea; you practice your method; someone sees you doing it; they copy you; children copy them; the authorities see children doing something; the authorities crack down; you are forced out of your activity; you go back to the drawing board; you come up with an idea; repeat the above.

the thing is some people just aren't pulling their weight in the ideas department. and the authorities are very efficient at destroying ideas that detract from the (perceived) importance of money. you are a consumer to them- nothing more.

anyway what kind of ego maniac has children in this day and age? like their progeny are so amazing they're gonna make a net gain in society. i'll tell you what they're gonna be: a waste of resources, just like everyone else.

four days since my last cig.
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Jan 31 2012
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DAY 6 4 ME

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Hi ya- Well on Saturday I had friends around and enjoyed myself with a couple of wines and my friends that were smokers were informed I am now a non smoker so were well aware not to offer me a smoke! And guess what? I did not feel tempted at all around the fag smoke! I just felt a HUGE relief that I am not tied to the addiction anymore- no more worrying if I have enough ciggies for the day or have I got my ciggies on me? I got so tired of ii- not to mention the incredibly high cost of it- financial and health toll. I am going into hospital this afternoon guys for a CT scan as I suffered a seizure a few weeks ago and am now booked in for today- wish me luck! Thanyou and talk later.xxxxxxxxxx
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Jan 12 2012
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the two reasons why I wanted to try and give up

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1) to see the grand kids grow up (36 and a grandmother of two)
2) The price is absolutely ridiculous the government charging everyone more to kill themselves slowly.

I just felt that it was time to give up, But I am having trouble doing it cold turkey.
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Nov 29 2011
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Time to make a change

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Today I've decided that I want to join the air force in the hopes of doing something positive with my skills and life.

This means I need to be fit! I think I'll be able to run a lot faster and further if I stop smoking. Plus I don't think the air force would like to recruit smokers!

Also, I hate having to sneak out at work to smoke, then (badly) attempt to cover up the smell of it.

Finally, the money... Oh my god the money. What a waste of money! How infuriating!!! ALL MY MONEY!!!!! Grr!

This is it! I just hope the subs come before my smokes run out! What a wreck.
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Nov 19 2011
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money

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Im going slightly mad(dont know if anyone else is a queen fan). I am definitely knitting with one needle tonight. Trying to balance my bank account.Would always have gone outside for a smoke after that! Anyway Im coming to the end of my 6 day and the only thing stopping me tonight is I have no intention of going back to the first day again. I havnt got the energy. I am selfish always start off about me forget to ask about you all. Hope it is getting a bit better for everyone. Enjoy the rest of your weekend. Dont know why Im saying that ill probably be back on again tomorrow!
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