When I started this journey I decided I would write up my progress each day. As I said in a comment to my previous blog I didn't really expect I'd succeed in getting through the first week. When / if I failed yet again I wanted a record of how I failed so I could look back on it next time and plan better. Things have changed now. Come midnight tonight I will be 4 weeks smoke free. I really feel I can do it this time if I can overcome the tiredness.

I'm putting the success down to two things. The Champix and the blogs this site. The Champix bit is self explanatory, "the blogs on this site" isn't quite so obvious, my blogs, your blogs, your comments on my blogs and my comments on your blogs all help me. I don't really know you beyond what you say here about your progress along the same journey as I'm taking, we're like a band of Anti-argonauts avoiding being fleeced by the golden leaf.

But the blog is also telling me something I didn't expect to happen has happened. This tiredness is both on-going and starting to get me down. If its from Champix I'm in a bad place, I can't see myself winning without it. If it's not the Champix I'm starting to get really worried. As she's had the virus I had a few days behind me, Wifi Wifie is my miners canary. If she's got the exhaustion too this weekend I can put it down to the virus too. Of course, if it doesn't clear up soon it will open its own difficulties - for both of us.

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    lemony snickets said:
    03 October 2014

    Hey Bruce less than 4 hours till you reach that 4 week mark I'll be awake doing the happy dance for you.



    This quitting business, it really is a bit of a journey. I hear ya about being tired, me too. I have moments of great energy, followed by waves of exhaustion. The thing I didn't expect was to grieve. I thought I was losing my mind there for a bit. But then when I stepped back, blogged about it, spoke to friends I came to terms with my journey. It is what it is.



    Hang in there Bruce. Your honesty and humour is fabulous and much appreciated :)

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    Nana22 said:
    03 October 2014

    Come the stroke of midnight, congratulations on 4 whole weeks of smokefreedom Bruce. I couldn't be smokefree without the people on this site either. It is a unique community we belong to. As for your tiredness maybe give it a few more days and if no improvement, go and get youself checked out properly by your GP. I do recall the nurse at my clinic telling me that i would be more susceptible to bugs and would take longer to get over them in the first few months of quitting, so your canary might not be the best gauge for you. Stay strong and roll on midnight. Hope you feel better soon.

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    JohnnyRED said:
    03 October 2014

    Sounds like you need to get plenty of rest. A spot of lemon with a green tea can help rejuvenate and replenish energy. Lots of vitamin c is your best option.

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    JohnnyRED said:
    03 October 2014

    You should take Vitamin C because you're Bruce C.

    I drank 2Ltr of just juice per day during flu season instead of my flu shot and I never got sick once.

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    fagoff said:
    03 October 2014

    Go see you GP m8. It does seem that once we quit we are more susceptible to ailments that never used to bother us, and at our age it does take longer to recover , also champix does do strange things to people but if its working then hang in there only 2 more months on it then smokefreedom 4 ever. You goin good m8.

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    SusyQ said:
    03 October 2014

    Hey Bruce. Congrats on your 4 weeks smoke free! Well done, it's hard work! I was exhausted when I first quit. I honestly would sleep hours and hours. And if I wasn't sleeping, I was lying in bed being exhausted wishing I could sleep. I guess becoming smoke free takes time. Quite a bit of time I think. Don't be disheartened. You are doing so well. Defo see your GP if it continues, but try not to let it get the better of you. :-) Just so you know, it eat my TimTams frozen these days! Thanks for the tip!

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    Wendles said:
    03 October 2014

    Hey Bruce, Im glad to hear someone else is feeling exhausted all the time,, I was thinking it was just me being lazy but I to have never felt so tired since giving up 4 weeks ago. I have to have a nanna nap in the afternoons. I thought we were meant to have so much more energy without smoking ha what a lot of garbage. If you find out why please let us know whats the cure (other than smoking again lol)

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    JohnnyRED said:
    03 October 2014

    How about your diet Wendles is that a healthy alternative? And naps or siesta's are actually recommended. As long as it isn't fatigue or malaise then it's just a normal symptom of your body needing more rest to recuperate from normal exertion. Not smoking allows more oxygen to enter your blood stream making you fitter and more energetic than smoking so bear with it with healthy diet and regular exercise and you'll be happier, healthier, and wise.