Woke up this morning and my clock's face was blank. Yes, I was one of the 40,000 Aucklanders without electricity today.

Just in case there was still no 'lecky tonight, I decided to save the hot water in the tank, a lukewarm shower tomorrow morning being prefereable to an icy cold one. I also decided I didn't want a cold breakfast in an unlit room with no internet so Maccers for brekky, St Lukes for a roast pork and salad lunch and Ponsonby Road for Fettucine Bolognese for dinner. About 10 Million calories while feeling uncomfortable in my unwashed skin.

What I didn't do was have my morning Champix. Not intentionally, I just plain forgot. The packet sits on my computer desk so I normally have them in my face at both ends of the day. This morning I didn't sit there. I didn't notice any difference to my desire to stay smoke-free, but the addiction did try to slip in on the annoyances with the news that today was obviously special and a ciggie today wouldn't count. Ah, the ingenuity of my desire to lie to myself. Thankfully I was able to resist.

The power's back on. I've neither bathed nor smoked today. Tomorrow I will shower, but not smoke. I'm also seriously considering halving my Champix dose to see if it makes a difference to the fatigue.

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    Unis said:
    06 October 2014

    You've just reminded me too that I've missed my second Zyban for the day. I dislike twice daily tablets. It's so easy for me to forget :(

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    AXL said:
    06 October 2014

    Hey Bruce. If you feel you're ready to halve the dose of champix them go for it. I'd have a tablet handy though. Good luck mate.

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    suemack said:
    06 October 2014

    Well done on the not smoking and good to hear you have power back on. It's amazing how that little voice tries to lure us back. It gets weaker (or we get better at ignoring it). then it shouts at us again for a while before getting weaker again. Not sure on the Champix sorry, haven't used it.



    ps you are doing so well with your quit.

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    saggs54 said:
    06 October 2014

    Yes, well done Bruce. I haven't tried Champix either, seem to be ok on the patches.

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    Calmwaters said:
    06 October 2014

    I had to halve my champix as I had major insomnia, it made a huge difference but the cravings were stronger. It's a give and take kind of deal. You're doing great Bruce, love your blogs!

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    Nana22 said:
    06 October 2014

    Mmm. That sleazy old nic will attack any chance he gets but you are way prepared for his underhanded assaults. You are much stronger than him - and he knows it. Stay strong Bruce, you're doing so well. Can't offer anything re the champix sorry. Have a great NOPE day my friend.

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    Meno Babe said:
    06 October 2014

    I was on Champix and halved my does because of insomnia but the cravings were to strong nearly started smoking again on the 3rd day of halving my champix so decided to take full does just took my 2nd pill @ 3pm so by the time I went to bed I was fine. This worked really well for me.

    Everyone is different but just thread carefully about halving you dose you can try but if you start craving to much do what I did.

    And big happy dance for not caving to the nico-demon :-)

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    aimee7 said:
    06 October 2014

    I'm glad your power is back on! Well done on not smoking!!! Fantastic!!!

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    Julia C said:
    06 October 2014

    Thanks for the support everyone. I'm reading that most people who halve their Champix do it because of insomnia; I've got exactly the opposite problem and could hapily sleep 19 hours a day. More on this when I post tonight's blog.



    I'm scared of the comments that people who have halved their Champix found the cravings stronger. I just don't want to go there.