It's been awhile since I last posted but I have been checking in on a fairly regular basis. It has really helped to keep me on track. I am looking forward to my first smokefree summer. I think there are going to be a lot of peanuts eaten sitting outside with the odd glass of wine. Got to be better than cigarettes and wine. The cravings are still there from time to time but I am able to dismiss them a lot more easily. I wish all those just starting out on the smokefree journey all the best. Keep checking the blogs. The advice and support given on them by those who have been where you are now is invaluable.
I feel like I'm really a member of the quit line family now. 1) my blog celebrating getting to 3 months smokefree completely disappeared and 2) any acknowledgement of the number of blogs I've posted, number of people supporting me and vice versa has disappeared, reappeared and as of today disappeared again. I know I'm not the only one this is happening to but seriously Quitline it is really hard giving this awful habit the boot and it is so easy for molehills to become mountains when trying to keep it up. Thanks for all the inspiration fellow bloggers.
61 days down or 2 months. Can't decide which description sounds the best to me. Most of my inspiration has come from reading the blogs and associated comments on this website. So much encouragement. I was interested to read what Clarence the Cat had to say about the changing attitudes of medical professionals to ex smokers. My husband and I went up to Auckland in June to see Warhorse. My treat for being smoke free for over a month. Unfortunately, I managed to end up in AK hospital for pretty much all of our time away. By that stage I had only been smoke free for 5 weeks and yet the whole medical team could not have been more impressed or encouraging about what I'd achieved. Attitudes have certainly changed there. Anyway, thanks everyone. Next time I post I hope to be 3 months smoke free or will that be 1/4 of a year. Oh and by the way, things in AK didn't turn to custard until after I'd seen Warhorse. Brilliant!
I have no idea how I've managed to do this. Have to say that the last 2 weeks have at times been more difficult than the first 2. Thinking that this may be because when I first started this journey 4 weeks ago I was feeling very unwell so it wasn't quite as hard to get started. Now I am feeling so much better there have been a number of times when I've thought just one would be ok and even quite nice. Thank goodness for NOPE. One always comes with 19 others (at least) and so on. I haven't written a lot of blogs over the last 4 weeks but I have received some awesome support when I have. Thank you for that.
It doesn't seem much compared with the amazing stats updates on here today but I'm feeling pretty proud to be a part of this special day. Thanks for all the inspiration and support thus far. Awesome not to have to find a sheltered spot for a smoke in this nasty weather.
Well I've made it through a whole week. 7 days that I really don't want to have to go through again. A smoke is still the first thing I think of in the morning and after dinner but the amount of time I spend thinking about it has definitely got less. Dog is enjoying the extra walks but isn't impressed with the improvement in my sense of smell (unexpected bath for him).
So I'm on day 4. Somewhat of a record for me. Each day thus far seems to have been a minefield of triggers I didn't realise existed. Hour by hour is working for me at the moment. I have to say I have got a bit of a kick out of not having to go through the rigmarole of buying smokes in the supermarket. Clutching at the small things here.