Smokefree days: 40
Total savings: $490
I'm still here, I'm still smokefree and feeling fabulous. My spending account is looking amazing as well. So many positives to me quitting. I hope you are all keeping safe and well. Stay strong whanau and let's get through the struggles together. Kia kaha!
Well, I have been smoking for almost ten years now, back then I was always I am not going to smoke it for my whole life, chill I will quit bla bla bla. Now I am beginning to realize that I was fooling myself because day by day I feel like it is harder to quit. When I was in university I had the idea of quitting quite often maybe that was because I still had the urge to quit but after working life kicks in I never had the thought of quitting and last night it got me thinking. I realized that I am always making excuses to continue smoking but I am determined now to try my best and see what will happen. Smoke free day one and hopefully counting on..
It has been 4 months and 1 week that I quit. I smoked for 31 years with 2 previous times of quitting, the first for 3 years, the second time for 3 months. Was smoking 1 pouch of 50g rolling tobacco a week upuntil 26th Dec 2019.
First few weeks were the hardest. Have been using 4mg gum as a alternative and it has helped.
From month 3 to 4 has been the easiset part with most days not even thinking about a smoke.
This last week however has been tough and have thought about smoking everyday.
I'm sure it will pass but its just crazy how strong the ties are with smokes.
It is not easy to quit and there will be many people who experience withdrawals long after they have stopped. For others it will be less of a struggle.
For those of us that find it challenging even after months of quitting, hang in there - and keep up the fight.
Well I have been back at work now for 1 week. I have to say it has been hard as it brought an old reason to smoke back to the forefront. Stress at work and the routine of times when I would have smoked has been a new challenge. I made it through but day 2 back at work im not gonna lie I seriously thought about it all day. I was glad I had begun to prepare myself for reentry into the outside world after lockdown. I talked about it with my close workmates and they are supporting me which is so great. They are supportive. Also I have been able to see for a brief time one of my best mates who I smoked with and she congratulated me on my effort and she was genuinely happy for me. I know not everyone will have external support when you return to normal functioning worldly humans but here in this group there is so much. Preplan is the best way to go when we do get on the other side of the lockdown just think about your triggers and make plan to how you will overcome all these situations. Good luck to everyone as they get back out there. Stay strong and make it one day at a time that's all I am doing and it is working so far.
Well it's day two of my quit smoking journey. I've been so tempted to grab a smoke but I've taken up vaping and that's really helped me to stop smoking cigarettes. I'm really trying not go out for one but it's definitely getting harder as the day goes on
1) You can choose to smoke: If you do - you run the risk of watching your lungs deteriorate until you have to fight for every breath and eventually die an early death.
2) You can choose to have 'just one smoke', go back to Day One and go through the withdrawals all over again.
3) You can choose NOPE (not one puff ever) and be a non-smoker for the rest of your life.
When you stop and think about it .. it’s that simple …
Been having a bit of a think today.
I used to associate smoking with every possible emotion. If I was upset it was an excuse to smoke more. If I was angry it was an excuse to smoke more. If I was extremely happy it was again an excuse to smoke more. I always had a reason for why it was ok to be smoking, why I needed more than one in the space of half an hour and why I had to have 3 before I was adjusted and awake enough to get the kids to school in the morning.
I blamed my anxiety and OCD as being one of the main contributors to why I smoked. For me it was my calming and stress release that no other object could achieve.
Since quitting my mood and overall mental wellbeing is so much calmer - I sing along to songs during the day and do a wee dance through the house (cant sing and cant dance but its ok in private!), I find im not yelling or getting frustrated with the kids as much and my compulsions and anxieties are so much lower than they ever were.
I guess the addiction was just kidding me into every possible conceivable excuse to keep on going.
Strange to sit back and think that I even smoked and its only coming up 3 weeks!
Have been back at work for 2 days now and I have new challenges in my quit journey. Normally at the end of the day I would come home and have about 2 smokes at least before I did anything else. Smoke before making tea and after. But so far not even having urges. Made sure I did go for walk after work also so change the routine will change my brain hopefully. I am enjoying being a non smoker now. Like I have been told some days will breeze by and others will be a slow crawl but one way or another I will make it to the end of the day Smoke free.