Apr 28 2020
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Day 17- Mouth Issues

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Another day without any gum to replace the nicotine and no big issues.
Have noticed myself going past the drawer I used to have my ciggies in thinking there’s still some there...haven’t even opened it but as far as I know I cleared them out!

Big bummer is my gums are now bleeding and more sensitive. I’ve always been a go and get a check up yearly just because I was always scared smoking would make my teeth fall out...I asked my dentist last time if I was going to lose all my teeth just in case haha looks like I’m going to have to book an appt after lockdown (lucky me 😢)

I’ve noticed this attempt have been different changes to my last go but maybe that’s a good sign.

Also managed the first day without my hubby and didn’t go and buy any and do a secret smoke. Took the kids for a 6km walk with no rush to be anywhere for any reason 😊 certainly enjoying not needing to rush gone for a smoke or be able to leave the house without having one too

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Apr 28 2020
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Trail and error

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I went the first day without gum today at work and yes essential services suck! Oh my lord the migraines and cravings! Well I thought I would leave the gum at home just to see if I could do it. Well without the gum I felt really uncomfortable being on the lollipop at work it also gave me real bad migraines. In conclusion in my own study I have found 2 months on the nicotine replacement therapy isn't enough for me to break the gum habit just yet. So here's to another months worth of trail and error

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Apr 28 2020
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Struggles are real

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First day of quitting today
I have decided to just stop
Have tried before but never stuck to it due to anxiety and stress

Wish me luck

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Apr 28 2020
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Kick it to the Curb

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Good afternoon quit buddies. I wish you strength for today! Remember that you are the boss .. who is in control? YOU are! Kick that whinging nicodemon to the curb today where it belongs! Remember .. if you starve him out he will die (cue mental image of that horrid addiction, writhing and gasping for air as it dies). Don’t even allow it into your thoughts, keep focused on the joys of being a non-smoker. Think about the money you are saving, think about being able to breathe properly. Think about how wonderful you smell! Think about the example you are setting for your children and whanau.

Go you .. you wonderful thang you (Lady dances around, waving her pink pom poms)

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Apr 28 2020
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Day 2

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Well, day 2! Hanging in there. I feel really good about myself doing this but then reality sets in that its only day 2. The 4 D's really help me. I hope all is well with everyone.

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Apr 27 2020
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Grumpy too

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I was trying to reply to Isabel but it won’t let me...
Must be a male thing today. my husband was being a right pain in the bottom and I spent most of the day grumpy with him. He told me I shouldn’t of quit the nicotine gum cold turkey as it makes me irritable...would have been fine if he was not acting the way he was. Last time I attempted quitting I kicked a hole in the wall so we always go back to that incident even though I’m in a much better headspace. He’s never smoked so has no clue how hard it is! Every other attempt I get irritable and grumpy and he goes and tells me I need smokes it’s not the right time...I know he means well but I need him to be strong too and keep me on track not give in because it gets a bit challenging

We can everyone how strong we are 💪 ODAAT!

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Apr 27 2020
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Grumpy

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Today I had said no to my husband a few times when he asked if i wanted a hand. This became " your so grumpy today and being a b@¥%# you might as well start smoking again if your going to be like this" he must be feeling like he is missing out and trying to get me back on his smoking side. Not today. Today I just looked at him and calmly said " I'm allowed to be grumpy sometimes" and just carried on doing what I was doing he just got mad walked outside and lit a smoke. I think it is getting to him more now as he must have thought i would have given up giving up by now. Nope not today as i am showing how strong I can be to myself.
Btw all I was doing at his burst of anger was scooping out feijoas so I could cook them and i was finding it repetitive but satisfying. Filling my time out.
Just feeling unsupported at home. Thankfully I can come here and read or write and feel fully supported. ODAAT.

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Apr 27 2020
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The final straw

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Fun fact I just turned 21 in quarantine. Anyways.. my quit story started on the 17th of February. Ever since I started working for Downer we go on leadership courses once in Christchurch, the latest in Auckland. So on the last day on the course they asked everybody who can't pass a drug test and I put my hand up (I spin my weed with tobacco btw) and they stood me down for two weeks and from that day forward I made a means to myself finish this pack (both substances). Nicotine has been the root of all evil with me it made a non addictive drug addictive (marijuana). My point is nicotine has no positive, it's doesn't stress relives you it just adds to your drained nicotine receptors. And for me it's given an ugly stain on my front top teeth, I've lost all confidence smiling now, if that isn't enough to throw the habit out then the savings will.

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Apr 27 2020
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Smoking is not satisfying me anymore

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Smoking use to be my everything, from the wake up to the bedtime. I loved smoking. But now i am fed up with it, My lungs need fresh air and Nicotine is worsening my breathing, I've had enough. I cannot even imagine about it anymore. Smoking does not bring the satisfaction it once upon a time did. I have had enough of smoking cigarettes. If you love breathing great air of New Zealand instead of toxic then you should quit tomorrow. Because without tobacco or anything else, life will be a good life

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Apr 27 2020
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Just gave up 20yrs plus of smoking So over it

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There's a thousand good reasons to give up but not one good reason to keep smoking. I've tried giving up before, cold turkey and it didn't work. So this morning I decided after looking at my fingers that look like they have been shoved "you know" and had my morning cough cough cough. I went to the local chemist to buy some gum thinking it would cost me a fortune. $5 for a massive box of gum "WTF is this not advertised anywhere"??? or I might be blind from smoking? Anyway. I'm a 70's born guy & everyone I knew smoked. But after being in lockdown & wanting to hug people who are all non smokers now...I don't want to be that coughy stinky bloke anymore. I watched my auntie die of cancer in a hospital & when my dad & I had been outside for a smoke & came back in to see her. She literally tried to just smell the cigarette smoke on us. And yet 15yrs later I was still smoking... It's addictive no doubt but not unbeatable. Thank you all for being here. I now before anyone who has quit & I wish you all the best. We Got This.

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