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Do consider if you are new to giving up smoking

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  1. mike o
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    Many ad campaigns for stopping smoking although well intentioned do give the impression quitting smoking is a short term willpower effort that manifests into a snowball of unstoppable momentum, benefits and becalmed sea of plain sailing soon after.

    Somehow also quitting smoking is portrayed as a portal in time, that will transport you back to the you you were before you smoked. As soon as you stop you will become the you you were miraculously before you began smoking; like something from a science fiction movie. 

    All quit attempts are different experiences do bear in mind but to manage expectations here:

    On stopping smoking you will not be transported to the you of 25 years ago- you won’t be running the 100metres in 10 seconds, be the Center of attention at the disco necessarily or fitting into your size 6 hot pants- you are 25 years older after all😀

    Your life won’t necessarily be magically different or better- it will be the life you have just without smoking.

    conversely - if something not your liking happens, such as you lose money on the stock market, the freezer defrosts and all your food has to be binned, or you bang your head, it’s not because you’ve given up smoking, and if you were smoking that this would have somehow prevented it; or that by smoking somehow smoking will make the situation better and more manageable to palate. That’s nonsense too. Stuff happens whether you inhale tobacco or not.

    Also, every attempt is individual- you may feel extremely tired as I did - you may start comfort eating being kranky having mood swings drink gallons of caffeinated drinks daily to stay awake; become forgetful, feel depressed, angry, tearful, be lethargic, gain weight- I felt & experienced all of these things.

    Don’t feel worried if you are not living up to the experience depicted on NRT ads as seen on tv - that you should be roller skating down the street in your first week, playing soccer in a team or or in a swanky bar surrounded by scores of friends being courted by admirers.

    However, do touch base with a CA quitting advisor for support and do use the forum for peer support. If you feel unhealthy physically or mentally 10-14 days still after quitting (or sooner if you feel it is not you or you are concerned) speak to your doctor.

    I am 6 weeks into stopping smoking- And yes, I have lost money in the stock market this week, had to bin all of my freezer food and have banged my head every day - this has nothing to do with giving smoking-would not have been avoided by continuing smoking and wouldn’t have been helped by starting smoking.

    All the best with your quit attempt.



  2. optimist
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    Wow, great post!  That's a keeper.  So true.  
    Congratulations on 6 successful weeks and best wishes for many more to come.
  3. mike o
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    Thanks Optimist much appreciated!
  4. mike o
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    Well, 6 months in and haven’t returned to smoking cigarettes. I have had occasions where I have smoked cigars but those dalliances have now passed also. I stand by my initial post about managing expectations. I am glad I have quit and do feel magainally better for it, but not better to the extent you see on the quit adverts that people are scaling mountains after 2 weeks. I would say I am a bit better for it. Like not drinking and not having a hangover the next day. I probably have felt the need to rest more and sleep more. I haven’t felt any more energetic or inspired to take up new hobbies. My additional stone in weight has stayed with me. Don’t see that changing quickly. The takeaway for me is well, it’s life minus cigarettes. Like life minus a chocolate bar. You will have more money and won’t gain weight or rot your teeth but other than that you are the same old you.Although you won’t really notice!
  5. dublinguy
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    Well done mike o for sticking with it and reaching 6 months. That's a massive milestone in the journey and you should be really proud of yourself. But be vigilant and on your guard. I got to 6 months back in June but my stupid addicted brain told me I would be able to have pone or two while drinking and Id be fine.. wrong! it landed me right back at square one trying to quit all over again. So well done but remain focussed. And reward yourself for reaching this huge milestone. Now on with the next 6 months to get to a year.
  6. Fisher Guy
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    Way to go Mikeo. A great milestone. I can tell you the cravings do get better, but they also pop up very strong once in a while. This happened to me , but NOPE did it;s work. On to # 7. 
  7. jb63
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    Congrats Mike That’s a great accomplishment   Be proud of yourself.
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