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  • K67K67 Leicestershire Posts: 1,516
    Well done!
    Main thing is if you do  fail is to start again but with encouragement you will do it.
    People think its easier to give up smoking than drugs but a friend who gave up both said smoking was harder.
    Keep your hands occupied with something helps. 
  • FireFire LondonPosts: 7,403
    Congratulations HW!
  • Valley GardenerValley Gardener Posts: 1,892
    Anyone giving up smoking has my greatest respect,well done hogweed,you are doing amazingly well,a big hug from me! The best thing is that your lungs will clear,and you will feel so much better.
    My hubby used to suck Polos,graduating up to Fishermans friends,but it worked,we could smell mint all the time,much better than smoke!😁
    The whole truth is an instrument that can only be played by an expert.
  • FlinsterFlinster Posts: 852
    Well done, I’m so pleased for you!

    Thanks Dove.

  • I'm so sorry I didn't see this thread until just now and missed your tough day. I hope you're still going strong. I gave up almost 5 years ago now after around 40 years of smoking and haven't had one since. I had done the Mark Twain thing, i.e. "giving up is easy, I've done it thousands of times", but the things that eventually worked for me were:
    1. Don't replace the fags with a replacement. Go cold turkey and you'll see results sooner.
    2. Try to get out and about, go for long walks. I eventually started jogging and then running but you don't have to go that far. Just don't sit on the sofa fixating on your will power.
    3. When you get the craving don't try to ignore it, embrace it as the drug addiction desperately trying to trick you - but you won't be tricked.
    4. Be aware of the 3's. Third day, third week and third month are for most people the most difficult. Be aware of it but don't worry about it. Once you're over them it's a lot easier. You've already got past the first one and I even forgot about the third month as by that time I was well and truly free of it.
    5. If you see someone smoking actively feel sorry for them. It's nothing against them but is part of re-wiring your brain.
    6. If you've got a smart phone there's an app called Quit-It. Although it's good for showing how much money you're saving what I really liked was the health timer, which counts off things like your carbon monoxide levels returning to that of a non-smoker, your risk of heart disease now being half that of someone still smoking, etc.

    I hope some of that is helpful if very long winded. Different things will strike a chord with different people and I'm sure you'll find yours.
    “Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm.” Winston Churchill
  • josusa47josusa47 Posts: 3,532
    edited July 2018
    Good morning, @hogweed, wake up and smell the flowers, and the coffee, and really taste the coffee!  Welcome to another smoke free day, and week, and your first smoke free month. We're all rooting for you, and the godly among us are praying.  I can relate to what Laura said about the tastebuds.  When my dad stopped smoking, (alas, too late), he found he no longer liked some foods he'd always enjoyed, such as oranges and dark chocolate, because the flavour was too intense.  At first he thought it must be a side effect of the cancer medication.  Then it dawned on him that he was finding out for the first time what those things really tasted like.  Like you, he'd smoked since his teens.

    @Dovefromabove, that was a sad story about your mum's macular.  My mum developed it years after my dad died, and is now blind in one eye and 90% blind in the other.  I was going to read your message to her, but thought better of it.  She adored my father, and it would sully her memory of him if she thought he'd contributed to her sight loss.
  • Hiya Hogweed! I am a quit smoking specialist and deal with other people’s cravings all the time :)

    i know I’m a bit late to the party, but my BEST advice that I can give you is that a craving can only last a max of 2 minutes! So, as long as you go off and distract yourself (maybe go out in the garden and have potter) for 2 mins, that craving will lift.

    its the main thing that’s kept me smoke free for about 10 years now!! :) 

  • I used to run for fitness, and whenever I started to flag, I'd set my sights on something up ahead, a tree or a parked car, and tell myself, just get that far and then you can take a rest.  Then when I reached that goal, I'd set myself another and keep on going.  Do you think the same approach might work when cravings strike ...  "I won't have a cigarette now, I'll have one in 10 minutes time,". By which time you'll have forgotten you wanted one.

    Yes, exactly this! 
  • Well done. A big gold star for you. Hang in there. GOOD LUCK.
  • LauraRoslinLauraRoslin Posts: 496
    My weirdest experience when giving up was trying to eat a cheese sandwich with my brain insisting it was fish.  

    Now, I've been vegetarian for 38 years so I've totally forgotten what fish tastes like.  And I made those sandwiches myself so I know for certain they were cheese.   But my brain still kept telling me they were fish, to the point where I began to doubt it myself!  

    The only explanation I can come up with is that suddenly I could taste the salt in the cheese much more than before and this confused my tastebuds so much it confused my brain.  Add to that the ability to smell much more and there you go.
    I wish I was a glow worm
    A glow worm's never glum
    Cos how can you be grumpy
    When the sun shines out your bum!
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