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happy Sooooo Proud of Myself :D

Five and a half days without a cigarette and I'm buzzing.

For the first time, I feel like I'll never want to have a cigarette again. I can breathe easier and each morning I wake up without a tightness around my chest area and an unpleasant taste in my mouth.

I know it's still early days but I'm feeling confident in my ability to stay off the weed forever.  I'm also becoming perplexed as to why I ever smoked in the first place - it never did me any good and caused me plenty of harm.

I cut down from 50 to 20-30 and then from that to nothing. I struggled with going to zero cigarettes because I don't think my heart wanted me to stop smoking but in the end I allowed my brain to take over and took that leap of faith. It was really really scary but I'm so glad I did it !

happy Bona Fide Non Smoker

Well, I did cut down but it was hell in between waiting for cigarettes.

So, yesterday I finally stopped smoking. I feel such a sense of relief and freedom because I'm no longer counting down the minutes until I can have a cigarette.

I restarted the program to reset the counters in the members section because although i was smoking far less than before I didn't feel i was being honest with myself by having the counter say I'd stopped smoking when I hadn't.

Wish me luck guys. I'm hoping never to smoke ever again!

happy Restarted Quit Smoking Program

Member1184 had a relapse and restarted their Quit Smoking Program with The Stop Smoking College.

They aim to kick their 50 a day habit by using the following methods:

  • Willpower only

Their reasons for quitting include:

  • Better health
  • More money
  • To look and smell better
  • To save time
  • To improve their senses of smell and taste
  • To make a family or friend happy
  • To improve their fertility or the health of their children
  • To regain control of their life
  • For My Future Enterprise

sad No Progress :(

I'm gutted because I haven't been able to reduce my cigarette consumption since my last update. In fact, I smoked 30 cigarettes yesterday, which has really made me feel low.

I'm still pleased that I've been able to reduce my cigarettes from the 50 per day I was smoking a month ago but I had hoped to be on around 15 this week.

I've been up for 2 hours and I've smoked 4 cigarettes already, so I'm averaging around 1 every half hour. I think I'm going to try and smoke  only every hour for the rest of the day. This will mean that I'll have smoked less than 20 by bedtime, which will give me a boost.

I never thought I'd be able to smoke just 20 a day but since I've proven to myself it is possible, it has become easier. If I can prove to myself, I can smoke less than 20, I believe I'll find it easier to do it again, so it's imperative that I stick to my plan!

happy Smoking Is Time Consuming

I've been keeping to around 20 cigarettes a day, which I am very proud of (compared to my previous 50 cigarettes a day!).

Today I'm going to try and reduce it to just 15 cigarettes. I've had 3 so far and it's almost 1PM.

I didn't have any cigarettes left when I woke up and was kept busy most of the morning, so the cravings weren't too bad. At about 11, I had to drop a parcel off at the Post Office, so I bought a 10 pack of ciggies on the way.

As I stepped outside the shop and tried to light up my cigarette, the lighter broke! And I hadn't brought enough money with me to purchase a new one. So, I had to take a detour to my mum's house - she doesn't smoke but she has a gas-fired hob and an ignition stick to spark it. At my mum's, I couldn't find the ignition stick, so I went looking through all the cupboards until I managed to find one of my old lighters that I'd left there.

Finally able to light my cigarette, I went on my way, but I wondered how daft my actions must seem to a non-smoker. Hell, they even seemed stupid to me! I added 25 minutes to my journey time just so I could have a smoke!

When put into this perspective, it seems totally ridiculous.

indifferent From 50 To 24

I smoked 24 cigarettes today.

I'm disappointed because it's a little more than I wanted to (I set a limit of 20), but I'm also quite happy because I was smoking 50 a day, so that is less than half of my regular consumption.

Contrary to what I expected, I found it easier in the morning than the afternoon/evening. As the day progressed, so did the stresses (and today was a VERY stressful day).

I'm will try to stick to my 20 limit tomorrow. And if all goes well, I want to reduce my consumption throughout the week.

Wish me luck!

sad False Start!

Well, I buggered up my quit attempt not too long after I started!

I lasted until about noon and then I bought a packet of 10 cigarettes and smoked them. Then I bought a packet of 20 and smoked them, too. It's no real excuse but my kids were driving me up the wall! Without cigarettes to keep me calm, I was getting more and more irritable with them until I finally cracked.

Saying that, thirty is better than my usual 50 and today I only smoked 20, which is a massive difference.

Looking at some of the other diaries here, I see a few people have had success with cutting down their cigarette consumption, so that's what I'm going to try next. I'm going to try to keep to just 20 cigarettes again tomorrow and then reduce my consumption further on Tuesday.

It is Monday night and I have no cigarettes for tomorrow, so I'm going to leave it as long as I can before I reach for my first cigarette tomorrow - it will mean having to walk down to the shop so I won't be able to have one first thing.

Kids are still off school until Tuesday, so I don't want to keep snapping at them tomorrow because of my withdrawal symptoms, which is why I'm allowing myself a few smokes.

Maybe I will have more success by weaning myself off them slowly than I did by going straight from 50 to 0.

Danielle

happy The Day Before

T Minus 15 hours until I quit smoking forever. Can't wait to say goodby to those horrible little cancer sticks!

happy Enrolled on Stop Smoking College's Quit Smoking Program

Member1184 enrolled on the free online quit smoking program provided by The Stop Smoking College.

They aim to kick their 50 a day habit by using the following methods:

  • Willpower only

Their reasons for quitting include:

  • Better health
  • More money
  • To look and smell better
  • To save time
  • To improve their senses of smell and taste
  • To make a family or friend happy
  • To improve their fertility or the health of their children
  • To regain control of their life
  • Because I hate it