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mirandashell
04-11-2013, 09:17 PM
Ok this is it. I have to do it this time, at least until pay day.... LOL!

I have finally been pushed too far and can no longer afford to smoke. I am now officially giving up smoking. I'm wearing my first nicotine patch and they don't half bloody itch! I'm trying to ignore it as that is keeping my mind off not smoking. Nearly.....


Oh well, it has to be done.


But some encouragement would be really nice? :o

Lavern08
04-11-2013, 09:20 PM
Go for it - You can do it!

Smoking doesn't have power over you ...

YOU have power over smoking! ;)

mirandashell
04-11-2013, 09:26 PM
Hmmm.... not sure about that....


But thank you for the cheer!

Cella
04-11-2013, 09:36 PM
You can do it!
:hooray:

mirandashell
04-11-2013, 09:48 PM
Thank you!

buz
04-11-2013, 09:55 PM
:snoopy::snoopy:
:partyguy:
:hooray::banana::Jump:
:Cake::Clap::Clap::Clap::Hail::Hail::Hail:
:TheWave::PartySmil
:e2grouphu:e2arms:
:Hug2:

Siri Kirpal
04-11-2013, 09:57 PM
Sat Nam! (literally "Truth Name"--a Sikh greeting)

You can do it, you can do it, you can, you can!

Good for you! Prayers going UP!

Blessings,

Siri Kirpal

Mclesh
04-11-2013, 10:04 PM
You can do it! (If my husband could quit, then you can.) Keep us posted!

:snoopy::snoopy::snoopy:

SWest
04-11-2013, 10:04 PM
:eek:


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What?

It's an emergency.

:D


And just think how nice it will be to have the lights turned back on.

:Hug2:

onesecondglance
04-11-2013, 10:15 PM
What are you going to spend all the money you save from not buying cigarettes on? Apart from nicotine patches, of course.

Williebee
04-11-2013, 10:17 PM
Congratulations. It's an awful challenge, but every day, every hour, is an awesome accomplishment.

WAY TO GO, YOU!

mirandashell
04-11-2013, 10:17 PM
What are you going to spend all the money you save from not buying cigarettes on? Apart from nicotine patches, of course.

Well.... I've got a couple of things to pay off first.

Then the plan is to save up enough to buy two tickets for a Bears game at Soldier Field. Plus flights and hotels obviously. I did want to do it this year but it looks like it will be next year now.

mirandashell
04-11-2013, 10:19 PM
OMG! I got Dancing Bananas!

I think I might cry......

Balthynu
04-11-2013, 10:22 PM
I wish you all the luck and perserverence in the world. I've been battling the buggers for few years now. It's a war of attrition. Getting the cigarettes out of your head is the hard part. I did the patches as well for a while. They do itch but after a few days you it really just becomes all about overcoming the headology of it all. If I did you can trust me.

mirandashell
04-11-2013, 10:23 PM
Ooh a new friend. Hello!

I know it's going to be tough cos I've tried before. I'm just hoping the patches will get me over the wild mood swings and the foul temper.

Maryn
04-11-2013, 10:24 PM
Oh, bullshit. (Pardon my language.) Of course you can do it. Without the patch if need be. It's easier than dieting. Easier than giving up TV or pleasure reading. Easier than vigorous exercise daily.

I smoked for a whole lot of years, and I quit when a dear friend in my critique group died of an illness related to his smoking--for a lot fewer years. Were there times it was really hard? You betcha. Did I cheat? Not until I'd been clean for six months. Do I still cheat? Maybe once a year, if that. Have I relapsed and gone back to smoking? Not really. Did I gain weight? A little, but I can't really blame the non-smoking, since I viewed it as license to overindulge. Was it worth it? Oh, yeah, big-time.

My doctor said it was probably the best thing I could possibly do for my health, both long-term and immediate. Better than exercising, better than eating right, better than weight loss. Quality of life and length would both be positively impacted. He was right.

I have colds far less often. My sinuses may be permanently damaged, but I have fewer sinus infections. I never get a respiratory problem which involves a cough. I smell okay (I think!). Food tastes way better. I can exercise without huffing and puffing as much as I did a decade ago.

I found holding my breath when the craving got bad was helpful in waiting it out--and invisible to others until my face got red. Try it.

It helped to stay away from places where there's smoking whenever possible. The sight of people enjoying cigarettes, even the smell, is too tempting for the first several months. Not allowing anyone to smoke in your house is wise, including people who live there. I cannot buy cigarettes, ever, nor can I ask people I know to give me one, ever.

The only exception to that is if we learn the earth is going to be pulverized in a short time. I'm buying a carton of Marlboroughs and a good big supply of Ben and Jerry's ice cream, several cases of wine, and just waiting.

You can do this, and we can cackle together at the nursing home about it when we're in our upper 90s. Deal?

Maryn, clean except for her mind

mirandashell
04-11-2013, 10:25 PM
Deal.

onesecondglance
04-11-2013, 10:25 PM
Well.... I've got a couple of things to pay off first.

Then the plan is to save up enough to buy two tickets for a Bears game at Soldier Field. Plus flights and hotels obviously. I did want to do it this year but it looks like it will be next year now.

Nice one! :)

mirandashell
04-11-2013, 10:27 PM
Well, it's the goal I'm aiming for. The thing I'll keep in mind when I really want a fag....

Cella
04-11-2013, 10:30 PM
There are a few threads over in conquering challenges for support for smokers who are quitting, too. :)

mirandashell
04-11-2013, 10:31 PM
Ah cool. I didn't think to look there.

I'll head over when I need a hug.

Thanks

Cella
04-11-2013, 10:35 PM
Welcome!

Some of them aren't very current, but still full of good vibes and friendly support.

Snowstorm
04-11-2013, 10:38 PM
{{{{hugs}}}}

Shakesbear
04-11-2013, 10:38 PM
Well, it's the goal I'm aiming for. The thing I'll keep in mind when I really want a fag....

You don't really want a fag - you want to kick the nasty things out of your life. I know you can do this! :snoopy:< Miranda stamping on the fags!

Alpha Echo
04-11-2013, 10:39 PM
Yay! You can do it! You'll be so happy when you do! :)

mirandashell
04-11-2013, 10:40 PM
Thank you both.

For those who have given up, what's the best thing to chew on when you need to? Preferably not food as I don't want to balloon.

mirandashell
04-11-2013, 11:49 PM
3 and half hours and I need a fag.......

SWest
04-11-2013, 11:55 PM
*slips plastic bag over Miranda's head, hold it tightly around her neck*


*taps foot, whistles*


*waits for Miranda to relax and stop clawing after her purse*


:banana:

mirandashell
04-11-2013, 11:57 PM
<cough cough cough>


Thank you!

SWest
04-12-2013, 12:00 AM
Office Party cares!

:Thumbs:

Maryn
04-12-2013, 01:02 AM
Office Party also cracks me up.

mirandashell
04-12-2013, 01:04 AM
LOL!

The craving seems to come and go in waves. Which is odd.

Paul
04-12-2013, 01:20 AM
3 and half hours and I need a fag.......
dont fret.

the first ten years is the hard part. easy peasy after that.

:evil



Nah, just relax, get into an alternative habit, like eating a carrot, or playing solitaire, or chewing gum, or writing a magnum opus...

mirandashell
04-12-2013, 01:25 AM
don't fret.

the first ten years is the hard part. easy peasy after that.



Oh good. Thanks for that.

:cry:

I need something to do with my mouth..... any ideas. Clean ones please!

Paul
04-12-2013, 01:28 AM
LOL!

The craving seems to come and go in waves. Which is odd.
that's Nick O'Teen catching his breath and fighting back.

He'll be gone in a day or so - physically.


Occasionally he'll pop into your head - you'll claim 'he wasn't all bad'


but he was.

he was the worse relationship you ever had.




(yes, they personified nicotine with an Irish name. thankfully it didnt last long - despite the brilliance of my interpretation)

re: mouth, gobstoppers/ gum/

mirandashell
04-12-2013, 01:29 AM
So it's only a couple of days before the 'hungry all over' feeling goes away? Oh good. I can do that.

Then I guess it's the mental craving I have to deal with. At least the patches are keeping my temper in check.

SWest
04-12-2013, 01:31 AM
LOL!

The craving seems to come and go in waves. Which is odd.

See? With this one decision, you've tapped into the very Nature of life, the universe and everything.


...
I need something to do with my mouth..... any ideas. Clean ones please!

In the U.S., we treat everything with chewing gum.

:Shrug:


- take up biting your nails

- lemon drops

- play the kazoo (or bagpipes)

- learn to speak Italian

mirandashell
04-12-2013, 01:33 AM
I was thinking maybe chewing on a drinking straw? It's nearly the right diameter and I can stick a roach in the end to get the texture. But then maybe finding a replacement isn't the answer. I need to cut it dead.

Paul
04-12-2013, 01:33 AM
So it's only a couple of days before the 'hungry all over' feeling goes away? Oh good. I can do that.

Then I guess it's the mental craving I have to deal with. At least the patches are keeping my temper in check.
yeah. trick is not to give the process to much credence or power - ie dont define it as craving, define it as an irritating boring old ex-friend you want to avoid.

Still, every one has their own approach.

best of luck with it

mirandashell
04-12-2013, 01:35 AM
Thanks Paul. I'm doing it in baby steps. Get through till tomorrow morning.... get through to tomorrow afternoon.... and so on.

Cliff Face
04-12-2013, 01:51 AM
When I quit cold turkey years ago, I was fine by day 3. So yes, just get through those first few days!

(Says he who started smoking again when dating a smoker and hasn't managed to quit again yet...)

Glad you're doing this. :)

ElaineA
04-12-2013, 03:59 AM
Miranda, just a random AWer here wishing you all the best as you try to quit. Your lungs, your heart and your loved ones will thank you when you're a hundred and three. (Unless you're all crotchety when you're 103. Then, I can't vouch for your loved ones. ;) )

BradyH1861
04-12-2013, 04:04 AM
I quit "Cold Turkey". May 18th will be my one year anniversary without Nick O'Tine.

I was a 1 and a half to 2 pack a day smoker for 12 years.

Trust me, you can do. Start telling yourself that you are a non-smoker, not an ex-smoker. As long as you are an ex-smoker, you can start up again. So say that you are a non-smoker.

That helped me. Also, they say the first three days are bad, and they are. But you may get some intense cravings on the 7th day. I did and I almost slipped up.

Good luck!

Jersey Chick
04-12-2013, 04:15 AM
You can do it!! I quit almost five years ago (after many attempts) and it does get easier.

I find now that it smells awful and when I'm anywhere near cigarettes, I'm not even tempted, although once in a blue moon, I'll get a craving, but it passes in the blink of an eye.

Good luck!!!

calieber
04-12-2013, 05:42 AM
Good luck! Congratulations!

ETA, from a blog post I wrote for my main client:


If you can hang in there for two weeks, you’ll find your cigarette cravings are almost completely gone. It all gets better from there.

Balthynu
04-12-2013, 06:20 AM
the mood swings and bad temper will definitely pass and people who know what you're doing will give you some slack. What I found the worse was the downers where my nicotine addled brain tried to convince what was the point of stopping blah blah blah. But when I gave into those voices and smoked i felt like a bigger chump than ever. Don't listen to the voices!

Haggis
04-12-2013, 06:29 AM
Thank you both.

For those who have given up, what's the best thing to chew on when you need to? Preferably not food as I don't want to balloon.

Ballooning is an equitable trade off. But if you don't have to, all the better.


LOL!

The craving seems to come and go in waves. Which is odd.
Whether you smoke again or not, you'll get cravings. Whether you smoke again or not, those cravings will go away. The cravings will decrease over time but only if you don't smoke.

Liralen
04-12-2013, 07:02 AM
(((((HUGS))))) and support!

I've never smoked so I won't pretend to know what you're going through, but I've had so many friends who have quit. Several of them found that loading up and vitamin C, and especially drinking grapefruit juice when the cravings hit really helped.

Cliff Face
04-12-2013, 07:36 AM
And if you really feel the need to stab something, stab your food.








What? That's good advice!

Shakesbear
04-12-2013, 08:34 AM
Oh good. Thanks for that.

:cry:

I need something to do with my mouth..... any ideas. Clean ones please!

A friend who gave up kept a packet of large chocolate buttons with her all the time. She would pop one in her mouth, when the craving got bad, and leave it to dissolve slowly, savouring the flavour. What encouraged her was the increase in the flavour of the chocolate as the days went by. I know you said no food but chocolate is not food.

evilrooster
04-12-2013, 11:41 AM
I think Anne Robinson was the one who recommended taking a drink of water every time you craved a cigarette. Then instead of getting up and stretching your legs for a smoking break, you could go to the loo for away-from-desk time. And as a bonus, you stay nicely hydrated.

Good luck with the quitting. It would be really good to have you around for many years to come, and this is a big part of making that happen.

mirandashell
04-12-2013, 02:07 PM
Thank you everyone. The moral support is really helping. Especially today when the 'hungry all over' is *really* kicking my arse.

But it will be over soon so I'm hanging in there.

And thanks for all the tips.

Princess Marina
04-12-2013, 02:40 PM
Sorry Miranda but although all those methods work for some. Only one method really works for everyone. You have to be absolutely determined to give up. No nagging, hypnosis or redirection persuade an addiction simply to go away. So while you suffer and i knwo what it is like because I give up for some months every year, I'm going outside for a filthy drag. Cough, cough!

mirandashell
04-12-2013, 02:42 PM
Well...... thanks for that.


:Shrug:

onesecondglance
04-12-2013, 04:01 PM
Heh. Not really a lot you can say to that, is there?

On the bright side, it's FRIDAY! :D

Haggis
04-12-2013, 04:04 PM
Day 2. You never have to go through Day 1 again. :) It's all downhill from here.

mirandashell
04-12-2013, 04:04 PM
Yey! It's Friday!

And I'm leaving early so I can go to the market and buy wool and do lots of knitting. And some puzzle magazines.

mirandashell
04-12-2013, 04:05 PM
Day 2. You never have to go through Day 1 again. :) It's all downhill from here.


True!

Maryn
04-12-2013, 06:10 PM
I agree that your mouth needs something to do that isn't smoking. When you're out getting your wool, pick up no-calorie beverages (fruit-laced water is lovely, especially the lemon and raspberry) and lots of tins of various breath mints like TicTacs and Altoids. They'll help you ignore the craving.

Day One is the worst. Day Two's a bit easier--and you're already on your way to kicking your addiction's ass.

Maryn, watching it rain and rain and rain

mirandashell
04-12-2013, 07:38 PM
Thank you Maryn. I already have Polo Mints at work to freshen my breath when I had a smoke so I've been throwing those down my neck like a mad thing today.

My boss did mention cinnamon sticks. They not only taste nice, they are about the size and shape of a cigarette and good to suck on. So I might give those a try.

And thank you to everyone for the support. It's really helping.

Shakesbear
04-12-2013, 07:43 PM
Chocolate. Get chocolate. You can melt it and dip the cinnamon sticks in it. mmmmm

Haggis
04-12-2013, 07:45 PM
Thank you Maryn. I already have Polo Mints at work to freshen my breath when I had a smoke so I've been throwing those down my neck like a mad thing today.

My boss did mention cinnamon sticks. They not only taste nice, they are about the size and shape of a cigarette and good to suck on. So I might give those a try.

And thank you to everyone for the support. It's really helping.
Cinnamon sticks work. So do pretzels. And hold a pencil in your hand just like you would a cigarette. It all helps.

mirandashell
04-12-2013, 07:46 PM
Stop tempting me, you naughty Bear!

I am trying not to put weight on. If I start using chocolate as a nicotine substitute, I won't be able to get through the door! LOL!

mirandashell
04-12-2013, 07:47 PM
Cinnamon sticks work. So do pretzels. And hold a pencil in your hand just like you would a cigarette. It all helps.

Cool. I shall get some of those then.


And I've already chewed through one pencil....... LOL!

John Olexa
04-12-2013, 07:56 PM
I was kinda lucky, I quit 17 years ago. I got the flu, sickest I have ever been in my life for 6 days. By the time I felt somewhat human again it had been almost 2 weeks without smoking. I've heard the first 3 days are the hardest, that if you make it past that point you have a good chance.

mirandashell
04-12-2013, 08:51 PM
Really? Wow. That's never happened with me. I was laid out for a week once but still wanted to smoke once I was better. Although that was probably habit. I liked smoking so guess I wasn't ready to give it up.

Chase
04-12-2013, 09:00 PM
Kudos and good luck on your quitting smokes. :Clap: I quit in the '70s when a pack of 20 jumped to 50 cents. I suffered but was attending college and couldn't afford 'em. As others have said, each day . . . each week . . . each month gets better. :e2heartbe

mirandashell
04-12-2013, 10:08 PM
50 cents? Hooooo! LOL!

Here, cigs have quadrupled in price in the last 15 years and now I just don't earn enough.

Ah well, saving lots of money!

Shakesbear
04-12-2013, 10:20 PM
Stop tempting me, you naughty Bear!

I am trying not to put weight on. If I start using chocolate as a nicotine substitute, I won't be able to get through the door! LOL!

:evil Sensible use of a certain substance (see, the Bear is being good and not mentioning choco - oops!) will not increase your size. Really. It won't. If it does you can always get a new door. :evil

Friendly Frog
04-12-2013, 11:21 PM
Not sure if it'll be any help to you, but an acquintance of mine who quit, managed to keep at it by reminding himself of just what kind of substances are in cigarettes each time he craved one. (He decided to quit not long after he learned nicotine's actually used as pesticide.)

Good luck.:) :Hug2:

mirandashell
04-12-2013, 11:24 PM
Thanks Frog!

Komnena
04-12-2013, 11:40 PM
GO MIRANDA!!!!GO MIRANDA!!!!YOU CAN DO IT!!!!!

Al Stevens
04-12-2013, 11:47 PM
3 and half hours and I need a fag.......
This is the worst it gets. If you can bear this, you have it licked. Each hour past this is easier.

I quit a two-packs-a-day-unfiltered-Camels habit cold turkey. It took about three days to lose the craving. I was thirty. I'm told that it takes a bit longer the older you are.

They say if you get to the 3rd day of the 3rd week of the 3rd month, you're unhooked.

So, if you quit on New Year's Eve, you have to make it to St. Patrick's Day. Drink green beer, but don't smoke.

Keep telling everyone you've quit and won't go back. That way if you do you look foolish and weak.

Good luck and keep us posted.

mirandashell
04-13-2013, 12:54 AM
Thanks Al. And well done on quitting the Camels. Thanks Komnena.

Cliff Face
04-13-2013, 01:06 AM
The real stumbling point for me was waking up on day 2, because I normally have one as soon as I get up. So if you've made it past the morning, you're doing fantastic. Keep it up!

Maryn
04-13-2013, 01:14 AM
This weekend, air out your house and car, if you smoked in them. Empty the car's ashtray, and in the house, scrub, and stow all ashtrays. Consider shampooing carpet if you smoked inside. Renting a do-it-yourself machine isn't terribly expensive. Over time, plan to launder all decorative fabric items--quilt or comforter, curtains, throws--which live in a room where you smoked. Now that your nose is going to start working better, you don't want it to smell stale cigarette smoke and ash like it did when you still smoked.

Note that verb tense? Of course you did. You're a writer. It's time to think of yourself as a person who smoked, not who smokes.

Maryn, who doesn't look so good in her cheerleader uniform but has lots of pep

mirandashell
04-13-2013, 01:16 AM
I do too usually and I was a bit worried about but the patches helped. And I always keep them in the same place and just refused to look there until I'd had a coffee.

I think it's going be tomorrow and Sunday that will be difficult cos I can easily distract myself at work but that's harder at home. Still, I've got this far......

What usually makes you start again, Cliff?

mirandashell
04-13-2013, 01:17 AM
This weekend, air out your house and car, if you smoked in them. Empty the car's ashtray, and in the house, scrub, and stow all ashtrays. Consider shampooing carpet if you smoked inside. Renting a do-it-yourself machine isn't terribly expensive. Over time, plan to launder all decorative fabric items--quilt or comforter, curtains, throws--which live in a room where you smoked. Now that your nose is going to start working better, you don't want it to smell stale cigarette smoke and ash like it did when you still smoked.

Note that verb tense? Of course you did. You're a writer. It's time to think of yourself as a person who smoked, not who smokes.

Maryn, who doesn't look so good in her cheerleader uniform but has lots of pep


That's great advice but I can't do it yet cos OH is still smoking. It would be unfair to ask him to stop so I'm just gonna have to cope with it.

Maze Runner
04-13-2013, 01:19 AM
You can do it, Miranda. It's is a bitch, no doubt. And isn't it true, someone will correct me if I'm wrong, (I half hope that I am) that the additives they put in cigarettes make them even more addicting? Anyway, I'm right now 4 months into my last attempt to quit. I quit once for ten years and started again! I sit here at this moment, puffing away on one of those friggin' vapor things that deliver the nicotine without the smoke, and without as much satisfaction, too. I know I'm still addicted to nicotine, but I've been lowering the levels so that I am, I hope, weaning myself off.

I tried the patches last time I quit. They did get me off fairly quickly- remember to be sure to take them off when you go to bed or you'll have some of those weird, intense, LSD like nightmares. My mother, a smoker since she was in her teens, died a few years ago from lung cancer, and since then the pressure I've been getting from family for me to stop, has been NON stop.

The mutha of the thing, is I can't remember the time when I didn't crave a cigarette, whether I was smoking or not.

mirandashell
04-13-2013, 01:36 AM
A lot of people have said to me that it never totally goes away and every now and again, even after years of not smoking, it will creep up on you unexpectedly.

But I know that for me, it's my drug. It's the one I was born to be addicted to. So if I can get through this, I can get through it again.

And I feel for you too. The nagging never works. Never. But I also understand that they are doing it out of fear and concern for you. So have a hug.

Cliff Face
04-13-2013, 02:10 AM
What usually makes you start again, Cliff?

Well, this is a little more information than I care to broadcast often, but I have schizophrenia, and what makes me start again is the horrible feeling of an episode.

Like, I just feel like I'm going to die and can't cope and everything is scary and aggravating...

When I quit last time, it was before I developed the illness, and while it was hard, I could get through it without too much troubles. But now, it's a lot harder.


A lot of people have said to me that it never totally goes away and every now and again, even after years of not smoking, it will creep up on you unexpectedly.

This seems to be because other people still smoke, and you'll occasionally breathe second-hand nicotine, even if you try to avoid it. But once you've reached a point where it's no longer a habit/ritual/whatever of something to do with your hands, taking a 5 minute break from life, that sort of thing - once you're past that mentality, it shouldn't be that difficult in resisting the cravings that you'll get occasionally, years from now.

sassandgroove
04-13-2013, 03:10 AM
I believe in you Miranda!

mirandashell
04-13-2013, 06:34 PM
Thank you Sass!

Cliff, sorry if I made you feel you had to reveal that.

SWest
04-13-2013, 06:43 PM
*organizes surveillance equipment*


*watches Miranda all weekend*


O,O









:hi:


:D

mirandashell
04-13-2013, 06:59 PM
Arrggghhhhhh! Get those cameras out of my bathroom!

SWest
04-13-2013, 07:06 PM
Oh, no you don't!

Like we haven't heard that one before...

mirandashell
04-13-2013, 07:11 PM
Eh?

SWest
04-13-2013, 07:14 PM
The old Privacy trick - oldest trick in the book.

Speaking of books: now you'll have both hands entirely free to write the grandest, most spectacularest book ever in the history of books.

Go on. Get some paper. I'll wait...

O,O

Lavern08
04-13-2013, 07:23 PM
... an acquintance of mine quit - (He decided to quit not long after he learned nicotine's actually used as pesticide.)

Not to mention the formaldehyde, ammonia, etc. that are used as additives in cigarettes :rant:


(I know this because I worked in the R&D dept. @ Philip Morris several years ago) ;)

mirandashell
04-13-2013, 08:21 PM
The old Privacy trick - oldest trick in the book.

Speaking of books: now you'll have both hands entirely free to write the grandest, most spectacularest book ever in the history of books.

Go on. Get some paper. I'll wait...

O,O

Nice to know I'm trusted.......


:tongue

Williebee
04-13-2013, 08:46 PM
I believe in you Miranda!

Just quoting this to plug in another +1!

Be proud of yourself for every hour, every day without a cigarette.

It's like words on the WIP, moving from can do to hell yes, I did.

Go yoU!

Snowstorm
04-13-2013, 09:00 PM
Just in case you need some distraction, Miranda:

https://i.chzbgr.com/maxW500/7295942144/hE90E79AD/

JKRowley
04-13-2013, 09:27 PM
What a great thing you are doing for yourself. Maybe it would help to see the benefits you are gaining with each hour, each day, each week away from the fags.

http://www.whyquit.com/whyquit/A_Benefits_Time_table.html

mirandashell
04-13-2013, 09:53 PM
Thanks for the timetable and support to you both.

And Snowstorm, what on earth have they done to that poor horse?! LOL!

Haggis
04-13-2013, 09:57 PM
How much money have you saved so far? How much will it be when you've made it through the first week?

SWest
04-13-2013, 09:59 PM
And can you lend me a tenner?

mirandashell
04-13-2013, 10:01 PM
Well, I bought my last packet on Thursday morning. (I haven't smoked them, they are on the window shelf). Haven't bought any since so that 16 I've saved. After 7 days that's ...(hold on I need a calculator....) 56 (yeah I know my maths is terrible!) So after a month that's 224. A year will be ..... 2,290!


Fuck me.....


How much are Bears tickets?

mirandashell
04-13-2013, 10:01 PM
And can you lend me a tenner?


Yep!

Friendly Frog
04-14-2013, 01:44 AM
Not to mention the formaldehyde, ammonia, etc. that are used as additives in cigarettes :rant:


(I know this because I worked in the R&D dept. @ Philip Morris several years ago) ;)
Yeah, I'm not surprised he's hasn't relapsed as far as I know after reading the list of ingredients myself. Sometimes I wonder how that stuff stays legal.:Shrug:

mirandashell
04-14-2013, 01:48 AM
The lessons of Prohibition, I expect.

Cliff Face
04-14-2013, 01:52 AM
Cliff, sorry if I made you feel you had to reveal that.

No, it's quite alright. I'm not ashamed of it - just a private sort of person. :)


Well, I bought my last packet on Thursday morning. (I haven't smoked them, they are on the window shelf). Haven't bought any since so that 16 I've saved. After 7 days that's ...(hold on I need a calculator....) 56 (yeah I know my maths is terrible!) So after a month that's 224. A year will be ..... 2,290!


Fuck me.....

Expensive buggers, aren't they? I vote that once you stop having the cravings, you go out and buy yourself something nice. :)

Like a new guitar (for me). ;)

Okay, okay... I'll let you play the guitar a few times too. (Geez, I'm such a softy.)

mirandashell
04-14-2013, 01:55 AM
I can't play so you'll have to play it for me. Learn some tango.

Cliff Face
04-14-2013, 01:58 AM
Will a death metal tango suffice? :D

Actually, if I ever got married (and married a fellow metalhead) I'd love to figure out our "first dance" to be a mix of a tango (or somesuch sexy dance) but with some metal moves mixed in, to a really brutal song.

/random

Maryn
04-14-2013, 01:59 AM
Really, you've bought a pack which is just sitting around? When I joined Weight Watchers, I didn't buy the five-pound box of chocolate cremes, too. ;)

If it were me, that would constitute permission to smoke them. Give them away? Lock them someplace difficult to access? Destroy them?

In light of this thread, I asked the clerk at a store with a cigarette display what a pack costs now. (This is in New York state, well away from New York city.) He said it depends on brand, but the "name" ones come to a total of $9.85 per pack of 20.

I felt really old. When I had my heaviest habit--about a pack and a half a day--I think they were something like sixty cents. It's amazing to me that where I live, most of those who smoke appear to be young people or blue-collar workers. How can they afford it?

Maryn, sure you can find a better use for the money

mirandashell
04-14-2013, 02:00 AM
I don't really know what death metal is but I'm sure you could adapt a tango for it. They'll be having that on Dancing with the Stars/Strictly at some point.....

mirandashell
04-14-2013, 02:02 AM
Really, you've bought a pack which is just sitting around? When I joined Weight Watchers, I didn't buy the five-pound box of chocolate cremes, too. ;)

If it were me, that would constitute permission to smoke them. Give them away? Lock them someplace difficult to access? Destroy them?

Maryn, sure you can find a better use for the money

Actually, it works for me. I know they are there so if things get really really desperate, I can just smoke one. And knowing that actually keeps me calmer about it. Sounds odd I know but it is working.

Cliff Face
04-14-2013, 02:11 AM
I don't really know what death metal is but I'm sure you could adapt a tango for it. They'll be having that on Dancing with the Stars/Strictly at some point.....

*shakes head*

You live in England, home of Cradle Of Filth, one of the leading metal bands in the world, and you don't know what death metal is? For shame! :tongue (If it's not obvious - silly lack of tone on the Internet - I'm joking. Personally, I don't even know what a tango sounds like, I just know it's a sexy dance.)

Let's swap houses for a month or so - I'll go see Cradle play, and you can enjoy the Australian beaches or something. ;)


Actually, it works for me. I know they are there so if things get really really desperate, I can just smoke one. And knowing that actually keeps me calmer about it. Sounds odd I know but it is working.

Wow, if you can do that, that's great. For me, having a pack in the house means I will smoke it.

Good work! (But seriously - when the main cravings go, perhaps it'd be best to give the cigarettes to your partner - you said your partner smokes, right? - instead of having the permanent reminder of them there. You can even trade the pack for housework favours. ;))

Brightdreamer
04-14-2013, 02:12 AM
Will a death metal tango suffice?

Completely OT, but Death Metal Tango is so a band that needs to happen...

(Anyway, congrats to the quitters! You show Big Tobacco who's the boss of your wallet - and your lungs!)

Cliff Face
04-14-2013, 02:16 AM
:D

mirandashell
04-14-2013, 02:18 AM
*shakes head*

You live in England, home of Cradle Of Filth, one of the leading metal bands in the world, and you don't know what death metal is? For shame! :tongue (If it's not obvious - silly lack of tone on the Internet - I'm joking. Personally, I don't even know what a tango sounds like, I just know it's a sexy dance.)

Let's swap houses for a month or so - I'll go see Cradle play, and you can enjoy the Australian beaches or something. ;)



Wow, if you can do that, that's great. For me, having a pack in the house means I will smoke it.

Good work! (But seriously - when the main cravings go, perhaps it'd be best to give the cigarettes to your partner - you said your partner smokes, right? - instead of having the permanent reminder of them there. You can even trade the pack for housework favours. ;))

Ok .... Cradle of Filth tells me all I need to know.... yeah I'll swap em for a beach!

As for the cigs, don't worry. They are just to get me through this bit. As soon as I feel ready, OH will get them. It's a step along a path, a mini-goal, if you will.

Cliff Face
04-14-2013, 03:46 AM
:)

And hey, if you take a 20-hour flight to Australia to visit our beaches, that's 20 more hours where you can't smoke! (Well, it'd be 2 flights, with a few hours in-between. But still!)

crunchyblanket
04-14-2013, 02:07 PM
Well done to all you smoker-giver-uppers...I see nice pink lungs in your futures :D

(also, I have ballroom danced to Cradle of Filth. True story.)

Cliff Face
04-14-2013, 02:39 PM
That is so awesome. :D

How goes the quitting? It's a new day where you are, right Miranda?

mirandashell
04-14-2013, 05:18 PM
Yep. It's the middle of the afternoon and I'm ok. Still wanting a fag but at least the physical craving has gone. I've just had something to eat so it's pretty bad but it will wear off in a bit.

Had a really weird dream last night though. I was in the house I grew up and got up in the middle of the night, went to the bathroom and had a smoke. Not unusual I know but it was *so* realistic that when I woke up I immediately checked I was still wearing the patch! Then I realised I was in my own home so couldn't have smoked.

Most realistic dream I've ever had. The feeling, the smell, the sound, everything.

Shakesbear
04-14-2013, 05:29 PM
You are doing really well :) really really well. As for the dream, meh, just the ghost of Nic trying to sneak in. Kick it in the tush and kick it out!

mirandashell
04-14-2013, 05:33 PM
Well done to all you smoker-giver-uppers...I see nice pink lungs in your futures :D

(also, I have ballroom danced to Cradle of Filth. True story.)

Was it a tango?


Shakesbear - It will sound odd but I'm sort of enjoying analysing what is going on with my body and brain in this process. Some things I've expected and some I didn't.

But then that's one of the ways I cope with my illness. Treat it like a process.

Shakesbear
04-14-2013, 05:50 PM
It does not sound odd, makes perfect sense. I stopped smoking a long time ago. It was an accident as I had not intention of stopping but I did. My dad was a smoker and sometimes when I smell a certain type of tobacco I can see and hear my dad. I'd rather that than get the urge to smoke. But I know I will never smoke again, one bad memory too many!

Haggis
04-14-2013, 06:26 PM
Yep. It's the middle of the afternoon and I'm ok. Still wanting a fag but at least the physical craving has gone. I've just had something to eat so it's pretty bad but it will wear off in a bit.

Had a really weird dream last night though. I was in the house I grew up and got up in the middle of the night, went to the bathroom and had a smoke. Not unusual I know but it was *so* realistic that when I woke up I immediately checked I was still wearing the patch! Then I realised I was in my own home so couldn't have smoked.

Most realistic dream I've ever had. The feeling, the smell, the sound, everything.


You are doing really well :) really really well. As for the dream, meh, just the ghost of Nic trying to sneak in. Kick it in the tush and kick it out!
I'd forgotten about the smoking dreams. They do seem real. I think they helped more than hurt, though. I'd be so disappointed in myself for smoking in the dream that it stayed with me when I was awake.

mirandashell
04-14-2013, 07:43 PM
So the dreams are normal, then?

Weird the things your brain will do.

Haggis
04-14-2013, 07:45 PM
So the dreams are normal, then?

Weird the things your brain will do.
Indeed.

They'll become less frequent, though, and eventually go away.

I hope. :D

mirandashell
04-14-2013, 07:53 PM
LOL!


Lor... don't say that!

Liralen
04-14-2013, 08:23 PM
Will a death metal tango suffice? :D

Actually, if I ever got married (and married a fellow metalhead) I'd love to figure out our "first dance" to be a mix of a tango (or somesuch sexy dance) but with some metal moves mixed in, to a really brutal song.

/random

LOL! Now that would be the deal.

Metal can be bellydanced to :D

Cliff Face
04-15-2013, 04:40 AM
I can imagine that. :tongue

Hey, you've probably saved enough money by not smoking so far that you could afford a tango lesson!

Cliff Face
04-15-2013, 11:55 AM
I'm pretty sure Miranda is doing a tango right now.

Mmhmm. Or sleeping. Either way.

mirandashell
04-15-2013, 04:17 PM
I was sleeping.....

Struggling a bit today.

SWest
04-15-2013, 05:40 PM
We'll just tighten the duct tape. Won't be a mo'... ;)



:Hug2: :Hug2: :Hug2:

sassandgroove
04-15-2013, 06:51 PM
how are you today Miranda?

mirandashell
04-15-2013, 07:12 PM
Struggling a bit to be honest. Got proper moody this morning but better now. Comes and goes.

sassandgroove
04-15-2013, 07:15 PM
I can't help other than to say "Hang in there." I never smoked.

mirandashell
04-15-2013, 07:17 PM
It all helps

Haggis
04-15-2013, 07:45 PM
I was sleeping.....

Struggling a bit today.


Struggling a bit to be honest. Got proper moody this morning but better now. Comes and goes.
Comes and goes is important to remember. Because it will go. Away.

Quitting sucks, so sometimes it's easier to take it in chunks. Day by day, for example. So all you have to worry about is getting through today. And you already know you can do that even if it sucks. So don't worry about tomorrow until tomorrow.

We have great faith in you. You can do it.

We're still leaving the duct tape wrapped around your wrists, though. :D

Snowstorm
04-15-2013, 07:57 PM
Struggling a bit to be honest. Got proper moody this morning but better now. Comes and goes.

Funny break time!

http://i1290.photobucket.com/albums/b527/Sybillewyo/Internet%20keepers/tinkle_zps3b8d07c8.jpg

mirandashell
04-15-2013, 08:31 PM
LOL!

Haggis.. fair enough. I do know that honest, it's just.... you know.

BTW, could you just scratch my wrist for me? No not there, there. That's it. Ahhhhh.....

Siri Kirpal
04-15-2013, 11:33 PM
Sat Nam! (literally "Truth Name"--a Sikh greeting)

[Insert song and dance of your choice for entertainment.]

Blessings,

Siri Kirpal

Shakesbear
04-15-2013, 11:51 PM
This is day five? Go you! As Haggis said, day by day.

Haggis
04-15-2013, 11:59 PM
This is day five? Go you! As Haggis said, day by day.
Awesome!

Susie
04-16-2013, 01:25 AM
You can do it, Miranda. If I can give it up, a 3-pack a day smoker, you can! Congrats! Calls for :Cake:s! :)

mirandashell
04-16-2013, 02:40 AM
Thank you everyone!

I think it's been worse today partly because it's harder for me to distract myself at home than it is at work. I don't work Mondays so the third day of not working, I've kind of run out of things to do! LOL!

mirandashell
04-16-2013, 02:41 AM
And well done Susie on giving up!

sassandgroove
04-16-2013, 05:01 AM
You could scrub the floors.

Cliff Face
04-16-2013, 05:15 AM
Or write a novel about... umm... scrubbing floors? :D

mirandashell
04-16-2013, 12:48 PM
Think I'd far rather write the novel......

Cliff Face
04-16-2013, 01:37 PM
"To scrub or not to scrub, that is the question. Whether 'tis nobler to use polish or wax, or..."

Instant best seller. Get on it. ;)

mirandashell
04-16-2013, 01:41 PM
Yes Dad.

Cliff Face
04-16-2013, 01:51 PM
Ouch.

*sulks*

mirandashell
04-16-2013, 01:59 PM
I'm only teasing! LOL!

Today is a strange day. I'm full of nervous energy even though I'm tired. And everything tastes of fish. How can a cheese sandwich taste of fish?

Unless OH had a fish block for dinner and didn't wipe the cutting board.......

mirandashell
04-16-2013, 02:23 PM
He says he didn't have fish and he always washes the cutting board after handling anything I don't eat (I'm a veggie). So it's just my imagination......

Good opening line for a song.

sassandgroove
04-16-2013, 10:46 PM
well there's your problem. You need separate cutting boards. When I worked at a hospital kitchen, we had different color boards. Red was for meat, green was for veggies, white was for onions and yellow was for bread.

Me- at home, well I have three cutting boards but Im lazy and use a paper plate a lot of the time.

mirandashell
04-16-2013, 11:11 PM
I don't think our kitchen is big enough for 3 boards! LOL! It's a tiny galley kitchen. You can barely get two people in it.

And to be fair to him, he's really good with stuff like that.

I think that what caused it was that I haven't eaten fish in over 30 years and I don't actually remember what it tastes like. So the salt in the cheese confused my tastebuds into thinking I was eating fish. Nothing I'm eating today tastes quite normal but I guess it will all settle down eventually.

sassandgroove
04-16-2013, 11:12 PM
your taste buds are waking up.

mirandashell
04-16-2013, 11:19 PM
Seems like it!

It's actually really interesting noting all these changes. Especially as some of them are happening more quickly than I expected.

Well ... it's interesting to me. I'm probably boring the crap out of you lot! LOL!

I'm not usually this self-obsessed, honest!

Cliff Face
04-17-2013, 02:19 AM
That was something I never got used to when trying to quit - food tasting weird.

When food goes back to good/normal, tell me. I need to know that food doesn't permanently change after quitting! (I'm a really fussy eater.)

mirandashell
04-17-2013, 12:57 PM
I will let you know. I have cheese sandwiches again today so I'm eagerly awaiting the surprise....

mirandashell
04-17-2013, 04:44 PM
Oh boy, today has been a fun day....

I was feeling a little edgy so decided to go to the Stop Smoking Centre in the Central Library about a mile away. But it was their last day as they are moving the library to a new building. 'But', they say, 'the chemist down the road has a quit service. I go there and their Stop Smoking Specialist is on holiday for two weeks.... 'but the branch down the road has a quit specialist!'

So I walk there, thinking 'I have a five pound note in my pocket and 10 cigarettes are 4.50... keep walking...keep walking'. I walk past newsagent after newsagent, past people smoking, and I start to gently twitch.

Keep walking girl, keep walking.

I get there and am faced with a queue. 3 people between me and relief. I have a card with a phone number on it which I'm flicking against my finger nails. I'm moving from foot to foot. People are looking at me. I'm going into 'who you looking at?' mode.... Lord god get me out of here. Come on, come on.... how many bloody sandwiches do you want, woman! Come on... I spot a pack of nicotine gum. 4.99. What other sign do I need?

By now, I'm next but one in the queue. I have a twitch under my eye and I can't stop moving. The woman on the till is watching me out the corner of her eye and trying to rush the customer through so she can get to me. Then she practically grabs the gum out of my restless fingers, rings it through and almost throws it at me.

So I try to get the plastic wrapping off the box. Seriously, why do they make it so hard to get off?! Teeth, fingernails, nothing works. I'm about to go HULK and rip the box limb from limb when the Sales Assistant takes it off me and cuts the plastic away. She shows me how to open the weird cardboard squeezy thing that enables you to actually get to the gum and I throw it in my mouth and chew like a mad bastard. Oh lor the relief.... I stand stock still, eyes closed and let it wash through me like a healing balm.

And then she says to me......

'Would you like to join our NHS Quit for Good Scheme?'






:tongue

SWest
04-17-2013, 05:10 PM
http://www.thesmilies.com/smilies/surprised/wide-eyed.gif http://www.thesmilies.com/smilies/surprised/wide-eyed.gif http://www.thesmilies.com/smilies/surprised/wide-eyed.gif

If it weren't for the fact it actually happened to, like, a person...that's a darned good story!

Keep up the good work, and keep up the good writing...

:Hug2: :Hug2: :Hug2:

Haggis
04-17-2013, 05:17 PM
:roll:

I don't mean to laugh, but























:roll:

mirandashell
04-17-2013, 05:26 PM
I know, I know.... I'm laughing about it myself now.

But it's made me more determined than ever cos I am not going through this again. I do not like being a junkie so this is it.

But yeah, it's a story for the great-nephews and nieces!

ElaineA
04-17-2013, 05:33 PM
Man, I hope you don't write Elf and Gnome Fantasy 'cause that story NEEDS to be in a book, and you need to write it. (OK, maybe a gnome trying to stop smoking and having that experience would be funny...)

mirandashell
04-17-2013, 05:57 PM
Actually that would be pretty funny. Although, the last thing I needed in my hand was an axe.......

I might see if I can do something with all these experiences I'm having. Might make a good flash or short maybe?

mirandashell
04-17-2013, 07:01 PM
I'm an idiot.... DWARVES carry axes!

Oy.....

ElaineA
04-17-2013, 07:53 PM
Yes, well, gnomes carry big walking sticks and a desperate gnome could cause a decent amount of mayhem, I think.

For some reason, they way you described your experience reminded me of something Kate Atkinson might have written. I think it's the droll tone. Yes, a short or flash would be excellent. It'll keep your hands busy. Be sure you post it if you write it! :)

mirandashell
04-17-2013, 08:44 PM
Oh thank you! I love Kate Atkinson so that's really flattering.

I'll give it a try I think. I'll keep making notes on what's happening and maybe knock it into shape at some point.

Haggis
04-17-2013, 08:53 PM
Oh thank you! I love Kate Atkinson so that's really flattering.

I'll give it a try I think. I'll keep making notes on what's happening and maybe knock it into shape at some point.
Do it. I wound up with just one blog post. Wish I'd written more at the time.

mirandashell
04-17-2013, 09:08 PM
I will.

At least it will give me something to look back on later when I need reminding.

Cliff Face
04-18-2013, 02:08 AM
Sorry, but that story made me laugh. Not *at* you, but just at the situation.

I suspect that, when we're not feeling it, looking back on or talking about those ragey, nervous-energy, ARGH-HURRY-UP feelings - well, we have to laugh. But not when it's happening.

Good for you for getting through it without buying cigarettes. :)

mirandashell
04-18-2013, 02:13 AM
Thanks Cliff. It is funny now but boy... at the time!

Still, if I can get through that once, I can get through it again.... hopefully!

SWest
04-19-2013, 01:05 AM
*dials up satellite*

O,O

Brightdreamer
04-19-2013, 03:26 AM
Man, I hope you don't write Elf and Gnome Fantasy 'cause that story NEEDS to be in a book, and you need to write it. (OK, maybe a gnome trying to stop smoking and having that experience would be funny...)

No, no, no... it's a Dragon trying to quit smoking. (He never meant to start, but all those nicotine-addicted knights kinda got him hooked...) The Elf and the Dwarf just happen along when he's having a bad day: the Quit Smoking centres are closed for holiday, he's run out of gum (incinerated it, actually, trying to get the be-danged box open), and he needs something to chew on... Hmm, dwarf meat's kinda chewy, isn't it? And a little elf adds that minty freshness.

No, I don't know where I left my brain today. Best go look for it...

Russell Secord
04-19-2013, 04:26 AM
Just found this thread. Should have gotten here sooner.

I quit a couple of years ago. They raised the taxes to the point where I couldn't afford to smoke any more. I bought three canisters of lozenges, went through two, and quit for good.

It's so easy to quit. I did it hundreds of times. The trick, you see, is keeping quit. You can't give up. You can't start again. If you cheat, that's all it is, cheating to feed the demon. The next time it will be easier to resist, and if it's not, the time after that.

You have to want to give them up. That is the most important ingredient. You have to be able to see something positive at the end of the tunnel, something warm and bright. As long as you can be seduced by the cool slimy touch of the fog inside that tunnel, you'll want to stay.

Smoking takes years off your life. That's a fact. A relative suffered from emphysema for almost twenty years from smoking. At the end she couldn't get much oxygen to her brain. Nobody should die like that.

Good luck. We're all here for you.

mirandashell
04-19-2013, 01:49 PM
No, no, no... it's a Dragon trying to quit smoking. (He never meant to start, but all those nicotine-addicted knights kinda got him hooked...) The Elf and the Dwarf just happen along when he's having a bad day: the Quit Smoking centres are closed for holiday, he's run out of gum (incinerated it, actually, trying to get the be-danged box open), and he needs something to chew on... Hmm, dwarf meat's kinda chewy, isn't it? And a little elf adds that minty freshness.

No, I don't know where I left my brain today. Best go look for it...

That's brilliant!

mirandashell
04-19-2013, 01:54 PM
Thanks Russell

mirandashell
04-25-2013, 03:49 PM
I've made it through two weeks..... only 10 more to go!


Ih yi yi.....

onesecondglance
04-25-2013, 04:01 PM
Way to go, miranda... :)

mirandashell
04-25-2013, 04:03 PM
Thank you!

shakeysix
04-25-2013, 04:32 PM
My daughters did it--all three. They say burning incense is very helpful. Pick a scent you can live with because you will need it for a while. --s6

SWest
04-25-2013, 05:50 PM
:snoopy: :partyguy: :snoopy:

mirandashell
04-25-2013, 06:47 PM
Shakey - OH isn't keen on incense so I can't do that but it's something to keep in mind, thanks.

Shakesbear
04-25-2013, 06:51 PM
Miranda - two weeks? Go you. So pleased for you :Hug2::hooray::snoopy:

evilrooster
04-25-2013, 10:06 PM
:snoopy:Two weeks!:snoopy:

Snowstorm
04-25-2013, 10:19 PM
I was wondering how you were doing! Hang in there. :hooray:
http://cheezburger.com/7379976448

Haggis
04-25-2013, 10:21 PM
I've made it through two weeks..... only 10 more to go!


Ih yi yi.....
:snoopy:

Maryn
04-25-2013, 10:23 PM
Two weeks is awesome, woman! I bet your cravings are less frequent and/or less strong already, right?

As I remember it, breathing through my nose* got better in about six or eight weeks, but it was a half a year after quitting before I realized I hadn't had a single respiratory infection in all that time. That aspect rocks!

Maryn, chuckling

*Chuckling because in my struggle to type nose I typed breathing through my jose, which spellchecker wanted to be Jose, then breathing through my hose.

Kitty27
04-25-2013, 10:24 PM
Dropping by to give some encouragement and congratulations!

I haven't smoked in eight years. It can be done! Glad to see you all kicking the habit.

mirandashell
04-26-2013, 01:17 AM
Thanks everyone!

Maryn, the one thing that has surprised me is that I haven't started coughing yet. In RL, everyone told me 'oh yeah, the cough is terrible! All that gunk, yuk!' but it's not happened........

Breathing through your hose? I'd start wearing tights again if I could do that.....



Kitty - nice one on giving up!

sassandgroove
04-26-2013, 01:34 AM
keep it up! good for you!

ElaineA
04-26-2013, 06:41 AM
Miranda, I'm blown away it's been 2 weeks! What an accomplishment. I hope you feel as proud as you should. It's a hellish thing to quit and you've walloped it for two whole weeks. Awesome.

How's the
troll
gnome
dragon story coming along? ;)

Medievalist
04-26-2013, 09:06 AM
Every cig not smoked, every partial cig, is a victory.

Don't ever forget that.

Liralen
04-26-2013, 09:28 AM
Been checking in here from time to time :)

You're doing great, and keeping a sense of humor about the process has got to be helping!

Cliff Face
04-26-2013, 09:30 AM
Woohoo for two weeks!

I bet you've saved enough money to hire a ghost writer for a few hours or maybe even days. World domination can't be far behind.

mirandashell
04-26-2013, 12:25 PM
The dragon story is brewing in my brain at the moment......

Thanks for the support everyone!

mirandashell
04-26-2013, 12:27 PM
Been checking in here from time to time :)

You're doing great, and keeping a sense of humor about the process has got to be helping!

Can't do anything else really! If I don't find the humour in it, I doubt I would make it through. The junkie moment was the worst so I had to paint that in funny colours. Certainly not going through it again....

Friendly Frog
04-26-2013, 05:54 PM
Two weeks! :Thumbs: Yeay!

Chris1981
04-26-2013, 06:03 PM
You're doing great! Keep it up! Other words of encouragement! :D

I quit smoking in late December. I didn't start hacking up anything, but the chronic cough I'd had before went away after a couple-few weeks. It seems like the post-quitting experience is a little or a lot different for everybody.

mirandashell
05-01-2013, 04:04 PM
Ok, I wrote the story that Bright mentioned....

http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?t=269256

onesecondglance
05-01-2013, 04:08 PM
Nearly a whole month done... :)

mirandashell
05-01-2013, 04:09 PM
Eighteen days! Woohhoooo!

Although I've had to stop using the nicotine gum cos my tummy is really really not happy at the moment.....

mirandashell
05-01-2013, 04:10 PM
No it's not! It's 20! Even better!

LOL.... I am such a nump sometimes.....

onesecondglance
05-01-2013, 04:17 PM
See? Every time you comment here it's longer since your last smoke. Wait... unless you've taken a break from posting for a smoke...

The only solution is for you to continually post until we are convinced you have quit for good.

mirandashell
05-01-2013, 04:19 PM
It's a deal!

mirandashell
05-01-2013, 04:19 PM
Hang on a minute..... I do have to work you know! And eat.... and sleep....oh lor......

Chris1981
05-01-2013, 04:42 PM
You'd rather waste your time with silly things like eating and sleeping than be around US? *cries*

:)

mirandashell
05-01-2013, 04:46 PM
As much as I love you all, you don't even come close to collywobble cheese.

TitaniumDerivative
05-02-2013, 11:45 AM
Ok this is it. I have to do it this time, at least until pay day.... LOL!

I have finally been pushed too far and can no longer afford to smoke. I am now officially giving up smoking. I'm wearing my first nicotine patch and they don't half bloody itch! I'm trying to ignore it as that is keeping my mind off not smoking. Nearly.....


Oh well, it has to be done.


But some encouragement would be really nice? :o

Good luck, ill be quitting smoking in hopefully less than 3 months from now.

Cliff Face
05-02-2013, 11:54 AM
20 days? Wow! That's longer than my first marriage!

Ba-doom-tish.

(No, I've never been married. But it's longer than a lot of celebrity marriages, so considering they say "Till death do we part" you've already gone about 6 lifetimes without a cigarette. Good work.)

bluntforcetrauma
05-02-2013, 11:57 AM
I'm past the 5 week mark as a cig-less man. The health benefits were quick to show themselves.

Cliff Face
05-02-2013, 11:59 AM
I'm still going on with my ecig, cutting back on smoking. When I have some time off from Uni, I may have to try using the ecig to quit normal cigarettes entirely. Can't risk the extra stress right now, though.

mirandashell
05-02-2013, 01:15 PM
Good luck, ill be quitting smoking in hopefully less than 3 months from now.

Good luck with it!

mirandashell
05-02-2013, 01:16 PM
I'm still going on with my ecig, cutting back on smoking. When I have some time off from Uni, I may have to try using the ecig to quit normal cigarettes entirely. Can't risk the extra stress right now, though.


Don't blame you. It is stressful. But good luck for when you're ready.

Cliff Face
05-02-2013, 01:53 PM
Thanks. :)

TheDancingWriter
05-03-2013, 01:21 AM
Good luck! I never even got addicted. I smoked one pack of cigarillos to manage my anxiety, but afterward, I realized there was no appeal to it for me. So I haven't picked one up since.

Ken
05-03-2013, 01:46 AM
Be nice to me, I'm giving up smoking.......

... don't you mean that the other way around.
When you quit, you go thru withdrawal and get cantankerous.

"SHUT UP KEN! I DO NOT, YOU #%@& IDIOT!!!"

Very well Miranda :gone:

Just kidding ;-)
That's great about your quitting!

mirandashell
05-03-2013, 01:48 AM
Well.... it was more of a warning than a plea.......



LOL!

Cliff Face
05-03-2013, 02:02 AM
Maybe a new title could be "I'm giving up smoking so just bloody well hand over the gum and nobody gets hurt!"

:tongue

So is it day 21 yet? That's 3 whole weeks!

mirandashell
05-03-2013, 02:02 AM
Today! 3 whole weeks. 9 more to go!

Cliff Face
05-03-2013, 02:12 AM
It'll go by in no time. :)

Have you managed to avoid eating way too much food? Whenever I've tried to quit, I've eaten a lot, and I seem to recall you mentioning you were avoiding doing that.

mirandashell
05-03-2013, 02:17 AM
I am eating a bit more but trying to keep it under control as much as possible. I tend to suck on stuff like pencils or I chew sugarless gum. But yeah, it's not easy.

BradyH1861
05-03-2013, 02:46 AM
In exactly 16 days I will celebrate my 1 year anniversary without Nick O'Tine.

Hang in there. You can do it too.

Siri Kirpal
05-03-2013, 03:16 AM
Sat Nam! (literally "Truth Name"--a Sikh greeting)

Congrats, Mirandashell! Proud of you!

Blessings,

Siri Kirpal

mirandashell
05-03-2013, 01:15 PM
Well done Brady!

Thank you Siri.

evilrooster
05-03-2013, 01:25 PM
I'm so impressed! Go you!

mirandashell
05-06-2013, 02:28 AM
Today I was awake for two hours before I remembered I hadn't replaced my patch.


I know it's not much but it feels like a victory......

mirandashell
05-06-2013, 02:28 AM
I'm past the 5 week mark as a cig-less man. The health benefits were quick to show themselves.

I didn't see this before! Well done!

Cliff Face
05-06-2013, 04:48 AM
Hooray!

Friendly Frog
05-06-2013, 03:41 PM
Today I was awake for two hours before I remembered I hadn't replaced my patch.


I know it's not much but it feels like a victory......
Every victory is a victory, even the small ones. You're doing great.:hooray:

Haggis
05-06-2013, 04:29 PM
Today I was awake for two hours before I remembered I hadn't replaced my patch.


I know it's not much but it feels like a victory......
:yessmiley

SWest
05-06-2013, 05:39 PM
Today I was awake for two hours before I remembered I hadn't replaced my patch.


I know it's not much but it feels like a victory......

Getting the crabby little Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! voice to sleep in?

Oh, yeah, that's bonus points.

:D

Snowstorm
05-06-2013, 05:46 PM
Today I was awake for two hours before I remembered I hadn't replaced my patch.

I know it's not much but it feels like a victory......

It IS a victory! Well done! You deserve: GRAMMAR OWL!
https://t.chzbgr.com/ThumbnailCache/maxW290/i.chzbgr.com/completestore/13/4/28/QeY2HeHAcE2NAN8g3tou8Q2.png

mirandashell
05-06-2013, 11:08 PM
Yey! Grammar Owl!




I have no idea what is going on here.......

Booker
05-08-2013, 04:52 PM
I used to smoke these http://i42.tinypic.com/6tczd4.jpg


:cry:

mirandashell
05-08-2013, 08:48 PM
Are you crying because you miss them?

mirandashell
05-09-2013, 03:45 PM
Lord knows how I got here but I did!

Thank you to everyone who's been supportive. It's really helped.

SWest
05-09-2013, 03:47 PM
:D http://www.thesmilies.com/glittergen/set21/b.gifhttp://www.thesmilies.com/glittergen/set21/a.gifhttp://www.thesmilies.com/glittergen/set21/n.gifhttp://www.thesmilies.com/glittergen/set21/a.gifhttp://www.thesmilies.com/glittergen/set21/n.gifhttp://www.thesmilies.com/glittergen/set21/a.gif:Dhttp://www.thesmilies.com/glittergen/space.gifhttp://www.thesmilies.com/glittergen/set21/d.gifhttp://www.thesmilies.com/glittergen/set21/a.gifhttp://www.thesmilies.com/glittergen/set21/n.gifhttp://www.thesmilies.com/glittergen/set21/c.gifhttp://www.thesmilies.com/glittergen/set21/e.gif :D


:D http://www.thesmilies.com/glittergen/set39/n.gifhttp://www.thesmilies.com/glittergen/set39/o.gifhttp://www.thesmilies.com/glittergen/set39/w.gifhttp://www.thesmilies.com/glittergen/space.gif :Dhttp://www.thesmilies.com/glittergen/space.gifhttp://www.thesmilies.com/glittergen/set39/w.gifhttp://www.thesmilies.com/glittergen/set39/i.gifhttp://www.thesmilies.com/glittergen/set39/t.gifhttp://www.thesmilies.com/glittergen/set39/h.gifhttp://www.thesmilies.com/glittergen/space.gif:Dhttp://www.thesmilies.com/glittergen/space.gifhttp://www.thesmilies.com/glittergen/set39/c.gifhttp://www.thesmilies.com/glittergen/set39/o.gifhttp://www.thesmilies.com/glittergen/set39/n.gifhttp://www.thesmilies.com/glittergen/set39/g.gifhttp://www.thesmilies.com/glittergen/set39/r.gifhttp://www.thesmilies.com/glittergen/set39/a.gifhttp://www.thesmilies.com/glittergen/set39/t.gifhttp://www.thesmilies.com/glittergen/set39/u.gifhttp://www.thesmilies.com/glittergen/set39/l.gifhttp://www.thesmilies.com/glittergen/set39/a.gifhttp://www.thesmilies.com/glittergen/set39/t.gifhttp://www.thesmilies.com/glittergen/set39/i.gifhttp://www.thesmilies.com/glittergen/set39/o.gifhttp://www.thesmilies.com/glittergen/set39/n.gifhttp://www.thesmilies.com/glittergen/set39/s.gif :D


:banana: :Clap: :banana: :Clap: :banana: :Clap: :banana: :Clap: :banana: :Clap: :banana:

mirandashell
05-09-2013, 03:50 PM
Thank you!

I went into my local supermarket on the way to work for the first time in ages and the assistant said to me 'Your usual?' meaning my usual brand of cigarettes. And then applauded when I said I'd given them up. And three people in the queue joined in cos they'd also given up.

Brilliant but embarrassing in a very English way.....

onesecondglance
05-09-2013, 04:11 PM
28 Days Later... you're still going!

We can only hope that 28 Weeks Later (1) happens and (2) is better than the film of the same name.

mirandashell
05-09-2013, 09:35 PM
Lor... yeah. That film was such a let down after the first one.

evilrooster
05-09-2013, 09:56 PM
28 days? Wow. You've done a big thing there.

And the first days are the hardest days...

mirandashell
05-09-2013, 09:57 PM
I know! The cravings are getting less. They haven't totally gone away but they're not as powerful.

Cella
05-10-2013, 01:00 AM
Keep up the good work, miranda! :Clap:

mirandashell
05-10-2013, 01:03 AM
Thank you!

Cliff Face
05-10-2013, 03:03 AM
You've probably saved enough money so far to buy a whole bunch of novels, the reading of which will take up the next 28 days!

That's, like, 100% productivity, or something!

mirandashell
05-10-2013, 01:01 PM
I have but unfortunately it went on the bills I wouldn't be able to pay if I hadn't given up smoking! LOL!

Booker
05-10-2013, 07:43 PM
Are you crying because you miss them?


Don't say that. i know I don't miss them. :cry: :cry:

clee984
05-10-2013, 08:20 PM
Congratulations on getting so far, I used to be a big ol' smoker (a group of guys I'd drink with would sometimes call me "the iron lung"), I skimmed through this thread and haven't seen it mentioned, so I wanted to recommend that you read Allen Carr's Easyway to stop smoking book. It really helped me (last cigarette, Nov 9 2006, 9:30am). You can pick it up for buttons used on amazon.

All the best to you, you'll feel so much better for quitting, I promise, promise, promise.

(I still have smoking dreams, but now they're of me smoking, and I wake up and think "thank god, it was only a dream").

Lavern08
05-10-2013, 08:29 PM
Just popping in to celebrate with ya, Miranda. :Hug2:

Shakesbear
05-10-2013, 09:33 PM
Go you!

mirandashell
05-10-2013, 09:49 PM
Thanks Clee! I only had that one smoking dream so far but it was so realistic it was scary!

Thanks Lavern and Bear.

mirandashell
05-14-2013, 03:55 PM
Ok, this is weird.

I was sat at home on Sunday and the skin just under my left collarbone started to itch. So I scratched it as you do. And it burned.

WTF? I had a look at it in a mirror and it was the exact size and shape as the patch I'd been wearing the day before. WTF?

Other the next three hours, five of these red itchy burning marks came up. All in places where I'd been wearing a patch on one of those days. And all exactly the same shape and size.

WTF?!


So after reading the side effects, it turns out to be a 'less common' side effect and if it lasts for more than a week, I have to see my GP. Oh great.......

So now I'm trying to get through today without using a patch to give my skin time to recover.

Oh the joys of giving up smoking.

Elaine Margarett
05-14-2013, 04:03 PM
HAng in there, Miranadashell! I know many people have taken inspiration from you. My husband is a smoker and I worry everyday for him. I know I can't make him stop, and I know he wants to. It's a terrible addiction and I wish you all the best. I have a cookie addiction and if I can't quit that, I can only imagine the hell you're going through.

If they made a cookie patch, I'd wear it.
EM

mirandashell
05-14-2013, 04:12 PM
Thanks Elaine.

If I ever hear about the cookie patch, I'll let you know.

Cliff Face
05-15-2013, 11:51 AM
Sugar-free cookies?

Sorry to hear about the patch-burn. But hopefully you've gotten over the worst of the cravings by now, and can switch to cold turkey without too much headfuckery.