Hi everyone, I'm Tina from the UK.
I have been reading this forum in all my free time at work this past week, looking for answers to how i'm feeling right now, some inspiration for my upcoming journey. So, I thought I'd give a brief introduction of myself, say hi to all you super supportive people! you really are an inspirational bunch from what i have seen so far.
So, I am 33 and have been smoking 20 a day for the most part. I have tried quitting a few times previously, patches, gum, vaping and cold turkey, but to no avail. I think that in all honesty it was because i didn't really want to give up but felt i had to for one reason or another.
Anyway, this time, after noticing how breathless i get after cycling to work, carrying a basket of washing up the stairs, etc, I have decided I have to do it once and for all... I actually want to.
I booked an appointment with my local stop smoking service, got my prescription for champix and gave myself 10 days to quit, which is tomorrow.
I haven't had many side affects as yet, which partly disappoints me. Over the past couple of days, i have felt some slight nausea, which really feels more like a hunger pain. A part of me is pleased about this, as i do not like feeling rough but a part of me wants to feel rough and make me want to quit sooner. In a way, I don't feel ready to quit tomorrow... These pills have not made me cut down or anything and i have noticed a lot of people have stopped before their quit day.... I know it is different for everyone so i think i just need to bite the bullet and say enough is enough.
I will be going to work tomorrow armed with gum, sweets, fruit, a colouring book and a book in case i have cravings. I have made a list of things i can do at home when i get cravings such as taking the dog for a walk, cleaning out cupboards, ironing, anything to keep me busy.
I also realise that this time around, I think I need some "go to" people.... people i can call upon if i feel things are getting to much. I have told myself that if i have a relapse at some point, then that is ok. Obviously i am hoping that doesn't happen, I am hoping i am stronger than i think.
From what I have seen, from posts to tickers, you have all done so well! Whether you have been smoke free for 3 days, 3 weeks to 3 years.... I can only aspire to be in the position that each and every one of you are in right now.
I look forward to hearing from you all, sorry for all the rambling