I have been reading the board for a week now but thought I'd finally take the plunge and become a member. Firstly, I would just like to say thank you, what I have read on here so far has been extremely encouraging and has really helped!
I am now a few hours into Day 11 of my quit, which isn't really a New Years resolution, I have just decided to tie in a quit attempt with Dry January as drinking is a major trigger for me!
To give you a bit of history, I have been smoking since I was about 12, it started with a group of us buying a 10 pack of Embassy on Friday after school and then me and one other started doing this daily and meeting before and after school to smoke. Fast forward 18 years and I have been a 10-15 a day smoker ever since.
I have made some pretty unconvincing quit attempts at various points over the last 10 years, I've tried Champix, gum, nicotine patches, and cold turkey. I couldn't tell you how many times I have failed on day 8, I have no idea why, but that point of getting through 1 week of not smoking has always meant that I have given myself permission to have a cigarette as a reward, which of course has meant just going back to full on smoking!
So why have I decided to quit now? Well, lots of reasons... I am getting married on 18th August this year, so the extra money will come in handy, I turn 30 this year and I don't really want the habit to consume another decade of my life. The older I get, the more I worry about my health and the likelihood of getting a smoking related disease - my partner doesn't smoke, I'm starting to think it's irresponsible for our future together if I am rolling the cancer dice everyday?
I have had a bit of help with my quit so far, I started the year with flu that I am still getting over. I would normally smoke through any illness but I have used it as an excuse not to smoke. I have also been using patches as I really suffer from nicotine withdrawal - headaches, not sleeping, vivid dreams - so I am wearing a patch for 12 hours a day as I found trying to wear it for 24 hours meant I had the same side effects as withdrawal!
I am also using the smoke free app and seeing the timeline for health benefits creeping up!
Anyway, wish me luck with the rest of Day 11, hopefully soon I will be able to stop clock watching!