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Can we do it?

Posted in Staying quit 20 Feb 2012

YES WE CAN! What an awful weekend for me. I virtually locked myself away for most of it so as not to give in to the temptation. I was so on edge and cranky, and thinking a smoke would make me my old happy self again. Got through it, learned some more about me and ever onward. Thanks all for your words of encouragement. I feel like if I buckle I'll not only let myself and family down, but all you guys going through this journey with me as well. You are all fabulous people!

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  • fdoyle2011, Hunter New England February 20, 2012 | 10:31
    Well done MickeyJ...You got through it...BIG PAT ON BACK TO YOU....I stopped smoking last Friday diliberately before the weekend started and put myself in situations where there were other smokers around me and I even drank...I think for me I have tryed to stop so many times before so I need to challenge myself to the highest level because I am ready to really give them up...I drank and I was fine...I did however have a withdrawal syptom that lasted a few seconds but most people call it stress...Its the nicotines wat of tricking the mind to think its stress...I was very aggitated last night myself and I felt like my skin was crawling...I knew I was having a nicotine withdrawal so just kept reminding myself it would soon are doing great and you should be very proud what you are doing for your family and yourself...good luck with your journey...:)))
  • MickeyJ, Southern NSW February 20, 2012 | 10:39
    Thanks fdoyle. I know what you mean about challenging yourself. For my first 10 days I deleiberately left my last cigarette in the packet on the passenger seat of my car. I spent 10 days having a conversation with that cigarette to and from work each day. It had a lot to say to me,and I had a lot to say back.
  • Roseyk February 20, 2012 | 13:36
    You must be getting close to the 6 week mark of no smoking? Alot of people warned about the 6 week mark and feeling like you are doing so well and then Bam, you would cut off your right arm for just one cigarette. You got through it without a smoke and that is the most important thing. Hopefully it just keeps getting easier and easier for you:)
  • Gam, Hunter New England February 20, 2012 | 15:15
    Of course we all can! safety in numbers is what this site is, And honestly it's a life saver, It's good to see what we are going through is " normal " on this journey and others have walked it before us and are there for us when we need them to reassure us that it's Ok.
    It's funny how you can annalyse this process and get wiser on the way- it's all a learning curve and what we are learning to stay non-smoker is invaluable, It gives us the power to keep going.
    Well done Mickey and power to you xoxo
  • MickeyJ, Southern NSW February 20, 2012 | 15:24
    Five weeks today Rosey. Thanks for the heads up. It's been weird getting these strong cravings back after such smooth sailing.
  • Ican February 20, 2012 | 18:59
    Ohhhhhh MickeyJ...Here's huge hugs for you...(Hugs, hugs, hugs and yet more hugs)...also a huge big High Five for staying on track...

    Yep, that six week thing can sneak out from under the bed and get ya...don't I know it and I was prepared for it (just not the strength of it, and had a few other things going on that brought me down just to help it get a really good hold on me...)...But how motivating that you got on top of it and kept saying Nup, no, not happening, go away!!!

    Believe me, just one will not make you will bring you down..(now we all know you are stronger than that...just look at that beautiful child in your arms on your avatar...)

    Big cheers all the way from ya strength and love that your stories (and others..) helped get me off the floor and back on the train...Here's hoping I can do the same for you...I am into smelling great (the smell really does it for me all the time...weird person that I am!! :)..) and returning the loooovvve and support that I receive...(feels really good)..

    You will never disappoint this lady...

    Now I need to fire up my broom and zoom off cos right now I feel the need for howling...

    Hugs, cheers, High fives and everything/anything else that you need...(Noooooo, but not that!!! I will not give you a what else did you think I meant?!!! lololol)

    Stay happy and healthy and take really good care of you...cos we care about you...
  • Belle, Illawarra Shoalhaven February 20, 2012 | 19:47
    Its funny that after 50 days I actually don't think about smoking that much but when I do its all consumming!I have dreamt about having a smoke it is really invasive that addiction we had!! Anyway benefits far outweigh have just spent 3 weeks skiing in Canada it was a sheer joy not to go out to -12 to have a cig!!
    Stay strong!!
  • fdoyle2011, Hunter New England February 20, 2012 | 22:16
    hahaha Belle I have dreams I am smoking and its terrifying but then I wake up and think thankgod...I think by having dreams like that it is just re-assuring..funny hey

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