I have smoked cigarettes continually since I was around 15 years old. I am now 57. Today is my fourth day without a smoke. I am so proud of myself as I didn't think I could ever do it. I had every excuse under the sun for not quitting. Many times I would quit and by 11am be back smoking. I tried cutting down but that didn't work either. I drew up plans, quit dates, reasons to give up but always failed. I have been on Champix to assist in the process (I have used it a number of times previously). For the past couple of years I have had trouble breathing. It has steadily gotten worse. At first I thought I could manage it with medication (ventolin and seretide) but I was fooling myself. I guess determination is the key. I remember my Aunty telling me 'you will know when the time is right' and it seems she was right. I have not gone without a smoke for 1 single day for most of my adult life. So I was feeling really accomplished after not smoking one entire day. The second day was a little harder as I was babysitting my grandson which can be challenging and tiring but I got through it. I have moments where I feel the urge but they pass. I usually go onto the computer and read something or busy myself with something to take my mind off it and it is working so far. At first I thought I would attempt to diet as well (ie. cut out carbs) but I think I was expecting too much - just don't want to put on weight. Also, since quitting I have had trouble sleeping at night. I have always been a really good sleeper but seem to wake up during the night and have trouble going back to sleep. Maybe it is the Champix. The other thing I have noticed is that I am really chesty. There is a lot of phlegm. Can anyone tell me how long it will be before my chest clears? I am still within my first week but have no desire to go backwards. It has taken me far too many years to get to this point to turn back.
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