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Percy Verence

End of 'Day Three'

Posted in Getting started 01 Aug 2021

Today has been the toughest so far. Nothing drastic - just an unpleasant hollow feeling and a few episodes of feeling highly agitated.

My books arrived today. Allen Carr's 'The Little Book of Quitting Smoking' is great - small enough for a jacket pocket or handbag and it contains the most powerful passages from his book in short, punchy paragraphs - perfect to fortify your willpower in a moment of weakness.

I went for a very long beach walk with the dog and felt much better afterwards. This evening, I found myself getting very twitchy and tense so I got the yoga mat out and spent an hour doing exercises on the living room floor. I can understand why people over-eat when they quit smoking - it's easy to mistake these hollow-feeling pangs for hunger.

I'm pleased there has not been the internal battle of wills that I've experienced on previous quit attempts - half of me wanting to continue the good work and the other half telling me to grab the car keys and head to the nearest petrol station for a packet of cigarettes. Actually, there was a sense of satisfaction that my body was reacting to the absence of nicotine and this time, there was no doubt in my mind that I could ride it out.

I'm in the middle of drawing a wall chart right now (I'm a very visual person) which is just a bar chart covering 90 days and the money saved each day in each block. I've been buying two packets of cigarettes a day at £10.40 each. Over 8

90 days, I can save £1,872...I might as well have sat every night and burnt twenty pound would have been better for my health if I had.

So - my target is a new car with my not-smoking money (well, not new - a pre-loved car but an upgrade on my current set of wheels.)

I can breathe easier already - my lungs feel larger and I noticed that my shampoo smelt of strawberries today!

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  • Happiness August 02, 2021 | 0:59
    Subtle changes , short and long term goals all help to spur us forward. And to think this is just the begining
    We always knew smoking did nothing for out health and we will never know if we dodged a bullet, but we all see improvements. Some life changing.

    I love the idea of your visual charts., notes and diary. Great incentives and reminders of future rewards.
    Please do keep up the positive thinking , sharing support, ideas and the great posts!
  • Red-67 August 02, 2021 | 1:17
    It's not uncommon to have the day 3 pains. :) Generally speaking in 3 days / 72 hours, your body has exhausted it's nicotine reserves, so the little addict part of your brain is on empty, and screaming :) The physical, nicotine addiction, part will get better / easier every day now. Freedom from the nicotine may take about 21 days, but you can be free of the addiction to smoking as soon as you make up your mind to be.. Don't look back, You CAN do this :)
  • Percy Verence August 02, 2021 | 4:08
    Thanks, Happiness and Red for your encouragement.

    Yes, my nicotine monster is throwing a tantrum today. I gave my son my purse to 'look after' because I don't trust myself - there are no cigarettes in the house and now I've made sure I can't go and buy any in a moment of weakness.

    That 'empty' feeling is more like a giant caterpillar gnawing at my insides today - I'm snacking on anything and everything...Haribo sweets might be a mistake so soon after Sauerkraut on crackers but never mind...

    Am I in severe pain? No!
    Is this sensation unbearable? No!
    Has a cigarette company made a chemical concoction that can beat me? No!
    Am I gonna give in and willingly throw myself back in the bear pit? No!

    And cue the 'Rocky' theme tune...I'm punching the air in my grubby track suit and even though all the evidence suggests that the odds are stacked against me...I WILL win! x
  • Jessfreeof, Northern NSW August 02, 2021 | 6:58
    Thinking of you and hoping all is going well on your quit journey 😊
  • Red-67 August 02, 2021 | 9:24
    LOL,,, Try some celery sticks. You can chomp all you want. They even burn calories to digest.. A win win.. :)

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