Quit Smoking: Day 5

Pleased to report that I’m still on the wagon on Day 5 of my cold turkey Quit Smoking journey!

Day 4 was probably the hardest so far just in terms of frequency of thinking about smoking but nothing too traumatic yet.

And that’s what has got me worried – I’ve had lots of cravings so far of course but nothing too bad. I feel like I’m waiting for an intense tsunami of a crave to hit because whilst quitting hasn’t been easy so far, neither has it been as hard as I thought it would be especially doing it cold turkey (CT).

Starting to make me wonder if NRT quit efforts in the past were actually made harder by prolonging the physical addiction to nicotine? With a CT quit, within 72 hours there is no nicotine left in the body whereas most NRT programmes suggest a 6 to 12 week course of treatment.

Physically, I’m over the worst if I stick it out as I plan to; it’s a mental game at this point, more an uncomfortable itch that cannot be scratched. This can be the tricky part of a quit though on the basis that the novelty of quitting is starting to wear off already.

To keep morale up both for myself and others on their own QS journey, the helpers and hindrances since my last update have been:

Helps:

  • Daily yoga at a higher than usual intensity;
  • Messages of support from friends, family and other bloggers – a huge help so a massive thank you to each of you that have kindly reached out šŸ˜Š
  • Trying to find the funny side instead of reacting negatively to normal daily challenges;
  • More toothpicks!
  • Paul McKenna QS hypnosis played at bedtime each night. You can get your own copy of this by clicking the image below:
Click the image to get your own copy of this – so far it’s worked for me!

Hindrances:

  • Not sleeping well due to youngest daughter being unwell this week;
  • Being asked for a cig off a coworker I normally smoke with who didn’t know I’d quit;
  • Habit triggers, finishing a task, making a call, after a meal;
  • Random unexpected cravings – can catch me off guard!
  • Being where I’d usually smoke e.g. my back garden.

I love the humour in the following quote credited to Mark Twain:

“Giving up smoking is the easiest thing in the world. I know because I’ve done it thousands of times”.

Mark Twain

Me too – hopefully now for the last time!

I do hope that this post encourages others on their own QS journey, however long or short it’s been, to take a moment today to remind themselves how fabulous they are – a total inspiration to me, each and every one of you x šŸŒ»

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6 thoughts on “Quit Smoking: Day 5

  1. Great news, keep this up!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! As you say, you have got past that point where the poison of the drug is no longer in your body, so now the challenge is more about psychology. That is where seeking spiritual support from your beliefs can help. I hope that your family are giving you lots of support and cheering you on, and that you are giving yourself those rewards. Blessed be šŸ˜ŠšŸ˜Š

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    1. Yes lots of support from everyone which is fantastic and so motivating David. I’m really going to try – especially as we approach the weekend(!) – to keep myself busy and distracted with lots of yoga and meditation and other fun stuff. Doesn’t help of course when you switch your work emails on and already start to feel your blood begin to boil lol. Currently implementing the “take deep breaths and count to 10” strategy. Thanks again for your continued support. Blessed be šŸ™‚

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    1. Thank you Liz – my own silly fault but determined to do it this time. The thought of still smoking at the start of 2020 having realised that would mean I’ll have been trying to quit on and off for about 20 years fills me with dread! šŸ™‚

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