8 days today, come on I'm doin it now lol!!!

@gemini_rose (16268)
January 4, 2009 8:07am CST
So, today will be 8 days since I last smoked a cigarette, as I talk to you now it stands at 7 days, 14 hours and 58 minutes. I have been very ill from around the third day of quitting, and I would say it was similar to the flu, in fact I am still bad it has really knocked me for six I managed to eat a sandwich though yesterday which was the first bit of food in a week so thats a good sign lol I was starting to look seriously ill. It has been a hard 8 days, I have been extremely emotional at times although whether it is to do with withdrawal or illness or events in my life it is hard to say. My cravings for ciggies are still with me although I can ignore them more now. I do still feel like Ive lost my best mate, which for me I have cos I ant got no other mates lmao!!! At the moment I feel no perks of giving up smoking health wise with being unwell, although my tongue has cleared up and does not seem furry anymore, my skin is clearing and looks fresher and i can smell my perfume when i spray it and damn it smells good lol!! So all in all I seem to be doing OK time will tell, I will let you know how I go fail or not!! Has anyone else quit anything recently that they were addicted too?
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• United States
4 Jan 09
Congratulations on your power over cigs! I gave them up a number of years ago and still occasionally dream of having one. The good side is my skin, hair and clothes no longer smell like a full, wet ashtray! Although I began coughing a few weeks after quitting, it was to get rid of all the gunk that had been plastered to the insides of my lungs. Now I get very few colds, have had the flu once in over 15 years, went back to Skyline Drive to climb and discovered with clear lungs, I COULD climb. Awesome, to say the least. My children's health improved immensely once they didn't suck in the smoke I blew out. Love having less doctor bills! As for giving up something this year - would love to cut down on junk foods and kick up the exercise. That decision is still a work in progress. Hope I end up following your example and actually do it! Good luck. Let us know your progress.
@gemini_rose (16268)
5 Jan 09
thank you xx i have developed a cough which is this dry tickly thing and i cannot sleep at night at all its awful.
• United States
5 Jan 09
I used to take a teaspoon of honey with a few drops of lemon juice would tone the cough down so I could rest. Hope you feel better soon. Hugs, Maggie
@ronaldinu (12439)
• Malta
4 Jan 09
Hi gemini_rose, I do admire you for keeping fast to your promise to quit smoking. It is never easy to kick out a habit let alone one of the toughest smoking. Think more about the advantages of quitting smoking. You can smell he fresh air and your perfume. You can taste good food. Remember that your lungs are getting more fresh air and are not poisoined with tar anylonger. Congrats. (c) ronaldinu 2009 - the more people I meet-the more I love my dog
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@gemini_rose (16268)
5 Jan 09
thank you ronaldinu for the support it means loads, i also love your quote it speaks volumes to me lol xxx
@maddysmommy (16232)
• United States
4 Jan 09
Way to go gemini_rose! Sending you lots of positive thoughts your way! I'm trying to cut down on my coffee intake which is hard to do. I think it plays alot in my mood swings which have been terrible lately. I might switch to tea and see how that goes.
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@gemini_rose (16268)
5 Jan 09
thanks you, hope all is ok for you xx I have switched to tea, its lovely actually a really nice change!
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@katsmeow1213 (28895)
• United States
4 Jan 09
I don't like quitting anything.. quitters never win! I am working on a few things, but I'm not going to quit, just cut down. I want to cut down on the amount of time I spend on the computer, and was doing fairly well the past couple days, and I probably won't be on much later today either. I'd also like to cut down on the junk food I eat, and maybe excersize a bit more.
@gemini_rose (16268)
4 Jan 09
lol well hopefully this quitter will win the battle against wanting to smoke, but who knows I still have a long way to go yet. Good luck wiv your goals it is hard to make any changes when we have done them for so long but I reckon we will get there in the end. I guess I dont have to worry bout weight loss for a bit, Ive lost nearly a stone in a week lol!!!
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• United States
4 Jan 09
Not being able to eat for almost a week will do that to you, lol. Hope the weight doesn't come back.
@gemini_rose (16268)
5 Jan 09
no it wont, I have never really gained since I lost the huge amount and then started suffering with IBS, I cant eat fatty foods anymore, its a bummer cos I would like to have some curves like i used too!!!
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@tessah (6621)
• United States
5 Jan 09
YEY YOU!!!!! ive only got one comment here really.. im a smoker.. but i also have this intense sense of smell and taste. so much so, that i used to be able to smell the neighbors dish detergent through the walls when she was doing dishes. it was that tulip crap that i absolutely despise the scent of, and i used to have to open my windows to cut the stench of it. i cant even imagine how much more magnified itd be if/when i quit smoking keep up the good work girlie! ;pats you on the back;
@gemini_rose (16268)
5 Jan 09
lol i can almost smell it myself you describe it so well lol!! and thanx for the pat on the back it means a lot xx
@tessah (6621)
• United States
5 Jan 09
you deserve it sweetie.. good job!
• New Zealand
5 Jan 09
Hey there good luck I have so far gone a week just about till I had a few puffs today but it happens to be a bit more important right now as I am about 3 and a half months pregnent so it is not just me I have to think about. Arohnui Love loveyoohbaby xoxo
@gemini_rose (16268)
5 Jan 09
well done, you should be proud and a few puffs is not a failure it is very good!! Ahhh you expectin that is so sweet, i saw a tiny knitted hat for a newborn baby today it was so cute xxx
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• New Zealand
6 Jan 09
Hey there thank you for your responds.Yes I am getting better with it now. Arohnui Love loveyoohbaby xoxo
@gabs8513 (48708)
• United Kingdom
4 Jan 09
Sweet you are doing well but it is hard I know it is and I know what you are going through I still have the Occasional one but I am nearly there I do not even enjoy smoking anymore as such not like I used to Today I am starting to take just 1 Tablet every second Day as I want to wean of them now Big Hugs and feel better soon And you always have a Friend in me I hope you know that
@gemini_rose (16268)
5 Jan 09
thanx gabs, gettin a lot of support on this and it all helps me a lot. I have kept my ashtray and just have the occasional whiff of it when i pass lol. You will be soon off those tabs and yes I know you are here for me hun ;-) u on facebook? I go on there lots at the min, find me at my full name if you can remember it lol xxx
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@gabs8513 (48708)
• United Kingdom
5 Jan 09
I am glad that you are getting the support when I do have one I will not smoke in the Living room as you say I can smell my Air fresheners and everything so I am not polluting it with the smoke You keep it up Girl I am not on Face Book as I do not like it lol
@williamjisir (22884)
• China
6 Jan 09
Hello gemini_rose. I am sure that you can succeed in what you are planning to do. I wish you to keep it up and make success from quitting smoking. I trust you, my dear friend, for the good of your health. You are great!
@gemini_rose (16268)
6 Jan 09
im trying, its hard but im trying. Will maybe do an update in a day or two xx
• Pakistan
5 Jan 09
Its really great news that you have quit smoking and this comes from a smoker :) The side effects you describe are natural and will eventually subside soon. I don't know how soon as it varies from person to person but I had once quit smoking for a bet, wasn't my intention to quit smoking so I started again but I did manage to quit it for 3 months, the side effects I had lasted only 7-10 days and after that everything was fine except with some random urges for a smoke sometimes. But after a month, it was like I couldn't stand smoke and my cravings stopped but of course after the 3 month period I started again and it felt like I had never smoked before as the first few ciggies hurt my throat. The best advice I can give you at this point is that try to keep yourself busy doing anything and don't think about keeping a track of how long you have been without a smoke, in my experience it just makes it harder, just forget that you ever smoked. As for me, I was once a very heavy smoker that used to smoke around 60 ciggies a day! but with time I am now down to a max of 5 a day, very rarely I exceed that amount and sometimes I even go about a day or so without taking a smoke. I could quit anytime I want to as I have a strong will power. Wish you all the best for your new healthy beginning ^^
@gemini_rose (16268)
5 Jan 09
thank you for your support, you have given me some sound advice there thank you xxx
@jcj_111776 (3220)
• Philippines
5 Jan 09
Hi and Good job! I understand that trying to quit smoking is really, really very challenging. I'm not a smoker but my husband was for years. He's not really a heavy smoker but he was doing it for years. He also tried to quit numerous times. But it was a trial and error period for him. Until the day that he did quit and now, he's smoke free for almost 2 years now. The first few days for him were terrible. He was cranky... and cranky!He had to endure a severe headache for days, loss of appetite and a roller-coaster of emotions. But when he passed all of the withdrawal symptoms of nicotine, his skin got better and his breath returned to its normal and natural freshness. Before, even when he brushed his teeth after smoking, he still can't get rid all of the smell. Congratulations and goodluck!!! As for me, I'm trying to cut down on my Mylotting hours these past couple of weeks.
@gemini_rose (16268)
5 Jan 09
thank you for the support it means a lot to me xx
@ladybug565 (2217)
• United States
5 Jan 09
Keep up the hard work!!! I hope that you will feel better soon. maybee it will help to write about it on here. what kind of perfume do you use? how long did you smoke? I have been smoking since I was 8 years old and I am 40 now. Good luck to you!!!
@gemini_rose (16268)
6 Jan 09
are u kidding? 8 years old you started smoking? holy moly that is young lol. I was 15 when I started, quit at 29 and started again at 33!
@nixxi76 (3192)
• Canada
5 Jan 09
Well I give you credit rose because when I quit I lasted only 9 days and I also started getting very ill. I ended up so sick I went to the emergency at the hospital and the nurse told me it was from quitting smoking. She said the withdrawls that my body was having was weakening my immune system. Also she said my body had built somewhat of a wall from smoking that gave me enough tolerance for other illnesses. I'm very happy for your decision for quitting smoking! Keep up the good work and it will all get better. I couldn't handle it anymore so I just started again plus.. my hubby smokes and that didn't help either. The whole reason I quit in the first place was because I ended up getting a flu and couldn't smoke for three days then just decided to keep it going. But now I'm smoking again so maybe it was just not a good time to quit. Good luck Have a great night
@gemini_rose (16268)
5 Jan 09
I have been ill, I have never felt so ill ever, I still feel cack now. You will know when you are ready to quit, I am ok because my hubby quit before me so I have no temptations to face, no one smokin in front of me. My trial will be when I go out on thursday but no one can smoke in public places anymore they have to go outside so it will not be too bad its if I go and stand with them but dont think I will.
@winterose (39893)
• Canada
5 Jan 09
good for you hon, you are doing very well, I am so happy for you, you can do this!
@gemini_rose (16268)
5 Jan 09
thank you i am trying but it is so hard still xxx
@chrislotz (8200)
• Canada
5 Jan 09
Ahh so nice to hear. I just responded to your discussion you started after three days of not smoking so I now know you are still not smoking. I am glad to hear that. I even asked you my response to let me know so now you don't have to because I know. hehe I am glad to hear you are feeling somewhat better and you have a ways to go but you can be really proud of your self. Keep up the good work my friend. And keep us informed on how you are doing. Alrighty then, talk to you later my friend, Have a good mylotting day, Chris
@gemini_rose (16268)
5 Jan 09
Im sorry if I did not get back to you on that, I have been a bit off colour!! I am going to keep putting my progress up here every few days even if I end up failing just so people can see how I do, maybe it will help others to quit. thanx so much for your support xxxx
@dragon54u (31628)
• United States
4 Jan 09
I had meant to but didn't make it through the entire first day. I will try again! Sometimes being ill is a blessing--that took you through a few days of feeling too sick to smoke so count it as a real help. I'm very proud of you!! Keep up the good work, and I'll be joining you as a nonsmoker very soon!
@gemini_rose (16268)
5 Jan 09
ahhh thank you so much for the support it means a lot. I have friends who seem to love goin on bout ciggies as if it will make me want one if they keep on and I will be waiting for you on the other side....... the non smokin side i mean of course lol xx
@checapricorn (16049)
• United States
4 Jan 09
[i]Hi gemini, Ohh...I hope you will be able to make it but I know it's not easy...My Father was a smoker too for more than 10 years and when he quits one day,, we were glad it was all the way since prior to that, there was a lot of attempts... I know it was not easy, he is very irritable those time, good thing Mom is very patient! LOL! So, it's been 4 years now he never smoke and like how you describe yourself,he looks younger after ignoring ciggies![/i]
@gemini_rose (16268)
5 Jan 09
Last time i gave up i seemed to look younger, this time though at the min I look older and more stressed.
@dorypanda (1598)
4 Jan 09
Keep up the good work! Lavender is very good at helping people to relax and eucalyptus (as long as they're not diabetic or epileptic) is very good at easing the symptoms of colds and flu. Just thought that might help. I did try to give up chocolate a while ago, but I didn't manage it.
@gemini_rose (16268)
5 Jan 09
thanx, i have one of those wheat sack thingies that is in a teddy bear does that count? It stinks though!! But does smell lavendary. Chocolate is ok, just in small amounts i guess xx
• India
4 Jan 09
happy to be in your no smoke zone feel the air much fresh than before keep it up.
@gemini_rose (16268)
4 Jan 09
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@WebMann (4732)
• Canada
5 Jan 09
Good for you. I made a lot of attempts at quitting the smoking habit but nothing stuck until I was really ready to quit. The prior attempts revolved around that money I was spending more than quitting the habit but once it came down to quitting the habit I quit in just two days and it was much easier than all other attempts. I wish the best and keep away from other smokers if at all possible. I will be thinking about you over then weeks. Keep strong and busy.
• Mexico
5 Jan 09
Good, hope you get till a year or more!!