The Year Ahead

Ok so I think it is about time I started my blog off for the new year. As some of you will notice or indeed have read, I have blogged before although only very briefly. The reason I stopped was only because I was finding giving up smoking so very easy, which of course doesn’t make for very interesting reading. I have decided to join the one a day project this year to hopefully make some new friends and of course to help out the charities the project is sponsoring. I feel very excited to be a part of such a large group of like minded people and I hope to read at least some of the posts from every blog involved. I won’t be writing about any topic in particular and although I have signed up to one post a week I may well post a couple of time depending on whats going on.

Well thats the intro out the way, now I want to get something off my chest. This year is going to be a very different year for me. Not long ago I split up with my long time girlfriend of 15 years. It has been very tough going not least because it’s not something we wanted to do and we still love each other very much. I may at some point touch upon the subject of what drove us apart but for the time being it just hurts too much. So I am single again, I’ve been having a long hard think about what this means to me. I have found myself looking to the future with different eyes and there are a lot of things I would like to achieve. I will discuss some of these goals at a later date otherwise I may run out of things to talk about.

This year my new years resolution is to get fit. Last year I gave up smoking now I need to shed some of the weight I’ve put on, also I will need to be fit for some of the things I want to do in the future. I will be doing this by taking up running in the morning before work. As with the giving up smoking it’ll probably take me a couple of months to get things sorted. Things like running shoes will need to be saved for and all the gear that goes with it. But I am hoping that by March I will be up and running (see what I did there). This year is also a big year for music for me. I will be going to Sonisphere with my good mate Strybe then about a month after that I’ll be going to see Iron Maiden with Raustin and a few other good friends. All this and I will be hopefully going back to Mexico to give my sister away at her wedding.

I feel exhausted already

Till next time take care 🙂

The 3rd day: Onwards and upwards

My quit smoking wall planner said that the 3rd day can sometimes be a hard day to get through. At work I found myself getting irritated a few times for no real reason. When I caught myself getting annoyed I just took a deep breath and remembered why I am doing what I’m doing. That was the worse things got today really and the rest of the day has gone fine. Still been sucking my lozenges, which I can’t recommend enough to anyone wanting to quit. I have found myself actively avoiding smokers in the street and even holding my breath as I walk past. Inhaling smoke when you are trying to give up is torturous, reminding you of the sensation of smoking.

Positive effects from three days of quitting are, easier breathing, bronchial tubes begin to relax and energy levels increase. I have also added a total of 5 hours 33 mins to my life and saved myself £18. Not bad for three days work I’m sure you’ll agree.

Well that’s it for today, sorry it’s a short one but I’ve got games to play 🙂

Laters

48 Hours: The story so far

So it has been almost 48 hours since I stubbed out my last cigarette and things are going far better than I had expected. Although I have a had few cravings they have been easily manageable using my NRT. I did have a bit of a hiccup yesterday though, it was almost scary. I was just sitting on the sofa when without thinking I lent over and picked up a lighter to light a ciggy, I think this is down to the habit of smoking. Anyway I quickly realised I shouldn’t be doing it and put the lighter back and sucked on a lozenge. The few cravings I have had have been at work which is kind of strange as I didn’t use to smoke at work, these cravings have been easy to beat as I work with my hands and so I just keep busy.

Today I downloaded an app for my iPhone called My Last Cigarette. You put in the year you started and the date you stopped smoking and it comes up with some ever changing stats about how much cash you have saved and even how much life you are gaining through not smoking. Currently I have added 3 hours and 30 mins to my life just through two days without a ciggy, which I am quite chuffed with.

According to my quit kit all carbon monoxide has been eliminated from my body and my lungs are now starting to clear out mucus and other smoking debris. Also my ability to taste and smell will start improving from today. I know it’s not been long but I am sure I can already feel the benefits, breathing feels a lot cleaner and easier. If I feel like this now I can’t wait to see what I will feel like after a week, I am feeling more determined each day to make this the last time I ever need to give up smoking.

Just a quick note here that I have saved the best part of £12, which I will put towards treating myself to Battlefield Bad Company 2 next week.

Thats all for now catch you tomorrow.

Kicking the habit.

Hello and welcome to my first entry in my blog, all about my trials and tribulations as I attempt to give up my 20 year habit of smoking. I think I’ll start by giving you a little history of my habit.

I first started smoking when I was a mere 16 years old. I was an engineering apprentice at the time with a whole new world opening up for me, for the first time I was properly getting into music. Near where I worked was a club which ran indie nights every Friday. I used to go every week with a few of the other apprentices and this is when I was offered my first cigarette. It seemed so alien at the time and I didn’t even really enjoy it, but it was also kind of exciting in a funny sort of way. From that moment on I was hooked as I started to smoke more and more, when I was younger I was smoking upto 40 Marlboro a day. This couldn’t go on as I developed a bad smokers cough and so I started to ease up on the amount and the strength of ciggies I smoked. Over the years I have tried to give up many times but something always seems to happen to knock me back off the wagon.  Sometimes it’s stress, sometimes it’s just weakness, just having the one cig soon turns into ten then soon turns back into a full blown habit before you know it. Fast forward to now and I am more determined than ever to kick the demon weed for good.

I have many reasons for wanting to be free from the addiction of nicotine. My health has to be my main priority, although apart from smokers cough when I was younger I feel fine and dandy, but I’m not going to try and kid myself that I will always be this way. Smoking causes some truly horrible diseases I would be a lot happier trying to avoid them. Second on my list is the money, when I started smoking a pack of 20 would set me back about £2.50 from what I remember. Nowadays though it is more along the lines of £6.00 a pack, take into consideration that I smoke a pack a day and I’m sure you’ll agree that’s a lot of wasted money. Thirdly I am getting annoyed with standing in the cold and the rain at pubs and restaurants just to get my fix.

The Quit Kit in all it's glory.

Ok so that’s how I started and why I want to give up out the way, now a short bit on how I plan to achieve my new smoke free life. I have ordered and recently received a quit kit from the NHS. These boxes full of useful stuff to help you quit can be gotten for free from pharmacy’s or ordered from NHS smoke free website. Also I will be using NRT (Nicotine Replacement Therapy) in the form of NiQuitin mini lozenges. I must say that I prefer these lozenges more than anything else I have tried, you just take one when you crave for a cigarette. Unlike say patches though they give you a feeling of having just smoked which I find helps.

Hopefully I will be able to update this blog everyday and let you know how I have been getting on. Also I hope to make it a little more visually appealing over time. Any comments on how to improve this blog will also be much appreciated.