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 Posted: Sat Nov 21st, 2015 05:32 pm
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Hello All,
I found this whole series of topics quite interesting, read a few stories and a couple of "days", how did it go?
Hopefully you all quit and stayed quit but I know how bloody tough it can be.
Both the wife and I used to smoke, I started twenty years ago when my best mate died at 28 years old, after the funeral two other mates lit up and I asked for one, that started me off, along with a bad relationship and going to the pub a lot.
Anyway, I got a new girlfriend, married her and we enjoyed the life, eating, drinking and smoking but kept saying we must give it up!
I tried lots of ways, cold turkey, patches, acupuncture, cutting down but never really wanted to quit as I/we actually enjoyed it.
Unfortunately my wife grew too heavy and it was affecting her health so we made a plan! We needed to as the wife was going in for surgery on stomach to reduce her weight.
September 2014 I was due to go on a trainspotting holiday to Germany with a good mate (who dislikes smoking) so the night before we flew, I had my last cigarette!
Next day, patches on, said 'bye' to the missus and off to Germany where I love their trains, their models and their food and beer!
I was so busy, riding trains, doing photography, visiting model shops and scoffing & quaffing, the week flew by and I barely noticed the lack of smokes.
It was hard when I got home though, the environment was the same, the actions like driving, after a meal, if I felt 'jittery' or worked up but wifey had done her part and given up too so we kept on.
After a month, it was going quite well, we had gone through the "ratty" stages well and it got to be plain sailing. June just gone was hard, Bev's mum nearly died then was in hospital for a good while (emphasymia!) so we went through the all night vigil stage and waiting for that phone call which never came but the whole thing was stressful and a couple of times we both felt like having "just the one!"
Well, mother in law is back home and (relatively) healthy [despite still being classed as dying], things are getting back to as near normal as possible and we're hitting very nearly 15 months of non smoking.
I've put on a fair bit of weight and am now on BP tablets as that was quite high, we've found out that due to the blood pressure, I've an enlarged heart - so it's a damn good job I quit when I did!



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 Posted: Sat Nov 21st, 2015 06:51 pm
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Well done for sticking with it. Giving up something you really like is hard even with all the wake up calls - all credit to you going this length of time.

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Hi John,

Well done (so far)! It's a tough one to quit (I remember it well from my student days, when it was either eat or smoke, and no patches). Now you've got this one nailed, how about that weight?

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Well done John



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Well done John. Just think - ten packets of cancer sticks = 1 new loco,

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Thanks eveyone!
Hopefully I can maintain the momentum but as mentioned, the weight is something to deal with next.
Have a problem with excessive tirdness at the moment which is being resolved soon enough, maybe get back on the bike when I've more energy!
Super D,
Thanks for the sentiment! In my case it usually takes about 30 packets to equal one loco (expensive European jobs!) but I have no idea how much a pack costs now, I guess they've gone up.
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