I need your support
I'm 45 smoke and drink too much but have decided enought is enough and have decided to give both up in the vain hope that I may lose some wieght and run better and generally feel better about my self
Any support will be welcome and I ill try and keep you up dated on a day to day basis as how I'm getting on.
So it begins
Good luck Tommy, it won't be easy but the results will be worth it. Mr TT and I gave up booze, counted calories and exercised every day for 10 weeks a couple of years ago and the results were incredible. Stupidly we didn't keep it up (but our eating habits improved dramatically after doing it) and we are having to go through it again but we both looked (and felt) so good at the end of it.
Hope you find the willpower you need and the support you are looking for here.
Best of luck with giving up. I've given both up , only I did them a different times.
Apart from NRT I found the four D's really useful for giving up smoking.
Delay, put off having the next fag for a minute then keep putting it off. Cravings don't last more than 5 minutes.Distract, take your mind off the smokes do something, anything whatever it takes.Deep Breathing, concentrate on taking a deep breath. Really concentrate, notice everything about the breath where you feel it first, how far down you feel the breath going etc.Drink, water is good orange juice is better. It makes fag smoke taste really horrible.
Depending on how much alcohol you drink stopping cold turkey is potentially harmful. If you're a heavy drinker it may be worth getting medical support as there is a real risk of fitting during withdrawal.
Sound's like you have decided @ the age of 45 to stop enjoying life.
Good luck Tommy.
Great decision, no ciggies will do you a world of good.
Good luck Tommy. Scotty and I are fag free for nearly a year now. I haven't persuaded him to give up the booze yet, but I'm on the wagon at the moment.
Giving up the fags will hugely improve your endurane and you will start to feel better almost immediately. I have been tempted but I know I wouldn't enjoy it if I did smoke again and the urge passes.
And I find giving up the booze makes a huge difference. I stopped for 9 weeks at the beginning of the year and saw massive improvements in my times - PB'd at 10 miles in 3 consecutive races and knocked more than 20 minutes off my 20 mile time. On top of that people kept telling me how well I looked!
Unfortunately I promptly got injured and started drinking again because I couldn't run! I'm at just over 2 weeks without the booze at the moment and the improvements are starting to come again.
Right I'm looking into all the becoming a non-smoker stuff (as DS said It not giving up).
Patches, inhaler things, micro tabs and drugs like champix.
I not sure I can do this cold turkey I have read Allan Carr's easyway before and stopped for a year so maybe I need to re -read it
As to the drinking bit I often, well once a or twice a year stop drinking for a month at a time so that should be a bit easier to do. But I think I just need to cut down rather than stop. Maybe just go to the pub once a week.
Good luck Tommy,
I gave up the booze in Feb and have lost 1/2 stone. It depends how much you drink. I found the first 3 days the hardest. After that, Shandys and Becks Blue seemed to be a good alternative to the beer for me.
Didn't realise you smoked. Well done on making the decision and good luck.
The Alan Carr book really helped me, though it was another couple of years after reading it that I stopped smoking completely.
I remember when I smoked I couldn't possibly imagine being a non smoker. It's been about 4 years, now since my last fag and I can't believe I used to smoke, nasty habit!
Best of luck with it, and remember, if you give in and have a puff, don't give up on yourself, keep trying, you'll get there in the end
Oh well done Tommy
You can do it!!!!
remember, small steps, take one day at a time and dont get down if you have the odd slip, just keep moving forward
Tommy - nothing much to add to what's already been said, but I think you have taken the biggest step in deciding to stop/cut down. I am sure that's the biggest hurdle to overcome. The rest shoud be easy in comparison.
Good luck and keep us posted as to your progress
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