On Not-Smoking

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014 07:03 pm
miss_s_b: (Mood: Miserable Brian :()
So I'm still at the point where I'm counting hours, rather than days*. I don't want to jinx it, but so far it has been easier than I expected. It turns out that all I needed was someone to offer me a bet that I really didn't want to lose**. But there are a few weak points. I have a list of things I am currently finding it difficult to deal with:
  1. Work. Once an hour, at work, I used to get to walk away from my desk and let all the stress melt away. I haven't been able to do that today. I need some substitute, or I will go postal.

  2. On trains/buses. On every journey I take regularly, I know exactly when the optimum moment is to get out my fag tin and start rolling so I have a cigarette ready for disembarking. This is a very ingrained habit.

  3. While Cooking. Nipping over to the back door for a fag while something warms through is also an ingrained habit.

  4. To get away from an argument. If I get into a row with someone there will come a point when I want to walk away, and I would normally do this by announcing I was going for a fag. This is no longer an option.
I suppose I am lucky in that the After Sex Fag is not that heavily ingrained in me***. If I want to have a fag after sex I have to put my clothes back on and leave the room - or sometimes the building - and mostly I'd rather just cuddle. But the situations on the list above are not really situations I can avoid. So suggestions for coping mechanisms will be gratefully received.

For various reasons****, taking up biting my nails again as a substitute is not an option.



* 67.5
** You're not getting ALL the details, but suffice it to say there's a bottle of gin and Yorkshire Pride riding on this.
*** because of having non-smoker partners.
**** not least of which is that Pauline would kill me -_-"

Ciggies

Monday, November 6th, 2006 12:58 pm
miss_s_b: (Default)
I'm posting this because I think it's possibly useful to know for others who are thinking of/in the process of giving up smoking.

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARGH WHO MADE ME DOWNLOAD ALL THIS JOHN BARROWMAN???

* smashes media player *

* pokes [livejournal.com profile] strangefrontier and [livejournal.com profile] staceyuk *

Sorry, everybody else.

Ahem. Where was I? Oh yes, Fags. I had a really bad ciggie craving just now, for the first time in 11 months (when sober, at least). So, you know, it doesn't go away. But! There are ways of working through it. My local Greggs has HUGE halloween cakes with purple icing and jelly brains and skulls on for £1 to clear. Cake is a good way of beating a ciggie craving.

I really do think smoking is like being an alcoholic. You can be on the wagon, but you're always a smoker, no matter how long you've given up for. So all you young 'uns reading this, learn from your jaded old auntie SB. The best way to give up smoking is to never start.

Bah.

Monday, March 27th, 2006 11:06 am
miss_s_b: (Default)
Stupid broken foot and lack of exercise is making my bum grow to the extent that I can fit into less than half of my trousers now. Doubtless giving up smoking has had a hand in this too (nearly three months now, yay!). After I've finished my homemade pecan pie (which two friends are coming round to help me with this afternoon) I am actually going to make an effort to do proper dieting for the first time in my life.

Pray for me.

Actually, pray for the people around me, who will have to put up with my hungry wrath...

((X-posted healthy start and personal journal))

P.S. Veri, check your gmail!
miss_s_b: (Default)
Robin Askwith: An Icon of British Cinema, or an Over-Rated Talentless Fuckwit? Discuss.

http://britishhorrorfilms.co.uk/board/index.php?act=ST&f=19&t=5196&hl=&s=3f6b35ad3b51a67c61ba351cd9c1243a

Darrell maintains that "The Ask" is a legend, a gent, and a scholar. I maintain that he's a misogynistic talent-free zone. Any of you guys have any thoughts? Any of you even heard of him? LOL

Looking forward to climbing tonight :D

Smoke-free days: 6
Exercise sessions in the last 7 days: 4
Bodycount: 2

Gra? Urgle.

Friday, January 20th, 2006 11:18 am
miss_s_b: (Default)
Pimpin':

http://anw.livejournal.com/296833.html <-- for the artists on my f-list. Mnemo?

No letters from the inland revenue today. This worries me more than another letter would have.

Smoke-free days: three
Bodycount: none.
miss_s_b: (Default)
You guys aren't going to believe this...

This morning, I recieved another letter from the Inland Revenue. It was dated the 19th of December. It said they were stopping my tax credits and would I mind awfully paying them back the amount they had already paid me, which was a COMPLETELY DIFFERENT amount to the amount that they said they had already paid me yesterday.

So, I rang them up. Now apparently the lady yesterday told me I needed to find my P60. This was news to me. I pointed out that she had told me that there was nothing she could do and that she would send me out an appeal form. I said, if you can wait 30 seconds I can find my P60, it's here, among all the letters from the inland revenue. It's here from when I copied it out onto the form that you're saying you haven't received.

* headdesk *

Anyway, the upshot of it is that I need to find SE's P60 as well and phone them back tomorrow (can't do it today because he's made ONE change today and if he makes two the system will crash) and hopefully that should get the collection department off my back.

ETA: still smoke free. Body count zero.
miss_s_b: (Default)
OK, work was hell. I had a test to do, I had to do the frigging doorway, I felt violent towards L & R for doing what they always do (discussing diets ad nauseam when neither of them is even fat) and I didn't get the chance to explode at the people who deserved exploding at because they all kept out of my way.

But I'm still smoke free.

If physically shaking.

Must avoid drink; if I drink that will simply make me want a fag more...

I wonder if there are any biscuits...

ETA: there are fig rolls.
miss_s_b: (Default)
... I have £2.50 in my purse. I cut up my credit card last month because I was getting worryingly near the limit. I have nothing in my bank account. I have run out of cigarettes. I haven't had a cigarette all day and am only twitching slightly.

So now's as good a time as any to try and give up, yes? If I can make it through next week I then have a week off work and that should help enormously.

Why am I posting this here? Because if I make insane emotional outbursts or angry posts in the next couple of weeks, I want you all to remember that going cold turkey from cigarettes is supposed to be worse than going cold turkey from heroin. So I might not be entirely rational for a while. But then again, when was I ever?

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