Friday, 14 November 2008

So Grouchy.....

So after a number of false starts (or is it false ends?) I finally stopped smoking. I stopped smoking and started eating. I binned the last of my tobacco with one hand and picked up a packet of Kit-Kat's with the other and I haven't stopped eating since. Oh this is gonna end in tears, big fat tears at that.

That's your lot, I've got nothing else to say. The restaurant has been closed for two days and I quit smoking, that's it. If anyone needs me I'll be round the back kicking holes in the wall and swearing at children.

This isn't gonna work........it really isn't.

40 People trying to get Manuel's attention:

Quickroute said...

Superglue yer lips together so you won't be tempted to smoke or eat - worked for me

Sniffle&Cry said...

Look I smoke, I do unfortunately. But when I smoke, I remind myself that it’s less then I used to do before, when I threw a shape in a rebel Levi jacket without a cause. In the end breathing gets you anyway, that last breath kicks you in the head and well you know the rest. So, don’t be too hard on yourself and if you must smoke, remind yourself that you smoke less now and that’s a good thing.

Manuel said...

quickie: ha! but how would I get the kit-kats in? how?

sniffle & amp: I have to beat it this time.....I'm just so lazy....

Anonymous said...

I lost thirty pounds when I started smoking... I'm afraid to even attempt quitting

A.B. said...

Uff dah, this is why I never started smoking, because I knew it was hard to kick... and eventually... you need to kick it.

Any help with a nicotine patch? Gum?

I can only offer, hot baths, aspirins and oh yes,

beating the crap out of a heavy bag.

Good luck - you're worth it. xoxo.

Manuel said...

anonymous: same here.....put it back on quick sharpish though.....

a.b: I have a patch on as we speak.....took me twenty minutes to get the packet open for fuck sake.....

Native Minnow said...

Can I have your left-over Kit Kats when you start smoking again?

daisyfae said...

you should apply for a job in a US post office. you can behave that way AND get paid...

hang in there. one day at a time... one cigarette NOT smoked at a time. it can be done. did it... now i only smoke recreationally (and it's cheaper because i bum them off friends when they're drunk!)

Manuel said...

minnow: ha! thanks for the vote of confidence.....

daisyfae: that's exactly what my da said....

Silverstar said...

You have my empathy. No suggestions, I just never took it up. Now I would die if I had to give up chocolate.

Waiter Extraordinaire said...

Start working out at a gym. This way you will actually be replacing the bad habit with a good one. Then when you have finished the workout on the bike or whatever when it is time for a break you couldn't possibly think of a smoke. The big thing though is get out of the house and take your mind off of quitting and replace it with something.

CheeseMonger said...

Remind yourself that this is a long term goal, and unfortunately, there is short term pain. You are in withdrawal, and it will pass.

You're doing a great thing here, and the really good things are often hard, but worth it.

paddy said...

i'm terrified of giving up the gaspers. I'm a big fat fucker already, without the fags I reckon I'd turn in to one of thise massive dudes off Jerry Springer who has to wipe his arse with a sponge tied to a stick.

MJ said...

Ooooooo I hope it all goes to your arse.

Old Knudsen said...

try huffing petrol it worked for me old uncle Harry before he died.

fatmammycat said...

Manuel, everyone puts on a few pounds when they stop smoking, but that's okay, you can take that weight back off with a few dietary changes. Don't worry about it, for the moment concentrate on the nofagsarethewayforward. This time next week you will practically be a non smoker. All the hard work will be behind you. You can do this.

Red hair, Red face said...

Here's the big queation Manuel....do you really want to stop smoking completely??? I can only imagine how difficult it is....why not just cut down.....
or
kick holes in children and curse at walls......

carine said...

It WILL work.

When I quit I liked to think of my body repairing itself, and every day that passed without me smoking my body was becoming healthier and healthier so that any time I nearly reached for a fag I imagined my body going all the way back to square one. Does that make sense?

And you'll lose weight in the long run because you'll be healthier and have more energy, ergo you'll be more active.

Hang in there, it's so worth it.

x

Martin said...

Go buy the mints. Suck one. Breathe in deeply. Let ths air hit the back of your throat. (And you will smell a whole lot better)

red leeroy said...

"The restaurant has been closed for two days and I quite smoking"

did you miss a 'like' in there ?

Conan Drumm said...

We've been there and done it, and so can you...







*wobbles like a giant blancmange towards the chocolate stash*

livesbythewoods said...

Stick with it. Think how much more money you'll have to spend on trips to Paris instead.

Go easy on the KitKats though.

sheepworrier said...

just keep tellin yourself that you dont really want one - reread your post about why you decided to quit - go for a dander or a swim or whatever.

It honestly isn't that difficult.

Manuel said...

silverstar: you should go off it in support of me...

steve: gym? never gonna happen.....no no no

cheesemonger: cheers

paddy: bwahahaha that's my future

mj: sicko.....no really.....

old k: glue.....that's the future

fmc: in a week? surely not....

eguinan said...

No more to say that hasn't been said really, except that I too managed to kick em after 10 years. That was about five years ago now and after the first week or two it got so much easier. I can't imagine smoking now (apart from the once when I was very, very drunk in Thailand, but that's another story...)

Good luck!

Manuel said...

red hair: I really really do......and if I have to choose I'll go for the latter.....

carine: yes, yes it does....

martin: got the "lovely" lozengers.....mmmm

red leeroy: damn it.......

conan: wobble? I don't want to wobble.....

lbtw: they can take away my fags but they can never take away my kit-kats.....

sheepo: cheers......means a lot

eguinan: I'll go to Thailand......yippee

Crispy said...

You know you can do it, look at the oul boy...jeez if he mastered it I am very confident you can do it too. Look at all the support you have got from your readers. And can I just say, if anyone is getting the kitkats.....

fatmammycat said...

Yep, honestly a week. These first few days are the most difficult, but this time next Ginger day if you stick with it you can be confident that you are well on your way to being a non smoker. After that it gets easier and easier until one morning you're just going to get up and not think about it.

Ruth E said...

My dad had that problem when he quit but he took up chewing gum instead of eating otherwise he'd have been huge with the food he could have eaten!

Eventually he worked himself off the chewing gum too.

Medbh said...

Steady, Manuel.
The Kit Kats are not your friend!

ANTO said...

I gave up 6 months ago for the second time (lasted 4 years first time round, followed by 2 years back on them)

This time, whenever I used willpower, but whenever I REALLY needed a feg, I had a drink instead. It sort of works because I think you need a precise amount of badness in you at any given time. Maybe punching kittens has a similar effect.

I drank way too much for about 4 weeks and then found a nice happy medium.

RESULT.

sheepworrier said...

I found a nice happy medium one time on irishpsychics.com...

I'll get me coat.

Katrien said...

7 years ago I convinced myself that it was a piece of cake to quit smoking and it was... Keep a positive attitude... And not smoking will give you nothing but benefits....
Good luck!

psychoknitter said...

Awww...Manuel!

problemchildbride said...

Keep at it, hun! Listen to fmc! And reread her post on it again. You can do it, you can.

Who cares about a few extra pounds? That's reversible. get films out or really good page-turners, absorb yourself in any kind of distraction you can. And when the beast rises, smack its ashy ass back down and watch it crumble like a fag end!

It might be harder these few days when the restaurant's closed and you have more time to think on it. But you can do it! I don't know but everybody I know who's quit all attests to what fmc says, that the first week or so is the hardest.

All the best luck! It's a good thing you're doing.

Ms. McDermott said...

One day at a time, Manuel, one day at a time...

The very best of luck to you!

savannah said...

sometimes, it's minute by minute, sugar...you want to quit, so that's half the battle! trust me on this one key thing, you'll be ok. just don't be too hard on yourself, ok? xoxoxo

harried_dad said...

Stick with it Manuel. If you have the willpower to not use the stabbing fork on half of your customers, then giving up the fags should be a doddle.

Failing that you could just put some marmite, the contents of an ashtray and some stale yoghurt into a blender. 30 seconds on high et voilà instant smokers lung.

Your kitkat addiction has reminded me of an old joke about joan collins. My wife wants to know why i am sniggering about only four fingers in a kitkat

Ashley Mc said...

How is the quitting going? I just gave my cancer sticks up a week ago and I think I could scream for an hour straight......this is tough work.

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