Lisa from Poole first got in contact with us in early February 2019. She'd just registered with us and shared her first post in Our LiveWell. Apprehensive about the journey ahead, we celebrated her commitment to quit and supported her take her next steps. Here's her story:
"Had my first contact with LiveWell to start my first and only goal - to stop smoking, my quit day is tomorrow, I don't think I'm underestimating how difficult it's going to be but I'm determined and looking forward to being smoke-free! Any support, from ex-smokers would be great! The next 72 hrs are going to be tricky..."
"I had a restless sleep last night, but the nicotine patch is on and I've organised some routines! I'm visualising the pros of what is to come rather than mourning the loss. I'm looking forward to talking with my LiveWell Coach Addy on Wednesday."
"I feel terrible today! Really lethargic, woolly-headed and very wheezy."
"Whoop! Whoop! Smoke-free for 10 days! Bravo to the LiveWell team for getting back to me so quickly after my initial call! If you hadn't, my motivation may have disappeared! Everyone in Our LiveWell is so supportive, each on our own personal journey. The huge levels of encouragement and support spur me on!"
"Hi Matt, I think I could do with a quick coaching call, please? I'm on day 63 of being smoke-free, I've put on weight which I know is expected but I've never had to watch my weight and can't seem to resist crisps! Or anything that's offered! I've stopped keeping anything like that in the house, but I could do with some suggestions on how to change my mindset. It's those darn' crisps - the devil's work!!!"
"It's been going GREAT!! I've had a three-week stretch without patches but have kept a hold of them just in case. I've downloaded MyFitnessPal which has helped keep an eye on any weight gain. Still a bit chesty but my body feels good, so I'm getting there!
I'm walking four miles a day consistently and have been back on my turbo trainer - my breathing is so much better! I can go for longer. We've just booked a trip to Nepal which is adding to my motivation to stay fit. A great mantra is "if you're not hungry enough to eat that Apple, you're not hungry!! I've started to use popcorn (in moderation) to replace my crisp thing, which means I'm not reaching for the crisps so easily now!"
"If you are thinking of giving up I'd encourage you to mentally prepare prior to your quit date. Replace habitual routines that go with your cigarette with positive alternatives."
Don't go it alone! You don't have to, with such a fantastic support network in LiveWell Dorset it's been far, far easier! Shout out to LiveWell Dorset!