Sheena’s Stoptober Challenge

SO we’re nearing the end of the month and that means the end of Stoptober.

Regular readers will know I decided to take on the 28-day stop smoking challenge with support from Smokefree West Sussex.

I’m not going to lie, it hasn’t been easy but it also hasn’t been nearly as horrific as I thought it might be.

Yes, there was an unpleasant day for my colleagues early on when I forgot my patch and yes, I have probably been hitting the fridge slightly more often.

But overall I’m feeling good.

I have moved down to a lower-dosage nicotine patch and have been following the advice of smoking cessation officer Glen about treating myself with the money saved.

I have had a couple of big nights out with friends who smoke and resisted the urge.

And, I have gone 30 days without smoking for the first time in years.

So the question now is do I keep it up when Stoptober finishes?

The answer for me is a resounding yes!

I figure if I can go this long without smoking I probably don’t need to start again.

I will keep visiting Glen and gradually reduce my patches until I am nicotine free.

Plus, I’m now putting the money saved into a shoe fund – maybe in a couple of months I’ll be able to treat myself to that pair of Manolo Blahnik’s I’ve never been able to justify before.

To anyone else who has been tackling the Stoptober challenge – congratulations and I hope you’ll continue on too.

Sheena Campbell is deputy content editor of the Observer series

@Obs_Sheena

Anyone who would like help to quit smoking can contact Smokefree West Sussex.