11 Oct END OF WEEK ONE: 28-DAY CHALLENGE
Cllr. alison griffiths has reached the end of week one on her 28 day challenge!
Surrey’s very own Deputy Chair of Health, Cllr. Alison Griffiths has challenged herself to take on the 28-Day Challenge this Stoptober. Throughout her 28-Day journey, Alison has videoed herself, where she shares her experiences, challenges and accomplishments along the way! You can find all the videos at the following link:
Throughout Alison’s quit attempt, Alison will be receiving a treatment called combination therapy. This is a combination of both medicinal and behavioural support, shown to be four times more effective than going cold turkey.
How is Alison Quitting?
The behavioural support will be from her own Quit Coach, Fionn (a member of the 28-Day team). The medication she will be using is called Varenicline, which is more commonly known as Champix. The drug is taken twice a day. Once in the morning and once in the evening.
How does it work?
It works by stimulating nicotine receptors to relieve the cravings and withdrawals you get when you stop smoking. At the same time, Champix blocks the nicotine receptors so that if you continue to smoke (inhale nicotine), any enjoyable or rewarding effect is prevented.
How is Alison doing?
So far, Alison has had the full support from the public and the 28 Days team (a stop smoking service provided by One You Surrey). The service is completely remote and available to all Surrey residents. Here is an overview of how the week went:
“It’s been absolutely fine, I thought it would be really difficult, but I was absolutely fine”.
“Today’s been really positive, I’ve been feeling pretty good. It’s just not what I expected, I thought I would be crying by now.”
“I’m feeling fine. It’s been pretty easy, which I never expected. I am still waiting for the cravings and everything to kind of kick in, but it’s not happened.”
“I’ve been using the vape pen that I bought, I try not to use that much, but it’s to help with the lifestyle habits of smoking”
“I’m so overwhelmed with the support I’ve received from everyone as well. My fellow councillors have been great! It’s been a very positive experience”
“Still not smoking. But really struggling today. I really apologise to all those that are quitting out there and I’ve been saying it’s really easy and not difficult.”
“I’m really happy that my quit coach, Fionn, called me today and his support and talking me through the struggles has really made a difference to how I feel. I really felt as I was beginning to go backwards”.
“I am going to keep on going. I am £40 richer today then I was when I started and that is amazing.”
“Honestly, I have come to Greece for a couple of days… I have to admit I had one cigarette”.
“Doesn’t change anything, I am still doing exactly what I said I was going to do.”
“Even though I am really angry, I am not going to beat myself up over it. It’s one cigarette in eight days.”
“I am still determined, by the end of my 28 days I will be smokefree completely. I am going to take that one cigarette and pretend it didn’t happen.
Moving into week two
As Alison expressed in her vlogs, the journey to becoming SmokeFree is not an easy one. Alison has made fantastic progress so far and is determined to complete the 28 Day Challenge.
Barcley, who is a Stop Smoking Advisor at One You Surrey, commented on Alison’s 28-Day Journey.
“Alison has done brilliantly so far, to completely cut-out cigarettes is a very difficult task! So what she had one cigarette, we are all human. What is key for Alison is to focus on how far she has come and to remind herself why she has quit smoking. Great job Alison, keep going!”
How can you take part in the 28-Day Challenge yourself?
Click the link below or call on 03301 244 648 and start your 28-Day Challenge today!