Tuesday, January 20, 2009

One day at a time.

I have decided that I am now ready to quit smoking. Probably not as ready as I should be, otherwise I would just quit cold turkey but that didn't go so well for me.

I have wanted to quit for a long time now for a few reasons. One reason being for obvious reasons, that it causes health issues. Another reason being that, I don't want it around the kids because I know it isn't healthy for them either. And other reasons being that, it's gross, it makes you smell bad and gives you smokers breath.

I have been a smoker since I was 17, about 5 or 6 years, so this isn't coming easy for me. On Sunday, I woke up thinking that I would just quit cold turkey. That lasted about 2 hours before I realized that that was easier said than done. Yesterday I had Michael pick up some minty gum for me to chew in hopes that I would be able to quit cold turkey again today. (I hate smoking a cigarette with a minty taste in my mouth) Well, that didn't work out either. I just quit chewing the gum. LOL So now, I have decided to try something else. I have written down each time I have smoked a cigarette (I have only smoked 3 so far today, and for me, that is awesome!) I figured that at the end of the day, I will figure up how many cigarettes I have smoked today and tomorrow I will smoke one less. Each day I will take one cigarette off until I get down to ZERO! I know it is going to be tough. Really tough! But I feel like I can do it if I just put my mind to it. If I want it bad enough, I can do it. And right now, I want it bad. So, wish me luck! I think that my goal is going to be for next Friday, January 30th to be completely cigarette free. I sure hope I can do this.

6 comments:

Liam said...

A lot of smoking is psychological... it's a habit and in order to break the habit you have to replace it with another habit... Just saying "i'm not going to smoke anymore" isn't going to cut it unless you change it to be something like "I'm not going to smoke anymore... instead I'm going to..."

Good luck!

nancygrayce said...

Both my husband and I quit using the patches. In fact, for a while I thought I'd have to wear a round bandaid for the rest of my life! At the end of every week, I figured up how much it would have cost to smoke, and I bought myself a treat! O.K. maybe I spent more than the cost, but it helped. You can do it! When I quit smoking the first thing I noticed was that when I was around someone who had been smoking, I couldn't stand the smell, and I always thought no one could tell I'd been smoking!

Stacie said...

there are also support groups out there...

I have quit several times, only to come back to it, it's like a lover I just can't let go. It is my middle finger to "the people", it's my body I will do with it what I want.

I have only tried cold turkey, I used gum, jolly ranchers, water (drink lots and lots of water)...and I have done it...it is just remaining a non smoker that I have issues with.

can you do the nicorette gum? how about chantrex (however it is spelled)...

ANYWAY...I wish you luck, it is hard, but if you REALLY want to kick it, you can. Mind over matter!

Aimee' said...

Good Luck girl! I know you can do it!!!! Just think of your baby girl and about all the milestones you will want to see in her future!!

Kami said...

You can do it! And you will never ever regret quitting. I promise!

LucieP said...

I can only imagine how hard it will be!

Good luck hot mama!