Wow! I can not believe it has been 6 months since I have inhaled on a disgustingly addictive cigarette, and I feel fantastic about it!!
I seriously feel like this was the best decision I have ever made in my entire life ( Ya ya, I know it hasn’t been the longest life at 24, but still I smoked for 10 years!! )
I know that a lot of people struggle with quitting so here is how I did it.
I decided one day that I was going to try to quit smoking. It was costing me way too much money and I couldn’t come up with a good reason as to why I did it. So I started to think about it more and more, then I read up on some different stuff.
I started here : http://smokershelpline.ca/quit-program
I registered into the online community, where I was able to go through the steps and really learn about what smoking is, what the addiction is, and understand that it was going to be hard, but it was doable!
I took one thing from the program and it is the one thing that I feel really helped me overall! Make yourself something like this, have stacks of them, of create the chart in a notebook and start tracking. Trust me, this is how I started to look at my habit differently!
By tracking all the smokes I would have every day I was able to question myself, which is actually better than say your mom or even worse your grama. I was noticing that I was having a smoke at silly times, for no reason other than just to have one, I was having one ten minutes after just finishing one, just because. It helped me to recognize my triggers, what makes me want to smoke, what makes me have one or what do I like to have one with the most? Is it your morning coffee? While your driving or on the phone? Or just simply because you bored. Whatever the reason just write it down! I know you are going to feel silly, and also very dumb for smoking as often as you do for no reason at all, and to think of the money you spend.. yikes!
After I got a hang of why I would smoke, how often and when was the most often, or the highest craving times…etc I started to take the steps to cut back. I noticed I averaged anywhere from 13 – 20 smokes a day, with driving, phone calls, stress, boredom and mornings were my highest craving times. I took out different times. I started by not smoking in my truck, or when I was on the phone. Then slowly cut out the other high times out of my routines. I was still tracking all my smoking through out this part as well. I tracked until the day I quit 100%.
I had to start finding distractions, replacements etc. You know these right!?
Well I took one of these and emptied it, I filled it with other gum, sweet tarts, other hard candies etc and it stayed with me all the time. Also, water, seriously, I still do it now 6 months later, I need my water bottle with me in the truck. Never good to replace your smoke with something else, but water is a good choice if you need too.
Now I have a weight issue ( I can’t gain it, whether you want to call it luck, I call it being too fucking skinny), So the gaining weight when quitting I can’t help with, but walking helped me to distract myself, or just taking the dog out for a 20 minute play.
I picked a quit day of Oct 2. We moved into a new place Oct 1, so I thought fresh start, perfect timing, lets do it!! So for the few weeks leading up, I limited myself. I started to put in the # on my tracking sheets to limit how many I could have in a day. I started at 10 and cut myself back every few days so I was smoking less and less. This is the same time I started to wear a nicotine patch. It helped with the cravings in between, ecspecially when we got down to 3 a day, 2 a day and finally 1 a day the last two days before quit day!
The cravings you will notice in my story, didn’t play a huge part. I had my cravings, I had my bad days don’t get me wrong, but I continued to tell myself how awesome it was going to be when I got through it all, and I am so glad I did. I had an awesome support system with my fiance who helped me through every single step even when he is still smoking today! Hopefully he will follow in my foot steps soon but he just isnt ready yet. I was ready, and that is why I was able to accomplish it. If you are ready to quit, it is true what they say, talk to your doctor, get some help, read some success stories, and try it out, I didn’t tell the world around me til I was confident I could accomplish my goal so that I wouldn’t feel like I let anyone down if I wasn’t successful.
This one still tells me to this day how many days hrs and mins its been. It has cool distractions and neat hints and tips to show you about how well your improving and what changes your body is going through ( in a good way ).
I hope that my story can help people accomplish their own goal of quitting.
Here’s to your future success!!
If you are reading this and you want a loved one to quit, let them know your concern, but try not to force it, or it won’t happen.
Happy Wednesday everyone!! 🙂