I am in month 15 now in my Quitting Smoking Journey and can’t believe that I’ve Gone this Long!
According to Quitnet.com, these are my stats:
Days Quit: 466
Money saved: $4,893.00
Life Saved: 3 months 2 weeks
So, those are the stats for my smoking journal with quitnett. (I can not recommend this site enough. They really keep you on track and it’s nice hearing other people trying to do the same.)
The other day I was walking past this restaurant where a party of about 10 were saying good-bye to each other. One couple was hanging back, smoking. Usually, if I see someone smoking (especially outdoors), I’d approach fairly closely just to get a whiff of the smell.
This time, though, the couple looked to be about 65 years old and they looked really unhealthy. They were nice and let me just get my couple of whiffs of the cigarettes and, as I looked at them, I wondered if I’ll look like that also.
When I look at my sisters who have never smoked, I can tell that I’ve definitely aged worse than them. There was, however, no way I was going to quit smoking. I needed a real incentive to quit.
So,.,,how did I make it after smoking 30 cigarettes a day?
1. I know I’ve written this before, however, the book Allen Carr’s Easy Way to Stop Smoking had an unbelievable impact on me. It explains the merry-go-round that we get with desiring to smoke. Many, many people recommend this book. It’s really the quit smoking bible.
2. It’s good if the person you live with is also quitting with you. My husband had a stroke and I could not or would I smoke in front of him. I know that if I didn’t quit, I would be going on lots of walks and going out on the balcony where I could smoke.
3. You have to find the way that works best for you.
A couple of things I’ve tried:
I would get a rash from the patch.
4. The only way that would work for ME is cold turkey. You may be the type that needs a smoking aid.
5. Go onto Quitnet.
6. Beware that you are going to vacillate between getting chores done at an alarming rate and just plain sleeping and closing off the world.
7. I am more aware of people I come in contact with that are smokers. They stink! I mean, it doesn’t really bother me because it validates my quit. However, I can see why people dining out did not want to smell someone else’s cigarettes. (I’ve always had that problem with people wearing strong fragrances)
8. When I had a doctor appointment, I took a long shower, shampoo 5 times (practically) found clothes that didn’t stink of cigarettes and they would still say they could smell it on me. It’s nice now to go around not stinking.
9. I know that everyone says sunflower seeds work to help them quit. I’ve got to admit they do help. I don’t know why; they just do. (In all honesty, I was eating sunflower seeds with the shell on and got the shell lodged in my throat. That was another ER visit I could have done without.)
10. Ice Water – I drank a lot of it and really helped.
Here are some other great quit-smoking resources:
How’s that Al?