I decided that I was going to quit smoking. I’ve tried it before but it failed. I went back to smoking and figured I would never attempt to quit again. The first time I quit was for 6 months. I was hoping for a healthier life. It was great knowing that I was kicking a habit that is nasty and bad for you. Actually, bad is a horrible word choice. It’s the worse kind of thing you can do to your body. But when life hands you a curve ball and things just build up, like stress or personal issue, you turn to something to ease and relieve all that. I went back to smoking and once I took that first puff, I threw away 6 months of work for what? Those 5 minutes of smoking may have calmed me for the time being but never really solved anything. That was about 2 years ago when I tried to kick the habit. It failed miserably. It is 2 years later and this time I am going for a life record. I am quitting for good and I will not look back. Time for a healthier life.
Back in January, I said I was going to stop smoking. I quit on the 2nd of January. It could have been the first but I still had cigarettes left and I wasn’t about to toss them. I was still a smoker on the first and I wasn’t going to start then. I wasn’t going to waste that crap. I smoked my last cigarette that night.
Do you still get urges?
At times. I may be drinking or maybe I am just sitting around the house doing nothing. I know I don’t have any so there is no point. I don’t want to go to the store cause once I smoke a cigarette, I’ll be back to being smoker. I am not saying I will start up and smoke constantly. I am saying that smoking just one cigarette will void it all and telling people that I am not a smoker will be a ruse. I won’t have it. I said I will stop and I will. Plus, here’s two good reasons to quit smoking.
What did you do to quit?
Will power. I went cold turkey. I didn’t use medicine. I didn’t apply a patch or do tricks to smoke less and less till there were none left. I had a pack in the house and said, this is my last pack. It was. I smoked the last cigarette and went to bed. When I stopped the first time, I went cold turkey. I am trying it again and hopefully this time, my will won’t be as weak as it once was. It wasn’t easy and still isn’t. I had to chew gum and suck on candy. I did anything to occupy myself while driving (driving was the worst)so I wouldn’t think about pulling over to buy a pack. It worked. After a while, I weened off the candy and gum and now, I don’t need either of them. I drive to and from without any second thought of lighting up.
Come on, don’t lie. You smoke when no one is looking.
Nope. I said I was done and I meant it. As I said earlier, I do get the occasional urge to smoke one. But after a few seconds, the urge is gone. I am not saying I am perfect or that my plan of quitting is better than yours, I am just sharing with people my journey into being smoke free for life. Never said quitting was easy. It’s hard. I know. This is my second attempt and hopefully my last.
The first month mark hit and I was still smoke free. With no more smoking, I was breathing better. I wasn’t feeling tired in the morning anymore. With all that, I took it upon myself to start running. I like running. I couldn’t run and smoke at the same time. That would defeat the purpose of running. Isn’t running to be in shape? To be healthy? I remember when I went to play soccer with some friends and not too far into the game, I was winded, tired, and ready to die. Smoking took a toll on me. Smoking and playing sports is not wise. Don’t do both. I ran my first race and was proud of it. I would have never ran if I still smoked.
It is now 3 months later. I am still proud to say I am smoke free. I haven’t lit up a smoke since the last one on January 2nd. I know there a lot of people rooting my on and I want to thank you for doing it. I know people who’ve quit and still smoke free. That’s awesome! I am rooting for you too. If you look at the photo, you can see how much money I have saved so far from not smoking. It’s not exact but roughly the amount of money I spent on cigarettes. I am sure it is a lot more than that but it’ll make do. I am going to put that amount of money away and save it for something nice. I need to treat myself to something.
I will let you all know when I hit 6 months. I’ll let you know if I am still smoke free or if I went back to my old habits. I have to make it over 6 months to beat my last attempt at quitting. I hope that during that time, I will lose all urges to smoke. As long as I have those urges, there is still that chance that I may go back to my old ways. I don’t want that. I don’t want to go back to smoking. I am happy that I am done with that habit. If you quit, congrats! If you are trying to quit, congrats and good luck. And if you still smoke, so be it. I will not force it on you. You’ll quit when you want. You’ll know when it’s time.