Quitting Smoking: 3 Months

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.

UPDATE: July 2nd marks 6 months of no smoking! 

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.

CDC: Tips from Former Smokers – Terrie's Ad

CDC: Tips from Former Smokers – Anthem Ad

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.

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  • Hobojoecs

    I tottally agree with smoking is bad for you mmmkay, however the quit smoking ads i gotta point out have no scientific quotes or any type of facts.  Just sayin…

    • http://pitweston.com/ Pit Weston

      Hobo, 
      Maybe the ads are missing numbers and percentages but it is giving the viewer a colorful view of what can happen with years and years of smoking. There is no proof that this will happen to everyone who smokes. Still, it’s difficult to imagine that what if it does happened to you? What if you’re one of the unlucky smokers who end up like Terrie or the other smokers in the second video? Sometimes it takes more than just numbers and percentages to change a persons mind.