Quitting Smoking: 3 Weeks

It has been 3 weeks since I’ve smoked. Hold your applause. I started on the 2nd of this month. When I first started the cravings were there. I had the biggest problem when  I would drive to work. It’s not the place where I did the most smoking but it was the routine of my habit that was going to be the hardest to over come. I bought myself some gum and some mints. I would chew the gum or suck on the mint to occupy myself when I went to work. The mints are gone and the gum is about out. I don’t need them anymore. I still suck on a mint or chew the gum just to do it. It’s a new habit but at least a healthier and less costly one.

I am pretty stoked that I am still going strong without smoking. It’s nearly been a month and I still cannot label myself as an ex-smoker. I hope to actually make this run with quitting the final one. Do I miss smoking? Yeah. Somewhat. There are times that I would like to smoke. But I know if I tell myself, “oh, I’ll just have this one. It’ll be fine. What’s the harm in just one? “, it won’t be fine. It’ll be the worst idea ever. If I ever buckle under the pressure of needing that quick, unnecessary fix of smoking that one cigarette, it will void everything I’ve worked for up to that point. I will just have to take a few deep breaths and relax. The craving for a cigarette only last a few minutes. Get past that and we’ll be fine. It’s something I will have to deal with when these cravings come up.

I’ll just have this one. It’ll be fine What’s the harm in just one?”

With smoking hopefully out of the picture for good, I am trying to start running. Crazy idea. This will be my first time running since high school. Smoking and running don’t mix. I didn’t want to run then light up a smoke afterwards. Knowing me, I would have smoked and ran at the same time. Talk about knocking on Death’s door.

I am attempting to start running. I’ve only ran once so far and it killed me. Next time I will stretch first. I want to continue to run. It was invigorating. While running nearly killed a first time runner, I thoroughly enjoyed it. I am still enjoying the soreness in every inch of my legs. I need to do something productive since I quit smoking. This seems like a logical, athletic, and healthy (crazy even) way to curb the habit and put my lungs to better use than just having them fill up with tar and who knows what else.

I still use the same iPhone app I’ve been using since day one of quitting. It’s an app for the iPhone. I still cannot testify if it is helping me or if the quitting is all me and not from the help of a clinical hypnotherapist. If Ewan McGregor can quit, so can I. I am not telling smokers to quit. I will never force it on you if you don’t want to. If you’re trying to quit, then I support you. It needs to be your decision and not someone else. Quit when you’re ready. It’s been 3 weeks since I lit up and while I still have a craving here and there, it’s not life threatening. I manage and I move on. It’s easy not to smoke. Just don’t smoke. At this time, I’ve saved $45.00 bucks! There’s a tank of gas, a nice steak dinner with a friend, or a good night at the bar.  Good luck if you plan on quitting and good luck if you quit like I have. I am rooting for you!

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  • Jackiee

    I’m super happy you quit too. I  have those same thoughts STILL after a year… Where an angel or a devil or something is telling me “just go ahead have one you deserve it you went so far, you’ve shown you can do it now just have one” but It will void everything… so no… not one … keep up the good work <3