Hey, guys... finally got my computer fixed. So, I moved in with my SO over a year ago and one of the "stipulations" for him asking me to marry is that I quit smoking. I've tried many times, but yesterday and today have been successful with the patch. I guess I'm still getting nicotine so it's not really like I've "quit" I just am not inhaling it anymore. I feel good, though, this time, like I CAN do it, so I was hoping some of you non-smokers and reformed smokers out there could send a little love and encouragement, I'd really appreciate it!
Here's my hub about what I won't miss while quitting smoking:
http://hubpages.com/hub/Ten-Things-I-Wo … it-Smoking
I've been looking at this and smiling... oh, and by the way, #7, smelling like an ashtray? I already smell 10 TIMES better and it's only been a couple of days!
If you want to do it - you will do it. I was hardcore - 35 years. Quit last year. Still drives me nuts on some days, but I have lost the weight I gained and feel great after 15 months.
You can do it.
See, now, that's what I am talking about! Thanks so much, Mark, I really appreciate your input.
My SO and I are trying to make it past this impasse, he wants to know that I am capable of carrying a child and being physically there for him and our kids. It's kind of hard to say, "Yes, I will be there for you," when you engage in a vice that shaves *years* off your longevity.
This year was my fifteenth year smoking. My mom made a comment like, "Yeah, but when you first started it's not like you were up to a pack-a-day, or anything." I didn't correct her, but within a week of starting, (when I was seventeen,) I went from a few cigarettes a day to a pack-a-day.
My uncle smoked for years and like you, he says it still drives him nuts. I'm fearful of that. The other option though is #3 on my list... if I continue to smoke I will continue to crave cigarettes the rest of my life. I think getting over that mental hump is a HUGE part of this...
I don't cope well with physical or mental addiction. Yesterday I played WOW all day, (went from level 68 to almost level 70 in a day, unless you play you don't realize how totally insane that is,) so I was looking forward to distracting myself again today as such, only to find that they're doing site maintenance!
I appreciate your kind words and encouragement, Mark, thank-you.
Keep it up you can do !!! take it from someone who knows.I quit over 2 years ago believe when I say it does get easier after you get through the first week or two ( at least it did for me and I smoked a pack a day for many years).When I got a craving I would get up and do something I also chewed gum for the first few weeks.As time goes on the cravings get less and less and the length of time they last gets shorter.
I like Mark just quit when I was ready if you have made up your mind that you can and want to quit you will be able to do it.There are days when I still want to smoke but that last for a brief minute then it's gone as fast as it come.
Keep up the good work you can do it and look at what will gain a husband,good health,you won't smell like a dirty ash tray any more,and all that money that you would have went up in smoke.
It won't be the easiest thing you've ever did, the best thing to do is occupy your mind with other things!
Good luck, do it for you and your family! You will do it, I'm sure!
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