Quit Smoking For Good-My Journey

Quit Smoking For Good-How It Started

I have been getting emails asking me where I am and when I will be back.  Well my journey to quit smoking for good has kept me away for a while.

I have been quitting smoking and loving it.  The only thing is because of habit I had to stay away from the computer for a while.

Feb 6, 2010, I told myself that on my birthday on May 6th, 2010 I would quit smoking.  I told myself that every single day along the way.

I didn't do anything different on my journey.  I just continued a few times every day to remind myself that on May 6th I would quit.

May 6th came along.  I had about 10 smokes left.  I decided to finish smoking them and then embark on the road to quit smoking for good.  5 minutes before noon on May 6th i smoked my last cigarette.

In this hub I will try and walk you through the first 10 days of my journey to quit smoking for good.

Quit Smoking For Good-Day 1-3

Well like I said 5 minutes before noon on May 6th I quit smoking for good.

That was to be day one. I had no idea what to expect. Some people had told me quitting smoking was easy while others told me they would rather come off of heroine.

Any ways I was armed with the nicotine inhaler and some nicotine gum. By about 5 that afternoon I was sucking on the nicotine inhaler. This was going to be harder than I thought. I was questioning my self on whether I could do this or not.

I woke up day 2 wanting a cigarette but I just kept telling my self that I had quit smoking for good.

I continued to suck on the inhaler and chew the gum. It really wasn't that easy though. For the most part I didn't think things were going to be quite this hard.

So what does day 3 hold in my bid to quit smoking for good. As of right now day 3 has proven to be the hardest of them all.

I was cranky, I was chewing gum, sucking the inhaler, eating and every moment thinking of reasons I should stop this stupidity. That afternoon my wife had a surprise for me. She handed me an electric cigarette.

I had no idea what to think but at this point I was willing to try anything. So day three I threw away the gum, the inhaler and started smoking the electric cigarette. I know it sounds wrong, after all it is a road to quit smoking for good.

Quit Smoking For Good-Day 4-6

So as day 4 came along I had to make a decision whether I was going to quit smoking for good or not.

To this point I had not yet cheated with a cigarette.  However I couldn't help but feel that I was still cheating with the gum, inhaler and the electric cigarette.  Was I cheating or wasn't I.  Till this day I really haven't made up my mind but I did change things.

Day 4 after my walk i decided that indeed I was going to quit smoking for good.  When I got home I threw out the inhalers, the gum and decided to keep the electric cigarette for a couple more days.  I would also restrict its use.

As for day 5 and 6 things seemed to be getting easier.  i had made a decision and it was time to move forward.  i was taking about 10 drags a day from the electric cigarette.  I felt okay with that.

I did notice that as I was getting rid of cigarettes in my life I was bringing something else in.  I quickly realized i was eating a lot more than usual.  I know this is common but I also knew i didn't want to gain a bunch of weight. 

I would be okay with a few pounds but no more.

So it seems the second phase of my journey to quit smoking for good is over and it seems to be going a lot better now.

Quit Smoking For Good-Day 7-10

Day 7 came along and I was really starting to feel confident now that I would quit smoking for good.

I was feeling good, the cravings were not so frequent and not so strong.  it just seemed that over all day 7 was the easiest to date.

Another plus for day 7 is I only used the electric cigarette twice.  Things were starting to look like they really were going to happen.

As the days moved forward everything seemed to get easier.  I haven't used the electric cigarette in 3 days now and it isn't bothering me at all.

It is day 10 and I haven't cheated once with a cigarette and am using absolutely nothing now.

In my heart of hearts I know that I have quit smoking for good.  I will never smoke another cigarette as long as I live.

Quit Smoking For Good-A Few Key Points

In this part of the hub I just wanted to mention a few key points in my ten day journey to quit smoking for good.

I know these will be different for most people but this is relevant to me.

-Smoked 2 packs a day for 30 years                                                                                                

-Cigarettes in my province cost between 9 and 12 dollars a pack.

-Day one my smokers cough disappeared

-Day 2 not sure if this is going to happen.  Using nicotine inhaler and gum.

-Day 3 was the worst of any day so far.  Was cranky, was craving and so fourth.

-Day 4 made the decision that I wouldn't give up.  Have an electric cigarette now.  Threw all other aids away.

-Day 5 am actually starting to feel like I'm getting my breath back.  Oxygen is a good thing.

-Day 6, barely using the electric cigarette.  Focusing on not over eating.  Am however eating lots of sunflower seeds.

-Day 7, started working a bit on the computer again.  This was tough because I always smoked while working on computer.

-Day 8, absolutely sure I have my breath back.  At least some of it.  Energy levels are also way up.

-Day 9, I am having absolutely no cravings.  I haven't used the electric cigarette since early day 7

-Day 10, Starting to really feel like a non smoker.  Fellow worker offered me a smoke today and I had no trouble saying no like I had been saying it for a hundred years.

I really do believe I have quit smoking for good.

Quit Smoking For Good-A Few Last Words

I know that talk is cheap.  However I haven't come this far to fail now.  I have quit smoking for good and that's a fact,

I will tell you two things because someone asked me in an email.  The first question is what was my biggest motivator.  There were a few.  money was a big one.  After all I will be saving over 500 a month now.

However money is a far second to my health.  I so just wanted to be able to breath properly and so far things are going well.

The second question was what was one single factor that helped me quit.  To me that one was easy.  For 90 days everyday I told myself I would quit on May 6th.  I had a plan and I stuck to it.

I also need to thank so many hubbers for all the great words of encouragement.  it would have been a lot harder without you guys.

Now, I know I'm  only 10 days in.  The thing is each day is getting easier.  i am not letting my guard down.  I know I will have some tough days yet.

The thing is I don't care.  No matter what I don't want to smoke and I wont.  As far as Im concerned I have quit smoking for good.

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mod2vint 6 years ago from Sunny Florida

Awesome Hub, I'm happy for you! I wish I had the same will power you have.


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lmmartin 6 years ago from Alberta and Florida

Happy for you, Dale. If quite some time ago and can tell you it is well worth the effort. It does get easier, but never completely goes away. Good luck for the duration. You can do it. Lynda


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Patti Ann 6 years ago from Florida

Congrats to you! I quit smoking quite a few years ago and know that it is not an easy thing to do, but I am thankful every day that I was able to do it. Some people just can't seem to. You should be very proud of yourself!!


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lorlie6 6 years ago from Bishop, Ca

Dale, this news is fantastic! And hey, don't feel weird about using any substitute whatsoever. Really. I'm also in a fight for my life with tobacco and am using what I can-Chantix, patches, and gum-to kick the smoking for good.

I've not been as successful as you have, though, but will be trying again very soon.

Again, congratulations!


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dinkan53 6 years ago from India

From each and and every one who smoked and quit it, I'm hearing that it's hard to quit. but the truth is if you got a serious reason, it can health related, it's quite easy as taking out some sharp spike from your, for example foot!!! any way well done by removing a bad dangerous habit from your life.


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Dale Mazurek 6 years ago from Canada Author

Thanks for all the great comments. I cant believe how different i feel even after 10 days.

Dale


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida

Dale - Not only have you quit smoking, you are saving a bundle of money and becoming more healthy. And you are proving to yourself how strong your motivation can be.

Next, you will conquer those few pounds, if you wish. I know it. Happy belated birthday!

And a big thank you from all the nicotine-soaked hubbers who may be motivated to stop smoking as a result of this well-written hub.


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Origin 6 years ago from Minneapolis

I only smoke about 6-10 per day, if even that. It keeps shrinking though, not because I really want to quit.. but it's because I'm just too lazy to go to the store and spend money on it hahaha.


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Dale Mazurek 6 years ago from Canada Author

Thanks drbj.

Origin thats hilarious


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Paradise7 6 years ago from Upstate New York

This is great--you're doing it! Congratulations! And it was an interesting diary of the days as they went by. Day 3 was the toughest, eh? Even with the e-cig and inhaler and so forth. Interesting.


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Faybe Bay 6 years ago from Florida

Excellent Dale! I am still on the electronic cigarette, so you are further ahead than I but I quit on April 11th, when I ran out of cigarettes and money. I have barely been on Hub Pages, as it is true, I was smoking a lot while writing, and writing makes me want a cigarette. Not now, though, just that first month. I wrote two hubs on the whole deal, one you might like is about what is in the cigarette. It isn't the nicotine that is the hardest to kick, but the other ingredients. Don't worry too much about the eating, it will slow down. You just have to find a good habit to replace the bad one with. Keep it going!


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Dale Mazurek 6 years ago from Canada Author

Paradise-day three was bar none the worst out of all. Thanks Faybe, its all worth it.


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Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

I have never smoked purely because it never interested me but anyone who stopped smoking has me full admiration. I can it wants to be done. After all it is a drug and to resist the temptation definitely takes some willpower. I also know from other smokers who quit that the longing is there for a long, long time. Congratulation and I admire you to have this willpower.


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hypnosis4u2 6 years ago from Massachusetts

Great you documented this journey for others. In the end it doesn't matter what method you use to quit as long as you quit. And it looks like you're over the addiction part - now just to overcome the habit.

Good luck.


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Dale Mazurek 6 years ago from Canada Author

It truly is only the habit part now.

Thanks for stopping by to comment


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pmccray 6 years ago from Utah

Kudos to you Dale. In a year you'll be happy that you stopped. 10 years for me this past March, only drawback / side effect is the weight gain. I think oral fixation is one of the withdrawal symptoms.

Using your PC, talking on the phone, morning coffee, social drinking, or drinking any alcoholic beverage where the cigarette was your pal is another withdrawal hump.

So staying away from the computer for awhile was smart. Your mindset is what helped more than anything else . . you were ready to quit. Stay strong and hang in there.

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