Quitting Smoking!!!! No good comes from cigarette smoking...but boy is it fun...and deadly! I smoked for 6 years...about a pack a day...I smoked when I was healthy, when I was sick, when I was happy, sad, you name it...it was a good reason (in my head) to smoke!
One day (this last mother's day as a matter of fact) I finished my shift at work (I'm a food server) and thought...I'm out of cigs...better go by the store on the way home...but my throat was hurting, I was getting sick...but I still wanted a cgg! I knew it would make me sick and feel worse but I didn't want to face nicotine withdrawls...so I decided to buy some nicotine gum. I bought the generic gum, 2mg of nicotine...(boy is it expensive!) and started that night.
I was sure I would hate the gum and go back to smoking...but I liked the gum and it worked! i haven't had a cigg yet. But...when I say I liked the gum...I mean...I REALLY LIKED THE GUM! Too much! After about two months of gum chewing I just stopped cold turkey. I realized that I would not be able to cut down on the gum and just needed to stop ingesting nicotine.
Now I am nicotine free! I feel great, but I have to use many coping mechanisms to continue to be smoke free. Being 40 and on the birth control pill, smoking cigarettes is a great way to have a heart attack, so that stops me, ...I love being able to breathe again, and not wheezing and coughing like a drunken sailor every morning noon and night is great! I chew a lot of gum (non-nicotine), chew a lot of gummy bears, and try to find things to occupy my time that don't remind me of smoking!