I have smoked cigarettes for almost 30 years!!! Averaging a pack - a day!!
I quit for 9 months - both times I was pregnant, only to have a cigarette the same day each child was born! My kids are in college now.
I quite again, a few months back but I was MISERABLE while I quit! I was not a closet smoker or a drinker smoker - I smoked and I loved it!! ......or at least I thought I did!?
I HAVE NOT HAD A SINGLE PUFF, OF A SINGLE CIGARETTE for an entire 7 days (one full week!!)
No nicotine what so ever!! No substitutes at all.
It has been very hard but I am NOT miserable!!
Best part of all, I am convinced that I will NEVER smoke another cigarette as long as I live!!
Here is what changed my life.
1.) I want to go on a trip with my daughter. An extended stay where "Smoking" , will simply not be an option!! We will doing Yoga Teacher Training and that doesn't go well with Smoking!! I want that trip more than I want to smoke!
2.) I read the book The Easy Way by Allen Carr. A dear friend gave me this book about 2 years ago. He explained that you smoke the entire time you read the book and when you get to the end - you magically quit!! I am not sure if I just didn't believe him - that it could be so easy!? OR - if I just didn't want to quit - so I never read it!!?? Until I decided a few weeks ago that I would read the book in one week. I read half of the book one Sunday - and the other half - the next Sunday.
I can't say enough about this book!! It's wonderful!! It really made me see the truth about Smoking!! I never imagined that I could find it so easy to quit!!
Smokers are not weak - they are strong (heck, they have taught themselves to inhale poison)!
One of the best things the book instilled into my brain - there is never "Just One Cigarette" - So I do not ever want to pick one up again!!
3.) I Love the little sign below. This has been part of my solution as well. I have allowed my self all other forms of happiness. Instead of lighting up, in the car - I turn the radio very loud and dance very obnoxiously. When I want to smoke - I make myself stretch. I have been really extra kind to myself. Like, I just didn't want to blog last week or get dressed up for work - so I didn't !! No one died. It's all good!! We should all be nicer to ourselves more often!!
So in conclusion - I am so HAPPY and PROUD to be a NON SMOKER!!!!!
And this will be the only sort of "Inhaling" - I will be doing from now on!
or better yet, I love how this person put it:
If you smoke - buy that book (even if it goes unread for a while ;-)
Have a good week!