3 Days Strong!

I decided to stop smoking about a week ago and I had a minor set back. Although 3 smoke free days don't seem like a big deal, this is the longest I've gone without smoking in almost 2 years so it's reason to celebrate for me. The best part is that I haven't craved any cigarettes as bad as I thought I would, though I get the occasional craving. Today I saw my neighbors outside on the porch smoking and for a second, I admit, I envied them. Then I took a deep breath and realized how much better breathing feels already and I kept it moving. I've had a lot going on lately and have been stressed but I'm going to stick through it this time. I'll admit, I'm a big drinker and when I drink I like to smoke too. Since I haven't been smoking, I haven't even been drinking. Again, it's only 3 days, but 2 weeks ago I couldn't make it 1 night without a drink in one hand and a Newport in the other. I've been spending the past couple of days around my mother and since I would never smoke around her, that's made it a little easier. Whenever I do get a craving it's usually because of stress and I've learned to just write down what I'm feeling (I know, it sounds crazy but it's been working) or get on Experience Project and read other people's stories. I've learned that smoking was my way to suppress my feelings, now I've got to learn how to express myself all over again.
22-25, F
3 Responses Jul 31, 2012

Good for you girl! Keep it up, I just quit smoking last Thursday after 15 years.... It's brutal, but with a little support, you can make it happen. I don't even know you, but I wanted you to know that I am proud of you! It took me forever to quit, and after many failed attempts, I think that I am finally going to make this work.

You are really doing great. I also must smoke when drink and really not much of a drinker it just seems the two go hand in hand. Keep up great work, 3 days is a huge deal.

You are doing great. The one thing I found that helped me was to never beat myself up when I slipped up and had one. Each time I tried to make the next time even longer and would be proud of myself for the effort. Hang in their, I know you can do it.

Thanks a lot ! I'm learning now that slipping up doesn't mean giving up, it just means trying harder :)