I Smoked My Last Cigarette!!!

on Sunday, March 4 at 6 pm!!!  i'm using a patch.  it helps a LOT but, if i hadn't been practising for the past month, and if i didn't REALLY want to quit, i probably wouldn't have lasted this long without a cig!  in over TWENTY years, i've never tried to quit or even cut down....i've never really wanted to quit.  so, to go through an entire day and a half without a cig?!?!?  i'm hoping i'll be past the worst after the first two weeks....a month is a LONG time to keep telling myself "no."

anyhow...I'LL BE SAVING $2,500 a year and that's just on cigs cuz, i've given diet coke/caffiene up, too!!


i'm already planning my first overseas trip!!!

MysticWriter MysticWriter
36-40, F
2 Responses Mar 6, 2007

Smoking was fun...in a perverse way. I enjoyed having something to do, and I enjoyed feeling cool and rebellious. But, in the end, I hated smelling like smoke all the time, hated wasting my money on something which was bad for me, hated feeling dependent on something like that. It also caused tension with my co-workers. Even if I waited until I had a free moment, they still didn't like feeling like I was off screwing around. Perception is a funny, fickle thing. <br />
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When I quit the things that helped me were changing linked behaviors: i.e., if I'd driven the same route to work every day and smoked then I now chose a new route. I also made sure I had something to put in my mouth (gum, mints, whatever). Doing that and using the patch is what worked for me. The patch made me experience--in full--the nastiness of cigarettes. I don't know how, but that's what happened. I realized just HOW badly I reeked, and just how nauseous they made me feel... <br />
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So nice job! keep after it!

Congrats! It's really not as hard to quit as you may think. I have been a smoker for 13 years and I could just quit whenever I want throughout the years. The first 2 weeks are hard, but after that, it gets easier--I promise. I mostly smoked to keep slim and to have something to do--not because of an addiction. There are times, especially now that I am feeling depressed where I could just light one up, but I've been smoke free for over a month (and yes it saves a ton of cash). <br />
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I know everyone is different and some people just can't quit a vice--but I have a feeling you'll do just fine :-)