posted on Jan, 11 2005 @ 10:00 AM
I smoke too, and I have to say it is the hardest thing to stop doing, especially when I've spent extended periods of time working it into routines
for which I'm now trying to remove it. Oh, I can remember a time when there was nothing more comforting than smoking a cigarette while driving around
listening to a great led zep cd, or lying in bed, reading with the radio turned on low, smoking that ever so relaxing marlboro light...and now, I hate
them. I hate it that my body has grown so accustomed to them that it craves that stimulation...I believe it's dopamine that's released when we
smoke...it's been a while since I read that chapter in biology, lol. I have, however, been able to reduce the amount of cigarettes that I smoke from
a pack a day to half a pack or less. I'm thinking about picking up some patches this week. It's the one thing I haven't tried.
I wanted to mention that the times when I smoke less are those times that I spend shopping or out and about where smoking isn't allowed. Also, my
boyfriend is a non-smoker, so it's easier for me to cut down becuase I don't want to smoke around him. I think you're self-hypnosis idea is an
excellent one. I know that a lot of things that I've wanted to change in my life, I have done by the power of thought alone. Unfortunately, as much
as I hate smoking, I've quit a couple of times before and know the initial struggle well enough that I've talked myself out of quitting more than
I've tried to talk myself into it. If you could find someone who wants to quit with you, maybe you could try a little friendly competition...place
bets or something. There has to be some way to do it on our own without having to pay that outrageous amoung. However, in the long run, I guess we
have to figure out how much it means to us. if it's worth the money, the body, and the money spent over a lifetime in cigarettes.
One last thought, and I'm glad you brought quitting up cause it's giving me time to think of strategies for quitting myself, but I've had to go to
conventions in the past where the day's schedule was all planned out from eight in the morning til ten-thirty at night. Those three day conventions
helped me cut down to where I had nearly quit, and if I had to stay a week, I'm thinking I might have quit then. The point is, if we were to create
schedules for a week while trying to stop smoking that kept us as busy as we could comfortable be, then it might help. Maybe some slow walks in the
park (running might make you want to sit too long afterward), light house cleaning, trips to the local library, internet time (without a cigarette and
timed as well), etc...just whatever you can work into your day and if you work, maybe you could just work through your breaks or find something else
to do with your breaks.