posted on Jun, 16 2016 @ 08:16 PM
originally posted by: CoBaZ
Wish me the best of luck, I am attempting to quit smoking, Just bought a bag of carrots and other food stuff for burgers instead of a pack of smokes
with my last cig money.
I want to be kicked of this habit before my birthday...
Going to try and use the carrots to appease the oral and hand fidget, and try to supplant the comfort issue. so the only thing my body can focus on
breaking chemical habit.
If you religiously inclined pray for me, if not wish me luck.
You might not initially think this is very helpful but I want to start by telling you this comes from someone who has had to do this before. I'm not
trying to discourage you. I'm trying to save you some time and trouble.
1. First of all, you're going to need more than luck to quit smoking if you're as addicted as I was. Luck MIGHT help but it's probably just not going
to cut it.
2. You have to understand that when you've been smoking as long as you have, quitting (and staying quit) is probably going to be the hardest thing
you've ever had to do in your life. And I'm not joking. Again, not trying to discourage you but you need to be realistic and know what you're facing.
So you have to realize that you shouldn't try to take on too many "life improvement" things all at the same time. Just quitting smoking by itself is
going to be hard as hell. Don't try to force yourself to eat healthy at the same time or push yourself in other areas.
3. Why do I say that? Because of the way smokers think. I know when I used to smoke I never wanted a cigarette more desperately than I did when I was
having a bad day or when I was in a bad mood or when I was tired. If you push yourself too hard you're going to be more agitated and worked up and
you're going to have more (and stronger) cravings for a smoke.
4. If I had to quit smoking again now I would buy an e cig and use the nicotine juice. Even that probably isn't a real substitute for cigarettes but
it's a lot closer than anything else you're going to find. And frankly, even if you find you can't quit smoking and you end up on the e cigs you're
still better off because it can't possibly be as bad for you (IMO).
5. You're probably going to slip. Everyone who tries to quit smoking fails at least a few times. This doesn't mean you shouldn't try hard but don't
beat yourself up about it if you only last a few days. It's not you. It's the addiction. It is more powerful than you think it is when you have a pack
sitting in front of you and you think you can just throw that away and use willpower. In a couple of days you will see how powerful it really is. It's
6. Make sure the people around you understand you're probably not going to be a very nice person while you're trying to quit. Hopefully they will
understand and try not to do things that will frustrate and antagonize you. I had people in my life who just didn't care and every time the cravings
would start I would snap at someone and instead of just backing off and leaving me be, they would antagonize me. This is bad and it will make your
willpower much weaker if you think about it. If it seems like other people don't care, you might wonder why you should. So just sit the people in your
life down and be honest with them. Tell them if they care about you they need to help you get through it and just put up with it if you're grouchy and
hostile and aggressive. IT'S NORMAL. It's the addiction. It doesn't want to let go and it's first strategy will be to wind you up and cause you to
lash out at people.
7. Understand that it isn't as simple as just quitting. I haven't had a cigarette since 2007 or so and I still crave them every day. Not very strong
but I do. It's there all the time. It feels like vague hunger. I can eat as much as I can hold but it doesn't make that little gnawing hunger go away.
And if I think about it I realize what is causing it is the addiction IS STILL THERE. It's much weaker but it's still there. That means you will have
to be vigilant. Not just for a few weeks but for the rest of your life. Believe me. I've quit smoking more than once. The time before last I quit for
years and picked it right back up one day when I was having a bad day. That time I had no idea it was still there just waiting for that opportunistic
moment of weakness. But it was and it got me. I smoked for about 6 years after that and only quit when I lost my job and couldn't afford 3 packs a day
anymore. Realistically, that one little slip could have cost me my life.