Originally posted by worldwatcher
thanks for the support BT and remember you're my inspiration so stay strong for me too.
[edit on 10-2-2006 by worldwatcher]
WOW! I don't think that I've "inspired" anyone to do anything before. Thanks Worldwatcher. Now I have an added reason to "stay true" to this
goal. And stay true I will!
I'd have to say that you sound like you have quite a bit of resolve. You say that you have gotten your habit down to three cigarettes a day.
That's great. But please, don't fool yourself into thinking that you have "mastered" this addiction. I've already had thoughts of smoking
cigarette run through my head. Thank God that I didn't fall for my own "self talk". If I did have just one
know that I could it easy to give myself permission to have just one more....and maybe another...and, well, you catch my drift.
Today I hit the three week mark. In some respects it's easier now. But in other ways it's a lot harder. I actually find myself longing for a
smoke at times. I'm talking about really missing that after mealj smoke or that first smoke in the morning along with my coffee. At those moments,
I have come to realize that if I gave in just once, I'd be a smoker again. I have found that if I can just resist the moment, the urge goes away and
I'm fine until the next smoking trigger comes along.
That first cup of coffee in the morning
Driving in the car in traffic
After lunch (this is the worst, believe it or not)
On the telephone (especially when I'm hold or if it's a personal call)
After Dinner (this used to be the toughest one but it's not so bad
While reading a book, magazine or newspaper (I guess I'm a
natural multi-tasker....I can't just read?)
While I'm on ATS.....thank God the addiction to ATS is stronger
than my addiction to smoking otherwise I'd stop signing on, instead
I have found myself posting more. I think that I've been averaging
about ten posts a day since I quit.
WAYS TO NOT SMOKE
Go for walks or simply sit outside (on the porch if it's raining)
Post on ATS (gotta keep those hands busy)
Clean and organize .... my desk, my drawers, my bookshelves, my
"stuff" has never been more organized
Stay off of the telephone...at least for personal calls. If I need to
talk to a friend go visit them in person
Oh, just to be safe, tell your friends that you quit smoking...in fact
tell everyone that you quit. This makes it harder to cheat. You
don't want to cheat in front of your friends now do you?
Avoid other smokers, if you can. (man oh man, when my smoking
friends "light up", sometimes it's all I can do but try to "bum" a
smoke off of them.
Get rid of all of your old cigarette lighters and matches. Yes, even
your favorite old Zippo. (for the first week, I realized that I still
carried my Zippo around. Every time I reached into my pocket,
I'd find that Zippo and then I'd crave a smoke)
Always carry gum -- Nicorette gum or just plain Juicy Fruit or
Wrigley's -- anything to keep that oral fixation satisfied.
Anyway Worldwatcher, I'm pleased that I have "inspired" you. Frankly, you've "inspired" me to keep on perservering.