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By: LakeWorthFinn , 9:01 PM GMT on July 15, 2007
This blog doesn't have a lot to do with weather... except for the saying:
"IT'S INSIDE - NOT OUTSIDE, WHERE THE WEATHER IS GOOD OR BAD."
Code1 put up a no-smoking-blog some time ago and Barefoot invented the "NO SMOKEE ARTICHOKEE" frase, which only shows how great she is with words... Some WUBAs quit smoking then or afterwards. Thanks dear codefriend for planting the seed, that blog may well have saved my life.
I have not smoked since July 5th. It's the longest time ever, since I got hooked when I was 14. I've tried to quit hundreds of times, I've used nicotine patches and gum, been to hypnosis, tried to smoke less, and all my efforts have led me to this moment, as the thought of quitting never left my mind.
In June I threw a few comment here and there about wanting to stop smoking. Skye and Gamma started to WU-mail me and share their experiences on quitting in such a great way, that I was impressed, encouraged and inspired. Then I got sick on a trip we took, and couldn't smoke for a day. The following morning I said to myself: I'm ready, it's now or never, no need to put this off anymore. I prayed for help and started by not smoking for 24 HOURS. There have been moments I've refrained from picking up a cigarette just one minute at a time. I promised myself that if I can't stand the withdrawals, I'll smoke again - tomorrow. Then the next day came and it was again TODAY. Sounds like a dumb trick, but it has worked for me. I'm not taking any kind of chemical help, going "cold turkey", only because I personally believe that's the shortest route get rid of the cravings and that it suits me. I smoked 15 cigarettes a day for 43 years.
A week after I stopped smoking I went to a support group in my area and that helped a LOT. It's good to read facts about smoking, about quitting smoking, and have people around you who share their experience, strength and hope. Anyone can stop, but not all can stay smoke-free. I heard someone say that he was sucking himself to death and I identified with that.
The 1st week:
was easier than I thought because I survived it :) And I was in a surreal haze, like being "drunk" from the oxygen I breathed, so I really wasn't totally aware of what was going on...
The 2nd week:
was harder than I thought. No, not just harder, it was hell. But I lived from one moment to another, a minute at a time, dreaming of the five cigarettes I would light up at the same time the next day to get my nicotine fix!
The 3rd week:
started to show some of the benefits; Easier to breathe, no bad breath when standing face to face with people (with a wonderful feeling of dignity!), ability to take the cravings for what they are (just thoughts), and not HAVING TO smoke when I really don't want to. But it was still horrible! I had to have help all day long either by phone, internet, meetings or chewing a lot of pumpkin seeds. The frequency and strength of cravings during the 3rd weeks stayed the same, but..
WHAT A DIFFERENCE THE 4TH WEEK MAKES:
The cravings got shorter and lost their grip, they only lasted about 5 seconds and were gone before I reacted to them. Totally different than the first three weeks, much better and easier to stay away from smokes.
The 5th week:
There are days it's already afternoon when the first craving appears! Happiness and joy enter the heart. Now I have so many people cheering me that it's impossible to pick up a cigarette - today - and let them down. This just gets easier and easier and if I don't light that cigarette today, I WILL BE FREE.
I don't think there's a "right" way or a "wrong" way to quit. Some choose to not use any chemical help, some choose to do that. Ask your doctor if you've smoked a lot and for many years. You can also take a quiz to determine how hooked you are on the drug. I found the pamphlet "QuitAssist" was simply fantastic. Facts and up-to-date info as if made for me!
But everybody seem to agree on one thing: "You have to be ready"!
I'm ready, so I put this blog up in order to stay away from nicotine, to help those who may be thinking about quitting, to thank the ones who got me started and those who encourage me to go on.
THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!
Feel free to share your thoughts and experiences, ask questions or answer them, take part or lurk.
Keeping my "save-the-abused-pet's" theme blog, here's the message from our dogs:
"Our tails are wagging with joy, because many of you have been using www.GoodSearch.com to search the Internet and typed "Abandoned Pet Rescue" in the box 'Who do you GoodSearch for?' The site is powered by Yahoo, so you get the same quality search results that you're used to. What's unique is that they have developed a way to direct money to APR with every click. One click, one cent. The more people use this site, the more money will go to our brothers and sisters in need. So please spread the word to your friends, family, anyone that searches the Internet.
APR saved our lives and found us a loving home.
Sophie & Max
PS. There are many other alternative charities on Gooodsearch for you to choose from while clicking to help
~~~~~To all who are suffering right now~~~~
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