It has been fully 2 weeks since I quit smoking, something I’d put off, literally for years in fear of the torture that it would ensue. The truth is, the first several days were trying. My will power was tested, and I won.
By now, not smoking seems almost normal. I’ve had probably 42 meals, 28 cups of coffee, 36 rides in the car and more than a few beers without smoking a cigarette before, during or after.
I’m past the point of the incessent urge. I haven’t used the patch since Saturday. In fact, I didn’t use anything Sunday or Monday, or until about 4 pm today when I felt the urge to buy an e-cig. That’s somewhat remarkable in itself- my urge wasn’t even to buy a pack! My thought was to pick up a temporary electronic cigarette (my third)
I thought I would be blogging about my experience a lot more, I was planning to use it as a crutch. The fact is, I’m really busy! I simply don’t have the time to sit around obsessing about smoking, I have a lot of other things to do, and I think that has been a contributing factor in my success.
I can’t be sure, but I feel that there were several factors that helped in my success, which I would like to share:
-I really wanted to quit. I descibed in my first post how I made myself sick smoking too much on vacation, so I was truly at the point of being “sick and tired of being sick and tired”
-I told everyone. It was important for me to be able to share my progress with my friends and family, and also to use their disappointment as a deterrent from slipping when times got tough.
-I made back up plans. I thought of the things I would do in a pinch ahead of time. This included use of patches and e-cigs, as well as a plan to use my banking app to transfer money into my savings account, rather than spending the same amount on a pack of smokes.
-I quit at the same time my schedule changed. My logic was that if I didn’t make smoking a part of my new routine, it never would be.
-I chewed gum. Lots of gum.
-I drank water. Lots of water.
-I practiced Yoga. Doing the asanas (poses) is such a tangible way of feeling what the body can do. What a shame to have a body that does so much and works so hard, only to dishonor it so thouroughly right afterwards. Besides the physical, reading the Sutras helped- recurrent themes of Ahimsya (non harming), sacrifice for the greater good and the body as the beautiful, blessed house of the Soul helped pull me through.
I’m happy to say that I’ve been smoke free for 14 days, and I plan to smoke free for the rest of my life :)