Mike's Smoking Cessation ThreadSubmitted by MikeFWT210 on Tue, 06/04/2013 - 19:06
Anyone want to quit with me?
I think I enjoy smoking cigarettes ... or maybe it's the addiction that makes me "think" that I do. In either case, I feel like the time has come to call it quits. I've tried many times, but almost my entire circle of friends are smokers and I come from a smoking family. It's harder when you're around it all the time. I quit when I tried Chantix, but started back up after a few months. I've also quit for a couple of months by using the gum and another time cold-turkey. I'm going to try hypnosis this time. I just applied for a free screening, so it's still to be determined. I'm open to hypnosis so we'll see.
Anyways, this post isn't really for the DP, but more for myself to have a public record that will hold me accountable. My goal is the keep this updated with progress, which will hopefully motivate me to continue the effort.
June 4th, 2013 - Decided it's time to quit. Applied for Hypnosis Pre-Screen.
Mid-June - Things fell through with the hypnotist. He's all like, "I can get you taken care of in a session and a half! I'll even give you 50% off per session!" Then he told me that sessions before discounts are 800 FRNs per. Sorry Mr. Hypnotist, I'd rather keep my money and quit on my own!
July 2, 2013 - Decided that the pack that I had in my possession, will be "THE LAST PACK". Current smoking speed at 1 pack per 1.5 days or 1 cigarette every 1-2 hours. Roommate also decides on her last pack, but buys one more pack for "emergencies (lol)" and she wanted to try the new Newport Lights.
July 3, 2013 - Smoked the last cigarette of "The Last Pack" around 0730 in the morning. Smoke-free until 7pm. After dinner I had one, then had another on the way to work at 9pm from the "community pack" of Newport Lights.
July 4, 2013 - (I'm an Overnight Worker) Been smoke-free since 9pm last night. Not really craving, but I have one cig on me, just in case. My typical work night is from 930p-530a, with AT LEAST 3 smoke breaks around 1130, 0130, and 0330. Currently it's 0136 and I'm not worrying about it. I'm feeling just fine.
Smoked at 4am after eating a snack here at work. Smoked again at 7am when I got home from work. Slept, woke up at 1, and smoked at 230pm. Been smoke-free since then (about 8 hours ago). Brought ZERO cigarettes to work tonight.
July 5, 2013 - The night is just getting started. Haven't had a cigarette since 230pm (10 hours ago), yesterday, but I'm feeling fine right now.
Going to bed soon. Smoke-free for 17 hours. Think about it every once in a while, but it's not bothering me. Feeling just fine.
Good morning world. Smoke-free for 25 hours.
Time for work. Smoke-free for 31 Hours.
July 6, 2013 - Halfway through the work-shift. 35 hours down. Supervisor called in tonight, so I am filling in. Lots of stuff happening tonight (more than usual) and it's kind of stressing me out. Ugh.... I'll be fine...
36 Hours down. All discrepancies are taken care of now and the stress is gone. Cravings have subsided. Told you I'd be fine, lol :)
40 Hours. Drive home was a little difficult because the co-worker I carpool with was smoking in the car. You people who think cigarettes stink are crazy, because I think that crap smells delicious, lol. No big deal though. Got through it and it's all good. Time for bed soon.
Back to work. Luckily it's my "Friday". 56 hours down. I admit to having a little bit of a craving right now.
July 7, 2013 - A little over half-way through the shift. 60 hours down. I figure I'll stop tracking hours once I get to 72... 12 more hours to go.
Good morning world. It's 230pm on Sunday. Officially 72 hours smoke-free. 3 days down.
July 9, 2013 - My weekend is over, and I'm back to work. Today marks day 5 of my smoking cessation. My roommate couldn't hang with me, so she is back to smoking. I won't lie, I had a couple of cigs over the weekend, but for the most part, I'm still smoke-free. No one is perfect :-P. It's about 10 minutes to midnight, July 10, 2013.
July 10, 2013 - Midnight at work. Today will be day 6. Cravings are gone for the most part. I would say that the physical addiction is gone. All that remains is the mental addiction, which will be harder to break. Gettin it done.
July 13, 2013 - 1 week and 2 days down. Not smoking is getting easier as the days pass. Beeman is right. The real test comes when you're around other smokers. I carpool with a smoker, who burns one during the drive, to and from work. My roommate is also a smoker, who burns about 1 cig every hour or two. Honesty is my policy here. I don't join them when they smoke, but I HAVE joined them a couple times. I'd say my "join a friend for a smoke" batting average is about .900 or better. Meaning, about 90% of the time my friends smoke, I don't. When I DO burn one, it's not because I'm craving. It's mostly because I'm bored. I do need to break the bored/smoking connection. Overall, my progress is coming along good, and I'm happy with it so far. My breathing is getting better and I'm feeling great.