Saturday, August 11, 2018

Smoke your last cigarette!

Like she says, now what? 

Is it really your last one or just your last one until you have another one and then have another last one? Here's a suggestion - straight from Healthline - make that last one count. Make a huge production out of it. Have a good-bye party with yourself or your friends. I went to a quit smoking group many years ago and that's exactly what we did. We smoked until a given meeting and then we brought the rest of what we had in a pack, put them in the center of the table, and said good-bye to them. 

It may seem stupid, but this here's a big move! You decided to quit and you have to have a last one eventually. It's up to us to decide which one it's going to be and it's entirely in our own power to do that.

So, the now what can be something like downloading an app and keeping track of how much money you're saving, how many cigarettes you're not smoking, the advantages you're giving  yourself in terms of better health, and all sorts of fun details. Some apps will send you text reminders and tips too. 

Or you can ignore everything smoking related. 

Those goddamned cigarettes have been there for you all this time, encouraging you to smoke. According to Allen Carr, the only reason you light up is because you're withdrawing from the last one you smoked. His method has helped a bunch of people. You don't have to take the course. Just read the book and do it.

There it is again - last one. 

The last one is the most important one. Which one is it going to be and when are you going to take back your own decision making? 

Have your last cigarette and then think, "now what?" Maybe even plan ahead for that "now what." 

Keep your sense of humor about you. 



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Sunday, August 5, 2018

How do you celebrate?


I've been quit for going on 14 days. 
That's like 2 weeks people!

Everything I read says to celebrate and make notice of every single minute of progress. So, I'mma dance. I'mma dance the dance of life. Yeah, that's it.

There are suggestions on the web for what YOU can do for a friend who has quit to help them mark the milestones and successes. Check it out. 

According to SmokeFree.gov, there are so many benefits to quitting and each of them is worth celebrating. 

For today, though, I'm embracing my inner badass and you should too if you're quitting, quit, or working up to a quit. 



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Saturday, August 4, 2018

Wise words

These words came from a friend on BecomeAnEx:

Smobriety fills the hole left when the nicotine stops.


They totally resonated with me and I hope they resonate with you. Yes, you have broken up with nicotine and smoking, but look - you have a new, more beautiful, more wonderful, wealthier mate - smobriety! Smobriety doesn't cost you your money or your health, and is a better friend than your addiction to cigarettes. You can be proud of your fresh best friend and hold your head up knowing you don't need to go outside to smoke, you don't stink, you aren't spending money every day and literally burning it and throwing it away, and all number of things you're not doing anymore.

You are winning this battle and your smobriety is your badge. You earned it. And it does indeed fill the hole. One drop at a time. 

Friday, August 3, 2018

Cravings suck

I just read this on another site and it hit me like a ton of bricks:

"Cravings to smoke are not commands. Smoking urges are going to surface often early on in smoking cessation and less often later on, when an activity or feeling triggers a response to smoke.

This is part of recovery from nicotine addiction. Expect it and know that the urge for a cigarette is not a sign that relapse is inevitable. A craving is not a command to smoke." (VeryWellMind)
Just because you feel like you want to smoke doesn't mean you have to smoke. Ride it out. Ride it out. Ride it out.

Hit up Cancer.Org's page addressing cravings and urges.

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Thursday, August 2, 2018

Facetious or supportive? Sabotage personified.

You know this guy, right? He's gonna compliment your every move and you just might feel like popping a cap in his you-know-what as his comments are dripping with faux sincerity.

He doesn't really mean well when he compliments you or congratulates you on your quit. It's like a loaded message coming from him, filled with "you can't do this," "who do you think you're fooling?," or "you'll be smoking again in no time, but I'm going to pretend that I'm in your corner and support your effort."  Okay, maybe not those words exactly, but Eddie Haskell will absolutely make an appearance while you're quitting.

Kick him out. Don't maim him. You don't want to go to jail because of a snerty buffoon. Regardless of whether or not you are Mrs. Cleaver, your hair does look damned pretty today and you smell amazing. You're quitting smoking and the reality is that that's pretty cool. Not Eddie Haskell on the beach with bongo drums cool, but pretty damned close.

Keep close to your true friends. Quitting is hard, but you can do it.



Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Your new best friend during your quit

Well, maybe not your best friend, but certainly mine!

Have a pet? If you don't, now's a good time to borrow one. Your pet doesn't care what you say to them as long as you say it lovingly. You can say "dammit!" as many times as you want to; just say it in a sweet voice.

Give your hands something to do. Pet your dog or stroke the cat. They love that stuff and it makes for busy fingers that can't be holding a cancer stick if they're handling a pet!

Yeah, critters can help when you feel like you want to scream. Those big eyes look at you and the world is suddenly a little better.  You officially have a new best friend, like it or not. Great substitute for a cig.

No lighting up, though. Second hand smoke can kill a dog. Or a cat. Or a fish. Or a snake. Or a child. Or even you.

Oh yeah, don't kick the dog! You don't want them going all ham on you.




Tuesday, July 31, 2018

You'll want to smoke, oh yeah you will

You want to smoke.

You might even pretend to smoke.

But don't smoke.

Suck a wall if you have to. Or do like I do and keep a quit smoking rock in your pocket, and some mints, and some cough drops, and some cinnamon toothpicks, and some cinnamon sticks, and, and, and and.....but you're gonna wanna smoke.

I figure at this point that wanting to smoke is not the end of the world. Giving in and smoking is a problem. I also figure that every urge to suck a wall and that I resist makes the next wall sucking desire easier to resist. Yeah, that's it. That's the concept.

Say argh as much as you need to. Scream aloud if you can. Or better  yet, take a frickin nap. Just don't smoke.

Let me introduce you to my pocket rock.
Yes, I really carry this around. 
I rub it, I hold it, I fidget with it, I sometimes hold it up to my mouth or just between my fingers. 
Pitiful? 
Maybe, but it won't fuck up my health unless I rub skin off my fingertips. 
If you don't have a rock, you can get a worry stone online or go out in the driveway and pick up a rock that speaks to you. 
Or you can twiddle your thumbs.

Most of all, laugh at the whole thing. You're fucking addicted to something and getting past it. This agony now will be comical later. I'm no expert, but am getting pretty expert at the angst of quitting, and I'd prefer to see the humor in it all.