Well I’m on Day 7 (haven’t completed it yet as it’s just the beginning) of quitting smoking.   I have yet to have a cigarette after that fateful Friday afternoon of succumbing to the stressors of life.

I feel good.  I feel like I can breathe again even though I admit that it has been six miserable days.   There’s also a lot of agony.  if there’s anyone who tells you that you should quit smoking because it’s easy….they are full of shit.  Point blank.

Let me explain a craving to you.  It starts mildly where your mind says, “Hmm, I’d like to have a cigarette.”   As you continue working your mind is saying, “Give me that bloody cigarette before I send you into a psychotic state of hell!!”.  Thereafter, you have no other choice but to change activities because you really do feel that you are in a psychotic state of hell and there’s someone in your mind screaming the word SMOKE over and over again.  Yep, pure hell on earth (for me anyway)

My cravings don’t last a few moments.  My cravings last from 3-7 pm in high gear.  I have to find a hobby if this continues because it’s either a hobby or the loony bin.  How do I get through it now?  Sleep, rest, shop, walk, and eat.  That’s about it.

There are a few things that I learned about myself this week that I want to share

  1. I have restraint.
  2. I have a vivid imagination.  My husband came in the house with a cigarette which I immediately informed him that it choked me up and made me heartsick.  Six days people…..highly impossible.
  3. I don’t know if it’s the smoke that made me unhappy or the Champix that’s making me happy, but I’m one happy gal!!
  4. Between the computer and smoking, I spent way too much time ignoring my kids.  I hold an enormous amount of guilt but this has been the greatest week ever with them!
  5. Shopping is not a good distraction from smoking.
  6. You do feel better after not smoking.
The benefits surely outweigh that precious moment of succumbing to a craving!  I can’t possibly imagine falling off the wagon after all of this painstakingly hard work and restraint.
My mother is soon coming up and she will not be happy to hear that we’ve eliminated smoking from the house completely.  However, such is life and she’ll just have to deal with it.


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