Originally Posted by Snoogz
PS: to answer your Q Pnutpug from thrift thread, today is day 6 of no smoking. I've noticed that my cravings have gradually increased in time span between the mental thought of wanting to burn one. I've also cut back on eating the past 3 days. Not sure if its because I know after I eat I cannot enjoy the cig like I use to. I guess I unknowingly ate more when smoking because I knew I could smoke there after again. I mentally can over think things sometimes. anyways, cannot wait to hit the 1 week mark, then shoot for the 1 month mark.
I really want to see a difference in health, my air passage ways are still what they were when smoking, and cannot wait to not be out of breath over a staircase climb. Having a physical change will greatly increase my confidence in not relapsing!
Rock on. As an active smoker, I know I need to quit and am giving it some thought vs. just knowing I need to. Since I work from home I can pretty much get up and walk outside anytime the urge strikes so that just makes it too easy to feed the need...but lately I've been keeping mental notes on what triggers a craving and what allays it - surprisingly, being totally distracted by something for only 2 or 3 minutes will reset my "crave" button for another hour or better.
You can totally do it and I wish you all the best. Smoking is so limiting, and not just in a physical sense...like, you think about flying to Berlin or something and then you're like "shit, 10 hours on a plane - I'll go nuts!" Or, you go out at 11pm to buy a pack just to make sure you have some for tomorrow. Really gets in the way of normal living.
I wouldn't worry too much about eating a bit more while quitting - I've had friends who gained a few while quitting smoking / drugs / booze, then got so healthy as to be at the other end of the spectrum - they were able to work out, get some exercise that they could not before. Shoot - my Dad quit smoking cold turkey after 30+ years of 2 packs a day and I'm convinced he's currently in better shape than I am.
Enjoy your smoke-free lifestyle and it'll get easier, bit by bit. No harm in rewarding yourself at the 1 week, 1 month, 2 month etc levels either - figure the amount of $ you saved by not smoking all that time and spend half of it on something you want. Maybe keep track of money saved just for fun - see the $'s add up after a month or two, and perhaps put a percentage of that right into a savings account or increase your 401k contribution (or along those lines - whatever works for you), and you're making money by not smoking. Reward system works great for most folks - whatever your bent is - making more $ (by spending less $), having some nice shell longwings, saving for the future, new PlayStation...whatever...you know your own carrot best, so set your goals and go for it!