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Sunday, July 03, 2011

On January 3, 2011, I put on a patch. Reflecting back over the last 6 months, I'm pretty convinced this time will be the time it sticks. I've quit smoking several times before, with varied success. Sometimes, as few as only a couple of weeks passed before I'd be back in the habit. Once, I went for 15 months. But I think on all of those times, and I can recall that I was probably not in the right head-space; that I certainly didn't have adequate coping tools for unexpected stresses; that I ultimately was quitting for the wrong reasons.

This time, I've got a whole bunch more self-knowledge. This time, I have different tools to use. This time, I'm avoiding the places and situations that kept me puffing away. This time, I can feel the freedom. This time, I quit because *I* _wanted_ to quit. I didn't like how I was feeling. I didn't like my lack of energy. I made the choice, and took the appropriate steps, and here I am.
I still have the occasional inkling of a craving. I still accept that that will always be part of me.
One thing that has me convinced that this time is IT - I haven't had a single dream in which I've smoked since I put that last one out.
In previous attempts, I would dream about it regularly. This time - the nasty cancer-sticks seem to have left my life for good.

Now I sleep better. I breathe better. I can exert myself longer. I can *JOG*! And, even with allergy season, I have not had a single asthma attack in the past 6 months...

Its all coming together. Can't wait till I get to post about a year of smoke-free living. Even more, I can't wait until I get to post about my husband's 1st day!
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  • 1HAPPYWOMAN
    Six months smoke-free! WAY TO GO! I quit 16 years ago, and it took 7 years of trying to get to that very last cigarette -- and it's one of the best things I ever did.

    It sounds like you have learned so many things along the way that have helped you to succeed, and now you're going to such an inspiration to everyone around you!
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  • KARENA228
    Congratulations to You! I haven't been able to take that step yet. Even though I know I shouldn't smoke that it's contrary to everything I'm trying to accomplish.

    I'm looking for the willpower and I haven't tapped into it yet.

    I hope to be able to make the same statement soon. Your blog was inspirational.
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