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12 years ago 0 Baggs 2 logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo 0
First time quitter

I am also an Astro fan - and am also looking forward to being smoke free for Thanksgiving.
My 10 yr old daughter's mom died 1.5 years ago, so I have a reason to live as long as I can. I also had a heart attack 3 months ago at the age of 39.
I have always been able to rationalize my smoking habit. I only smoke about 3 a day, I go a few days a week without any cigarettes, I only smoke heavily (5 cigarettes or so) when playing golf or at a casino/bar, I'll quit when I'm 40, etc. In fact, I stopped for a week or 2 when I had the heart attack, but justified the smoking until I reached 40. Besides, I had some more stress added recently so I blamed the stress on the decision to smoke again.
Well, I turned 40 this weekend, so I decided it's time to stop rationalizing why I can still smoke and to just quit. Stress isn't really why; it's because I'm comfortable smoking. But it's time to consider myself a non-smoker, so I'm done.
It's been harder than I anticipated (which is why I'm here!), but so far, I've been smoke free for 4 days. I think I'll stay smoke free for good this time; there's no justifying the smoking anymore!

12 years ago 0 Baggs 2 logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo 0
First time quitter

Thanks for the support. You all know what I'm going through this week and are there for me, which makes it a truly special support group.
I've already gone through a bag of sunflower seeds... they're the perfect distraction for now. It keeps my hands and mouth busy and has a smoky taste. We'll see how that works as the days go on.
I have looked at quite a few posted topics and see how interdependent everyone is on each other. I appreciate that and I fully expect that I'll be writing one of those "help me please!" posts before long. So far, so good... I have tons of cravings and excuses lined up but still have no desire to smoke. I know... it's counter-intuitive, but I'm learning nothing really makes sense when you're fiending for a cigarette. All I know is that I have to keep believing I'm not a smoker anymore!


My Milage:

My Quit Date: 11/21/2008
Smoke-Free Days: 4
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 12
Amount Saved: $3.30
Life Gained:
Days: 0 Hrs: 15 Mins: 1 Seconds: 40