Hello. I quit smoking for the 5th or 6th time. I can't remember. I am on my 4th week now. I feel like I am over the "hump" and the cravings are quickly diminishing. I discovered that my blood pressure was out of control, so my doctor told me to quit or go on meds. So, in the same week, I quit smoking, drinking and caffiene. It was difficult and still is, but I am determined. Oh yeah, there is a smoker still in my house too. I make him go outside now and he isn't very happy with that, but too bad.
Thanks everyone! I don't have much of a support group because just about everyone I know smokes. I've been pretty isolated for the past 4 weeks. But, I am determined to succeed for my health and well being. I feel so much better. I can smell, breathe, play with my dogs without getting winded. I do have to get my blood pressure checked in two weeks, so I'm hoping this has helped.
As for rewards, I'm saving the little ones for a great big one. In two months or so, we break ground on my new 2 1/2 car garage. I am going to use the money I save for little upgrades. And, I am also rewarding myself with little projects around the house that I didn't have energy for before. After the garage, next up is painting all the outside trim work on the house. I have learned that boredom brings on cravings, so I make sure I am busy.
And, I didn't do it cold turkey. I am on Chantix, which is going well, except for the occasional hearburn. And I receive daily check in calls from them and that helps remind me why I am doing this.
Nice Impala!!! In answer to the question about what fits in the 1/2 part of the garage, that's where I will keep all my tools and yard equipment. I don't have any toys at the moment. I sold my 71 Camaro about three years ago and have regretted it ever since. Maybe I'll get a new one someday.
I do have a questions about avatars. How and where do you add them here? I have looked everywhere and can't find anything.
My Quit Date: 3/8/2009 Smoke-Free Days: 23 Cigarettes Not Smoked: 460 Amount Saved: $138.00 Life Gained: Days: 2 Hrs: 2 Mins: 1 Seconds: 5
What a cutie you have, Jazz. And it's nice to see beagle people on here, too.
I'm doing good today. I have more good days than bad as far as cravings are concerned. At least I don't have the really strong ones like I did at first. Even the little ones are diminishing. And I am finding that I don't like to be in smoke filled rooms anymore. I suddenly feel the need to get out of there as fast as I can. Thank goodness they outlawed smoking in restaurants where I live, otherwise, I wouldn't go anywhere anymore. Although, I should probably stay away from food for awhile. That's one weird thing. I'm hungry more often now.
On a side note, Jan and Kaiser, I encourage you to visit ourbeagleworlddotcom? It's a site that is devoted to people who are owned by beagles. It's a pretty neat site.
My Quit Date: 3/8/2009 Smoke-Free Days: 24 Cigarettes Not Smoked: 480 Amount Saved: $144.00 Life Gained: Days: 2 Hrs: 4 Mins: 23 Seconds: 49
I'm glad you consulted your doctor. Don't worry about not taking it. I look at it as a crutch. Once you stop, it's completely up to you whether or not you submit to the evil cravings. I think of it as Step 2. Step 1 was going on Chantix and quitting. I'm on it now and according to my doctor, can remain on it as long as I feel it is necessary. Yeah, I'm bloated and moody, but I have to say, I love the dreams. Sometimes they are so vivid, it's hard to tell if they are real or not. But they are happy ones.
Anyway, do what you feel is best. I like the idea of weening yourself off of them. Everyone reacts differently. Hang in there and keep us posted.
My Quit Date: 3/8/2009 Smoke-Free Days: 30 Cigarettes Not Smoked: 600 Amount Saved: $180.00 Life Gained: Days: 2 Hrs: 17 Mins: 27 Seconds: 1
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