I know all the people who just quit are going to hate me!
I know all the people who just quit are going to hate me! Woooo 63 days and counting! DAMN I feel like a ciggie! ... well kinda. Im gunna hit you with my stats: BAM!!!
Smoke free days: 63 days
Cigarettes NOT smoked: 1,260
Money saved: $736.00
Grams NOT smoked: 450
Money saved: $288.00
Total savings: $1,024.00
Ok so ive been quit awhile but I still get some mean cravings now and again. Its those small things that trigger it. For Example:
- Having a super boring conversation with the mother-in-law, girl friend or elderly neighbour!
- Mates are all super drunk and you need an excuse to leave before you throwup and ruin your chances of taking home your dignity.
So my list of reasons too keep smoking is super short and my list to keep quit is super long but yeah what ever.
Question to the bloggers and community:
Is anybody saving the money they "saved" from stopping smoking? Or do you think that the government should pay us this "saving" to keep us from smoking again? I know that this is a crap idea but hey if it worked it would be awesome! Seriously I would blow my wad of cash on a swimming pool full of candy and swim in it until it got super gross and icky! .... what would you do?
Days 8 - 14, Super smell powers are Evil!
So after a fantastic last weekend it happened again. WOOOOO! Hunting, Fishing and drinking all with not a single ciggie. But I must confess I have gone from using my super powers of smell for good to evil.
The boys and I were hanging out watching the Aussie 20/20 cricket final on Saturday. The boys don't have to many couches, so seating was at a premium. If you went for a ciggie you had to stand or sit on the ground. Anyway. A few of my mates smoke and had just been out for a ciggie. I mean while was being good sitting in my chair trying not to think about going outside.
One of the lads decided to sit on the ground in front of me. "All good, that's cool." Soon my super smell was picking up the scent of a recently smoked ciggie. Casually, and I mean super ninja like. I dropped my phone beside my mate. I did a quick scout for people looking at me. Then using all my super spy, ninja powers I leant forward to pick up my phone and have a quick smell of my mate.
"WTF" yelled one of the boys.
... in my head (F_ _ _!!!)
"HA HA HA HA HA HA"
One of the boys had caught me taking a quick whiff. "Want a ciggie Jeff?". Damn it! So embarrassed!!!
5 minutes of laughter, finger pointing and really crap jokes ensued! :)
Oh well, if you can't laugh at yourself who can you laugh at. The boys are pretty good though. They never offer me one anymore and the non-smokers are piling the pressure on the smokers of the group to stop as well.
Kia Kaha to everybody giving up!
Day 5, 6 and 7, Weekend of Awesomness!
If you asked me a week ago, if I could have a good time drinking and not smoking I would have told you probably not. But after last weekend WOW! Best time of my life!
Here is abit of a background for you. Spent Friday afternoon after work picking up hay for my local rugby club and then went out rabbit and possum shooting. Kept my cravings at bay with the gum and patches. Good day!
Saturday, same story, Hay all afternoon then a BBQ, Beers and good times. It was awesome I didn't have to interrupt a conversation to go have a smoke. Got on it pretty hard and had minty fresh breath all night because of the gum! Great night!
And the best thing! Sunday morning. I didn't wake up smelling like I had smoked like a train! Hangover was bearable! Didn't cough up my lungs! And after 7 days I had $96.00 to spend at the bakery! YUS!
Ha ha ha, actually the patch helped me with the ladies. I had a big plaster over it so it wouldn't come off.
Ladies: "What happened to your arm?" Me: "I was making balloon animals for underprivileged children when we were attacked by a nicodemon, and fended it off with will power and clean lungs." Ladies:"oh wow"
Huge smile on my face I would ask "can i buy you a drink" (ulterior motive: while I use my ninja skills to test out my new superpower, smell! )
All in all a fantastic weekend and all the more motivation to stop smoking! Bring it on week 2! :)
Tip for the Weekends: Have the patch on your arm and gum in your pocket!
Day 4: Keeping my mind and hands busy!
Well its now day 4 and after reconsidering my approach to attracting women by sniffing them, might actually try talking to them first. Rather than sneaking up on them like a creepy ninja. :) But all in all I'm doing ok. Work has picked up and am super busy. While usually this would involve a pack a day, now that I've quit I'm actually getting alot done!
I'm starting to feel really confident about not smoking. The thought of taking off the patches also crossed my mind. Is this a good thing? Or am I just having a good day? Any advice on how long I should leave the patches on for?
I've read that I should leave the patches on for the full 28 days. 1 everyday, not 28 patches left on for 28 days ... could you image the dreams and adverse health effects from that! But yeah any advice on what you have done regarding patch removal would be appreciated.
Day 3: Time to pay penance!
So I've made it through day 3...well almost. And its time to pay penance for smoking all those years! My cough is here. Obviously this is normal from all the literature that I've read but I still wasn't prepared for it.
I never had the smokers cough when I was smoking but I have it now. WOO HOO! BUT its not a bad thing. I'm starting to feel heaps better when the nicodemon isn't knocking and I know that I've made the right decision.
AND my smell is back. I was walking down to the local pub for a beer after work and a lovely lady walked past me. I don't want to sound like a sexist pig, but oh my gosh did she smell amazing! So did the steak I just cooked on the BBQ. When I was puffing I never thought that I couldn't smell like a non-smoker but wow what a difference!
I know that I am going to keep this up, not only for the big benefits (money, health etc) but for the small things. (Smell and taste) Welcome back my long lost friends! :)
OK day 2, bring it on cravings!
Ok so day ZERO didn't realy go to plan back in NOV 28 last year. Woke up in the morning and had finished my 1st ciggie before even realising what was happening.So I've decided to try again, properly this time!
Day Zero: Was weird. I had some mates come back from Mexico a few weeks back and they brought me a pack of HUGE Cigars. Smoked an entire one by myself and a pack of ciggies. Head spinning and stinking to high heaven I went to bed, READY TO QUIT!
Day 1: Was pretty easy. I didn't crave too much but had a few bad stints. I've read all over the net that you may put on weight while quitting smoking so i've made a challenge for myself. 10 press-ups when ever the cravings get too much. Damn I want a ciggie after 10 press-ups! But Im keeping strong.
Day 2: I've got my patch on and am drinking way too much water. Im going to put a small TV in the toilet soon so I can watch a whole TV programme without having to drain the main vein every 10 seconds. :) Today has been much worse than day 1.
After 1 hour at work I found myself hunting around the office for my packet of ciggies. It took me a minute to release what I was doing, but as soon as I did I picked up a pensil. Held it like I would a ciggie and my body relaxed. WEIRD HUH?! Im so glad that I threw out all of my smoking stuff yesterday.
I'm getting way buffer today with all the press-ups im doing! I think by the time I get to the end of my first pack of patches I will be able to enter a strong man competition! :)
Anybody else find the quitline logo make you want a ciggie? ... I'm going abit nuts! Time to go for a walk or somthing.
Ok, so I've just had my last cigarette. So I'm calling today Day Zero. Here we go for the first time and the last time I quit. I'm going for broke so I've got some patches and gum to help me get through the first few months.
Does anybody have any suggestions to what will help keep me on track?