Tuesday, April 23, 2013
I have been a smoker for thirty years plus - never really wanted to quit. Well since I have been out of work my smoking has increased dramatically - I actually feel it now. So I have decided to attempt to quit. Because of my increased smoking habits I do not think quitting using a patch will work right now. So I have decided to take baby steps sort of like I have in losing weight. Yesterday with the help of a patch I went 5 hours between smokes - then I fell off the wagon. Today I went 8 1/2 hours between smokes and currently I am 21/2 hours in without a smoke. I am using the tools from a website called florida quits. I am hoping that I can actually kick this habit. I have identified my smoking triggers - Coffee Coffee and more coffee, driving somewhere in the car. So tomorrow I am going to try and cut back on my morning coffee and be mindful of how many smokes I have while drinking. By Monday I hope to be totally smoke free and the real work will begin. I know I should quit cold turkey, but I do not have the strength to say I will never have a smoke again. But I can say I will go this long before I have a smoke (today I was only going for 5 hours and went 81/2 tomorrow I am going to aim for 9 hours between smokes. This is a major change because not only am I quitting the smokes I am seriously cutting back on my coffee.
Wish me luck.