Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Short short in my Globe this morning says that exposure to even one glamorous and cool cigarette ad can affect the desire to smoke a full week later.
I haven't smoked for 35 years, not one cigarette. Because I know that I am one cigarette away from a pack a day every day.
And yup, I still experience that desire to smoke almost every day. Especially when I see someone else smoking. Or one of those ads. Even though I (sorry, sounding both judgmental AND illogical) absolutely loathe being around cigarette smoke and avoid it assiduously.
Sometimes when I'm struggling hardest with the food addiction, it comforts me to recognize: I have been "successful" with the smoking addiction . Although not smoking is easier because I don't have to smoke and I do have to eat.
Something. The right things. And not too much of them!! And not eating success demands the same pragmatic recognition as not smoking success: I want to smoke but I can't smoke. I want to eat (too much) and I'm going to experience hunger every day and I can't eat (whatever I want whenever I want).
Wahhhhhhhh!! Poor baby!!!!
And so I also think to myself: how long does the effect of one exposure to an enticing food ad or temptation last?
Because yup: I'm still plagued over three weeks later by the thought of those baked Ruffle sour cream and cheddar cheese potato chips that were lurking in the vending machine at my gym!!