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Starting Over

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

After 30 years of smoking, I quit on January 1, 2010 after reading Alan Carr's The Easy Way to Quit Smoking. I never really thought about it again. It became a bit harder when my son started smoking as he introduced it back in the house. (I should mention my mom was a lifetime smoker with a 4 pack a day habit).

About 6 weeks ago, I caved. My husband caved a couple days after me. I knew it was horrible and stupid and I can't figure out why we did it. I saw my doctor and she wasn't happy with that, but she was happy with the weight loss. I did start gaining all the weight back when I stopped smoking in 2010. Now, I can't say it was all because I stopped smoking. I was also diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis at that time and I stopped showing JC and stopped riding regularly. So, I don't know what really caused the weight gain.

So, here I am back at square 1. I read Alan's book again yesterday and said goodbye to smoking at 6:00 last night. Thank goodness I wasn't stupid enough to let it continue. My husband quit this morning. My son refuses, but I set boundaries for him. No smoking on our property! If he wants to go stand in the alley and freeze his touchas that is up to him, but he won't do it around me.

One of the factors that made me quit now is that we have to take a blood test for insurance. I DO NOT want to sit through one of the those Cessation classes. Anybody who is a smoker knows what it can do to you. They say it takes 3 days for the nicotine to get completely out of the blood stream. I am keeping my fingers crossed!

To all my friends, I pledge again NOT ONE PUFF EVER! emoticon
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  • 4CYNDI
    **HUGS** You got this!
    928 days ago
    Sorry to hear that you started again but glad you quit soon after. Hopefully your son will quit too. Such a nasty emoticon habit.
    930 days ago
    OK, Girlfriend... We're gonna hold your feet to the fire. We want progress reports. emoticon
    942 days ago
    Good luck! emoticon
    945 days ago
    Congratulations!!!! I know nicotine is a tough addiction, but my dad (2 packs/d) quit cold turkey 40 yrs ago when he saw my granddad on a ventilator... Took him YEARS to quit patting his shirt pocket for his pack however 😉‼️
    945 days ago
    Congrats on being a "non-smoker". I used self hypnosis 31 1/2 years ago. I told myself I was a non-smoker and after that (about a month of doing it) my unconscious would not let me inhale anymore! Then the guy who would become my husband was not allowed to smoke in my new car and that was enough motivation for him to quit, too. And he had smoked for over 25 years, so keeping it outside might make your son think seriously about changing his ways. Good luck! And good health!!
    945 days ago
    I quit about two years ago, and it was a bear! My dad smokes a lot too, so I understand how difficult it can be. Congrats on making that hard decision! As for the nicotine getting out of your system, I've heard that drinking a lot of water can help flush excess glucose out of your system, so maybe it'd help with the nicotine too? emoticon
    945 days ago
    You got this!!!!!!!
    945 days ago
  • KIMS616
    Good luck! I quit the day I found out I was pregnant with my first son...he will be 18 in couple weeks my husband however still smokes... I'm going to get this book you mentioned and see if he too can be inspired
    945 days ago
    Take each day as it comes... but well done you. Be proud x
    945 days ago
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