Anniversary: 4 Months, 0 Cigarettes

My quit date was January 1st, 2007. I haven’t had a smoke since. I *have* had the occasional cigar, but I never finish those, and they’re a rare pleasure. I can’t commit to smoking something for over an hour. That’s just too much, and it reminds me of one of the reasons I hate smoking: it’s damned inconvenient. You can’t do much else while you’re smoking. Smoking makes just about everything harder to do. I used to smoke while doing things I generally like doing like surf fishing and brewing, but it makes those things harder. The other thing I haven’t missed is having to go outside in the pouring rain or freezing cold to indulge in a smoke.

So, anyway, I’ve successfully made it to the 4 month mark, and I’m not looking back. Yes, I still get occasional cravings, but they’re few and far between, and they’re not anywhere near as strong or persistent or long-lasting as the ones you get during those first couple of weeks after you initially quit.

In case anyone else is quitting and comes across this, I’ll say that I didn’t read any books or use any special programs to quit. I didn’t take any drugs or “supplements”, I didn’t change my diet or anything else about my life. I just set a date, about 2 weeks out, and committed to that date, and focused on cutting back enough by that date that not going back wasn’t so hard. I know people who have spent all kinds of money on patches, pills, books, tapes, and all manner of other nonsense, only to come out the other end still a smoker. Most of the people I know who have successfully quit did it more or less ‘cold turkey’. Just make the commitment, and don’t give yourself permission to have another smoke.

  • http://ruraladmin.wordpress.com/ ruraladmin

    Keep up the non-smoking. The 25th of this month will be one year smoke-free for myself. When I quit, I had one last smoke about 11:30 pm, put away all ashtrays, lighters, etc. and said that I’m not gonna smoke anymore. It’s all about making the commitment, as one of my coworkers said you have to tell yourself that you can never have another one ever again.

  • http://m0j0.wordpress.com/ m0j0

    Thanks for the encouraging words. I agree that it’s basically about giving yourself permission… or not :-) The minute you allow yourself to smoke, the floodgates open, and you’re back to square one.

    Thanks again!