Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Support System

I've made a decision.

I am going to quit smoking.

Someone told me that the first step to quitting is to tell everyone you know that you are going to quit. So here I am, telling all of you and asking you to help me out.

I started smoking when I was 15 years old. Not even old enough to buy a pack of cigs, but I did steal them from my mom. And it wasn't hard getting away with it. It's going on ten years. That's much to long to be inhaling the poison into my lungs. I'm done with it.

Positive feedback is much appreciated.

P.S. There is a good chance over the next couple of weeks that posts may be quite angry. I get very mean when I have no nicotine. Boyfriend has been warned.

UPDATE: I installed a Quit Smoking Meter at the bottom of my page. It actually tells me how much money I'll be saving. So after a month of not smoking, I'm buying myself something pretty with the money that I've saved. Thank you all again for your support.


Amy said...

Good luck! My boyfriend has tried to quit many times before and he gets scary. I know it's a horrible habit to cut out of your life. My aunt is in the process of quitting, and she got those plastic cigarettes with nicotine in them, and she said they've been helping her a lot when she has a hard time not smoking out of routine (mainly on her way to work).

She said you're supposed to change the filter 2 times a day, but she's gotten to the point where she only does every week!

Just a thought!!

Aimee said...

Good luck! I never have been a smoker but I do know how hard it is to break habits.

This will be great for your health so that is something to keep in mind. I am prepared for the anger. If you can get past 3 weeks then you are well on your way to breaking the habit. It typically takes 3 weeks to form or break a habit. I know with smoking it often takes longer but maybe having a certain reward 3 weeks from today will also keep you motivated.

Good luck!!

Bouncin' Barb said...

Congratulations! Making the decision is half the battle. I quit 25 years ago after smoking 1-2 packs a day for 13 or so years. It was difficult, but I was determined to make it to 50 and will soon be just that. For me the key was chewing lots of gum or hard candies like Jolly Ranchers. It was all about taste for me. Then I would go to bed and lay there saying "wow, I made it through today without a cigarette. All of a sudden I realized how many bed time acknowledgements I had and didn't feel so addicted. I kept a pack in my car in the glove compartment just in case but I never used it. After 6 months I threw that pack away. I'm telling you this in case it helps you in any way. Whatever you find to be "your" method, just tough it out one day at a time. I'm here if you need to vent.

becca said...

good luck and i'll virtual hugs and support as much as possible :)

Tress said...

Thanks guys. You are awesome. I'm really looking forward to being a non-smoker, but I am certainly not looking forward to breaking the habit.

@Amy- I've never seen those plastic cigs but perhaps I'll try to find some. That actually sounds like a good way to kick the habit. Thanks.

@Aimee- A reward sounds like a wonderful idea. Hmm, what could I buy myself at the end of three weeks?

@Barb- Gum and jolly ranchers sound awesome! I could get use to that!! Thanks for the advice and congrats for kicking the habit. I am becomming more worried about my health now and finally acknowledging that I need to quit was harder than I thought.

@Becca- I'll take all the virtual hugs and support you can give! Bring 'em on! :)

Rabbit (Micael Chadwick) said...

Best of luck, bébé! I have tried to quit so many times but I am a bit of a unpleasant spaz to begin with so removing nicotine has never been beneficial or long standing.

Hoping you have the highest success. I'm sure you'll be peachy keen. And if not you can always just punch someone in the throat and blame in on withdrawal symptoms.

Win win.

steph c said...

This is great, I wish you luck! My longtime friend has been trying to quit for a while now, and he keeps reaching the epic 3 month mark then falling back.. but this last time he did it! He hasn't smoked in almost a year now; just a little inspirational story for you that YOU CAN DO IT! =D

Tress said...

LMAO Rabbit!! I have a funny feeling I'm going to be blaming A LOT on withdrawl symptoms:)

Steph- Thanks for the inspiration. I am going to be uber pissed off if I make it to three months and then start up again.

ImplausibleYarn said...

Good luck!

amchornetgirl said...

You can do it! My mother-in-law recently had a lung removed due to cancer caused by 30+ years of smoking, and I'd hate for you to go through that! She actually quit smoking about a year before she was diagnosed, so at least she didn't have to try to quit while going through chemo.

Jess said...

Good for you! I'm so proud of you for making the decision to stop. I quit on February 20th of this year and haven't had a smoke since. I smoked for 9 years before that, so if I can do it, I know you can too! The hubs quit with me, too, although I had to reward him for his efforts....

Good luck! I know you can do it!

gewuerzgurke said...

Now that is a VERY good decision :)
yay for you!

Canadianbloggergirl said...

You can do it! Good for you for making the decision!

I myself am trying to quit, difficult when hubby circles the door like a dog who hasn't "done its business" in forever, every time we try. It drives me crazy!


Mynx said...

Not going to wish you luck because I know you can do it. Put that money you would spend on the smokes in a jar with a pic of something fab you really want to buy and watch the savings grow. It will be hard but feel free to vent, whinge complain right here.
Blog it out and we will be here to listen.
Great big hugs clever lady. You are going to beat this and win.

Tress said...

Thanks everyone. Every time I have a craving, I am going to come back to this very post and read all of your comments. You guys are the best and your support means a lot!