Well, I am nearing five months of being smoke free. I have to say it has been easier than I thought, but I do have the urge to smoke a lot, but not enough to do it. The hardest thing is going out to a bar. We don't that much, but we went out two times and it is really bad when I am bored. that is when I want to smoke and many times I will want to leave b/c of it. I sometimes think about just having a couple when drinking-like buying Menthols, which I don't like, and not taking the pack home. But, it would be too easy I think to start back up again. I am a pretty determined person and if I say I won't start again at home, then I won't. But, I can't do it. One, I would feel like i failed and two, it would make me feel bad. Anyway, just wanted to say that I am doing great. This was my first attempt to quit and it was successful. I hope you are all doing well.
Well done Mel! And you are right, even if you smoked one menthol cigarette, it would probably take you right back! Not worth it, girl! In time, you will think about it less and less. Keep up the good work and the positive thoughts!
Let me add my congratulations - and encouragement! Two months yesterday for me...and going strong. Over the Easter weekend, we were around a lot of smokers and I can honestly say - I didn't even think about sneaking a wee puff. I just keep reminding myself over and over again about how horrible it has been to quit (especially at the psychological level). It's been like parting with a best friend of 27 years.
thank you and congrats too. It is odd how I don't think about it that much, except when drinking or CRYING or something-when I am going through things I used to do when I smoked. I have got to figure out a way to ease my mind when tempted. though, like I said, I seriously doubt I'd give in. The other hard part aside from being bored, is the smell. It comforts me, how bad is that!?
You know I do love the smell myself. Last weekend I just inhaled the second hand smoke and enjoyed. Much better than smoking myself. One of my friends swears that this helped her the most when she quit. She had her friends blow their smoke over her way so she could have a good whiff. She's now been smoke-free for 2 years.
That's kinda funny! You know, I went to work today for the first time smoke free (Haven't worked in eight months-disability) and I didn't even notice that I didn't take my four to six smoke breaks! What I DID notice?? I didn't take any breaks except for lunch! I was glad I didn't even think about it. It seems my hardest points will be going out, plus, going out with my friends who smoke (which I have not yet done since I quit b/c we all live in different states).