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indifferent Kaboom!

Sometimes I need to remind myself of all the reasons why I must NEVER smoke again...
I don't want to have: 
blood clots, vein diseases, yellow teeth, no teeth, bad smell, no sense of smell, ugly skin, more wrinkles, bad breath, be out of breath, not burn the max calories during workout, guilt, feel out of control, feel like a slave. loose energy for nothing. 
while i previously felt i was missing out on something when i quit smoking. this time i feel it is different, i feel i have internalized that i am not missing out, but that i am gaining something by quitting. that does not mean that the whole thing is easy peasy. 
it is not. but it is also a very interesting journey, as i experience that i do not want to be one of the smokers, i constantly see. not anymore. in fact i wonder if i may have gone a bit overboard, i kinda sound like a non-smoker, would rather not sit in smoking sections of resturaunts, or have a smoking hotel room. as i feel disgusted by the smell.
of course anyone will feel disgusted by too much smoke smell, even a heavy smoker. and lets not kid ourselves, when i catch the odd whiff of a cig in the passing, i sometimes think it smells good. but just like the fact that i do not connect the smell to my need to smoke, i do not suffer from my withdrawel symptoms when i see someone with a cig in hand. rather, the fancy of a smoke is situational. it in all honesty not necessarily a want for a smoke, but rather a recongition of a situation of what i would do now. it is an itch in the belly, screaming gimme something. i am trying my best to serve it sweet tea, rather than kilos of chocs.
I have survived a stressful business trip working from morning to late evening, in a new job, party, drinks with friends, boredom and frustration at home, a little past two weeks, i think im  gonna do this! i have to. I want to. 
besides, i have promised myself a house gift for when i hit the one month mark.
Reward systems do wonders, as long as cigs are not your reward, that is. that is the biggest lie ever. and until dismantle that big fat lie, i think it is hard to really quit. 
I wish you all the best in unpacking that lie, and kaboom, youll be smokefree, garantee(d)! 

happy Howah

I'm 17 days into my smoke free life. I remember
How a friend  of mine told me he had to quit seeing his friends
Going out and going to parties in order to be able to quit 
Smoking. I know that is no solution for me. I need to socialise
I'm just back from a 12 day business trip to a country that is
Lax on smoking restrictions. I survived! I notice that my body has cravings
That are not based on seeing someone smoke ... I try to. Take deep breaths it is still difficult at times. But there are some grat moments such as when I went to a party
This weekend and did not feel like I was missing out on anything when I did  not
Join the smokers group. I enjoy the fact that I no longer smell of smoke
I feel I must stay aware not let my mind play tricks on me not let my guards down
. I think for me. It has to be final. Never another drag. I remind myself of my strong will. I gave up meat. I'm hardcore. I used to so strongly identify as a smoker
The idea of quitting seemed to threaten my whole existence! 
Ridiculous but sadly true! Now I feel ok so you felt like a smoker to your core 
And you gave it your all for over twenty years, now try something
Else! I want more energy, I want more benefits in terms of excercise, whiter teeth
Better smell etc And most of all I want to be free to go about my life
Totally oblivious of the next chance to smoke. You think you r a smoker
At the core? Perhaps, You were. Now it is time to unleash that no smoker within you!

happy New Temptations Overcome!

Yesterday was my third day as a non-smoker.
I have noticed that I am accustomed to smoking as a ritual after certain activities. I laugh out loud as i think to myself 'usually i would smoke now, what do i do now?'
Yesterday I went out for couple of drinks with friends.  I was wondering if it was too soon. As drink can be part of the temptation.also, my friends are still smokers.
I stared at all the smokers as I walked towards the venue. just to test my reactions. i zoomed in on the hand with ciggerette just to see how i would react. nothing. no envy. no gimme that cig, now. the only positive experience, was at times the smell of smoke. but the actual identity as being a smoker. i did not envy that. I do not want to be a smoker. that i believe was the problem last time i quit. deep down i still wanted to be a smoker. this time, i believe it is not what i want. which is not say there are no temptations.
when i returned home from the drinks last night. i was making some food, while finishing up the packing for my business trip (i travel today) i found two more packs of ciggerettes in my cupboard. I quickly decided to snap those remaining cigs, before I had my snack. I worried that i might be tempted to smoke one after my late night meal, if i had not snapped them before i ate. 
Fear of failure is natural. 
But, I for one am very happy to overcome these hurdles. I still have cravings even if my mind has come to terms with my decision. I do not want to be a smoker anymore.
Luckily the cravings pass quickly. And, I breathe deep, at it passes. Even as i write this now, i have cravings, i know it will pass in a few minutes. 

I look forward to my first travel in many years which will not be about getting enough nicotine before boarding the plane. 
Remember the benefits. Being in control. For me not being a slave to nicotine is motivational. 

Good luck on your journey to becoming smoke free. 

happy Why wait?

Last night I came to an important decision.
Why wait until the 15th of Jan to quit? What is the point, of waiting when you have already made the decision to quit. It seems like clinging on to the past, and the smoking habit, might in fact hold you back.
I was lying in my bed, trying to go to sleep. I had decided to try to quit before a business trip on the 6th of Jan, even though I had set the 15th as my final deadline. It is a new job, and i figured, better establish myself as a non-smoker from the start.
As I was lying there, i kept on thinking on the two packs of ciggerettes i had in my cupboard, thinking that i did not need to finish them in order to quit.
I got up, and broke the cigs in the pack, except for two. These I smoked, and told myself kiss cigs good bye. These were to be my last cigs ever. 
No point postponing any more. Better to go through a couple of days of withdrawal before my business trip. 
the interesting thing, is that when you admit that you are mentally addicted to the cigs but you make the decision you no longer want to be, you realize two important things.
1. Cigs start to give you less satisfaction, and you get more negative associations with smoking them, not just shame etc but, actual acknowledgement of the health costs involved
2. Cig craving, does not last for very long. Ignore it, and you will be surprised at how fast it passes. 

My method is to use no aids. My method is to change my mind set, but to check out available apps and support such as this fantastic website. Coaching so as to remember that I can do this. That it is worth it. 
Today is my first day as a non-smoker. I hope that this time, I manage to stay a non-smoker. For ever. Big scary word, but I mean it. 
To hell with slime, bad smell, lung infections, being out of breath, having veins knot up, loosing energy, bad teeth, bad skin, wrinkles.
i want my body and energy back. 

happy Enrolled on Stop Smoking College's Quit Smoking Program

Member1179 enrolled on the free online quit smoking program provided by The Stop Smoking College.

They aim to kick their 20 a day habit by using the following methods:

  • Willpower only
  • perhaps acupuncture too

Their reasons for quitting include:

  • Better health
  • To look and smell better
  • To improve their senses of smell and taste
  • To regain control of their life
  • fewer wrinkles, and get rid of shame assoicated with addiction

indifferent First log

The decision to stop smoking by mid Jan 2013 I made many months ago.
As always with my deadlines, I had hoped to quit well before that.
I have not yet quit, but have succeeded in cutting down from 20 to 10 to 5 to 3 cigs a day over the last six months. 
For the last week, I have cut from 5 to 3 and I feel that my mind is gradually coming to terms with this being my final phase of smoking. 
I wanted to kick the habit in connection with changing work environment. It would have been much tougher for me to quit at my old job, with so many great smoking buddies.
I figured, when i change jobs, it will be easier to establish myself as a non-smoker.
For me it is essential that I reframe my reasons for not smoking, from denying myself a treat, to preventing myself from injecting poison into my veins.
I know this is fundamental to my success.
I also want to benefit from my excercise routine more, as it is, 
i can never get full benefit due to my smoking. 
i also look forward to not smelling like an ashtray, or more accurately not being ashamed of smelling like an ashtray. 

happy Enrolled on Stop Smoking College's Quit Smoking Program

Member1179 enrolled on the free online quit smoking program provided by The Stop Smoking College.

They aim to kick their 20 a day habit by using the following methods:

  • Willpower only
  • perhaps acupuncture too

Their reasons for quitting include:

  • Better health
  • To look and smell better
  • To improve their senses of smell and taste
  • To regain control of their life
  • fewer wrinkles, and get rid of shame assoicated with addiction