Just slightly over two years ago, I started writing about some major changes I had been planning to carry out in my life. So what has changed in my life? I’m still single, I still live at home, I took up smoking again, I am still obese, I am still in need of friends, and I’m still depressed. I want to make another go at it though. I feel that if I continue to share my experience, I will make a difference for myself and possibly my readers. So bear with me, it’s going to be a slow start, but eventually, I’ll make you proud.
I made it to ten days! I’m still smoking, but I have really lowered my intake. Yesterday I had two cigarettes! Today, I’ve had two and I will have one more before bed. I now have four cigs left.
My original plan was to smoke two today, then have one each day for four days, but I’ve decided against that. I can’t prolong it any more. The only way I am going to kick this bad habit is by eliminating the nicotine from my system. This is something I need to do and I’m wasting time. I can’t wait to get the next few days over with!
I’ve been slacking still. It’s still technically my weekend. Tomorrow I go back to work. As I’ve said before, when I’m not working, I tend to smoke more. It’s just because I’m bored. I smoked about 5 today and I will probably smoke two more before bed. Tomorrow, I hope to be down to 3.
Today marked the first day of my attempt to quit smoking. I had been dreading this day for quite a while. Frankly, the process of quitting sucks and I was not looking forward to the cravings and the inability to satisfy those cravings. Though I know that this is something I absolutely must do, my life depends on it.
In actuality, my first day was easier than I had expected. I allowed myself 7 cigarettes today at 9:45 AM, 11:15 AM, 2:00 PM, 5:00 PM, 7:30 PM, 10:00 PM, and my last one will be at 12:00 tonight. Typically, on a day when I am not working (like today) I smoke every hour on the hour. I’m actually proud of myself for sticking to my guns!
The Challenge: During this time period, I resolve to quit smoking.
The History: I’m 29 now, I started smoking when I was 22. I know, that sounds like a late age to pick up smoking. So what made me start?
It all started after one Thirsty Thursday. While walking home from the bar with a friend, I took one quick drag from her cigarette, only one. I’d do the same thing during subsequent late nights, though each time, I’d take more puffs. Then one night, I decided to buy a pack of Reds for myself. I started off slow, smoking three cigarettes a day, but the urge to smoke grew, leading to my current habit of about ½ to ¾ of a pack each day.
- The price of cigarettes now is crazy! Each time I buy a pack I spend around $8.50 and that isn’t even the most expensive price one could pay.
- Smoking can lead to a colossal assortment of health issues. I already find myself getting winded after walking up one flight of stairs!
- Smoking does nothing for your skin, teeth, and nails.
The Benefits: Once I quit, I will be able to breathe better, I will have more money in my pocket, I won’t feel the need to go outside in the cold or the rain, my skin will look better, my teeth will look better, and most importantly, I will extend my life expectancy!
The Plan: Quitting cold turkey is extremely difficult. I would like to taper off the cigarettes gradually. I also have a bit of an edge with Wellbutrin, which is often prescribed to aid in smoking cessation. Additionally, I plan on using the vast amount of internet resources to aid in my decision to quit.
The Time Period: I think this challenge should take about three weeks.