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Mind over Mind?

Posted by Chuck_Quit_2-20-2011 Jan 11, 2011

Yesterday I wrote a blog about my determination when it came to quitting. In that blog I mentioned that I had held my cigarette intake at 12 cigarettes for two days and was kind of concerned that I wasn't continuing to reduce my consumption.

 Well, at the end of the day I discovered that I had reduced my intake by two cigarettes. For the first time, I didn't need two pack tracker sheets to tally my smokes for the day. Funny thing is that I didn't do this intentionally. In other words, I felt no different then I did the last two days when I smoked twelve.

 I think this is a case where my mind is accepting what my mind is saying. May not make sense to some of you but what I'm realizing is that I'm beginning to to win this internal war with myself. The internal screaming for a cigarette is becomming less and less intense every day and now I'm finding it much easier to go much longer without one. In fact, it's just happening without my even thinking about it.

 I think part of the reason for this is how serious I'm taking this quit. I go to sleep thinking not about a cigarette but rather about quitting. And when I wake up in the morning my first thought again is not about wanting a cigarette but rather about quitting. This kind of reinforcement is causing my mind to change it's old patterns of thinking. I'm becomming less and less dependent on this addiction with each passing day. If this trend continues I see no problem staying quit when the time comes.

 And it all started with a little knowledge. A little work and a trust in myself that I can do it. So all I can say is that if your prepping to quit, give it all you got! Use this time to your advantage by teaching your mind how it's going to be in the end. Teach your mind how wonderful life can be without that cigarette. I know it might sound silly because we're trying so hard to NOT think about our addiction but I really believe that the more you analyze yourself and learn yourself the easier it becomes to talk to yourself effectively.

 Perhaps I'm wrong. I don't really know yet as I haven't quit. . .

 I am one of those people in the preperation stages of quitting. I have to tell you, I'm taking this stage in my quit very serious. For me it's like building a strong foundation. If you can manage to build it properly then you can build the perfect house on top of it instead of a house of cards that could easily collapse.

 This morning I realized that for the last two days I had smoked 12 cigarettes instead of the usual thirty-five or so that I smoked just five days ago and I actually beat myself up over this because I hadn't improved in the last two days.

 And then I had to ask myself a question. Am I determined to build that foundation? Of course I am. Am I going to make sure the cement in that foundation is strong enough to hold up the house of my life? Of my future? Well, I realized that I wouldn't have even started this preperation if I didn't intend to have the strongest house that I could possibly build. A house that doesn't crack or sink after I finally reach my goal of quitting.

 And I realized that for me, the foundation may be as important if not more so then building the actual house on top of it. I realized that over the last five days I have improved beyond my wildest dreams. I haven't reached my quit date yet but every day seems to bring me closer to the completion of my foundation. The thing that will hold me up when I do quit.

 And so I continue on not just with the same determination. No way! Every day that I build on that determination is a day of life. Really, I've already cut my smoking down by two thirds! And I can feel the effects of the determination that it took me to get to this point.

 So I guess what I'm trying to say is that if you are prepping to quit, take it one day at a time. Build on all you did the day before. Try to improve on what you've already done but if for some reason you can't then just try to stay where you are at the very least. Don't go backwards and I believe in the end that we will win!

  Because though I didn't improve over the last two days, I'm now comfortable in the fact that right now I'm no longer a 35 cigarette a day smoker. No, now I'm a half a pack a day smoker and soon I won't be smoking at all and in the end I think that if you prepare hard enough. If you take it serious enough then the determination grows with that foundation and that could be the deciding factor on whether you can stay quit! 

Every day I tell myself that I can do this and every day I believe it more and more. I'm no longer terrified of my quit day looming on the horizon. Instead I'm actually starting to look forward to it!

Hello,

 I've been prepping to quit for four days now. My addiction was at 30+ cirarettes four days ago. Using the pack tracker to help, I believe that by the end of today I will have smoked 12. Every day I smoke less simply by looking at my smoking times from the day before.

 In other words, if I smoked 5 by one in the afternoon, I try to smoke four or less during that same period. If and I do say if right now, I manage to get this down to zero by my quit date of Jan. 31, should I just go for cold turkry?

 I never thought of myself as someone who could do that but now I'm beginning to wonder. My biggest fear is of relapse. I've relapsed before. But I already have my patches and I guess that would be another concern if I use them. If I'm down to five a day which was my original goal for my quit date then they might be to strong since I have the 21MG ones.

Just wondering what you think.

Chuck

 Hello all,

 I just decided to quit three days ago. I joined the Colorado quit line as a start and on their web site I found a link to this one and I am really glad I did. For me, this type of support works. I know this because I used similar support to get through treatments for the hepatitis C virus. Not actually a problem with addiction but a really hard treatment to complete.

 Anyway, I'm currently in the process of learning my addiction. There are a lot of good tools out there for this but so far the best one I've used is the pack tracker. In three days I've learned more about my addiction then I ever thought I could. Using the pack tracker, I realized first of all that I smoked cigarettes when there wasn't even a craving.

 I never thought about that when I lit up before. I'd just grab a smoke and light up, never giving it another thought. After using this tracker for just one day I was able to identify the times when I smoked for no real reason. There was no actual craving or pressure. I was just smoking to smoke.

 So on the second day I worked on reducing the times that I smoke for no real reason and reduced my cigarette consumption from an average of thirty a day to nineteen. This amazed me because it wasn't even hard to do. Kind of like clearing unnecessary overhead. All it took was a realization that I was "fooling" myself into believing that I needed all those extra cigarettes to get through the day.

 I've managed to identify several trigger points throughout the day and have begun working on them. The hardest one for me is the morning triggers. I was generally almost a chain smoker in the mornings until yesterday when I started working on it. I still smoke a ton in the morning.

 That's one of the reasons I'm sitting here writing this blog. To get me through this weak moment in the day and so far it seems to be working. My hands are busy but I'm still thinking of that darn cigarette. Still, I'm not smoking. And so the process will continue for me. I'll try to keep reducing my tobacco intake with every day that I have before my quit date.

 Now I think I'll go take a shower. I'm trying to go two hours without another one. With a little determination and preperation I think I might make it this time. I only have another hour to go for this days first goal. I've also managed to quit lighting up at night when I wake up but this may be part of why the mornings are rough. Baby steps are OK for me as long as I continue to move forward.

Chuck