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The ONLY WAY to be free of smoking is to unlearn it until you no longer think of it.
If you are willing instead of fighting yourself with your quit, you will begin having days where you don't even think of smoking at about 100 days + or - two weeks. Not much later, you will only think of it rarely.
Don't give up too early. So many give up and smoke when two more weeks would have taken them through the hardest time of quitting.
I made cheese enchiladas a few days ago and as they are rich, I wanted something to have with them to break up the richness.
I have a recipe for black beans (they don't give you gas) and decided to make them. I looked in my freezer and lo and behold, I found a jar frozen. I thawed them out Friday afternoon and when I went to heat them up yesterday morning I realized they weren't black beans but another bean recipe.
Now imagine if I let that inconsequential bump grow into a problem?
This is what people do with their quits. They hit a few little bumps in the road, grow them into mountains, and blow their quit thinking smoking is going to resolve them.
Excuses are just that. No beans about it!
Stop beaning around the bush! Accept the little unexpected diversions and keep moving forward.
The simplest way I know to work your way up to it is to begin thinking before you smoke.
The next step is challenging yourself to wait a little longer between smokes. You don't deny yourself, you are simply making yourself more aware.
Working up to it enables your mind to let go because you can't help but be inspired that you have some control before you've even quit. You will notice less trips to the store and money in your wallet. When you realize this you will have proven that you don't have to smoke just because it crosses your mind.
There is no time limit to get to this place. I took 4 weeks and set my quit date the day I knew I was buying my last pack which was 4 days before I quit.
This is just an example of how to get into the mindset you need to quit successfully without struggling to get there.
I like getting up early. I like getting my errands done when there is no one out there.
If I have to do grocery shopping, I do it at 6am. If I have to get gasoline, I do it just before I go shopping. If I need more cash than I can get at the grocery store, I go by the ATM of my bank during the same trip out.
So today, I needed gas and went a different way so I could get it early and not have to backtrack with any frozen items after I had shopped.
It's still pitch black out there at 5:45 and, as I was turning right to go down a big hill, I realized there was a pedestrian crossing where I was turning and because I hadn't turned yet, my lights hadn't illuminated them. They had on all dark clothing and I nearly hit them. (they didn't jump so I guess it didn't scare them)
It got me to thinking just how fast things can change when you are driving and how my life and their life would have changed if I hadn't seen them in time.
I liken it to a quit.
You have figure out the scenarios of what you will be doing and think ahead just as you would plan your route. (planning is everything)
You have to watch for pedestrians. (risky situations-they can come out of nowhere)
You don't want to run out of gas. (you don't fight quitting until you are so tired you can't go on)
And you don't want to drive over the speed limit. (don't get caught up thinking you got this addiction licked or it just may bite you in the butt!)