Dam colds. They sure feel like the first few weeks of quitting smoking!
Shredded Turkey Tacos (These taste amazing. The oil and vinegar is the secret)
(I use corn oil because it imparts the least strong flavor IMO)
Shred or chop 1 C lettuce to about twice the size of coleslaw and put in a bowl.
Add 1/4 C unseasoned rice vinegar and 1/4 cup of corn oil. Toss and let lettuce pick up the vinegar and oil taste.
Fry up corn tortillas to make your taco shells in 1/4 inch of corn oil (or whatever oil you use) Fold in half before they get too crisp and then finish frying to before they turn brown then drain and salt lightly.
Shred up some of your cooked turkey breast meat and and lay in taco shell.
Put some of the oil and vinegar lettuce on the turkey
Add some shredded cheese.
Did you know ceramic knives won't turn your cut lettuce or cut apples brown?
Everyone who knows anything about quitting smoking will say the first 2-3 weeks are when most people experience the strongest withdrawal symptoms of their quit.
The title implies you've made a choice one way or the other as to whether to replace the nicotine.
If you replace the nicotine, you will experience the emotional withdrawal but not necessarily the physical as you are using nicotine replacement.
So what happens when you use an NRT and you stop using it?
You may likely experience some of the symptoms of physical withdrawal. If you lowered your dose to nothing before you stopped using the NRT you may eliminate most of the withdrawal symptoms.
So, how will you deal without nicotine?
You've come a ways toward the realization that you don't need to smoke just because you think of smoking. You have that power. Once you understand you don''t need to smoke just because you smoked in a similar situation in the past, smoking is not required like you believed it was.
So, yes, you've come a way and gained some ground.
If you experience some physical withdrawal after stopping the NRT, accept it. This freedom doesn't come free.
you know you can do it now The only way out is through.
On the third evening of my quit, I was standing in the patio of a friends house and his brother walked into the patio from the garage smoking a cigarette when it hit me. "smoking is just a decision. I don't have to act on the urge to smoke. It's a choice."
The simplicity of it made me laugh. Laughing caused a dopamine release.
Every time I got the urge to smoke after that time, I laughed.
After a week of this, I actually thought of laughing in place of smoking.
If you will step back when you get the urge to smoke and look at your thoughts objectively like an outsider
you can consider what drives smoking and begin to separate yourself from it.
Only you can make you smoke and you have the choice not to.
Smoking isn't natural or we would have been born with an ashtray in our opposing hand and stainless steel lungs.
Keep on smilin' through the rain, laughin' at the pain Just flowin' with the changes, till the sun comes out again Keep on smilin' through the rain, laughin at the pain Just flowin' with the changes, and singin' this refrain
We are supposed to have a large as opposed to moderate El Nino this winter.
(it means "the kid" in Spanish but evidently it's a kid without a diaper and a full bladder)
I remember a moderate one in 1991. I believe we got 27 inches in one month. I had to drill holes in the floor of the job I was working in order to keep the water from standing on them so we could keep working and then, pump out the water to the street. Fortunately, I had waterproofed the floors so the plywood wouldn't delaminate/separate. Many other contractors had to start over when their plywood was ruined.
This is the advantage of planning and looking ahead with your quit. You can avoid problems before they arise.
Wow, I remember when we would get home after a night of trick or treating
We would empty our bags out on the dining room table and assess our sweet windfall
As An Adult and Parent:
I would go to the stores the day after Halloween and buy candy at 75% off.
As A Diabetic:
I Don't Do That Anymore.
And that's the way it is.I accept my circumstances.
Do I miss it? No. I don't miss it any more than I miss smoking.
Time changes things. We adjust. The only guarantee in life is change.
Give your quit the time it takes. When you happen upon the first day you haven't thought of smoking, enjoy it and, the fact that more and more of those days will be forthcoming if you will let them, and,