"Can't believe I am still craving a smoke after two weeks"
"Can't wait until I am quit one year"
"Wish these craves were over"
"Why can't I just be done"
"Wish I could say I had 900 days"
"Can't do it...it's just to hard"
"When will it be over?"
If this is you.......may I make an OUTLANDISH suggestion..................
ENJOY THE RIDE; THE JOURNEY IS THE REWARD.
The journey is the reward is the mantra of many runners. A true runner enjoys the run....not the finish. A true runner runs to run...not really to finish or place or really anything. The RUN ITSELF is the enjoyment! Yet, runs can be tough. Even if you are a trained runner. Why do they run? The journey is the reward.
The same is true of many things----------life itself. So many people rush through life..."wish I was 16, 21, married, kids out of the house, retired". Life goes too fast the way it is...enjoy the journey. The journey is the reward.
Quitting can be the same. Once I stopped fighting how I felt...I found the quit went so much better...actually started to enjoy it (promise!). When things got rough---I sort of "pulled out of myself" and looked at me like an experiment...kind of like..."hmmmm look at that---you crave a cigarette MORE when relaxing than when you are actually stressed.....interesting." Instead of fearing craves...I hit them the way runners hit the hills. You know they are coming. PREPARE and run them. Let the journey be the reward.
Just food for thought........wishing everyone here on EX a rewarding journey.