Jeff1968

The day I quit

Blog Post created by Jeff1968 on Oct 3, 2018

As I write this, it's been 23+ hours since my last cigarette.  Day one for me has been challenging at times...but it hasn't been terribly difficult to overcome the challenges.  I used a nicotine lozenge when I woke up (normally I'd have a cigarette at that time).  Then I showered and put on a patch.  It's hard to say how much (if any) help the patch gave me, but I never felt any insanely difficult urges...so it certainly hasn't hurt.  The morning lozenge was the only I used.  I've sucked on some hard candy and chewed a couple pieces of gum...but less of both than I thought I would.  I purposely filled my day with work, and after-work, things to do.  But I will say...it's been much harder since I got home from work...more urges.  My brain is wondering where the cigarettes are...and my chest (lungs?) will burn occasionally.  I just have to keep distracting myself...walk the dog, do some laundry, etc.  I'm wondering how sleeping will be tonight...and waking up tomorrow.  But all-in-all, I'm doing better than I thought I would be.  My initial goals are (1) making it through three full days, and (2) making it through seven full days.  Of course I have nagging doubts.  But nobody can FORCE me to smoke...so it's all in my own hands. 

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