Today is my 207th day without smoking. I'm so grateful. And, it's not always easy. I do have people close to me who smoke and they are respectful to me, but sometimes there's that pack or pouch of tobacco staring me down, especially when hard feelings like grief hit.
But, I have decided this is also part of the freedom training. I want to be free. I don't want to have to hide from or scorn smokers or smoke, protect myself from visual or other memories. I want to be free to move in life without being threatened either way -as a smoker or non-smoker.
My best techniques is thinking the smoke all the way through. I have posted about this before. No matter how many times I have a desire or craving or thought, and no matter what angle I go at it, if I'm honest, it never ends well. The true story of thinking it though always ends in disappointment about losing my quit and the high risk of not being able to stop again.
Anyway, I don't have much to say. Just wanted to check in and say I'm still smober. I know there are people who are just getting started with their quit here and I will say there is a lot of wisdom in this group. Read the blogs and the posts, ask for support, be honest about what you are going through. Many have been there and can help! You can do this!
Also, I found this book while cleaning up. I didn't sustain the quit I started with it, but I will say that the process in there brought a lot of awareness and focused my attention on being real about how much I was smoking and when. And that helped build my ability to quit when I did. I would be happy to give it away if anyone thinks they might benefit from it. Just private message me with your address and I will send it to you.
Thank you everyone. Grateful!