Hey Y'all! What a fantastic day it is. It's kind of hard for me to believe that this is the 6th day in a row of being free from cigarettes! I just wanted to take a moment and share a little bit of my journey. Maybe this will help some of you other newbies that are fresh to quitting like myself, maybe it can garner some good advice from you more seasoned long-time quitters, & I know it helps me just to get these things out in the open.
I started smoking 14 years ago and over the past few years had gotten up to smoking as much as 2 packs a day, on a regular basis. As my name suggests, I reached a point that I had honestly just become so disappointed and frustrated with myself I was FED UP! I'm overweight and in terrible shape for a woman in her 30's. I knew that things had to change. I needed to start eating better, drinking more water, getting regular exercise and yes, QUIT SMOKING! But of course, "I'm not going to quit smoking while I'm carrying all this extra weight around, I'll just get fatter", is the lie I kept telling myself to continue making my own wellness journey harder. I knew that if I tried to do everything at once, I'd likely be putting myself in a "Mission Impossible" scenario and set myself up for even more disappointment & failure. What I decided to do, was make a plan. I sat down with a notebook and pen and wrote out my own roadmap to success.
Now, what is working for me, may not be what will work for you. We are all on our own journey, but it may help you figure out how to draft your own plan for success. I made new goals each week, and each week after reaching my new goal, I would add another for the next week. I started easy, by making sure that I was drinking 80 oz of water a day. I had a 20oz water bottle that I made sure to fill & drink 4x a day. The next week, I cut out processed sugar. Then I started working on my nutrition (eating whole foods, eating clean, lots of healthy veggies, lean protein, etc). Little by little, I was starting to feel different, feel a little better. I eventually joined a gym - "Yeah exercise, here I come!" - thinking that this was going to be the best next step. I'd start getting some of this extra weight off and once I had achieved a set number of pounds lost, I would tackle the smoking. BOY, WAS I WRONG! This brings about a very important thing to remember - Be Committed to Your Plan To Change, But Be Willing To Change Your Plan To Succeed!
After a week or three of going to the gym, I realized that I could not begin to reach my wellness goals, until I made a serious commitment to myself, to quit smoking. So, being the planner/nerd that I am. I started on that plan. I read everything I could get my hands on. I got the "Easy Way" on Audible and listened to it while I was on the treadmill at the gym, in my car going to work, at home folding laundry. I ordered patches, joined EX, talked to my friends who had successfully quit, talked to my husband about my need/desire to quit (he's a non-smoker), and filled my toolbox!
On June 10th, I smoked my last cigarette! The past few days have not been without some challenges, but I'm Doing It! I will say that for me, the healthy changes I have implemented, prior to quitting, have seemed to help in this early stage. I've eaten a ton of cherries this week, I like that eating them is a process and you have to take a minute to find the pit in your mouth and spit it out, before you can move on to the next one. That's helped with cravings. I also drink 8oz of water every time I have a really strong craving. At home, I'll get up & do some squats or lunges when a craving hits. And the dreaded weight gain that I used as an excuse for so many years to avoid quitting...well, I'm down another 1.5 pounds.
So remember, this is your journey & you can make a plan to succeed! Listen to your body, listen to your mind, and quit listening to the awful addiction that has kept you trapped. It's time to be the best you, that you can be -FREE!