Happy 1 year to Sean!

My friend Sean quit 1 year ago today, following my advice (better than I did), and he’s now 1 year, smoke-free!

He loves being a non-smoker and doesn’t miss it at all.

Congratulations, Sean! All your friends are proud of you.

Day 1 ! (again)

I am super excited to be quitting smoking. I won’t explain my relapse and past six months of smoking, but today is Day 1, in quitting smoking again.

I am doing a 100 hour plan, hopig to be through the worst in 100 hours. It’s already 5 hours in, and I feel great! 5% through the plan! Time is flying by…. so far.

Cigarette Craving

Today was a really tough day for me.  And I am trying to fight the urge to smoke.  This has been the strongest urge I have had to smoke since I quit.  This crazy urge proves to me that fighting smoking is a lifelong thing that I will encounter from time to time. 

In past, sure, I have thought about smoking, but it quickly passed.  But today, I had an anxiety attack pretty much all day, and here it is night, and I’m REALLY wanting a cigarette.  It’s not just passing quickly. 

I still have a pack of cigarettes.  In fact, I have a full pack and a half pack.  It would be easy enough just to take one, smoke it.  Light it up, take a couple puffs and put it out.  They are literally within 5 seconds of going from this simple thought to an action that I think I would regret.  

Could I smoke just one to calm my nerves?  Or would I just end up chain smoking them tonight?  

I just know that I must be strong through this time.  I have to continue to write until I feel it has passed.  But it’s not passing simply this time.  It honestly has my mind on overdrive right now, this smoking issue.  I cannot rest without it

After some time, things passed, and I was able to avoid smoking tonight.

Day 100!

I made it!  I don’t think about smoking at all anymore.  Even if I think about it once a week, it passes quickly.  I don’t notice others smoking.  It doesn’t bother me seeing others smoking.  

I am so happy with where I am with no smoking.  i am beginning to change other aspects of my life, which quitting smoking empowered me to do.  

57 Days

Today I celebrate my 57th day of being a non-smoker.  I stand by that it’s the best decision I have made in the last ten years.  

If I can do it, anyone can do it.  It’s as simple as making the decision.  The decision to quit smoking.  You are the one in control.  Put it down, and quit!

You can do anything you set your mind to.  

Earlier this week, I thanked Paul F. Tompkins personally for indirectly helping me quit smoking.  He replied “Welcome to your NEW LIFE”.  I appreciated that.  

I wanted to return the favor by giving him a shout out here.  

Check out his monthly podcast, The Pod F. Tompkast

He also appears regularly on podcasts around the LA Area such as Comedy Death-Ray Radio with Scott Aukerman.

You’ll enjoy both of these timeless podcasts, but only if you enjoy laughing.  

Thanks for the support

I’d like to thank anyone coming over from the thread of discussion :)  

Feel free to submit a story or ask a question.  

I am intrigued by other’s stories and ideas about quitting smoking and hope to help as many people as possible quit smoking if they wish.  

Thanks again and Rock on!

Sick Daddy.

PS, if you are interested, here are a couple of other blogs.  Remember Dear Sick Daddy?  It’s kind of revived here http://asksickdaddy.tumblr.com/ . Just waiting for some questions.  :)

And if you like cartoons that sometimes make sense and sometimes don’t, there’s http://mytwohawks.tumblr.com/ .  Monday - Friday

Another letter

Here’s another letter I wrote to someone who told me they had friends who have missed smoking ever since they quit smoking years ago.  It seems like such a waste to dwell on such a thing.  You should be proud of quitting:

Hello friend.

I hope those of your friends who miss it can let it go. Making the decision to quit is the hardest part. I wonder what they are missing. The hacking cough at 4am? The having to go outside in the cold at a restaurant? Avoiding being around kids because they are smoking? How much they magically ‘cured’ boredom by excitingly burning underneath our noses? Picking up the filters out of the yard? trying to find a place to put a cigarette butt while walking down the street? The smell in your hair and on your clothes? Did people stop being their friends when they quit smoking? 

In my vision, there is nothing to miss. There is much to be proud of. This is the secret to quitting. This is the mindset you need to bring to the table. Be proud. Do not think you will miss anything. And if you think about it, there is nothing to miss. Make a list!

Again, I am not judging. Just hoping to inspire. :) 

You don’t need support from others who are going through the same thing. I didn’t have that at all. I quit on my own. ‘Need’ is not applicable here. Support helps, but it doesn’t have to be from others who are trying to quit. I found some support just by being honest after I quit. People were generally proud and very supportive, both current smokers and non-smokers and former smokers. I hang out with people who smoke around me even on day 1. 

I understand what you are saying, but what I’m saying is you don’t have to think in those cliche’s of quitting smoking. Break that mold. you don’t have to feel bad for not smoking around other smokers. chances are they are jealous that you broke the habit. And if not, i’m sure they aren’t going to judge you for not smoking. Breaking that mold of the usual cliche’s associated with quitting smoking is an important tool in the quitting smoking adventures. :)

Cheers.

44 Days

Today was 44 days since I quit smoking.  It’s hard to believe that there wasn’t a moment since then that I have regretted quitting.  I have had some people write in.  One person said that they were hoping to quit soon.  I wrote them back, with the following letter:

hello.  :)

Keep trying! Here’s some tricks that helped me. Change your way of thinking in this regard. You will NOT be missing out on anything. But you will be proud as a non-smoker. 

Before I quit, I bought a book , that changed how I viewed smoking. AND I AM a skeptic of such things. But, in the first week I owned the book, I continued to smoke. I read about a third of the book. It changed how I viewed it, as I said. After that, I didn’t pick up the book for a month and a half. I did discuss the book’s ideas I took from it with others. My experience was that as I opened up serious with people about wanting to quit, they were behind me. When I quit, many were JEALOUS! That is when I wanted to begin to help people with it. 

Before I bought the book, smoking wasn’t even a thought. I smoked a pack and a half a day, once after another without ever thinking of what I was doing. After I began the book, I made the conscious decisions: no pressure. I’ll continue to read this book until I quit. Even if it’s years, it’s only reading a book. It can’t hurt. Another conscious decision. When I would light up, I would make the effort to recognize that I am smoking. Now it’s not subconscious. I would think how silly it is. Then I would enjoy it. no pressure. but recognition of what i’m doing. 

When I quit/got tired of smoking at that point, I said ‘you know what… I’ll give it five days. If I can make it five days, I’m through the worst part. five days is nothing. Five days flies by in my life. If after five days, I don’t feel better, I can start smoking again. No biggie. cigarettes will still exist in five days. 

Day 3 was the worst. still not that bad.
day 4 was second worst. 
Day 5, not so bad.

I started a blog about quitting smoking. I wrote in it daily. Until day 7. when smoking was no longer a thought in my mind. 

I don’t expect my words to make anyone quit right now. But if you take any tiny tip from my experience quitting smoking. If it gets you to think before you smoke each cigarette. If it convinces you that, even if you don’t decide to do it right now, that YOU DO HAVE THE POWER TO QUIT when you are ready, Then that time will come sooner rather than later. But you have to truly believe that cigarettes don’t do anything for you. The stress they relieve is the stress caused by the cigarette. When something happens, and you think “I need a cigarette.” Why? Other people manage the same thing without ‘needing’ to burn something hanging out of their mouth. Are you telling me they have some magical power as if they are aliens from another planet? If you didn’t need to ‘maintain’ your nicotine level, you wouldn’t need any at all. Those that don’t have the nicotine level, a non-smoker, don’t need to maintain it.

Here’s some other things that quitting smoking have given me: Breath. Energy, I’m no longer tired all the time. and most of all, I have proved to myself that I can do anything I set my mind to! 

And if I can do it, trust me…. you can do it too. 

Under $8 The Book

Thanks for writing.

Quit Smoking and ‘Win’ a kindle!

Well, ‘Win’ is subjective in this case.  There is no contest, but a challenge.

If you quit smoking for 1 month, you’ll save $150, assuming you spend $5 a day on cigarettes (basically a pack a day).

Use that $150 to buy anything you want, including a kindle.

Check out Kindle Store

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