By my reckoning, this Monday will be 10 weeks of not smoking.
I have been asked by some why I chose this particular point to stop smoking. Previously when people have asked if I wanted to quit I have always said no, that I enjoyed it and that I couldn’t see a point in the near future when I would want to stop.
I’m a bit of a odd combination in that in one way I am very easily led, usually into mischief, but when it comes to making decisions and being forced into something, I am very clear. I have my own way that works for me and I stick to it. Tell me that I should be doing something and I will generally do the opposite.
My best friend ran smoking cessation classes for years. But she knows me well, obviously being my best friend, and so never mentioned stopping smoking to me. She knew that I would come to the decision in my own time and, as I have a strong will, I would do it my own way, not the prescribed way.
So the day I decided to “have a go” at quitting, I had made no preparations. It was more of a wondering of can I do it as opposed to a serious attempt to quit. Probably the reason I decided to go cold turkey. I didn’t want to spend money on patches etc when I would probably be back smoking in 2 days. That’s faith in myself isn’t it!!
All through the quitting process I haven’t followed the prescribed rules. I haven’t used any aides (apart from reading a quit smoking book) and I purposely have not avoided places where smoking occurs. I decided from the start that I would not change my life one iota and I haven’t. I probably haven’t made my life easier by doing this, but that’s me.
Typically, this weekend for instance. I went out on Friday night and there were three smokers in the group. I could smell the smoke and yes, it still smells good. But I become curious. What would happen if I had a puff?
Most people would then think no, don’t do it, who knows what will happen, you might still love it. Me though, I follow my whimsy so I had the puff. I was immediately taken back to my first puff at around 13. Except I didn’t feel cool doing it, it tasted bad and I got an unpleasant head rush.
So yes, 10 weeks in, on my terms, and I’m doing it my way. The idiot guide to stopping smoking