I didn’t have nearly the urge to go outside just to smoke like I thought I would. I did manage to keep pretty busy though, so I attribute the apparent “ease” to that. I really had no nicotine cravings, the patch definitely did its job.
I did have a few instances yesterday where I got this urge to go outside for a cigarette, but got past it by doing a bit of physical activity. If that urge was still there, I’d just sit down and start working to get my mind off it. The physical activity usually took care of it, though.
I’m currently on the 21mg patch, and will be using it for 4 weeks. Then I’l step down to the 14mg patch for 2 weeks, and then down to a 7mg patch for another 2 weeks.
I’ve never been this long without a cigarette before, feels good man.
I’ve been wanting to stop for long time now. I tried the e-cigarettes, but they just didn’t do it for me. Gum, patches, pretty much everything else. I don’t smoke just for nicotine, as explained below.
My brother and his girlfriend recently quit, after calling Quitline Iowa. That was about two months ago and they’re still smoke free, which is awesome. I called the Iowa Quitline a few weeks ago and got a bunch of nicotine patches, and tomorrow, March 10, is my quit date. So, today is my last day of smoking!
I’m kind of anxious about how tomorrow will go. The first thing I do when I wake up in the morning is smoke a cigarette, and that’s gonna be hard not to do. I’ll put a patch on instead first thing after waking up.
I’m not anxious about not having the nicotine, as I’ll get it via a patch, but I mostly smoke just for something to do. It’s become a reason for me to go outside and get away from things for a few minutes. So, the anxiety comes mostly from wondering how exactly to break from this routine of going out for a smoke every 1.5-2 hours.
I’m not sure exactly what I’ll do to get past that. Probably just stay super busy, which I am, thankfully. It’s for sure going to be a difficult routine to break. I’d gladly accept any tips or ideas from ex-smokers on how to get past my urge to go outside and smoke, just for the sake of going outside for a few minutes.
I’ll update with more posts as I progress, and, hopefully, will have a post up on Tuesday about how I’ve been smoke free for one whole day!
It’s sickening that animals have to lose their lives because there’s no room for them in their local animal shelter.
Tail Weavers is trying to change that by making it easier for unwanted pets to find new homes. Here’s a bit from tailweavers.com:
We are [in the process of becoming] a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with the vision of a nation where kill shelters are extinct. Raising the funds and getting our legal nonprofit status is Phase 1.
Our mission is to provide free hybrid photography training to photographers and to have them donate their new skill to shelters and rescues. The still portraits and Tails In Motion portraits (the hybrid part – a little move that combines stills and video and audio) will be posted by the shelter/rescue to promote the quick adoption of the pet into a permanent home.