Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Quitting Smoking - Day 4 - How I'm Doing

Here I am on Quit Day #4 and I have not even had a puff of a cigarette so the quitting is going quite well. Or is it?

It's a fascinating process my mind and body has been going through and it's making me realize just how addicted I was to smoking in the first place.
























My boss has been tremendously supportive - telling me I could come by his office and chat if I needed to take a break (after I accidentally revealed that the day seemed a lot longer without breaks). He even apologized for interrupting me as I frantically chewed on a gross piece of nicotine gum today. (I don't know why they call it gum as it tastes like dried vomit and there's nothing remotely chewy about it. I can only stand to have a piece in my mouth for about twenty seconds).

Boyfriend as well as my friends and family have been supportive as well. Mostly I've been holing up by myself this week as withdrawal has affected both my attention span and my irritability. It has also made for pretty much 3 back-to-back No Spend Days - except for one soda and one bus ride - this week.

Since some readers seemed curious about the method I have chosen to quit (cold turkey with occasional nicotine gum), I have decided to share a little more about my progress.

Today was a lot better in terms of focusing on work and not getting distracted. Still eating too much though have forced myself to drink water at work instead of soda. Perhaps my bringing a family sized snack variety pack to the office in order to save money has been counter-productive as it has given me carte blanch to eat multiple bags of Cheetos in one day.

I noticed my lungs feeling clearer today. Saw a girl smoking today and felt only a little jealous. Told myself that I have quit already and just wanted a cigarette "for old time's sake" only three times today but managed to talk myself out of it.

Not having any cigarettes on me has really clinched the success of this quitting process - money is tight right now so the thought of shelling out 7 bucks for something so bad for me just seems dumb. That being said, I can still taste them on my tongue and my mouth has yet to accept the fact that they're not coming back. I wish the feeling would go away so I would stop eating! According to this web site, my ability to taste and smell should already be improved by now. Does anyone know when the cotton mouth goes away?

I do think I will be successful in this endeavor because I'm a pretty optimistic person and also because I've changed A LOT of negative behavior in the past couple of months so why not this too?

I'm not gonna lie though, I want a cigarette right now and denying myself one, though all for the greater good, is probably the hardest thing I've had to do outside the bar exam.

20 comments:

Jim ~ mydebtblog.com said...

Did you know that when you can control yourself, you can control your money? The psychological breakdown of addition is mostly a mental thing, not so much a physical need. Nicotine is actually a poison, same with alcohol, and the body frantically works to get rid of it. You're just going through withdrawal since you quit cold turkey (best way to quit IMO) and are doing very well to reach day 4. Remember if it’s easy to do, it wouldn't be worth it.

asgreen said...

Good luck!

belleotis said...

I am on day four. Does it get better?

Sallie's Niece said...

YES!! It gets much better I promise! I passed by someone smoking today and it smelled gross! I do miss my breaks from work I won't lie but I've been a lot more productive because of it! Hang in there, you can do it! Think of all the money you'll save!

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undercover vixen said...

oh... u r a lawyer...but a gvt one of some sort.
"Told myself that I have quit already and just wanted a cigarette "for old time's sake" "

It's amazing what the mind can do and the psychological tricks we play on ourselves. I do what you just said in a diff. form with food...and trying to lose weight...so hard

Sallie's Niece said...

Yes UV, I don't go into specifics about my job too often as it would be wrong in so many ways but you are right.

And I've been off smoking since July!

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So i did some internet research and it turns out that one of the side affects of Chantix is a stronge depression and sometimes suicidal tendencys.
There are many people that are worrried about the permenant problems they are having after trying this mind altering drug.
Personally i stopped taking it and after a few weeks felt normal again. Thank god. It was so scary for me that i have chosen not to take any perscription drugs. They are not worth the side affects. trust me.

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Anonymous said...

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Mother0f3 said...

Today I am 4 days off tobacco. I seriously don't enjoy one minute of this.My mind is twisted. I can't finish a chore around the house. I can't even finish a thought. I am wearing a patch. I had to take it off last night after waking up from crazy land. My vision is blurred. I quit meth and booze 2.5 years ago. I think this is harder.
On the plus side..I rode my bike 5 miles today without getting hit by a car!!!

claire edwards said...

On 4th day of quitting and it's been hard but hopefully worth it in the end but not had many symptoms yet and I was a quite a heavy smoker

sean said...

Wow great job. you are doing trying to quit .. That is superb.