90 hours down, I’ll stop counting

So It’s well over 90 hours smoke free so far and I’m gonna stop counting in hours. Hopefully, I’ll start counting in days and weeks. It still hasn’t been nearly as bad as the first 2448 hours, but I still have nearly constant cravings and the urge to go buy or bum a smoke. They are a little easier to ignore than they were before, but are still there never the less. I’d like to think that they will get better soon but I have no anticipation of that anytime in the too near future. A month or so down the road maybe, but not before.

I haven’t really found too many good resources for the quitter in us all, but that’s mostly because I haven’t really been looking. So far, it hasn’t been all that bad, but I’m hoping to start looking so that I can at least have a few references just in case.

TheTruth is a interesting site. You know them from those tv ads that they filmed outside of the tobacco companies buildings with the big orange signs. Frankly, I hated their ads when I was a smoker and I still do. The ads are just as propaganda-ized(is that a word?) as any tobacco ad I’ve ever seen. If your going to slander a company as badly as they have, at least show me the truth from both sides of the coin.

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48 down, 613200 to go

So, It’s really a little more than 48 hours now, but that seems like a nice round number. Yesterday was less than fun. I still haven’t had any true withdrawl symptoms, but I’ve had cravings like crazy. Spent most of Yesterday Afternoon and evening fighting the urge to give in and buy a pack. Every time I’ve tried quitting before, I’ve always given in to that urge and usually thought, well I’ll just have one. But if you buy a pack, you end up having a pack, not just one.

Had to fight that urge again this afternoon when I stopped for gasoline. Sidenote: I can’t believe that Gas is back down to $2.50.

So far this afternoon, the urges/cravings haven’t been nearly as bad. Here’s hoping that I don’t give in to them like I have every other time I’ve tried to quit.

Another interesting tidbit: Amount I’ve saved by not buying cigarettes = approx. $2.35. I smoked about 6-7 cigarettes a day. Thats 1 pack roughly every third day. Cigarettes are roughly $3.00 a pack here. So I’m saving $1.00 a day that I don’t smoke. $30 bucks a month, $365 a year. Hello Playstation 3! Course there are plenty of other expenses and at the moment I’m spending that $1.00 a day on my increased appetite from the no smoking.

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First 24 in the books

So, I’ve decided that I am going to quit smoking. I smoked the last cigarette I had yesterday and the first 24 hours are in the books. I only smoked about 6-7 a day anyways, so hopefully, the nicotine withdrawl that I keep hearing about won’t be too bad. I honestly believe that my addiction is more mental than physical, but I’m about to find out one way or the other.

I read somewhere that keeping a diary or log of the process helps keep a person focused, so I thought that I’d let my faithful readers( who am I kidding) in on the fun. I’m also hoping to have a few extra resources posted here soon so that maybe some others can be helped as well.

So far the first 24 haven’t been all that bad. Started getting the craving for my before bed smoke last night, but that wasn’t all that bad. The worst so far has been just recently. I’m very used to having a mid morning break at about 10:00 AM and the cravings got pretty damn bad round about then. They are starting to wane a little now, but then I usually have a smoke on the way to lunch and one on the way back. I think the worst of the habits I had with smoking is having one after a meal. Now, every time I eat anything, I get cravings. Luckily, I get to keep my morning coffee. Of course, there are few things as pleasurable as a cup of coffee and a smoke.

I also haven’t been out on the town since I stopped, so the first time I do that will be a challenge. Having worked in the bars in town for several years, I know way too many people that would gladly “borrow” me a smoke if I asked. Luckily, we have plans to be out of town this weekend, so won’t have to deal with that just yet.

Here’s to the next 24…

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