06 Feb 2020
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20 Dec 2021
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Oh my gosh, it's so true. After you quit, you can smell a smoker a mile away. It's funny, smoke itself doesn't bother me so much, but the stench from a smoker makes me gag. And I am so embarrassed because that was me for most of my life. So gross.
When I quit, I sometimes dreamed that I was smoking, too. And then I was so relieved when I woke up and realized that I was still a non-smoker.
With each day that passes, your quit will become more and more valuable, because you have invested so much time and effort in it. And who wants to go through the torture of those first few days? I vowed that I would never put myself through that kind of hell again. And I stuck to my guns.
I understand how hard it is at work, because I used to go for regular smoke breaks, too. But when I quit, I focused on what my non-smoking friends did. I soon got used to having a coffee and a little chat without going for a smoke. Old habits are hard to break and it doesn't happen overnight. But little by little, you will develop different, healthier routines, and eventually you won't even think about it.
You are doing a great job, dublinguy. I applaud your courage and determination. Keep up the good work, and give yourself little treats along the way. Positive reinforcement does help, and you deserve it!