12 Aug 2019
01 Feb 2020
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Five months ago I made the decision to quit smoking. And I haven't looked back since.
It is by far and away one of the hardest things I've done, but one of the most empowering things I've ever done for me. I know I can't change what the universe has in store for me, but I've taken what I can controll in my life and I'm proud of the self respect I've found along the way.
Yes, there are moments when it still feels hard and I desperately want to smoke. But they're just moments, and I know I can get through it.
I stopped using the patch two weeks ago, and although I felt the twinges of nicotine withdrawal, it wasn't that bad at all. My biggest challenge is still the emotional dependency and my cravings are in direct proportion to my daily emotional status ... bad day, I want to smoke big time, a calm day, I barely think about smoking.
Knowing this helps me to accept the cravings and I remind myself that tomorrow will be better. After smoking for over forty years, it will take time to totally embrace being a non smoker.
I want to thank everyone here for the support that has helped me get here! You are all so necessary in this ongoing journey.
Enjoy the weekend and stay strong!!