So far my hands are steadier, and I can concentrate far better than the last few days. Hopefully, the frustration trigger is buried deeper than it has been too.
I hope I don’t jinx it by saying so, but overall I’m doing better this time than I expected.
Will I be successful? I’m still uncertain.
Quitting is easy for some people, and maybe it depends on the reason behind why they smoke in the first place.
For me it’s not social, in fact most family and friends don’t smoke. It’s not for the physical reason of keeping my hands busy. Cigarettes are my reward. I dangle them as enticement to get a project done, or I have one while gearing up to tackle something. Some of my best problem solving takes place on the deck while I’m smoking.
Yes, it’s unhealthy, and that’s the only reason I’m trying to quit, yet it doesn’t change that I enjoy the habit.
I started in grade school although it didn’t become a regular issue until I was in my late teens.
When I became pregnant, I quit and actually went 27 years as a non-smoker. The urge troubled me almost daily during that whole time though.
I know it’s an excuse, but when we had two near death scares in the immediate family both within the same week, the stress had me smoking again.
That was almost ten years ago.
Family laughs when I say, “I’m quitting.” They’ve heard it before.
I debated whether to publish this post because if the past is an indicator my odds to succeed are low.
They say to quit, you have to be ready, and it’s hard to know if you’re ready without giving it a whirl.
I’m going “cold turkey” no pills, patches or aids other than a pack of nicotine gum if things get hairy. So far I have only had two pieces.
My dilemma is what do I reward myself with? I don’t want to use snacks.
Is it weird that I function on a reward system?
Have I spent too much time training four legged critters?
Do you reward yourself after say, cutting the lawn or weeding flower beds?
To others who have tried to quit and have failed, it happens, and all we can do is try again.
P.S. – To those around me, I’m trying my best not to get grumpy and snappy but cut me some slack if I do. Sometimes, I just can’t help it.