It is 2 years and seven months since I first shared a story here, just one line that I had given up.
In all this time I have tried to give up over twenty times. The best result was just over a month.
So here I am again in the first hour of giving up. Now more than ever the financial pressure of smoking is simply beyond my resources. Health wise it does lower my mood and of course general fitness.
I am writing this here today for myself. I have a plan on giving up. I know the community is divided on NRT and cold turkey etc but for me I have to use NRT. I have zero success cold turkey and at least when I have tried with NRT I can last some time off the smokes.
Normally I am very depressed about trying to give up but I do feel quite adamant and sure of myself, the time has come and I cannot keep avoiding the issue and putting it off, saying just one more pouch then I'll quit.
Cutting down is a positively useless approach for me, I enjoy periods of cutting down but zoom back up to my regular 25 - 35 a day.
I am using the obscene price of cigarettes as a motivator and I have an ongoing expense for travel which I really need and want to do but just will not be able to in the quantity I want if I keep smoking, so that is a huge motivator.
The value of the travel and the benefits it brings me far outweigh the addiction and it has come to a choice between the two.
I used to enjoy having a glass or two of rum every night but gave that up a few months ago with ease for the simple reason of cost. Ciggies are so much harder for me but I realise I have built myself a wretched psychological prison that keeps me thinking I cannot cope if I do not smoke. This is just not true, the addiction has caused me to trick myself into keeping up this horrible habit.
So hour one day one....it has to begin somewhere.
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