Done Smoking for Over One Month

Just got an achievement in QuitNow Pro for Android for 800 cigarettes not smoked

It’s actually been over a month now, 40 days to be more precise.

I’ve finally stopped using my nicotine patches and don’t miss them. I simply forgot to put a new one on one day. I realized in the evening that I never changed my patch. Took it off but never put a new one on, just because I don’t really feel the need to.

I’m still around lots of folks who smoke, but it doesn’t really bother me like I thought it would.

Hoping the following weeks and months are as smooth as this last week has been. We bought a house on contract, so, having a cigarette did go through my head a few times. Not the least stressful of things to do while stopping smoking. Worked out wonderfully, though.

Done Smoking: 2 Weeks

Approaching 2 weeks without a cigarette

12 days and 19 hours without a smoke, to be more precise. I feel better than I have in a long time, my persistent smokers cough is gone, and I have noticed a definite increase in stamina in everything I do.

I still haven’t attempted going to a lower dose nicotine patch. There’s been a few mornings where I’ve forgotten to put a new patch on. On all of those occasions, I didn’t feel like I needed a cigarette, or nicotine. I just happened to see my box of patches, and it’s reminded me to put a new one on.

So, I’m thinking a lot of the nicotine dependency stuff is likely a mental crutch of some sort, I dunno, I’m not a psychologist.

I’ve actually surprised myself, too. When I stopped smoking, I didn’t really believe that it was something I could do and stick with.
The last 10+ years that I’ve been a smoker, I’ve done a lot to convince myself that quitting would be a terrible experience. It hasn’t been terrible, at all. Still, I’d love to have a cigarette. :)

This will probably be my last post on this topic for a while, at least until I’m approaching 1 month without a cigarette.

Done Smoking: Days 4 & 5

I thought it’d be harder, honestly

The urge to smoke hasn’t been as bad as I had expected. Not nearly as bad. I think I’d like to make it to two months without a cigarette, smoke one, then quit again, just to do it. Not sure the wife would go for that. In fact, I know she wouldn’t. :)

I’ve been using QuitNow Pro for Android to track my progress. It figures out roughly how much money I’m saving, how many hours of my life I’ve saved, and the total number of cigarettes I haven’t smoked that I normally would have smoked. It’s pretty cool, and there’s a TON of stop smoking apps on the Google Play Store.

I’m still using the 21mg nicotine patch, and will probably continue to do so. I toyed with the idea of stepping down to the 14mg patch early, but decided I might as well use what I have and just stick with what’s working.

At this rate, I don’t think remaining smoke free will be a problem for me. Yesterday, I had zero urges to go outside for a smoke, which was a first.

In a typical day, I’d get that urge to go outside to smoke about two or three times, and realized it was mostly after eating a meal. I was one of those people who always had to have a cigarette after eating a meal, and I think I’m finally getting past that. I hope.

Thanks for all the encouragement, everyone, it really does help. :)

Done Smoking: Days 2 & 3

The smell is everywhere

Pretty much the same deal as the first day. I’ve been helping out our local hardware store with their network, got a couple friends who work there, so I decided to help them out (they really needed it).

Got in my truck the first day to go over there and realized how fucking terrible my truck smells. Going to have to get it detailed to get the smell of smoke out I think.

Get there, and realize that a vast majority of the employees smoke, which I already had an idea of. One guy would walk by me and I could tell he had just come in from having a cigarette. I was amazed how well I could smell it on him, and I wasn’t even very close to him.

Other than that, it’s not been bad. I’ve been told to watch out for the third week, so we’ll see. Money and Sydney are big motivators.

I’d love to have a cigarette, but won’t. I haven’t had one since Sunday, been too long without one to give in now.

Done Smoking: Day 1

It was a really long day

I didn’t have nearly the urge to go outside just to smoke like I thought I would. I did manage to keep pretty busy though, so I attribute the apparent “ease” to that. I really had no nicotine cravings, the patch definitely did its job.

I did have a few instances yesterday where I got this urge to go outside for a cigarette, but got past it by doing a bit of physical activity. If that urge was still there, I’d just sit down and start working to get my mind off it. The physical activity usually took care of it, though.

I’m currently on the 21mg patch, and will be using it for 4 weeks. Then I’l step down to the 14mg patch for 2 weeks, and then down to a 7mg patch for another 2 weeks.

I’ve never been this long without a cigarette before, feels good man.