I don't mind setting one out for a guest, and I will never judge him for how he can or cannot quit; but you will never see me lighting up a cigarette ever again! I have kicked this habit to the curb!.. Now.. Do I think I've saved money by quitting? I can't imagine paying for them at what they cost now; but I can't say I'm saving any money either! The way the economy has been going, I am still just paying more, and more, and more for everything ELSE!
Do I FEEL better since I quit smoking?.. I have to say yes to this. To just climb a set of stairs, I do think my breathing has gotten better!.. And this is the first winter season I've gotten through WITHOUT a knock-down, weeks-long, doozy of a chest-congested, cough my head off, cold-n-flu condition of some sort! This alone did surprise me this year! Now I'm wondering how much I saved, not having to purchase all the cold and cough medications and doctor visits!
My advice to anyone who hasn't quit yet?.. Well, as a former smoker, there really are no magic words that are going to sway someone into quitting. My father would talk till he was blue in the face, trying to get me to quit, and it never swayed me an inch! Funny thing is, it seems to me that the ones who bark the loudest about the issue of smoking, suddenly don't have ANYTHING to say once I've actually QUIT!!
To all the friends and loved ones who are truly concerned about this, I understand, and truly appreciate the concern. Keep on caring! Some people need your love, friendship, an support much more than you might think! To all the big mouths out there, who think they can simply nag, bully, or shame someone into kicking the habit.. BACK OFF! Either support a person when (s)he is READY to quit, or find some other issue or crisis to wring your hands over!If somebody is going to quit smoking, it has to come from within themselves! Something inside of them has to be strong, tough, and determined enough to get through this horrible addiction. For me, meds helped! The first few days are the hardest. A good deal of bed rest helped. Withdrawl is no different than being sick! Stay in bed, drink plenty of water, and just sleep as much of it off as you can till you feel a little better. I did this for the first few days; but you gotta get up sometime! So after those first few days, I found things to do, and just kept busy! This is what worked for ME. I won't pretend that it was easy! Everybody is different. No one method works for everybody. One thing is certain. It is just too hard to do alone. I don't care what anybody else thinks about that! Don't be afraid or embarassed to seek help! There are plenty of support groups and associations out there ready to help you in more ways than you might even think!.. no matter who you are, or where you come from! Just know that, when the time is right for you, you CAN do it!
I really am so proud of me! How will I celebrate my big milestone today?.. Hmm.. I think I may need to bake a cake!.. with LOTS of chocolate frosting! That sounds good to me!