I’ve nearly quit smoking. I say “nearly” because, for the past two days, I haven’t smoked a full cigarette. Yesterday, I lit a cigarette, took one draw and stubbed it out – ten times. Today, I’ve done the same five times.
Oddly enough, despite these “cheats”, I can feel the difference in my body. I am breathing a little better. My eyes don’t feel so strained. I feel 'different". I am so- o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o sleepy for much of the day and yet can’t sleep through the night (I wake up at 3:30 or 4:00 a.m.). When I sleep, I am dreaming a lot more than usual. So it seems like my body is going through some form of withdrawal, even though I am still feeding the addiction a bit. I am not using patches, gum, or another form of NRT.
It’s been a slight challenge, but it hasn’t been hard. I haven’t been eating sitting around eating Mars bars, either – matter of fact, I’ve lost two pounds. If I could keep going like this, I might be able to quit altogether. Unfortunately, I’ve been off for a few days but have to go back to work tomorrow. That would be the same office where I can’t lay down when the urge to snooze becomes overwhelming; the office where a group of smokers stop by my desk as they head out for a smoke on a regular schedule; the same office where I can’t indulge in my non-smoking weirdness (like, during moments when I might normally smoke to “regroup”, I have been sitting on the stairs and just staring into space, not sure what to do next. Or jumping on the exercise bike to keep myself from smoking).
Anyway, I did s search and found a few threads about smoking. This one, in particular caught my attention. It looks like the OP never came back – this was his/her only posting. What I relate to most is this:
Rather than resurrect an old thread, I figured I’d try to start a new one to ask for advice and experiences. Has anyone else faced such problems? What did you do to get through it? Tricks? Tips? Advice? I’m ready to hear it all.