Hey fellow non-smokers!
It is day 22 now.. Physical craving (that tight throat feeling) still hitting frequently and strongly, but (and at the risk of sounding corny) I have the power hehe.
I realised something though, since I've quit [I quit along with my mum, who has been smoking for so long that I hear she used to use the sun as a lighter] the money that we would have usually spent on tobacco has just been going to bills instead.
This is quite disheartening for the both of us, as not only are we fighting off the cravings, living with someone who continues to smoke in our presence (ugh!) but we are not seeing any reward for it, since our physical health is not challenged enough to see the reward, nor are we reaping any highly visible monetary benefit from it... So I decided to treat myself today [I convinced my mum to buy herself some chocolates(sugar free!)] I have purchased myself a new BP-8 vertical grip, and some quality film for my EOS camera But, in a more serious fashion, I've also purchased two packets of herbal cigarettes which I've read are non-addictive(entirely nicotine free), and taste foul. and this is for a purpose!
If they taste foul as people say [I made sure to buy the cheapest ones possible...just to make sure they taste not so great :D] then that means smoking them wouldn't be very nice, right? Well, not unpleasurable, just no benefit gained from them.
If cravings continue as they are, I want to make sure that I don't relapse in a moment of weakness.. But, things tend to happen, and on day 6 I did take two drags of a ciggy [although I put it back out and continued on my quit!] that showed me that in a severe moment of weakness, relapse is possible.. and with cravings like these, I don't underestimate my inner-demon's ability to take over
But if that WERE (hypothetically) to occur, I wouldn't want nicotine freely and readily available to me!... Introducing the nasty, foul-tasting and Nicotine-free herbal cigarettes!
Yeah...that's my rationale for it!.... A sort of contingency plan
Anyway, would like to hear from other people too who are quitting, I was quite saddened to see that many posts in the week 3 board talk of hardship.. Some positivism would be great
Another good thing, I've managed to come into possession of the easyway book, courteousy of a friend. I'm prepping for my Emergency first response course (irony) which I'm doing on the 16th, so not much time for reading that at the moment, but if things are still challenging following my course I will take a gander! (and even if they aren't, it couldn't hurt)
Annnnnnnyway.. big apologies for my long and frankly [even as I re-read it back to myself] uninteresting ramble. Hope you're quits are going smoother than mine!
Last Cigarette: July 11th, 11:50am
3 weeks, 15 hours, 46 minutes, 17 seconds ago. Saved Â£36.79 by not smoking 541 cigarettes [a total of 2705 minutes(45 hours) of life spent smoking].