It has been 8 days since I decided to try giving up smoking. I had a breaking point on day 3 where I bought a pack (25), smoked 3 in a row and then threw the pack down the garbage shute. I live 32 floors up, so retrieving them would be a bit difficult! I have since gone 5 days since having the lapse.
I am currently on wellbutrin for depression (300mg/day). I have been taking the medication since the beginning of July (2010). This is the same medication as Zyban (just different name). I quit smoking for 5 months back in 2005 when I was using Zyban. Why I started again, I don't know!
I kept a daily 'rating' system back in 2005 of how I felt the overall day was in relation to coping with not smoking. It's interesting because this time is very simular so far. I keep the chart with me at all times to remind myself that by day 19 I stopped keeping track. The following is how the chart looked...
Day 1... Very bad
Day 2... Very bad
Day 3... Very bad
Day 4... Bad
Day 5... Bad
Day 6... so so
Day 7.... so so
Day 8... Bad
Day 9... Bad
Day 10... Very Bad
Day 11... so so
Day 12... so so
Day 13... Very Bad
Day 14... so so
Day 15.... so so
Day 16... Bad (I made a note wondering if the bad days were 'ever going to end')
Day 17.... so so
Day 18.... Good (with a side note 'how can this be???')
Day 19... Good
I stopped keeping track after that point so I imagine that there weren't enough times in the day that I felt that the day was bad. I am not looking forward to the next 2 days though (judging by my last experience!).
I decided to give this attempt an honest try. In Feb 2010 I knew that the time 'was coming'. I started paying more attention to my diet (less bad, more good foods). This got the ball rolling. Some of the 'good things' in my diet include:
Making veggie bags containing raw:
Carrots, spinach, brocholli, radishes (sp?), cherry tomatoes and green beans. I snack on these throughout the day. I find that the brocholli really helps to calm cravings (the other veggies help as well, but the brocholli really helps!).
Forcing 3 glasses of additional water at specific times in the day (I drink lots of water throughout the day, but consciously drink a full 10 ounce glass in the morning, before dinner and late evening).
1 tablespoon of flax seed oil in the morning (rich in Omega 3 and 6)
1 serving of Greens powder (a powder you mix with juice/water) that acts as a supplement to green vegetables and as an anti oxidant.
33 milimetres of wheatgrass juice (in the morning)
1 multi vitamin
Cut back to 1/2 cup coffee in the morning (and have switched to decaf). I made the switch as I know cafeinne and smoking go together for me.
When I am finding the cravings too difficult to deal with I allow myself to take a small nap (or however long I want it to be). They usually tend to be for 30 mins. I do not get mad at myself for taking these naps as I know it is better than smoking). I also take plenty of walks (3 or 4) a day to keep my mind off smoking.
The only thing I haven't been able to start again is running. When I quit in 2005 I started running 'around the block'. It was approximately 5 kilo's. At the beginning I just walked it as fast as I could. Then I would run part of the way, walk, run, walk, run, etc) until I was able to run the entire block. It's amazing how our bodies respond when we push them. I guess getting out of our comfort zones is the only way to bring real change!