I decided to stop smoking a few of weeks ago and have been waiting for the "right time" to quit ever since. Unfortunately, from experience, I know that the "right time" is pretty non-existent so after finishing my last cig I decided, at 1:18am this morning, that this was as near to the "right time" as I was going to get.
Like anyone planning a great mission, I had to get myself "tooled up" with items to help stop the cravings. Unfortunately this isn’t the first time I’ve tried to stop and in the past have employed the help of nicotine patches, chewing gum, electronic cigs, plastic cigs etc. etc… you name it, I’ve tried it. This time I thought I’d go the cold turkey route and get myself a copy of Allen Carr’s book "Easy way to stop smoking" and download the Max Kirsten "Quit Smoking Now" hypnotherapy iPhone app (which I presume is the same as the CD he sells on his web site). The Max Kirsten program consists of a number of recorded sessions; a getting started session (4 minutes), a main session (46 minutes) to be listened to once a week plus a booster session (21 minutes) that you listen to each day.
I listened to the Max Kirsten 45 minute session this morning and I must admit I’ve not had the cravings I usually get with giving up, so that's a plus. The book is easy to read but does consist mainly of "I smoked 100 a day for 100 years and gave up so you can too", "cigs are bad for you", and "my method is the best" etc. etc. so initial reports are that i'm not overly impressed. I've only read the first couple of chapters so will persevere and carry on reading the book.
Looking forward to day 2...