It's nearly 24 hours since I 'signed the no smoking pledge' again and thanks to the wonderful support I've received from my friends on here since yesterday I am feeling ready to get on with my quit.
For those of you who are reading my ramblings for the first time I am the type of quitter who can abstain for fairly long periods of time without experiencing too many problems. Unfortunately it's my long term staying power that I seem to have trouble with.
I know that most ex-smokers are always going to experience the odd fleeting thoughts that it would be nice to have just one more smoke, and that these thoughts are usually triggered by stressful situations (more often than not the kind of situation that, after a good night's sleep, isn't really worth worrying about at all). Whatever the reason I think we all know that smoking is no solution to any problem, I certainly know that I should.
In my case though, and if I am brutally honest, I think I give in far too easily. I actually think I just use these situations (which are usually something and nothing) as an excuse to smoke again and I do think that probably quite a few would be quitters are exactly the same.
I am beginning to wonder if the initial part of quitting is the easiest and I never thought I would say that. It seems that nicotine is very clever and can hang around in our brain just waiting for any opportunity to lure us back to smoking. This is most likely to happen when we are feeling a bit vulnerable or fragile so we have to be on our guard continually.
I seem to be learning more and more about this quit business all the time though and, even if it takes me forever, I am determined never to give up on giving up.