Just wondered how fellow Week Two-ers are doing ?
Most of the time I have no problems with not smoking. But then about 3 or 4 times a day..... you all know the feeling.
So - I've devised a mind-set to combat those 3 or 4 difficult moments. Let me explain.
I had my first fag as a nipper - simply out of curiosity. Then as a teenager - I took up smoking on a regular basis. It felt rebellious. James Dean was my hero.
Addiction to nicotine took over for the next few decades. But in recent years - with fewer and fewer folk smoking - and the ban on lighting up in public places taking effect - not only was I still addicted - but my smoking felt once again like an act of rebellion. And I quite enjoyed being a rebel in my sixties.
So - to pack in smoking meant both beating my addiction - and giving up being a rebel.
Surprisingly - coping with nicotine withdrawal over the first few days has proved easier to cope with than changing my self-image of being the rebellious smoker.
Here's what I'm now trying...
Family and friends know I'm a smoker - and always have been. They've got used to me lighting up. They know that I will always be a smoker. They know I can't change the habit of a life-time.
They are wrong !
I'm going to use my rebellious nature to confound them. They expect me to continue smoking. But I'm a rebel. I don't do what people expect me to do.
You think I'm a smoker ? Ha ! No I ain't. I do what I want to do. And I don't do what I don't want to do.
I don't have to fit the image you have of me. I'm doing my own thing.
I'm a 'Rebel with a cause'. :cool: