Tuesday, December 27, 2016

It's Quitting Season! Choose Change Now!


It's quitting season! Why not use the excitement and momentum of the upcoming New Year to accelerate your quitting smoking? 



With the winter holidays approaching, I thought back to years past when at family gatherings, the smokers would gather outdoors to take a cigarette break, away from the rest of the family. As a child, I watched this strange ritual, listening to the coughing and knowing that it was probably not healthy. Never did I expect that one day, years later, I would become part of that circle and be partaking in this same ritual. 

It wasn't until many years later that I decided to quit smoking - to quit once and for all. I tried a couple times over the years but I was never successful. One of the main motivating things that made me decide to quit for good was my health. And once I had children, I found myself with yet another reason to quit the habit.

I thought a lot about breathing. I hated waking up in the morning congested and I thought back to the times before I was a smoker, and how it felt to breathe freely and not have a cough. I was determined to quit and to once again be in control of my health. 

I decided to use NicoDerm® CQ® patch to help me quit. 




It was the psychological attachments that I really struggled to get through. For example, I thought a lot about the rituals that came along with smoking. Just as when I would stop periodically through the day to smoke a cigarette and take a "smoke break", after quitting smoking I changed that smoking break habit into stopping periodically through the day to take a "breathing break" or a "fresh air break". 

Breathing exercises really helped me get through cravings. I found that the moments or minutes during cravings were vital because of my increased vulnerability to giving in. That's the moment when you have to take the bull by the horns and take control and really own it, and make the decision that your personal strength is stronger than any craving. I found that the NicoDerm® CQ® patches helped to control my cravings, and kept me in check from slipping up and giving in.

The NicoDerm® CQ® patches were the real reason for success when quitting smoking. I started with the strongest or highest dose of patches.

I felt a little bit anxious at the thought of moving to a lower dosage. That was the old smoker in me creating fear out of the unknown. But once I actually started using the next lower dose, everything was fine. Once again, the smoking demon was losing its control over me and I was gaining my control back. It was a really good feeling. 

2 weeks later it again was time to step down to the NEXT lower dosage of the NicoDerm® CQ® patch (always use as directed). I again felt a tiny little bit of apprehension but, once again, just as with my first step down, once I actually used the lower dose patch within one or two days I was completely fine! I was so happy with my progress. Stepping down to the next lower dose when I was ready helped me feel in control of my quit. I was winning. I also downloaded quit smoking apps on my phone so that I could watch my progress and gauge my success. (Be sure to check out and register for MyQuit™, which is an email support program based on where you are in your quit journey and customized for your chosen product - because the support you need in your first week is different than the support need in your last!)



As of writing this, it's been over a year and a half since I quit smoking. I've never felt better. As a matter of fact, my health just keeps improving. I know that if I had continued to smoke, my health would have probably just declined. Not only do I feel good physically, but also I am mentally strong. I've battled a huge monster, the smoking addiction, and I won. 

Now that I am a non-smoker my hair, skin, and clothes always smell fresh and clean, as does my car and my workshop. I save a tremendous amount of money and time. I wake up in the morning and can take clear deep breaths of air. Last winter was probably one of the first where I didn't get sick with a winter cold as I usually would when I was a smoker. 

But probably one of the greatest things since quitting smoking is the feeling of freedom that I now have since smoking no longer has any type of control over me. I don't have to run out late at night or at inconvenient times because I'm running out of cigarettes. I don't have to look for places wherever I am where I can go to smoke a cigarette. I don't have to worry about getting the smoke smell out. No more getting sick with and Googling symptoms because I feel congestion in my chest. 

But probably most importantly, is I've shown myself and my children, that I am stronger than smoking. I've shown both my children and myself that you can accomplish anything as long as you put your mind to it. There is no greater gift you can give yourself – and your family – and no better way to start the New Year, than by loving yourself enough to quit smoking. If I can do it, you can too. Start a new family tradition this holiday, gather together and be healthy.

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35 comments:

  1. Good for you!! I'm not a smoker, but my aunt and my brother both smoked, and my brother died at the young age of 58 after an 18-month battle with small-cell lung cancer. I know many people who have struggled to quit smoking and I know it is a difficult thing to do, so you deserve a lot of credit. Congratulations on
    your awesome achievement!

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  2. I was also a smoker, smoking for about 30-some years. I tried to quit a few times going cold turkey. After awhile, the stress of my job drove me back to smoking. After those times, I tried to quit a few times using the Nicoderm patch. I had a few failures there, too. It's discouraging. But, the last time (of course, it was the LAST TIME), it was forever. The problem I had was what to do during the time I used to smoke. I needed a substitute. I never found one. My method was a little different, and the makers would certainly not condone how I used the patch and smoked at the same time. What I did was smoke thirds of a cigarette during a party we had for my wife's graduation with her PhD. It was stressful to put on such a large party for me. So, after everyone was gone in the next few days, I told her that I quit smoking for her. It was my gift to her for her successfully getting her degree. It was hard for both of us, and the hardest part for me what to quit smoking and to gift that to her. I can't take that gift back. I have not felt the need to smoke since. I guess I did it my way. Now, some of my older craft papers and other goods still have that smell. If I can use them, I toss them, because no one wants to smell that. But, for the most part, the smell is gone. My wife has told me that our cats don't smell like smoke any more. Gosh that hurt to know that my cats smelled like smoke. Now, our house is without the stale smell of smoke as are our belongings. I'm free, and I love it. Now, what I am going to deal with in the new year is losing weight. I don't know where I'll find the substitute, but I must find something that will help me lose weight. My wife and I will hopefully find something that will work for me (us?). As I write, I'm eating Dove candy. Give me a week or two, and hopefully eating candy will be a habit I will be willing to break. All the best to you in the new year, and congratulations for quitting!

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  3. My bad habits consist of too much sugar and stress eating. When I am stress I would turn to foods, as a form of comfort. Mnay times it is a sugary foods that I would eating. Thus packing on pounds.

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  4. https://mobile.twitter.com/arress83/status/814220291224309762

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  5. Congratulations! I need to share this with my mom. Smoking is a hard one to quit and it's awesome you got through it and get to reap the results. I need to get back to my healthy eating, I was fully raw vegan and loved it and want to incorporate a lot of those foods in my life daily again. I definitely moved away from it this year.

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  6. Awesome job on quitting smoking!! nleuthe@ptd.net

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  7. Awesome job on quitting! I quit by vaping. nleuthe@ptd.net

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  8. I quit buying bottled water by always bring a reusable bottle with water in my purse.
    tcarolinep at gmail dot com

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  9. tweet-https://twitter.com/tcarolinep/status/814952826669387776

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  10. I quit smoking cigarettes cold turkey without any help. I just kept myself busy with work and did not take a break to go and smoke and chewed gum instead. I am so glad that I did! I feel healthier!

    jewelwood55(at)gmail(dot)com

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  11. tweet-https://twitter.com/JewelWood/status/814954982885629952

    jewelwood55(at)gmail(dot)com

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  12. I had to eat extremely low fat for several months when my gallbladder conked out on me. It was awful and I lost so much weight. Since it's removal I've been eating bad stuff and need to cut out a lot again.
    eswright18 at gmail dot com

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  13. Tweeted
    https://twitter.com/eswright18/status/814967322238742528
    eswright18 at gmail dot com

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  14. Oh yes I had to break the bad habit of drinking my calories and I just had to go cold turkey and not give in! my4boysand1@gmail.com

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  15. I tweeted my4boysand1@gmail.com
    https://twitter.com/my4boysand1/status/814985057857376256

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  16. The bad habit that I need to break is to quit smoking I think 2017 is the year I finally stop.
    heather hgtempaddy@hotmail.com

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  17. My tweet - https://twitter.com/myway070/status/814985846604513280
    heather hgtempaddy@hotmail.com

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  18. I wanted to stop drinking a diet coke every day. I took aspirin to help with the headaches until I didn't want the soda any more.
    kellywcu8888ATgmailDOTcom

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  19. tweet
    https://twitter.com/Kellydpa/status/815235282450534400

    kellywcu8888ATgmailDOTcom

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  20. I needed to quit sugar: ate so much of it and I just had to stop it. I just quit it cold turkey. The first two weeks were hell, bad cravings, but after that, much easier. That was 10+ years ago and still don't eat sugar.

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  21. tweet-https://twitter.com/LuLu_Brown24/status/818440406123757568

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  22. I had to quit gluten for 6-7 months.. it was torture, never again.

    groogruxking40 @ gmail dot com

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  23. https://twitter.com/groogruxking40/status/818645947785822208

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  24. I quit smoking few years back and I am glad that I quit for good health.

    anmeet1@yahoo.com

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  25. https://twitter.com/mitajdav/status/819202666354143232

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  26. I gave up smoking about 5 years ago. It was hell for the first few weeks.

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  27. tweeted: https://twitter.com/tinawoo21/status/820149443143946240

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  28. I had to give myself positive reinforcement through other means and just keep an upbeat attitude.

    linjumimom at aol dot com

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  29. https://twitter.com/linjumimom/status/824104215417065473

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  30. I ask people for help and then I am able to quit a bad habit. truckredford(at)Gmail(Dot)com

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  31. https://twitter.com/eliza_elliott/status/825026373714472960 truckredford(at)Gmail(Dot)com

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  32. I broke a bad habit by making a plan and sticking to it.

    rounder9834 @yahoo.com

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  33. tweeted
    https://twitter.com/thomasmurphy40/status/825216205153828865

    rounder9834 @yahoo.com

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  34. I was very independent and didn't confide and kept so much to myself but now I let people in because I became at risk of high blood pressure

    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

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  35. tweet https://twitter.com/ChelleB36/status/825390146627522560

    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

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