32 days without a smoke. Now what?
December 23, 2007 8:48 PM Subscribe
I haven't smoked in over a month. How can I inspire myself to extend that indefinitely?
posted by scarylarry to Health & Fitness (34 answers total) 11 users marked this as a favorite
I haven't had a cigarette, not even a puff, in 32 days. Prior to that, I was a regular, I'd say medium-frequency smoker (I smoked 8-12 cigarettes a day).
Not smoking for 30 days wasn't nearly as tough as I'd anticipated. Sure I wanted one, but I was able pretty easily to put my mind on other things.
In the past few days, however, I've noticed that I am fantasizing about smoking with increasing frequency, and that it's not as easy to change my train of thought. I would say that the feeling that my *body* needs a cigarette has actually abated over time. This is more a psychological thing, i.e., 'wouldn't it be fun/relaxing to have a smoke right now?'
I think part of the reason it's suddenly getting harder for me to live without the thought of smoking is that my initial goal had been a month without cigarettes. It was a concrete goal that I could see myself accomplishing. The concept of my whole life without cigarettes is a whole lot scarier. Yet, at the same time, setting a new short-term goal, like two or three months without cigarettes, doesn't inspire me as much as the first goal did.
Any tips on how to keep myself committed to quitting after I've gotten over the first hurdle?