As I wrote last week, my date for quitting smoking was yesterday April 21st. I can tell you that Saturday was a weird day for me as I was gearing up for Sunday. On Saturday, I managed to finish up the day with 10 cigarettes and had my last one at 11:50 that night.
I woke up Sunday morning at 7:30, took my Champix pill, and was ready to conquer my cravings, withdrawal symptoms, whatever going without a cigarette was going to bring on. Well, I managed to get through lunch (and thought it had already been a long day!) and the rest of the day and night without having a cigarette! It was okay fighting off the urges and the cravings seem to subside after a few deep breaths and some serious talking to myself (i’ll get into that in a second) and the Champix is really helping. One of the symptoms I was feeling was a sore throat and found that Halls Cough Lozenges (Lemon) helped soothe the throat and cured the craving.
Anyways, wanted to get back to the mind games. There were times yesterday I found myself listening to my inner voices… you know the “good” conscience and the “bad” conscience. Each were on one of my shoulders and telling me what I should do and what was good for me and so on. That’s when I realized that I wasn’t going insane, but I was going to have to use some major willpower to be successful.
Everytime I felt an urge for a cigarette, I just kept telling myself, “I don’t smoke!” As simple as that. I kept reminding myself that having a cigarette was going to make a difference in my day. Hey, at one point in my life I didn’t smoke, and so far so good. Just taking it one day at a time.
I knew Day One was going to be a tough one for me and I wasn’t looking forward to getting over the hump today on the show. You see, I would average about 12 cigarettes during our broadcast (between 5am-10:30).
I’m happy to say that I made it through this morning as well! So far no cigarettes since late Saturday night!
Let’s do this together! Good luck!