January 04, 2004

The quest continues

Well, 72 hours without a cigarette and I am still alive. I have heard that one of the other people who was supposed to give up smokin' on New Year's Day has already back-slided and resumed the habit. I have not been in touch with my other friend yet. It was funny how I was plannin' on usin' a whole different tactic involvin' the success of my friend as one essential facet of my stop smokin' plan. As it has evolved, the success of any other person is not essential to my kickin' the habit.

Denita, gum is not an option, but I did purchase several vials of peppermint oil and have been known to squirt a drop of such in my mouth to parry an urge here and there. David has, as usual, provided a top-notch suggestion which had not occurred to me. I will used some of my scattered thoughts to ponder upon it.

I again awoke with the strong urge to locate a cigarette and smoke it but found the urge was easily suppressed. Cool!

Posted by notGeorge at January 4, 2004 08:33 AM

The optimum word here is to tell yourself "NO!" and mean it.
Terry, you know I know this as a fact.
I am over 3 years without any.........nicotine.
I promise the longer you go, the less you will think about smoking.
Have a great new year.
Friend Frank

Posted by: Frank at January 4, 2004 09:40 AM

Sounds like, gum or no gum, you're handling things just fine, Tig! I'm cheering for you! :-)


Posted by: Denita TwoDragons at January 5, 2004 12:06 AM

Way to go! It took a sextuple bypass to get me to quit....it's been 18 weeks now. I still have strong urges[not surprising after a 30yr,two/three pack a day habit]but I find I can deal with them better as time goes on,I think I'll really make it this time. I wish yopu all the best in your own effort!.

BTW you are best off doing as you are doing;set a date,cold turkey,and stick to it. I tried all the other methods and found that they just reminded me of the habit. Worse,they acted as a bookmark for the old habit and made it easier to go back to it in a moment of weakness [ie,they preserved the old hand/mouth motions,instead of breaking them] The hardest thing for me is that I still enjoyed smoking and had none of the warning symptoms of deteriorating health[cough/shortness of breath] untill I found myself on the OR table.

Posted by: delftsman3 at January 5, 2004 02:47 AM

does the peppermint oil actually work on the urge or is it just something to do with your hands/mouth?

Posted by: squishybear at January 5, 2004 09:07 AM