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I am 63 and have pretty much been smoking steady since I was about 15. I have quit a few times over the years, but the longest I was...
I am 63 and have pretty much been smoking steady since I was about 15. I have quit a few times over the years, but the longest I was smoke-free was for 2 1/2 years. I started again after this about 5 years ago and quit again once for about a year. I have always loved smoking ever since I started but what I was really hating about my life was that I was so dependent on things around my smoking habit and I felt like a derelict everywhere I went as not nearly as many people smoke these days and you pretty much have to hide yourself away to do it. I know I am not getting any younger and if I don't do it now, well, who knows. So far I've been lucky and other than smoking I have looked after my health fairly well. At any rate, this time I really am doing it for myself, no one else. I think that is the key for me! And....I go minute by minute, day by day and if I really feel that I just want to run out the door to the gas station and buy cigarettes, I just say to myself... breathe, relax, do something else and then I forget. I have a drink of water, I chew my gum, I go for walks and I just keep as active as possible. Walking is something that I really enjoy so getting out there, breathing in the ocean air and getting the vitamin D is huge for me. Now I have passed the 28 day mark and am feeling much less anxious and depressed and am just looking forward to what lies ahead of me. Also, I just bought myself a few new clothes online that will come in the mail... like a present... one of these days. I rarely shop and I live on small island so that is a big treat for me! I know there will always be the urge to smoke especially during stressful times, but I feel confident that I can beat this. XXX'ing my fingers and taking a deep breath! Karen
Submitted by Karen3
I am hopeful.
I quit on January 1st, 2018. Four days so far. The patch and gum help. Keeping busy cleaning house.