It’s took some doing but I’m now officially a non smoker. I decided back in June that, as a woman nearing her mid 30’s that enough was enough and I set July 1st as my quit date. I had an arsenal of patches, gum and inhalers at my disposal from previous attempts to quit along with an electronic cigarette I’d bought “just to try” so figured I had all the tools I needed and then some and that there were no excuses.
In July I mostly used the patches, the gum and the e-cig and in honesty I found it a doddle. No cravings, nothing. I do know some people don’t like the patches for whatever reasons but for me they were a God send. I had no cravings nor thought about smoking whilst wearing them. Once I had ran out of the patches (I had a month or so’s worth) I then just relied on good old will power and the e-cig as and when I needed it which was around once a week (usually around alcohol and friends who smoke). Nowadays I carry the electronic cigarette around with me but bar the odd social event involving alcohol I never seem to use it and in honesty I’m comfortable with this. Eventually I will quit that too but in the grand scheme of things I rarely go out drinking so this isn’t too much of an issue. Truth is I can’t really be bothered with drinking excessive amounts these days either. My alcohol tolerance has practically flatlined and I’m finding that after 2 drinks I’ve pretty much had my fill. I’ve been out clubbing maybe 4 times this year in comparison to the 1-2 times a week I used to and I never go to the pub “for just the one” after work etc. that I practiced on a nearby daily basis.
Reading all the above makes out that I was the very picture of perfection however which isn’t true. I did slip up twice but the important thing is that I got back on the wagon and I learnt from my mistakes. The benefits of quitting so far? cardio at the gym is easier and I’m saving around £70+ a month which quite frankly is not to be sniffed at.
Today marks the 97th day since I quit.