I’m Jack Bauer and today is the longest day of my life . . . oh wait, no I’m not. Today, however, WAS one of the longest days of my life. Ever. I almost made it. I did smoke one cigarette today. Upside, that’s 30 less cigarettes than I usually smoke, so it’s still good. Downside, it gave me a rotten headache and a guilty stomachache. Tomorrow is new day and I’m not giving in just yet.

I think it’s going to be a process of developing new strategies. For everything. In case you hadn’t noticed, I lean to the hyper side of things. But, normally, I’m a pretty focused hyper. Who knew the cigarettes were holding me together? I don’t think I had more than two coherent thoughts all day long. Forget actually starting and finishing something. One foot in front of the other, right?

9 thoughts on “24

  1. Good for you!!My husband is trying to quit right now and the state we live in (WV) has a program where you can get free patches.You have to answer a few questions and you get a few phone calls a month but hey its worth it.Have you checked your state?Just think you saved over $5 just by not smoking those 30 cigs.I will be crossing my fingers for ya!

  2. My MIL used the patches and really I would say it was 2 weeks and she was off of them completely…she was even cutting them smaller to wean even quicker. She had shock therapy sitting with her father watching the respiratory therapist suck all the brown crap out of his lungs as he was dying. But the actual replacing of the cigarette she did by keeping busy (and singing, but you know that *isn’t an option for you). I do think the patches helped the whole brain fog thing by weaning the nicotine.I wonder if Jay still has any of his stop smoking hypnotism tapes that he made when he was a practicing hypnotist? I’ll ask.

  3. see, this is why I don’t try to give up coffee – the headaches! So bad that even when the cops show up to say the neighbors have complained about the unplated vehicle sitting on your property, you just tell them “I’ve got a splitting headache – I don’t feel like dealing with this right now.” And I didn’t even get arrested for insubordination!

  4. I love you guys – the encouragement means the WORLD to me. In the past, when I’ve tried to quit, I kept it to myself. It’s such a stupid, ugly habit and I don’t like to think of myself as being stupid and ugly. But, I think opening up to you all has been the best thing in the world for me! Thank you!

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