It really is possible!
We're heading toward the end of January, when many people are starting to lose the resolve they had to change their lives starting on the first of the year. I know a lot of people resolve to quit smoking. I sure did. Over and over again.
But I finally did it, almost four years ago. And it has been incredible. And best of all, you can do it too! You really can. I know it doesn't feel like it sometimes, but it's true.
By the time I quit, I had been smoking a pack a day for over twenty years. And that's not counting my first seventeen years, when my mother smoked a pack a day in the same house where I was living, and without ever opening a single window. If you count second hand smoke, I had been smoking my entire life.
Here is what I tried that did not work:
- Nicotine patches
- Nicotine gum
- Cold turkey
- Nicotine patches again
- Cutting back gradually
- Only smoking one cigarette out of a pack and then throwing the entire rest of the pack away so that my boyfriend at the time (who thought I had quit) wouldn't find out, and hating myself a lot.
But you know what? Just because those things didn't work for me, that doesn't mean that they wouldn't work for you. Everyone is different.
Out of everything I tried, the nicotine patches worked the best. In fact, both of the time that I tried the patches, they worked great… right up until I stopped wearing them. The darned things were so expensive that both times I was motivated to cheat a little, cut corners, and stop using them sooner than the program required.
(I also had a problem with being allergic to the adhesive of the patch. Every day I was left with a new itchy red square on my arm.)
I'm sure you're wondering what finally worked. It was the book Allen Carr's Easyway to Stop Smoking. Worked like magic. I quit at the end of the book, and I haven't had a cigarette since.
It can seem like quitting smoking is a misery. And it certainly can be. But think of it as paying your dues for a lifetime free of the cost, hassle, smell, and eternal coughing that smoking will provide. I can sit in a movie theater and watch an entire movie without getting antsy. Visiting friends, going out to dinner, airline travel - it's all a breeze now, compared to when I was a smoker. And it can be for you, too. I believe in you, and you should, too!