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And on the Fifth Day

14 February 2012

Thought I’d do a quick update to share with everyone how the whole Quitting Smoking thing is going.

Firstly, it’s true when they say that you’ll never find the best time to quit – there’s always a reason why ‘this weekend was a bad choice to decide to quit’, be it stress, or social obligations or whatever. My first weekend as a non-smoker included a Party-Bus trip to Niagara Falls, wherein (this is absolutely true) 80-90% of the participants were smokers.

Luckily it was a non-smoking bus, and obviously in the casino, restaurant and nightclub we went to were all safe. Except that alcohol is a huge trigger for nicotine cravings, and having a few (near too many) cocktails definitely made the situation worse. Luckily with Eddie by my side, I made it through the trip. Besides, then I had an excuse to play Guitar-Hero on my iPhone while ignoring/surrounded by, a crowd of people – which is pretty much my ideal state of being. My favourite part of the weekend was the conversation I had with my Masseur at the spa in Niagara – he has smoked for 23+ years and quit 8 years ago – and everyone I told said the same thing, they were proud of me! (Mostly strangers, which was strange but still nice to hear.) The next day was easy-peasy as I’ve always hated smoking while hung-over. Hooray.

I’m noticing the main challenge I’m having is that every single craving feels like a full-blown Panic Attack. For the last 3-4 days I’ve been at a higher stage of anxiety and I’m getting all the physical symptoms of that, along side the withdrawal symptoms. I’m trying to use Distraction as best I can, because thinking about it even more is very perpetuating. Recognizing this situation has probably actually made it worse, but knowing that I am (probably) in the last few hours of the physical addiction does help.

*Fingers Crossed*

I really just need to make it till February 29th – I honestly feel like inspiration to Win This Car is going to be enough to keep me quit for all of March! I’m going to name my new Ford “Peter Jackson” after the esteemed director – and the brand of cigarettes I gave up to win her.