Officially one week smoke free!
I never thought I would be able to get this far, but after getting really sick last week I realized that if I continued to smoke I would be far sicker in the future. I started smoking at the end of my junior year of high school, but to be completely honest, I couldn’t tell you exactly why. Social smoker? Stress? “Cool”? Not really sure, but whatever the reasons,fast forward five years, and cigarettes had become an integral part of my life. It’s embarrassing to admit that cigarettes were such a priority.
It’s been a week since I’ve had a cigarette and honestly, my cravings and side effects are not as bad as I thought (who knows what’s in store….). I’m using a few different iPhone apps to keep me in check and record my cravings. Although I haven’t experienced any headaches, nausea, or other physiological side effects, my affinity for sweets have definitely become more prominent (sprinkles!).
Although I’ve been strong enough not to go buy a pack this past week, there are definitely moments when I completely forget that I quit and start looking for my pack. It’s hard especially during times when I would normally smoke - driving to class, between classes, after a hard-core study sesh, after a good meal … etc. I reiterate, smoking has been a large part of my college life.
I had tried quitting once before my freshman year, but I wasn’t mentally prepared nor did I make the effort to avoid people/ scenarios where I would be tempted to smoke. The other day, I was at Starbucks and realized I couldn’t sit outside because my friends & I spent most of our summers lounging and smoking there. I really hope that in time, I will have enough self-control.
I have been really lucky to have such great support from my friends. I know smoking breaks my mama’s heart which, in addition to my health, is why I’m quitting.
Wish me luck!