Monday, September 12, 2005

I'm past the one-month hump.

So so sorry that I haven't posted over here for a while. If you note the date of the post before this one, you see that it was August 28th - a day before the Katrina disaster began unfolding. I have been ass over teakettle with Katrina entries to my political blog since that day, as well as blogging over at Daily Kos.

So the totaly bitchiness thing seems to have subsided a great deal. The times when I miss smoking are less acute than when they were, but a few things stand out as sure-fire God-I-Want-A-Cigarette moments:

  • When I get off an airplane.
    • That was a weird one - I flew to visit my parents on September 2nd and when I got off the plane, it took me quite some time to come to grips with why I wasn't running outside to smoke while my baggage arrived.
  • Anytime I've been in awful traffic.
    • Something about the stress of traffic - I used to always pile out of the car when I arrived at my destination and light up. I STILL miss that - bad.

  • When playing golf.
    • Everyone has their smoking things - mine was always when playing golf. Something about waiting at the tee box and being outside and what have you. I played for the first time yesterday since quitting and I fought, from about the 4th hole onward, against totally wanting a smoke.

There are odd things, though, that I thought would bug me that haven't.

  • In the morning.
  • After dinner.
  • When I'm around other smokers.
  • When I'm in a bar.

Go figure.


At 10:32 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I quit smoking. Two months is a big deal for me ( I slipped the other night - It was a first date. But it was only an isolated incident, one cigarette.) I am on day 66 now (not including the day I had one cigarette - else this would be 67.)

What worked for me? Getting motivated, i.e. desire to stop supporting a corrupt industry, simplifying my life, starting to look at how pathetic most smokers look (most people aren't real smokers,) and health.

keep up the good work Rena!

At 9:22 AM, Anonymous Mark said...

Congratulations. I know how hard it can be to quit smoking. Here is my hope that you succeed for life!

At 1:27 PM, Blogger ChampaignTurbo said...

I hope you have continued your quit...I am just starting. I'm on Day 10 and golfing is one of the times that I used to enjoy smoking. I used to light up any time I had to wait on a golfer ahead of me...the other day (Day 4) I got behind a slowsome and almost grabbed my wallet and put my bic to it. I also have had to deal with snot smoking while driving...the hardest part of that...Red Lights. I've learned that I almost automatically would light up when alone and stopped. I never realized that before.

Good Luck

At 6:25 AM, Anonymous Nannie Jolin said...

It's really hard to resist when the people around you are smoking too, right? Think of other ways on how you can still "smoke" without the dangers by trying out healthy alternatives like vaporizers, or maybe electronic cigarettes. Well, that's if the urge arises.


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