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Beginning of Quit Smoking Journey

Mona

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It's Wednesday, April 24, 2019 8:00 p.m., and I just put out my last cigarette and this one really was my last one.  I mean, come on, what am I waiting for?  Do I want to smoke for the rest of my life?  That is the only alternative to quitting.  And I am sick of quitting!  I just need to get it over with already.

 

I am very educated on the subject of addiction.  So why did I go back to smoking after being a happy non-smoker for two years?  I have no logical answer to that question.  Maybe I will never figure it out.  Maybe I don't need to figure it out.  Maybe the best thing I can do is to just make sure that I never make that mistake again!



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I would tend to disagree with you on that. I think understanding what motivated you to light up again is pretty important so that you don't let the same situation motivate you to do the same thing in the future. 

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24 minutes ago, reciprocity said:

I would tend to disagree with you on that. I think understanding what motivated you to light up again is pretty important so that you don't let the same situation motivate you to do the same thing in the future. 

I have no idea what motivated me.  I was out with the only smoker I know but it wasn't the first time I was out with her and never had a problem in the past.  We were drinking which is something that I had done many times as a non-smoker with no problem.  It was a beautiful late summer evening and we were at an outdoor concert.  My friend rolls her own cigarettes and I was kind of curious what the difference in taste would be.  She in no way encouraged me to smoke.  In fact, she tried to dissuade me when I asked her for one.  She said that I'll probably go buy a pack.  I didn't do that for about a week but I did eventually do it.

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So, you DID learn something the hard way and that's that as nicotine addicts (which we all are) none of us can have just 1 because although you may not light up again that same day, within a few days it's almost guaranteed that you will smoke again and that's how it all begins again. Keep those experience very close while you quit again because you don't want to repeat that obviously. The lesson from that experience is; we can't ever be complacent about smoking.

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31 minutes ago, reciprocity said:

So, you DID learn something the hard way and that's that as nicotine addicts (which we all are) none of us can have just 1 because although you may not light up again that same day, within a few days it's almost guaranteed that you will smoke again and that's how it all begins again. Keep those experience very close while you quit again because you don't want to repeat that obviously. The lesson from that experience is; we can't ever be complacent about smoking.

Absolutely!  I am currently enrolled in the school of hard knocks!  Interestingly,  I felt like I could take it or leave it for a while.  I was in control...yeah right!!  But yes, lessons learned.  We can never be complacent, no matter how long our quits are.

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"It's Wednesday, April 24, 2019 8:00 p.m., and I just put out my last cigarette and this one really was my last one. "

 

Here's hoping that this was your last cigarette...

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