Tuesday morning around 9:30am I smoked my last cigarette. Let me say that again. Tuesday morning around 9:30am I smoked my last cigarette. It was touch and go the first day. The next day was too but not quite as bad.I switched from lozenges to the patch. I bought a store brand patch though and they wouldn't stay stuck, so I went back with the lozenges.
Dum Dum suckers and Werther's candy remain part of my cessation program. I know sweets may lead me into looking for the best diet pill. I'm still using the rationalization that a few suckers or pieces of candy is better than stuffing my face silly and much better than still smoking.
Last night while watching TV in bed, I reached for a lozenge and realized I didn't need one. I reached for a sucker instead and didn't want that either. (Both of these I have scattered around my apartment in little clusters.) I smiled and went back to watching TV.
I've begun the task of cleaning my apartment to rid it of the smoky smell. I've washed the bedding and steamed the carpets. I washed a few walls yesterday. Today or tomorrow I'll be steaming the living room furniture. (I tested a spot yesterday and it was ok after it dried.) I don't think it will EVER be completely gone, but I can do what I can do.
I think part of the reason I've been successful so far is that I'm avoiding things that used to trigger the smoking urge. I'm not online much. I would sit here and chain smoke a whole pack over half a day without even realizing it. I haven't gone anywhere mostly because I don't like going outside but also because driving produces another time when I would routinely light up.
The hardest time for me right now is something harder to avoid and that is right after eating dinner. I keep a sucker and a lozenge next to my plate. Just in case.
I have crocheted so much to keep my hands busy that I completed the afghan I started earlier this week. Maybe I should start another one.
Does anyone know where I can get one of those ticker things you put in a sidebar or at the top of your blog that counts days for you? I found the place that counts DOWN to events, but I can't find one that counts UP. Not one that isn't huge and tacky anyway.