Monday, September 15, 2008

Non-Smoking Update - 1 Week!

So a week ago, I posted my official announcement that I, The Veggie Guy, quit smoking.

As you might have guessed, I did it as much to give myself a sense of accountability, as to bore the hell out of my readers.

Seriously... for you smokers - how many times have you thought, "I'll quit, and then I'll tell everyone, just in case it doesn't stick"? I'll tell you, I played that stupid game many times. And you know what happened? I'd find an excuse not to quit smoking, because there really wasn't any embarrassment, any real accountability.

So that's why I blathered on about my official quit smoking date. Even though I've never met most of you in person, I thought of you every time the craving for a cigarette hit. And I knew that sooner or later one of you would ask, "So how's that non-smoking thing going?"

But since none of you have done that (*sob*), I'll ask it myself. :-)

"So how's that non-smoking thing going?"

Quite well, thank you. Really, getting through the habit changes once (driving to work without a cigarette, having a cup of coffee without a cigarette, etc.) was enough to make it stick. Of course, the simple act of wanting to quit was far more powerful than any gum, patch, pill, psychological trick, or anything else. Trust me, I've "tried" to quit dozens of times when I really didn't have the desire.

So a week has come and gone, with little more than a passing thought of smoking. The thought of being around to watch my daughter grow up; to grow old with my wonderful wife; and maybe even to teach a few people a bit about healthier living - these things are far important to me than the "privilege" of filling my lungs with disease-causing crap.

Anyhoo, that's it. One week down, the rest of my life to go. :-)

4 comments:

Matt said...

Your story sounds familiar. I quit last year and the first month sucked, then it got easier. It's worth quitting, if nothing else, to be able to run, and play with the kids for more than 3 minutes. Good luck.

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