Almost five days now with neither cigarettes or nicotine patches. (edit: After 28 days with nicotine patches). It has been harder the last two days. I think the 72 hours to rid your body of nicotine must be true. I did notice a difference after that time. Basically, the two times when I have been getting cravings anyway; 11am and after midnight have been particularly bad the last two days. I think I am seeing the appetite suppression effect of smoking going away. I keep thinking I am really hungry! Of course only at times when its convenient to snack! I’ve been (mostly) resisting; having fruit when I can.
Over all I think I’ve done well. I’ve still got some way to go though.
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Yeah, the urge to replace your smoking habit with snacking can be pretty bad. Good that you’re able to stick with fruit. You might try to make sure that you’re well-stocked on carrot sticks, celery, or whatever other healthy options appeal to you. Of course, you’ll get tired of them pretty quickly, I imagine.
From what I remember, when I quit smoking (I just quit cold-turkey), it took me about three weeks before I could stop for gas without having a really strong urge to buy a pack of cigs.
But if it hasn’t happened already, it probably won’t be very long before you’ll start noticing how bad second-hand cigarette smoke smells when you’re around other smokers. You’ll notice how your smoking friends and coworkers smell like stale ash trays, and you’ll wonder how your non-smoking friends used to put up with you 🙂
On a completely unrelated note…. You should sell me some of your BlogShares stock…. I’ll make sure that your blog values rise 🙂
Great job Mike, keep it up!
Thanks guys, I’m sticking to it. I have noticed the smell from other smokers!
Dougal, I sold you some shares. I may stock split again at some point.
I still have not come off the patches yet.
I think i am now using them as some form of security blanket!
Oh and i now have a chewing gum habit!!