1) I knew it would be hard. I knew that I had a lofty goal to stop completely once and for all, and if it were so easy then most people wouldn’t be smoking in the first place. I wasn’t prepared for some other side effects (hacking up growdy stuff for about a month, for example – sorry, but it’s true) but just set the bar high for it being a tough cookie to tackle. I gave myself the wiggle room to make mistakes, should they happen, and to know that the first step was admitting I wanted to stop.
5) I chewed a lot of gum. I realized that smoking was more of a habit when I drove or after I ate…so instead of icky cigarettes, I chose to dabble in the variety of gum flavors available to me. There are, oh, so many.
6) I had a lot of support. I shared my goal with everyone I knew who would keep me accountable; much like many of us do with our goals in general. If I even spoke of smoking or wanted a cigarette, those close to me would call me out. I work well when challenged 😉
Now, I’m not knocking those I know who smoke – to each their own. I just know that for me and for most, it isn’t healthy. I couldn’t have a realistic goal of running faster and farther when I had no lung capacity to do so. I had to stop! With all of the 70+ harsh chemicals found in cigarettes, they serve no purpose other than to put the smokers and those around them at risk for respiratory problems up to and including lung cancer.
If you are someone or know someone who wants to quit, there are oodles of sources available to help. This site offers great steps on how to start.
Today, I can breathe so much better because I’ve worked on my endurance so that my lungs can know their full capabilities – I’d rather breathe life in than what I was doing before 😉
Did you used to smoke & have ways that helped you quit?
Do you have a secret past habit that you kicked?
P.S. Don’t forget about the Pretty Muddy Race coming to Dade City/Tampa November 10!