Here's a promise that may come as a shock to those of you that know me - I am going to quit smoking on November 3. I have tried quitting several times with no success. I've got a few new weapons in my anti-American Spirit arsenal, though.
First, I found a great online forum about quitting smoking (quitsmoking.about.com). I think it will be really helpful for me to discuss my cravings and urges and out-of-my-mind-desires with other people who share what I'm going through. If you've never smoked, you can't possibly understand how addictive it is. These are people who have smoked, some of them longer than I, and are committed to quitting.
Secondly, I am telling everyone (including the world on this blog) that I am quitting. My hope is I'll be too embarrassed to tell everyone that I've gone back to the habit (I a tad bit of a people-pleaser).
Finally, I am committing to rewarding myself. If I make it through that first day without a single puff, I am treating myself to a professional massage. Nice, huh?
I think I want to type up a plan today, before I start tomorrow. These will include the following: a list of rewards, a list of things to do when I have a craving, a list of reasons why I want to quit smoking.
I have tried to quit with the Patch before but to no avail. This time I am trying cold turkey. I want nicotine out of my system forever. Please write me with any advice or encouragement you have. I am going to need all the help I can get!