October 30, 2006

Update: The Great Quit Smoking Attempt of 2006

One of the purported fabulous perks of quitting smoking is that your sense of smell and taste return.

Well, I've smelled the world and it stinks!

Of course, I realize that smoking stinks. It's nasty smelling and makes your mouth taste like an ashtray. Gross, I know. Unfortunately, I'm really not convinced that cigarette smoke is the worst thing one can smell.

After lunch today, I thought it would be wonderful to take a nice walk outdoors: Breathe the fresh autumn air deeply into my healing lungs and smile because the world is beautiful.

I didn't count on the gardeners completely covering the entire city block with fresh manure!

Gah. So, now I am in a deep funk AND nauseous. Nicotine withdrawals put me in a funky mood. I get sleepy, kind of weepy, and overall just plain unmotivated. I feel like sleeping until the withdrawals have passed. But since I keep backsliding, I am just prolonging the inevitable.

Since I am on Zyban (or the generic equivalent) I am not having cravings at all. But I still have the ritual of it and other habits to break. Like when I am hungry or bored. I always smoke at those times but it turns out that I am far too lazy to fix something to eat or find something to do. It's way too easy to light up a cigarette.

But I am vain, and I want to quit so I don't wind up looking like an old ugly hag. Also it is practically illegal to smoke in California. And a few other good reasons.

I will probably continue to bore you to tears chronicle this attempt at quitting until I've got it down. I hope that my pain and suffering is at least entertaining or helpful to you. Feel free to send gifts and money leave encouraging comments for me! They really help.




At 15:58, Blogger Beth said...

The hardest thing for me when I quit smoking was getting over the oral fixation. Chewing gum helped me get past that. Good luck!

At 16:07, Blogger luckybuzz said...

You're kicking ass! The oral thing was really hard for me to get over too--I chewed on cinnamon sticks. They kind of feel like a cigarette between your fingers, and they make your breath smell good too. :)

Don't give up! The worst part will be over soon!

At 09:37, Blogger Richard said...

No thoughts of my own:

"Much smoking kills live men and cures dead swine." - George D. Prentice

"Thank heaven, I have given up smoking again!... God! I feel fit. Homicidal, but fit. A different man. Irritable, moody, depressed, rude, nervy, perhaps; but the lungs are fine." - A.P. Herbert

"Nicotine patches are great. Stick one over each eye and you can't find your cigarettes." - Unknown

At 08:04, Blogger Rude Cactus said...

I maintain the physical habits are the toughest part of quitting. People tell you to chew gum and other crap but it doesn't work. Just stay strong.


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