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Success! I've made it one month without smoking. Unfortunately, I can't say that I've been completely smoke free. Over the past month, I've had a total of 2 cigarettes. Both times, I was out having some drinks with my friends. Once I had that one cigarette I was done and the cravings went away. I know I need to get better at avoid triggers that cause me to smoke and drinking is certainly a major trigger. Usually, a night of hanging out and drinking would result in me smoking at least half a pack.
Considering that I used to smoke at least 10 cigarettes a day, I must say that my quest to quit smoking is still on the right track. I was a little disappointed in myself after I slipped up the last time but thanks to some great inspirational comments on that post, I felt a lot better.
I can already tell the positive changes in my body since I quit smoking. My sense of smell is a lot better now. One of my coworkers that sits next to me smokes and every time he comes back in from smoking, the smell is overwhelming. When I get in the elevator, I can tell if someone has been smoking. I wasn't able to smell this before and I must admit, the smell is really bad. I wish some of my coworkers had told me had bad I smelled every time I came back from smoking.
Not only can I smell better, I can also breathe better. I am not longer winded after going up a couple of flights of stairs. I can take a deep breath without my chest hurting. I can hold my breath for longer periods of time.
Even though I've slipped up a couple of times, I am still saving the $14.70 I determined I would be saving each week by not smoking. Right now, my NSSA (no smoking savings account) balance stands at $59.80. Technically, I'm still in the red because I am buying nicotine patches instead of cigarettes.
Using nicotine patches to quit smoking is a 3 step process. Each step consists of 14 patches per box. Each day, you put on one patch and wear it for 24 hours. After 24 hours, you apply a new patch in a different area of the upper body after 24 hours. Each box of patches cost around $28. I'm currently wrapping up step 2 and will moving on to the step 3 which is the final step. After that, I should be completely smoke free and there will no longer be any nicotine entering my body.
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