Originally Posted by Yosemite
You folks are doing really well. Keep up the good work and don't worry if you fall back a little - you are on your way.
I have to say those 9 days in hospital were a great kick-start for me. It seems to have made it much easier for me to quit this time. Hubby is also still not smoking so he's doing well also. I'm keeping my eye on this thread and rooting for all of you even if I don't post.
Yes, the 9day hospital stay would be a great start. My surgery is only day surgery, scheduled for 9am but we have to be there at 7am.... I should be home by mid-afternoon..... but its still a start. One day of surgery + the next few days I'll be pretty sore and getting bundled to go outside will not be the first thing on my mind. I highly doubt I will go anywhere (out) for the first few days because I don't have a coat that will accomodate the bulky dressing they will put on my hand/arm.... I'll be wearing loose baggy no zipper pants, and baggy tshirts with big armholes for a bit.
This week I'm allowing myself 6 cigarettes per day.
I also talked to my hubby about a reward.... which in itself is hard for me to come up with because if there's something I truly need, we have the means to go get it. Occassionally I splurge and buy something for myself, such as books or a webkinz.
When I quit for the contest I had no problems quitting (some withdrawl for the first 3-4 days...) because the desire to win the car was very strong.
My goal/prize/motivation: a new camera.
I love photography, and my current camera is pretty decent but its a few yrs old now, and the ones I've looked at that are better quality than mine are now cheaper than when I bought mine. We're still looking at $500-600 for it, which is a major purchase for us, especially since I don't spend that much on cigs per year. I spend maybe $200 on cigs per year.
My conditions are this: I have to remain smoke-free for at least 30 days. No drag, no slip ups, NO SMOKING at all for 30 days. After that, I will begin researching my camera. (I'd do it now, but there's new ones all the time...)
My dh asked, what happens once I get my camera, what will make me continue not smoking..... Once I get it, if I slip up, the camera will be put away.
I also hope that after a month of not smoking, I see improvements in my health (even though I don't see any negatives now) and that will keep me from picking it up again. I know things will taste better once I quit
so that's one health difference I see.
I KNOW that I need alot of strength, because I don't 100% want to quit. I see my surgery as an oppurtunity (not a reason) to quit, and am working with that.... Rewarding myself with an expensive non-essential item, helps make me want to quit. I've wanted a new camera for over a year now, but could not warrant spending the money when the camera I have now is only 3-4yrs old and in good condition.
It's definately going to put a dent in our wallets, but so it's not as big of a dent I am sacrificing now.... no new webkinz, no books, no non-essential items, no going out to dinner or ordering pizza, etc. That will help offset the cost, as will thinking about my health long term. If I keep smoking I may end up with health issues that cost more than my camera will.
15 days and counting till my quit date.