A food addict's travels on the road to recovery.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Dear. God.

Quitting smoking is THE hardest thing I've ever done physically.  Dwayne and I are both having a really hard time and we're on Day 3.  We started with the Nicorette gum, and decided this afternoon it just ain't workin'.  We went to Walmart and bought the patch.  We'll be starting that tomorrow morning, and hope it doesn't cause any nausea.  We really want to beat this for good.  We're on Day 3, and are still pulling our hair out.  Grouchy, grumpy, irritated, agitated....smoking was definitely more calming.  You know you've got a bad addiction when you find yourself questioning if lung cancer is worth it.   Pray for us friends as we push forward.


  1. You can do it! Nobody said it would be easy, just that it would be worth it.

  2. Tammy..Grouchy, grumpy, irritated and agitated won't kill you. Lung cancer will. It is not worth it. Slowly but surely every day will get a little better. You may cough and feel worse for a while but that is your lungs clearing the junk out. You are doing the right thing. You KNOW you are doing the right thing. One minute at a time. I remember. Prayers are with you both but I know you can do this.

    Pam S.

  3. Good luck on the patches. I don't smoke but my husband does, allot, he has talked about quitting but I think it is just allot of trouble for him that he cna't see that it would be worth the trouble. We have tablets for quitting to here in Australia, don't know if you have them too but apparently they can make you a bit nauses at first but I have had good comments about them working. Good luck

  4. Please know that quitting smoking will be one of the very best things you can ever, ever do for yourself and for the people who love you. My mom smoked for almost 40 years before she quit. Since then she's been able to shed SO many pounds because of her increased lung capacity and ability to exercise without wheezing and wheezing and wheezing. Watching my mom jump on the treadmill to walk three miles at 3.7 mph is one of the absolute joys of my life - and of hers.

    Know it's SO frickin' hard, but keep at it. Sending good healing energy your way

  5. I'm praying for you both. Please hang in there. It really is (as Jennifer said) be one of the best things you do for yourself. I quit (cold-turkey) about 26 years ago and I've never regretted it.


  6. Good luck to you. It was the hardest thing I've ever done. It's been 23 years. I remember my aunt saying that someday I would like drinking coffee, reading a magazine, talking on the phone without smoking. I didn't believe her but it was true. What helped me the most was completely changing my routine. I slept until I had to rush to get ready. I came home and began cleaning or exercising. It was still hard. So hard, I never dared even try one puff again. I'd never want to have to go through it again. But it was WORTH it.

  7. Tammy, that's fantastic!!! I can remember my parents quitting when I was a kid. They did it cold turkey, together, and they sat me down and said, "We're probably going to be REALLY grouchy for about a week or two, but don't worry, we'll get better!"
    Hang in there, count the days - you'll get over that hump and your body will love you for it!

  8. Tammy, first... I am so proud of you! Second, you CAN do this!

    The desire to physically cause harm to someone will eventually pass, LOL!

    This may sound a little off but when I was overwhelmed and I found myself YEARNING a cigarette, I'd chant "I want to be healthy, I want to be healthy, I want to be healthy!" The affirmation helped ease the pressue.

    Something else that worked for me was using a breathing exercise that I like to call "fake smoker." I litterally would hold two fingers to my mouth(closed finger), pucker my lips, inhale deeply and exhale slowly. WOW, what a relaxing sensation. I would do it driing down the road, after a cup of coffee, or whenever I was a little overwhelmed. People, generally looked at me and wondered what my problem was, but it worked for me. You will find what works for you too!

    Best of luck, you got this!

  9. Quitting smoking is, in fact, one of the hardest things to do. It is SO worth it, though! On the 12th of this month it will be 8 months since I've had a cigarette. I am so happy and proud of myself. One tip: When you crave a cigarette, do something active. Get your heart rate up enough to break a sweat. You will be aware of your lung function and be glad for the job your lungs do for you. As you get more and more away from smoking it will be more and more exciting to feel your lungs working for you. Another tip: Stay away from people who are smoking. Yes, I lost some friends by taking that advice myself, but in the end I am glad I did. I needed to do what I did for me. If someone in your home lights up, go for a walk. Good luck!

  10. the third day is athe hardest! trust me on this...just like the no carb thing, it's the same thing with smoking. one more day and most of that crap is out of your system. Hang in there.

  11. Sorry dude, it WILL get better. Push through it. I talked to a good buddy of mine yesterday who is doing the same thing and he's struggling with the awful effects like you are, but he knows it will subside soon and that it will all be more than worth it.

  12. Tammy, I wish you all the best and I know that you can do this! What is the longest that you have gone without smoking? I know that your lungs are so happy right now!

  13. Oh I will def. pray for you as I know firsthand how awful quitting smoking is!

    Just a note about the patches, they worked for me! It's been 5 years since I used them so I am not sure if they are the same but the ones I used gave me crazy dreams! Like, crazy hallucination dreams! Kinda cool if you can handle it, lol.

    Congrats on quitting. It will be the best decision you ever made!

  14. Hang in there for 3 weeks, just 3 weeks, it gets a LOT easier after that. Punch a pillow or 20 if you have to, you can do it!!!

  15. You can do it!!!! I know how hard it is and believe me as soon as you get over that dang few weeks you will never look back...

    I had to quit cold turkey when I got pregnant and it was so freaking hard but I swear I will never ever waste another dollar on a stupid smoke or have to change a sweater due to the gross smell of smoke!!!!! EEEK!!!

    Keep us posted.. And keep keeping at it...

  16. Day 3 was the absolute worst day for me though I quit smoking 100 years ago. I just remember telling myself that if I could get thru that day, I'd make it, no problem. Run cold water on your hands when you get the urge to smoke.
    My dad told me you can't smoke if you don't buy them. He was right. I told myself (always talking to myself) that I would *never* pick up a ciggie as long as I lived after that. It's key. Keep your hands off!

  17. Oh Gosh Tammy!
    Please stick with it! Lung cancer is so not pretty and so final...
    I am wishing you the very best, healthiest, happiest New Year ever!
    I was late with the cards this year. We had a basement flood, etc. etc. It was chaos! But you will get it soon I imagine!
    Be Strong!