Monday, January 9, 2006

So I've quit smoking just now

So I've quit smoking on Saturday (1/7/06). It's not a new year's resolution or anything. It should be, I suppose, but I find that having a resolution for a new year tends to cheapen the whole thing. Most people never follow through, and then they have to look forward to that again next year. "Do I make the same resolution as last year?" "Should I have a new resolution?"

What is the point of all this resolution making?

I'm quitting because it is almost my 30th birthday. "Good God!" my mind says. "Thirty all ready?!?!"

I've always told everyone that either a child, or my thirtieth, would see the quittance of my habit. I'd prefer the child causing it, but hey, if wishes were horses, eh?

Quitting isn't as bad as I thought it would be... perhaps that has to do with the fact that it's only Day Three? I'm finding the tiny headaches a nuisance, but that's about it... It's more, I dunno, a vacuum of boredom that quitting has created. I used to walk my dog during these times, to stretch my legs, walk about a bit, even (GASP!) socialize! And I find that this boredom could be the bigger downfall of my failing to quit.... We'll just have to see...

Most people gain weight during this period, the Quitting Period. Maybe if the side effects were changed to losing weight, quitting would be easier for more people?

My younger brother has quit smoking many times all ready. I'm sure the fact that one of my sisters, myself, and other in-law types in our family still smoked around him, may have been part of his reason for failing. He has never been very strong. Was that a condescending remark? His weakness is a fact, but I may need to word it differently.

Onward, Day Three.


Christine said...

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Jason Hughes said...

Thanks! I'll check it out.

Kelly said...

Keep up the good fight! At least you don't have to freeze your butt off outside anymore.

Shala Ohms said...

The boredom does feel problematic. It's frustrating to find that empty space in your daily schedule, the one without cigarettes. It's one of the tough things about quitting - and the best solution to that is to find something else to replace that habit.