I’ve had an interesting week.
On Tuesday I finally managed to quit smoking. Yeah! I did it with the help of medication – not cold turkey. No way … I’ve tried that before and uhm … no one likes a raging Trish.
I started taking Zyban on October 1st and after 3 or four days the cigarettes that I was smoking had started to have no really taste … they were just like sucking on hot air. You’d think I would have put them aside at that point, but old habits die hard. I kept reaching for them even though there was zero enjoyment from them.
By this past Tuesday – October 12th, I’d only had two cigarettes by about 2:30 in the afternoon. At the point I decided to try not having any more that day – and well if I could make it through the rest of Tuesday then that would be my official Quit Day.
It was. I haven’t had a cigarette in about 76 hours and for the most part I think I’m doing pretty good.
I’ve been having cravings here and there, but when I do I just try to distract myself and within five to ten minutes the craving goes away.
Thanks to the Zyban it’s definitely a lot easier to quit smoking than going cold turkey. I’m not as agitated, anxious or angry as I was when I tried quitting cold turkey in the past.
The only major problem is that I’m not sleeping very well at all. I think the medication gives you a bit of an energy boost and it’s known for giving people insomnia. Maybe I should put on the ol’ Nike Dunks and burn off some of that extra energy in the early evening so I can get some sleep?
Now that it seems that I’ve successfully quit I’ll see if I can lower the medication dose in a few days. I think that might help with my sleeping issues as well.
I’m determined to stay quit this time around. My husband, who smoked much less than I did, also quit, so our house is smoke free now.