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I liked it… a lot. It relaxed me and kept my weight down. Soon, I was smoking a pack and a half every day.
I have always been into exercising and eating healthily, so I would go to the gym, and then light a cigarette as soon as I got in my car. I did this for years. My clothes and hair smelled of smoke. I developed a cough and couldn’t breathe as deeply as I used to. I knew I needed to quit.
I decided to cut one cigarette out each day. I was smoking 30 per day, so it took 30 days to get there... but I DID get there.
On November 29, 2011, I did something I never thought I would be able to do. I quit!
The first step in stopping any bad habit is getting it in your heart and mind that you are going to quit. Don’t think, ‘I am going to try to quit’, because you leave an opening for failure by saying ‘try’. You will have to truly WANT this quit and commit yourself to it. That is the key to a successful quit.
I never think about smoking now because I know it is not (and never really was) an option.
I would say good luck in this step of your life, but luck has absolutely nothing to do with quitting. This is all you. And I KNOW you can do it.