Thursday, June 26, 2008

Thursday Thirteen 6/26/08 23rd Edition

I got three separate emails yesterday from some really nice people just starting out on Chantix that found my blog, and I found myself repeating some of my favorite pet strategies that worked for me. Everyone is different, and I can't say what will work for anyone else, but these worked for me.

My Top 13 Favorite Quit Smoking Tips
  1. One Day at a Time. I do have a long-term goal of staying quit, but my focus is always on just right this moment because it still freaks me out to think too much further out. I do know that I can just not smoke until I go to bed tonight. So I keep doing that.

  2. Water. Whenever I had a craving, urge or tugging, water helped.

  3. Deep breaths. This works. It just does, even as recently as this week.

  4. Keeping in mind that no craving really lasts much longer than 5 minutes, even if another may follow shortly thereafter (though with time they get fewer and further between).

  5. Making a list of reasons I quit and reading it as often as needed. Of all the excellent and more serious reasons on my long list, the one that usually worked in my case was being able to laugh with all my heart without coughing.

  6. Chantix. Much of this blog has been about my experience on this quit smoking drug, and I am delighted that it worked for me as intended and with only minor side effects. As with any medicine, under the care of a real live medical doctor is the way to go.

  7. Realizing that this would be hard, even with Chantix but staying with it no matter how tough. There is no magic miracle pill that makes quitting smoking easy. At least not for me.

  8. Keeping in touch with others who are doing the same thing, and in my case, I did that by reading others' blogs (like the ones in my Linky Loos) and commenting, too.

  9. Writing my own experiences almost daily here on my blog because writing makes me think things through and helps me to sort things out.

  10. Being honest with myself about my limitations. I don't do well around alcohol when cigarettes are also available, even now, so I limit how often I am in those situations.

  11. Small rewards along the way. I don't have to go nuts or spend a bunch of money, but I do enjoy treating myself once in awhile.

  12. Walking. I started walking with the work ladies twice a day around two of the times when I would have been taking smoke breaks, and it was a healthy way to take a break. Once I quit smoking, I wanted to start being healthier in general.

  13. Whatever other little things seemed like they might work at any time. This ranged from walking around the store to working puzzles to drinking coffee (opposite effect for some, I know), kissing Tom, brushing my teeth, wearing good smelling lotion, taking a shower, smelling my non-smoky hair, laundering any clothes that smelled smoky, getting my car clean and deodorized, eating celery, trying different fruits like pluots and about 8 million others. The point is whatever works, even if that might be different for each person.
Today is smoke-free day 375, and I'm still counting.

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  1. Congratulations! I am smoke free for 3 years and 6 months now. One day at a time! Happy TT.

  2. Maggie,
    It was cool to have you go back and repost the basics....many of those same things have helped me stay quit for over seven months. Sometimes the simple stuff is what works!

  3. 13 ways of reaching out to just the right person, who needed to hear you right then!!! Nice! I'm a non-smoking person since Oct.1982 :) Ohhh, how nice even to this day, that sounds!!! NON-SMOKER...Deb~

  4. Congrats on another smoke-free day and for the good tips...

    Happy TT!

  5. Congratulation....for not smoking.
    I never smoke in my life.

    Visit me in here

  6. Yay Maggie. As always, you are an inspiration to us all.

    I am 3 days away from 4 months.
    Couldn't have done it without you.

    At first I wasn't sure I could do it, but now, even though I still miss it, I am used to not doing it.

    and ain't it nice not smell yucky any more ;-)

  7. Those are great tips! You must be SO MUCH HEALTHIER now with all the water drinking and walking too!
    Yay you!

  8. yeah for you. I need to share these with my parents!

    Mines up as well!
    Hubbys having a give away at his blog at

    Hope you will visit us both!

  9. Great job-- keep it up! Anything worth doing is worth the effort-- as giving up smoking truly is.

    Happy TT!

  10. Great list. I quit smoking about seven years ago. Occasionally, I get a wif of a cigarette and think "I want!" but once the scent is gone, I'm over it.
    Keep up the good work.

  11. Great list of tips and congratulations on all your smoke-free days.

  12. Great list Maggie and great tips for those just starting quitting. Water, deep breaths and one day at a time all worked very well for me too. Happy TT

  13. mmm, I had a pluot last week, it was SO good!!!

  14. I'm so proud of your progress. I've never smoked, but my husband does (and has tried to quit twice, unsuccessfully) and my mother quit about 20 years ago... but I still remember how hard it was for her. Congrats!!!! You're a true inspiration :)

  15. Congrats! My dad smoked for 40 years and finally quit (after trying for 20 years) last year.

    Its not easy!

  16. These are all great tips :)

    Congratulations on your success!

    Quitting was incredibly tough for me. Even after nearly 4 years, it still pains me to walk by someone lighting up after nice, fulfilling meal....or first thing in the morning with a cup of coffee.

  17. Interesting 13. Mine is Eat, Drink and be Merry - 13 Last Words, Excerpt: Judaism instructs us to enjoy the simple gifts that God gives in the present world. Eat, drink and be merry. Enjoy this life, on this Earth, in this time. I have collected for your enjoyment the last words of some of our more famous fellow human beings involving food or drink before they died.

  18. Those sound like good tips for people no matter what they're trying to quit... or (in many cases) if someone is trying to start a NEW habit.

  19. Excellent help. Thanks. My 'attempt' didn't work. I did it spur of the moment with no forethought and I wasn't ready and it was bad timing. After I emailed you the other day, I called my doc about Chantix. I wanted to see if as a diabetic it was okay. The nurse called back and said it wasn't covered by my insurance, but that she might be able to get it pre-authed? Don't know if it will work, but the doc was out of the office until next week so they will call me back. Then I will begin with a plan. And these handy hints. And probably I will harrass you to no end as a source of support.

    No doubt you will be sorry you ever met me, ha ha.

  20. Maggie, Thanks for this list of tips. I have been smoking for a very long time now. Tried to quit a number of times without success. I am to the point I have to try again for a number of reasons, my health is top, money second.

    This time around, I am going to plan out my quit. I will use your tips, and will probably talk with a doctor about the Chantix. Don't be surprised if I return.

  21. Hi there! I enjoy reading your post. Not just your T13 but your entire blog!!! I just recently had a baby and quit smoking (obviously when I found out I was pregnant). I didn't think that I would want to smoke once I had the baby... but I was wrong! Especially, when I am in a social setting and drinking. I have been able to fight the temptations for the most part. I think I have smoked three cigarettes since having the baby... I really do not want to become a smoker again. Congrats! On being smoke free.

  22. Just wanted to say g'mornin to ya.
    Happy Saturday!


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