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Mar. 26th, 2008

Well, it's been a month since I quit smoking. I can't say it's really been hard, since I've been on the Chantix. Well, it was a little hard the first week or so. I ate a cubic shitload of sunflower seeds that week. Mostly it's been annoying. I smoked a couple cloves about a week after quitting, and then a couple bummed cigarettes at a bar about two weeks ago. I miss going out for community smoking breaks at work and miss chain smoking in front of WoW, and my after lunch smoke, but those are the worst times and they're not bad. We'll see how it goes when I get off the medication. I'll be on it for at least one more month so there's no real money savings until then. Chantix costs about the same as buying smokes does.

One thing that is really strange is that I've been craving sweets, especially chocolate chip cookies like MAD since I quit. I wonder if chocolate and nicotine hit the same pleasure centers. After thinking about it for a bit, when I was a kid I used to eat the shit out of chocolate donuts, chocolate milk and Oreos but I never really cared for anything sweet since I started smoking. Very interesting.

Anyway, I've still been doing my Couch to 10k, though a bit sporadically. I've still having some problems with my knees and getting some leg numbness but I ordered some new shoes. Hopefully the shoes and being less of a cow will decrease those orthopedic and/or nervous problems. Although with my current rate of cookie consumption I may just break even on the exercise/workout scale. ;)


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Mar. 26th, 2008 06:03 pm (UTC)
Good luck sticking with it...it'll get easier in time.

Nothing much worse than an older smoker...you're making the right decision.
Mar. 26th, 2008 11:31 pm (UTC)
1.5 cigarettes in the last 8 days for me. a record. im working on it too...

strange about the chocolate thing... i do know that chocolate hit the same places as heroin and other opiates in the brain. it has been used to help with withdraws from that.

i think that it just has to do with the fact that when you quit smoking, you tend to eat more-- pop pop popping things into your mouth.
Mar. 27th, 2008 04:57 pm (UTC)
Congrats on your month! Isn't it funny how cloves somehow don't count as much (which is bullshit)? I quit regular ciggies back in '04, then started up with 1 clove a week. Then 2 a week. At which point I realized they are worse than regulars, I was kidding myself to say I'd quit, I started coughing again, and BAM quit again for good last year. I really want to smoke, but I'm standing firm ground so far. Mostly because of the cough. I have told myself that I will only start up again after my husband dies, b/c what will I really care about then anyway.

Keep it up!
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