Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Withdrawal Symptoms: Initially Optimistic, Now Tedious and Bullshit

Once I made it through the first two weeks with only a couple of puffs on a cigarette, I was feeling optimistic.  Then, the withdrawal symptoms kicked in.  Now, I'm not going to be all "omg, it's so hard, I can't do it." I'm over the hump, the symptoms will begin to get better.  I'm also not going to be "this is the hardest thing EVAR!" because for me, it's not.  Yeah, I've been smoking around 3 packs a week since the age of 18, but that's a pretty short amount of time compared to the general amount of time before most dedicated smokers quit.  And, by quitting cold turkeyish, I kind of brought this bullshit on myself.  I could very well ask my dad to pick me up gum, or the patch, and he would, because he was damn sure not a fan of me smoking, but I'm pretty confident right now.  The biggest pain in the ass symptom, a sore throat, is beginning to subside.  Now if I can get past the mental bullshit, like insomnia, lethargy, and a general "strangeness" in my brain, I'll be all good.  Because it's been putting a few projects on hold.  Stuff I really want to get done, and move forward on.

Also, thanks to everyone for the kind words and sympathy after my dog was put to sleep.  Here's an song that is pretty uncharacteristic of me, but I actually really like:


9 comments:

  1. you will have to find something to keep yourself occupied. things will get better soon

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  2. Really the only way to actually quit smoking is to go straight cold turkey, you just suddenly decide you don't want to smoke anymore, and that's that. Good luck with it though, if you've gone this long you should be fine.

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  3. practice some sport! try boxing, it will help on your stress management from quit smoking :)

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  4. addictions are super hard to drop and really easy to pick right up again. it's where you are comfortable! but where you are comfortable is not necessary best for you

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  5. Do you read any of the articles on Cracked? One of the authors did a piece on quitting smoking and if you're going through what he went through, kudos to you. It sounds hard.

    http://www.cracked.com/article_19030_quitting-smoking-6-things-you-notice-about-stupid-world.html

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  6. Strange that you would get a sore throat from *not* smoking, but I don't smoke so I don't really comprehend how it all works. Congratulations on quitting though, I hope you can stay a non-smoker afterward for your health

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  7. I admire your resolve, especially when you have to deal with your girl moving and your dog being put down at the same time. It really sucked to hear about that.

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  8. Good luck man. Quitting cold turkey is quite tough, and I give you major props for doing so.

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