I dont know if this is the right place for this post, but oh, well.
I am ready to quit smoking. I don't know how to do it. I just put down my cigs when I found out I was pregnant, but that hasn't worked when I tried it recently. Neither has the patch, the inhaler, or the gum. I am on wellbutrin which is supposed to curb your smoking appetite, and that has worked somewhat, but I have only cut back by a couple of cigarettes a day.
I am in school, fighting the welfare system, fighting my mother-in-law (albeit civilly, than goodness), and trying to maintain a healthy marriage, as well as trying my damndest to raise my son to have all the love and cherishment he could want and more.
Needless to say, I have a lot on my plate. Add that to the fact that I have a highly addictive personality (blame it on astrology or genetics, it's still a fact) and I don't know if I can do it at all. I truly enjoy smoking, but it is starting to take its toll on my health. (I have been smoking on and off, mostly on, for 6 years). My husband just quit. He used patches for a week, and then never looked back.
I've looked at the booklets of what to expect when you quit smoking, and I know if I go three days without a smoke, then the physical addiction will have worked its way out of my system, but I also know it will be taking its toll on my body for over a month.
Has anyone else quit smoking? How did you do it? Do you think going to a support group would really help, or just frustrate me? I DON'T KNOW! ARG!
Just thinking about all of this makes me want to smoke. I promised myself I would quit before fall so I wouldnt have to stand outside in the cold, shivering, just to get a nicotine fix. That obviously hasn't worked. I really am afraid I will smoke for the rest of my life, which could conceivable end in my late 30s, ealry 40s, based on the research I have seen. That scares the crap out of me. I want to see my son graduate college and get married. i want to meet my grandkids, and I don't want to be hauling around an oxygen tank eveywhere I go.
If anyone reads this who doesn't smoke: NEVER START SMOKING! It might make you feel cool for awhile, but ultimately it will just make you feel lousy.