Hands up: How many of you put "Quit Smoking" on their New Year's Resolution list? If you are sitting in front of your device right now with one hand in the air, please continue reading. If you are curious, keep reading as well.
As of today, I am smoke free for 950 days. I started smoking when I was 15. I quit every once in a while, but the last time I quit seems to be the most successful. D'oh. Obviously.
I remember the day I quit smoking EXACTLY, as if it was yesterday. It was a MONDAY MORNING (what was I thinking), and my boss was about to leave for a 2 week business trip... What meant: me being alone and taking care of everything while he is away. Again: WHAT WAS I THINKING?!
Well, we all know smoking is bad. It is one of the worst things you can do to your body. It stinks. It's freaking expensive. Eventually it will kill you.
Then again, it can be really relaxing... No it's not. It raises your heart rate. So stop thinking like that! Yes, this was a trap.
I've had a whole bunch of reasons to quit. The main reason was, that it just didn't really fit into my healthy lifestyle anymore at all. Stepping out of the gym after a workout, lighting a cig right away? Yea... No...
So how did I make it through these 950 days? Willpower. Willpower. Willpower. Every day is a struggle. Face it, if you smoke, you are a junkie. A drug addict. No sugarcoating! I still have days where I just sit at my desk, craving a cigarette.
What helped me besides will power, was this app:
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to get to the app store!
This was a good motivator. But an app alone didn't do the trick. Yes, I'm going to play the junkie card again! To me, addiction is addiction. If you smoke, drink, or shoot H. If you have to have it, you are addicted. I started watching DJ AM's (may he rest in peace) "Gone Too Far". All the time.
After I ran out of episodes (DJ AM passed away while filming this MTV show), I started binge watching "Intervention".
You might not have to steal from your family and friends to feed your addiction. But face it: you are just as junkie as they are. So I watched these shows, over and over again, and kept telling myself "I'm smarter than him. I'm smarter than her. I am stronger than this freaking addiction."
And watching one or 2 episodes of either show still helps me today. If I feel the urge, I grab my phone and watch them on YouTube.
I agree, this might be a very unconventional way to quit. But hey, it worked for me. Maybe it will work for you, too?