Have you always wanted to quit smoking and convince yourself that you should smoke cigarettes for the rest of your life? Have you ever tried to stop and give up half the thought during the day or the same night? If you think quitting smoking is simply impossible, I would keep reading.

It’s really not as difficult as you might think. Take it from a real boxer smoker a day or better on some days. It was like a true friend to me that I couldn’t let go. I smoked a good thirty to thirty-six years of my life. I am not quite sure when I started smoking. I quit once for a week about ten years ago. The big mistake I made back then was asking a friend for a smoke so I could see what I was missing. That was a big mistake! I was back full time and have tried several times since then and have failed on all but the last attempt.

For me, quitting smoking has always been like a ritual that I tried two or three times a year. The excuse was always the cost of cigarettes. I never complained about the possible negative effects it could have later. I was certainly aware of how bad it was every day. I heard it every day in the news about how smokers got their boots in restaurants and buildings. The worst smokers were the non-smokers who stopped smoking. I know my wife quit ten years ago. I smoked outside in the rain, snow or blizzard. I hope that as a non-smoker I never will.

I was not a very pleasant person when I tried to stop. I am sure that smokers know how to get angry if you haven’t had a cigarette for a while. Every morning when I tried to become a non-smoker, I went for a coffee and shortly after breakfast I ran outside hoping to meet someone who smoked. I always had a good fit for lunch and dinner just to keep giving in to the cravings. I didn’t have a good day. I almost gave up quitting. I was convinced that I would smoke the rest of my life. I thought I would be addicted forever until I had my last cigarette around 3 a.m. on a sunny afternoon while washing my jeep.

Everyone tells me that I was ready. I really don’t know if I was ready. What I do know is that I had to do some important things to give it up completely, and I’m not sure what important thing made me a non-smoker two months later. I know that one of the most important things that helped me was telling myself now and then that I was a non-smoker, even though I knew I was smoking. I wouldn’t say it out loud if there were people around me who knew I was smoking. You would probably think I would lose it. I told myself I was a non-smoker for about two weeks before I stopped. You may want to call it self-preparation. I really knew I wanted to stop. Maybe I was ready.

That sunny afternoon I had one cigarette left that I smoked after washing my jeep. I told my wife that I wouldn’t buy anything that afternoon. She has heard me say that many times. She told me to try and buy later and not be hard on myself to try the least. Again she repeated that it was okay to buy something later. I think my wife almost gave up that I stopped too.

If you try to stop, you also have to learn how to hesitate. The same afternoon I postponed buying cigarettes until bedtime. Bedtime came and it was too late to go to the store. I postponed it until the next morning.

The morning came and I made sure that I was a non-smoker. I decided the other key was to invite my weaknesses. I’ve had coffee, which you shouldn’t do. I almost prevented my brother-in-law from coming in the same night because he had smoked. I told my wife to let him come, but he had to smoke outside alone. I thought about it for a moment and decided to stand outside and watch him smoke. They also said they shouldn’t drink beer or alcohol when trying to quit smoking. I bought a six-pack and drank and watched him smoke. That was the very first day. I finally stopped and had no desire the next day. The beautiful seizures were gone! The desire was gone! The grumble from not smoking was gone! The wasted dollars for cigarettes were gone! It was like being born again.

The main goal in smoking cessation was to convince myself a few weeks ago that I was a non-smoker. Quitting halfway through the day was the other key. Think about it for a second. The day was not as long for me as if I had stopped in the morning. If you stop in the morning, you have about 16 hours before you go to bed and forget it. I stopped going to bed at 3:00 p.m. with only 8 hours to forget it. It was half the time to calm everything down. I had a 16 hour jump to get the nicotine out of my system before morning. Quitting in the morning was always difficult because smoking and a cup of coffee were always a pleasure for me.

The last thing I had to do was learn to say no for the rest of the next day. The craving was not as bad as on other days I stopped. It must have something to do with the time I stopped. The desire was not as bad as in previous attempts. The next day I couldn’t understand why I was smoking all the time. The addiction is finally gone and I no longer want to pick up this cigarette to see what I’m missing!

Just make sure that you are a non-smoker for about two weeks.

Quit the last cigarette halfway through the day if you do something that you enjoy. Make sure you are in a good mood!

Don’t tell anyone that you stop. Just tell them you won’t buy any for the rest of the day.

Learn to hesitate 6 to 8 hours, which shouldn’t be too difficult for some of us.

Face all your weaknesses that you think will put you back on the smoking train.

Say no for a day! Say no for a day! Say no for a day!

Day three frees you !!!

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