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smoke v. me v. the world

smoke v. me v. the world

I thought the not smoking wasn't bothering me. It was a week yesterday and I was feeling pretty proud of myself last night, commenting on how I haven't killed anyone or broken anything or, even more likely, how my family hasn't beat the crap out of me.

I woke up today realizing that I am beyond agitated. Every little thing is bothering me. Every noise, every perceived slight, every idiot who barges into my office demanding that they drink my coffee without even a thanks. I am so agitated I can feel it in my nerves. My skin is crawling and I am about ready to combust. I just snapped at my kids for no reason other than I felt like snapping. I am impatient and short tempered and sarcastic. Like the usual me, only more of it.

The thing is, I do not want to smoke. Mentally, I crave it. I think about the inhaling and exhaling, the feel of the tar and nicotine searing my lungs, watching the smoke rise into the air. I think about the way a cigartette relieves my stress, even momentarily. But while my mind craves it, my body is rejecting the thought. This is the first time in all the times I have quit smoking that I am not physically craving a cigarette. I think about it. And when I think about actually reaching for a cigarette and lighting and inhaling, my stomach turns. It helps that the last cigarette I had before quitting made me sick. It was probably something I ate, but I associate it with the cigarette and that helps. It helps to feel wretchedly ill every time I think about smoking.

I've started to replace my emotional need for a cigarette with caffeine. This does not bode well for a person who was already drinking 8 12 oz. cups a day. This does not help my agitation or insomnia or tension. It doesn't make it easier to cut down on my road rage incidents or keep from hurling sporks at self-obsessed co-workers.

I am now hacking up a lung on an hourly basis as my body tries to rid itself of years of abuse. I can taste the nicotine as it makes its way up my throat and it makes me want to run to the store and strangle the woman behind the counter who promised me she would not sell me cigarettes ever again. I must resist. I will resist. I will prevail. Because no one believes I can do it. No one thinks I have the will power. So some day, some day soon, I will be standing on top of the pile of people I have run down in a fit of non-smoking rage, and I will call myself King of the Hill and I will smile smugly and say "I told you so" to no one in particular.

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oh m, i know this feeling soooo well...my doc suggests industrial strength ear muffs...i'm thinking its either meditation, a white noise machine, or insitutionalisation

Drink lots and lots of juice. It'll help flush all that nasty crap (nicotine) out of your body faster. Start chewing gum, starbursts, life savers or some small candy that you can reach for whenever you think about it.
You can do it Michele.

I think you can do it, M. You can do anything if you put your mind to it. :-)

Hot damn... that's the hell that awaits me if I ever try to quit?

Shit. I thought it was bad enough here, and I've only been smoking for two years.

heh. you said spork.

I did wonder why you burst up into flames when I was just teasing you... I've never seen anyone's hair disintegrate into a burning effigy so fast before...

Its an addiction, you have to beat it. If it was easy there'd be no achievement in doing it. Don't be an Ex-ex-smoker as well.

Spork

smoker or not, there's nothing wrong with being overly agitated, as long as you have a good reason... hey, you can't help it if most people are inconsiderate, can you?

Good thing you got a lotta lungs to hack up.

I'm thinking if I start exercising, really exercising in a gym with locker rooms and scary weight machines, maybe I'll be so healthy I won't want to smoke; that's what everyone tells me. Not that I believe them.

When you get that monkey off your back, I'd be curious to hear what moves it takes to get a monkey off your back.

Take an old coffee cup and affix a little sign on it: "25 cents a cup." Put it next to your coffee pot. Tell people who remark on it that you "simply can't continue to buy this much coffee" yourself. [They have no idea how much coffee you buy.]

The occasional person will pay you. Most will just stop taking your coffee. Which is the point.

Also, no group projects. Did you learn nothing in junior high social studies?!? ;) Seriously, I hope it gets better.

XO

Don't forget to breathe.

Someone told me that once when I was getting stitches put in. I found it's worked for me a bunch of times in my life, quitting smoking being one of them.

breathing works for a lot of things, including getting tattoed and getting pierced and getting ... well, a lot of other things.

i'm gonna quit smoking right after Mardi Gras. you're my inspiration.

You can do it...just think of how you feel the morning after a looooong night of revelry and cigarettes whenever you crave. It's what I do, I'm on day 14...it seems to be working.

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