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Quit Smoking Journey Week 3

Hi, it’s me again and I’m still smoke free in my third week.

The cigarette cravings are still manageable at this point. The worst parts of my day are in the late afternoon, right after work, and early evening, anytime between 6 and 8:30 pm. I read an interesting article on habit formation today.

The study reflected an average time of 66 days for a new habit to form. Some say it takes as little as several hours to as much as 250+ days. Can you imagine? More than 250 days, that is over 8 months, to break an old habit and form a new one. Yuck!

Quit smoking journey week 3

In the last week I was very unpleasantly surprised by the fact that I gained a full 5 pounds without changing any of my eating habits. I usually don’t snack throughout the day or at night, skip breakfast and have a fairly big lunch and dinner.

My dear husband Nick had the forethought of buying me a new pair of RYKA walking shoes right before I quit smoking, but I really haven’t made much use of them. The weather has been gloomy and it’s getting colder outside, and I’m making excuses because I’m feeling very lazy these days.

Nick suggested we change our eating habits through a combination of more sensible meals, eating out less and exercising more. It’s so great to have a partner that is willing to make changes to their own life in order to help.

Hopefully we will both loose a couple of pounds before our trip to Florida in November.

Here is a great reminder from Martin Rooney’s blog at

“Watch your thoughts, for they become words. Watch your words, for they become actions. Watch your actions, for they become habits. Watch your habits, for they become character. Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.”

Wish me luck in the following weeks and months to break this nasty habit of mine. It’s only been a few weeks now but it already feels like a long journey… this quit smoking business is hard work!

Any help, suggestions and comments will be greatly appreciated.

Check out my quit smoking journey from the beginning, start here – No One Likes A Quitter Quite Like I Do

Quitting Smoking Sucks,

Silke Jager

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  • Dear Silke,
    On a similar note,, How many times you have tried to quit smoking should be a sign to you of how much you really want to quit, not of how many times you haven’t been successful.  Nicotine is the single most highly addictive drug available legally – more addictive in fact than heroine.  If you’ve tried and failed to stop smoking in the past, its okay.  Contrary to being a sign of weakness, it indicates you are human like the rest of us!  The next time you go to quit smoking, hypnosis will help tremendously.

  • Hi Ernest, I truly appreciate your comment. Sadly I failed once again and started up after being smoke free for over four weeks. I think running out of Chantix made a difference. As soon as I got stressed out I fell back into the one thing I’ve done since I was a teenager. Light up a cigarrette. It is so frustrating since I’m right back to where I was before. I will look into hypnosis further, is that what helped you quit?
    I’m not ready to give up!
    Thank you again for your kind words. ♥ Silke


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