Honestly, I never thought I’d be able to do it. Patches didn’t work, and the gum… well, try cramming three or four pieces in your cheek at the same time!
After a month of being smoke-free, the only thing that Really helped me quit was this:
Blessed be the Lord , because he hath heard the voice of my supplications. The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him.
– Psalms 28:6-7 KJV
I don’t crave, I don’t want. Freedom from cigarettes is wonderful!
But I’ll let you know that everything people say about quitting didn’t happen like they said it would. Some of the things I heard were:
1. You’ll breathe better!
2. You’ll be able to taste your food again.
3. You’ll look younger.
And a whole lot more. People said everything from how is have more energy to better, longer lovemaking (good incentive for any guy, right?)
Sadly, I’ve noticed no difference. Food tastes the same. Colors aren’t any brighter, I look just as old as I did before and nothing has changed “behind closed doors” (although I did notice I don’t feel like running out for a smoke when we were done, so more intimacy after the ‘big show’).
The real reward and change came in the way of heightened brain activity. I can think more clearly, don’t have to stop what I’m doing to go have one, and best of all, I’m saving over $60 a week (reallocated to more groceries for the family and tithe).
If you’re looking to quit smoking, you just gotta do it when you are called to. You can’t quit if someone else is pushing you. When you do, don’t expect big changes with anything except the money you save.