Again…thank you for not smoking…

I’m on a little bit of a break this week.  Life has been a bit crazy and I’ve got many half-written posts, but no time to finish any of them. 

However, I wanted to pop in here today and deliver some news…

My father, who has been a 2-pack-a-day smoker for as long as I can remember, had decided to quit smoking!

This is a pretty big deal and I’m very excited for him. 

Since his official start on the road to quitting (which was yesterday), he’s only smoked one cigarette.  By this time of the morning, he’s usually through about 10. 

This is huge. 

Mom says he’s grumpy…but he sounded ok when I spoke to him.  Though, I imagine by lunch time he’s going to be a little edgy. 

He stops in here every day and I’m hoping reading this will keep him motivated to not smoke. 

So Dad, if you are reading this and you are thinking about smoking…PUT THE CIGS DOWN AND BACK AWAY FROM THEM VERY SLOWLY!

Good job!

That’s all for today.  If anyone has any motivating comments or quitting tips to pass along, please leave them in the comments.  I’m sure my dad will love all your support!

Comments

  1. 3 cheers and a >5 for your dad!! I can ONLY IMAGINE how daunting and difficult a task this must be. I actually know very few people have quit successfully. However, of those people, their quality of life was so drastically improved that they sometimes wondered they hadn’t done it before. The only way I’ve been able to quit some of the bad habits that I’ve had is to write down how I feel when I engage in that bad habit. Out drinking like a fish the night before? Write down exactly how horrible I feel the next day. Ate a plate of pasta at dinner (which y’know…my GI tract does not like) write down exactly what the next morning feels like. When I am tempted to give in again, I go back and read those words and think “do I REALLY want to put myself through that again?” I don’t know if it’s the same or not, but there’s bound to be some side effects to smoking that he doesn’t enjoy and would actually like to give up. Maybe remembering the bad instead of the good would help??

  2. HORRAY!! Great job Dad! The Boy’s dad quit a few years ago. Boy’s sister got him Ellen Degeneres’s book for his birthday on how she quit smoking. It gave him fun facts like it only takes 24 hours for the nicatine to leave your body – so after that detox is over and it’s all habit. It was a great success – for about 3 years (he’s started again – boo). He said it was a matter of turning on his brain and thinking through what he was doing to himself. Once he did that if he was craving a cigarette he would just think it through – I don’t need the nicatine this is just habbit. It was all very impressive. Unfortunately he’s been feeling a little stressed lately and he’s started again… but I’m planning a serious talk with him in the near future. Perhaps he and your dad can be quitting pals!?

  3. YAY! That’s so fantastic. My Dad quit when my Mom got pregnant with me….just quit cold turkey over 30 yrs ago and hadn’t had a cig since!! He was a 3 pack a day smoker, too. GOOD for your Dad!

  4. I’m SO happy for your dad and your family. My husband quit smoking on our daughter’s first birthday (Feb 9 @330pm). He bought an e-cigarette and since then he hasn’t picked up a single real cigarette. He’s been smoke-free for over 3 months! There’s a variety of e-cigs out there, but my husband has found one that works very well and he’s turned several other heavy smokers onto them and they’re all doing well. Although it’s still nicotine, it’s not the crap you get from a real cigarette (tar, poison, etc) and you can gradually decrease your nicotine level without feeling the withdrawal…and you can get yummy flavors! It’s been a real blessing – my husband spends more time inside with us instead of outside smoking, he doesn’t smell or taste like cigarettes, he doesn’t leave the table when we’re out to dinner to go smoke…it’s wonderful. Wow…so this totally sounds like an ad, lol! Really, just knowing how hard it is to quit, I want your dad to keep it up and if he needs some help there’s so many resources out there. If he’s curious about the stuff my husband got you can send me an e-mail and I can get you the info. But if he’s doing great “cold turkey” that’s awesome, too! That’s the route I took and I’ve been smoke free for almost 5 years!

  5. Way to go, Shana’s dad! I quit smoking cold turkey a little over 4 months ago and consider it one of the BEST decisions I ever made. I’m not going to lie…it was hard at first, but I barely remember myself as a smoker now.

    You CAN do this, dad. Drink lots of water to help your body detox. It only takes 3 days of absolutely no smoking for the chemical part of this addiction to leave your system. After that, it’s all mental. It truly becomes mind over matter. Be gentle with yourself; you’re doing a really great, but really hard thing. http://www.quitnet.com has some good online support.

    My mantra: N.O.P.E. Not One Puff Ever. Because we ex-smokers are always just a puff away from becoming smokers again. Good luck! :-)

  6. Good decision, Shana’s Dad – you made your daughter VERY happy!
    You also made your lungs and your heart happy too.
    I don’t really have any tips – just to be strong. The hardest part is to get past the habit of it. When I quit (almost 11 years ago, now), I found I was physically reaching for my pack of smokes (which was no longer there) without even thinking about it – just because I was doing something that I normally smoked with.
    My Mom always kept a pack with her, and said that she wasn’t “quitting”, she just wasn’t smoking today. It comforted her to know that they were there if she chose to smoke…though for me, the that temptation would have been too much.
    You can do it!

  7. Yay Shana’s Dad! You can do it. My co-worker has a countdown on her cubicle wall. I’m not sure if it helps her or not but she gets really excited to add one more day of not smoking to the wall.

  8. Yeah! Good for him. Having the support around you is the best way to start.

  9. As someone who has tried quitting more times than I care to remember, I am always in awe of people who are able to kick it for good. That’s great news that your dad is quitting. Best of luck to you, Poppa Shana–you can do it!

    Also, if he needs any help, there’s a smoking cessation book written by Allen Carr that helped a ton of celebs quit (including Ellen Degeneres) and it also helped my friend’s hubby (who was also a very heavy pack-a-day smoker) quit cold turkey.

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