Saturday, March 7, 2009

Quitting Smoking

Well, the entirety of the Farm Fam (with the possible exception of Farmdad,) has decided that the cigarette tax hike (about eight bucks per carton, effective Monday, according to the clerk at the stop&rob where we get our smokes) is the perfect excuse to quit.

I have six cigs left in the last pack out of the last carton that I bought. Farmmom and Mamaw are getting the infamous Patch. Here goes nothin!

I was leery of the patch, since older versions tended to drop blood pressure, and I natrually have low blood pressure. Not like, no worries about hypertension low, but like "Hey, are you sure you're alive?" low.

The pharmacist ensures Mamaw that the patches she bought will not effect blood pressure... we'll see if I die. It's not going to be fun, and it's not going to be easy, but it will help that Mamaw and Farmmom will be doing it themselves.

The timing could be better, what with going back to classes Tuesday, and all, but if I worry about that, at this point, I'll never quit.

I figure the tax is a sign from Above (and no, I don't mean Obama... if he wanted me to quit smoking he'd show up at my house and nurse me through withdrawals with his own two hands!..... < /sarcasm >) along with the Fam quitting right along with me...

I'm not going to kick myself for a slip, and I'm not going to expect it to be easy. It's a process, and I'm going to give it my best shot.

I think if I can get past the first three days or so, I'll be good.

On the other hand, this is a good thing for me gaining weight, not only because cigarettes supress appetite, (AD, can you imagine me with more appetite?!?!?!?) but because I've found that the most effective oral-fixation replacement is, you guessed it, food.

Particularly sunflower seeds, because I can nibble those suckers all day and not get full, with occasional injections of chocolate for those ever-lovely endorphines.

So, wish us all luck!

8 comments:

Old NFO said...

Good luck, thoughts and prayers sent, cause y'all are gonna be a little grumpy... :-)

Farmgirl said...

I know.. but at least we'll be snipping at each other...

JR said...

Good luck to all y'all. If you start feeling idjity or ornery, take a shower.

I have faith in you, after meeting you in Dallas I am sure that you are stronger than any cigarette.

Farmgirl said...

Heh. The nicotine, it is strong.

I have plans that will help me get the feel good endorphins going without the nicotine.

... hopefully it'll help.

Anonymous said...

The chantix pill helps too when combined with the patch. ( I used em both on long flights across the pond and they do take the edge off)
I am joining your club too. Another 7 bucks a carton to finance everything but the health care I will need if I don't quit is too much. I'm starting the pill on Monday and go to full dose in 7 days which is quit day. I will don the patch on quit day as well. I am going to buy 3 cartons tommorow before the robbery commences. The chilruns get to keep em and promise to dole them out sparingly if I get really cantankerous or start throwing hissy fits. They promise to give me a fix before I start foaming at the mouth and have to be shot.

PA State Cop said...

Be prepared for some wicked dreams. Girlfriend used the patch and woke up one night thumpin' me saying she had dreamed I had broken up with her. YMMV. Luck with that. ;)

Farmgirl said...

Anonymous- Yep, it's a good incentive. Good luck!

PA State Cop- Put it on in the middle of the night last night, but I didn't suffer from the vivid dreams... at least not yet.

Christina LMT said...

Good luck, Farmfamily!