29 Nov 2017
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So true! I remember one of my brothers saying that he was talking to someone and automatically reached into his shirt pocket for a cigarette. And then he realized, "What am I doing? I haven't smoked in 10 years!" So yes, sometimes we are definitely on autopilot.
When I first quit, mornings were especially hard. It used to be I would rather spend my time before work smoking than having breakfast. So I deliberately changed that up. Sometimes I would make a really delicious breakfast, including eggs. I found that I had so much extra time on my hands as a non-smoker that this was actually possible. And if I didn't feel like eating, I would play a few games on my computer. The way I looked at it, if I was going to make a major change like quitting smoking, which I knew was going to be really hard at the beginning, I had to replace it with things that I would enjoy as a sort of reward. And I found that really effective.