06 Feb 2020
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You have now passed the two week mark. Yippee! Way to go!
Yes, cravings can hit you like a ton of bricks. Try to distract yourself. Keep busy, and drink lots of water to help flush out the toxins. And really pay attention to any benefits you notice. You said that you notice you don't have a lot of phlegm in the mornings any more. Do you notice that your mouth feels fresher when you wake up, too? Do you find that you are starting to breathe a little easier? Maybe you are not getting as winded as you used to when you climb a flight of stairs? It is important to mentally make note of those improvements, no matter how small, because they can encourage you to stay on track.
I used to give myself little rewards along the way as positive reinforcement. I figured that I was saving so much by not smoking that I could fork out a few bucks for something that would make me happy. I play hidden object games, so I would buy myself a new game,, or I would buy a ready made meal for myself so I didn't have to cook. Anything just to make sure that I was giving myself a pat on the back for staying smoke free. I think it is important to reward yourself for all your hard work and dedication.
You and your wife are doing a fantastic job. Keep up the good work! And remember to live by N.O.P.E. (Not One Puff Ever). If you never take that first puff, you will remain a non-smoker forever.