Step Down

As I have mentioned, I am once again trying to quit smoking.

This is the third REAL attempt I have made. The first time I used Welbutrin, which sort of helped, but when I ran out, I went right back to smoking. The last time I used the patch and it went rather well, I just trusted myself too quickly and one cigarette after Thanksgiving dinner lead to ten and soon after me smoking regularly again.

This time I am using the patch once again. I started 5 1/2 weeks ago on the patch. The first week I was on the patch I still was smoking on occasion, but nowhere near my normal pack plus a day level. Four and a half weeks ago I had my last cigarette.

The plan for the patch is to do 6 weeks on Step 1, 2 on Step 2 and 2 on Step 3. I'm pushing it a bit since I smoked the first week and haven't actually hit week 6 yet, but this morning I stepped down to Step 2. I was out of Step 1 patches and buying another week of Step 1 patches just to hit their pre-determined set of rules didn't sound like fun. I just want to get past the patch and get the nicotine out of my system and start living a smoke-free life.

We will see how it goes, but so far, not so bad. Now, I switched to the Step 2 only a few hours ago, but still, at least there wasn't an immediate issue. Just have to take it one minute at a time and hopefully it will be just fine. And for those times when it is not, just have to remember why I am doing this.


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