Want to smoke, talk me off the ledge

Updated on May 13, 2020 in General Support Thread
5 on April 18, 2020

I haven’t had a cigarette since about August.  It wasn’t my idea to quit; I only quit so that I could have weight-loss surgery.  The surgeon was pretty strict about that.  He felt I was at risk for developing blood clots, so the idea was that If I stopped for a long time before my surgery date, then I wouldn’t pick the habit back up afterwards.  It was hard to quit, but I was motivated by my future surgery date, so I did it.  Then the coronavirus hit.  My surgery has been postponed for the foreseeable future, so I no longer have that goal to reach for.  And I’m so stressed out.  I’m afraid my kids and husband will catch the coronavirus and die, I’m afraid the whole economy will tank, I’m just a bundle of nerves.  Smoking and eating were my go-to mechanisms for stress relief.  I want a cigarette so badly.  Talk me off the ledge please. 

 
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0 on April 18, 2020

Wow, can I just say that I’m totally impressed with your strength! You managed to stop smoking and start dieting at the same time. That is a lot to take on at once. Yet you managed to do both so well that you were given a surgery date because you met the surgeon’s goals. The diet itself was the worst thing I had ever been through. I barely lost enough to get banded and I was so stressed about that. But look at you, you’re tough enough to kick two bad habits. You don’t want a cig. You’re stronger than that.

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0 on April 23, 2020

From what I understand, smokers are more prone to catching the coronavirus and they have a harder time recovering from it. Since you’re worried about that, let it be your motivation to steer clear. You are doing so well! I know you can keep going.

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2 on May 5, 2020

I can’t thank you guys enough for being there for me and offering me some encouragement to stand tough. I want you guys to know that I did NOT smoke.

on May 12, 2020

Alright! Way to hang in there and stand tough! It is victory lap and celebration time. Thanks for the update. I was wondering about the outcome, but didn’t want to pry.

on May 13, 2020

Thank you for the encouragement and uplifting words. It helps more than you probably realize. I did celebrate that small win by treating myself to a new book.

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