Friday, 26 December 2014

Getting Ready To Quit Smoking

Smoking and running don't really work well together. It affects your breathing, your heart rate and the amount of oxygen getting into your muscles. As well as all the other health problems that we have heard a million times, it also costs a lot of money.

We all know that it's not good for you, but unfortunately, once your a smoker it's one of the hardest things in the world to quit.

And as the New Year approaches, smokers all around the world talk about giving them up, without really having any sort of plan.

Giving Up Smoking
It's time for us to part ways...

Smoking And Me

I had my first cigarette when I was about 13 years old. I stole it from my Grandpa, and smoked it all on my own at the top of the garden. There was no peer pressure, just my curiosity. I was now able to smoke, even though I didn't think it was as good as people made it out to be.

When I was about 18 I started buying them regularly, instead of just when I was at parties or with friends somewhere away from parents. Since then I've quit countless times, but only on two occasions did this last over a few months. And so for the past 18 years I've been smoking twenty a day.

I'm not sure what this has done to me health-wise, but financially it has been devastating. But us smokers are that used to it, that we seem to be able to justify spending £5 or £10 or more on cigarettes or tobacco every day.

That is every day. Not just some days when I feel like it. Every day. Every single, consecutive day.

My Plan To Quit Smoking

My workmate and I have decided that the 7th of January 2015 will be our last day of smoking. It's his birthday, and will also give us time to prepare after the festive season.

In the past I have tried tablets, I have tried gum, I have tried plastic cigarettes and the electronic cigarettes, but none have had a long lasting effect.

The only method that has really worked with me before was reading Allen Carr's Easy Way to Stop Smoking which you can get at Amazon by clicking the link.

The last time I read it I stopped smoking for 11 months, before one night stupidly thinking I could have one without becoming hooked again. It had completely changed the way I thought of smoking, without using scare tactics.

You actually continue to smoke while reading the book, until the end when you literally overnight become a non smoker. So after losing my last copy, I got myself a new copy the other day. I've just started reading it, and will do my best to have finished it before the 7th January.

Do You Want To Quit Smoking?

If you smoke and want to give up, either leave a comment below or get in touch. It would be nice to hear how you plan to do it, and a bit of support will help both of us.

I would advise the book above, but if you are trying another method it would be great to hear how that goes. I just found the book to be the most effective and easy way of doing it.

I have a few New Year 's Resolutions planned, but I suppose this one is the biggest as it will benefit my running, health and my finances. I just need to start reading now...

Half Marathon James

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