Where to begin? Okay!
A few months ago, November of last year to be exact, I went in for a routine women’s checkup and my options on another form of birth control besides the Mirana (we will discuss this in another blog). Results to the Pap smear came back. Reality check!! I had what is called precancerous cells on my cervix. Yes, cancer. SCARY!! Fortunately it was just “pre” meaning stage 0 and a simple LEEP (loop electrosurgical excision procedure) is all it took to remove these cancerous cells from my body with side effects (another discussion for later). My chances of conceiving are less. My chances of a high risk pregnancy is higher. Low birth weight is another side effect. Anyways, did the procedure. My 4 month checkup is the end of this month.
So the reason for blogging! I HAVE TO QUIT SMOKING!!! I don’t think I have to explain why. I’ve done some listening, reading, and Pinterest and came to a conclusion: smoking is a drug. I need to treat quitting like I am quitting drugs. NOT EASY! And I have a plan of action to defeat this drug!
- Call it a drug.
- Change my habit with other healthy habits.
- Stay strong.
- Be active in my group and blog!
- Give it to God.
My other habits, habits to replace smoking. I found that would suit me is herbal tea. See it’s the process: heat water in kettle, pour water over tea in coffee press, wait to steep, and enjoy! By the time the cup is gone my craving passes and I make a habit that will benefit rather then distory. It actually helped. My problem with this trial period is i wasn’t keeping my mind off of smoking. I wasn’t think it of a drug but a relief. This is going to be hard!
Next is projects! These will help, I hope (crossing fingers)! My trial period I found for free an old end table. Real wood. I decided to fix it up and replace it with my daughters table holding her TV. It kept me busy. I had 2 cigarettes in the whole time only because I sat there waiting. Gotta keep busy! The finished product (I forgot to snap a before picture. Next time!):
Lastly, give it to God. Please give me the strength and courage to brace this change and over come it’s cravings.
If you are interested join this group I have joined. Check it out on Facebook! A group of awesome people. A few hundred (401) of smokers wanting to quit like me, current quitters (this ranges from 1 day to years) and ex-smokers! A lot of them are active.
Until next time! Oh! I’m planning on starting Saturday morning no cigarettes. Wish me luck!