How I gave up smoking - for good
I am now into my ninth year of not having smoked a cigarette and have not looked back since.
So how did I do it? My secret, I came up with a plan. Plain and simple.
After numerous failed attempts and supposed miracle cures, I decided my last cigarette would be on the 31st December 2003. The following plan and tactics would help me get through the next few months and possibly years.
You may have noticed I use the word ‘I’ a lot. This is intentional.
The Dylan Lees-Jones – ‘giving up smoking’ action plan (key parts)
- At 29 years old, I decided smoking was now my biggest challenge. I had to face up to it, focus and act
- I told myself I was dying and had six months to live. I didn’t need a doctor to tell me this
- I decided smoking was easy and giving up was hard. Now there’s a challenge!
- If there was ever an urge to smoke, I would think about how sick I felt after having a cigarette
- I would go out drinking with friends, who smoked, to test my plan
- I told myself smoking the occasional cigarette would eventually lead to a full packet and I would have failed again
- I always wanted a family and to be a great dad. My daughter is nearly three and my son is due in March!
- I knew running the London Marathon would never be achieved if my training had to work alongside a 35-a-day habit. I ran it in 2008!
- I drew up a list of things I wanted. Making savings from not smoking helped me save over £1,000 a year.
The key to it all was I wanted to give up. Having a plan and occupying myself were essential. I needed to replace smoking with something else. Something much cheaper and healthy! Without a plan I would still be smoking, a heart attack waiting to happen or worse dead.