Thought I'd start out by introducing myself and giving a little history. I've quit smoking several times. Probably my most successful was when I was pregnant and the months following. I quit the day I found out I was pregnant and didn't start back until about 4 months after having my son. The reasons were stupid, and it started out as just an every once in a while thing. You know. "I've got this thing beat. I can have a few every once in a while if I'm out." And we all know how that goes!
So I started smoking more often, and then I was smoking full-time. Quit for about 4 months, then we had several events that included drinking, which is always my downfall. And so here I am. Quitting again. I don't have much trouble with the day-to-day, but I figured I should join a forum for support to get me through the tough times.
I'm 32. I started smoking socially at 20 (read in one of the threads on here that someone said they weren't addicted...they smoke socially. That's how I began). I have a 3 year old son. My grandmother died of lung cancer. My mom has COPD at 48. I have to kick this habit for good.
We're going to start trying for a second child soon, and I want to be clean before doing that, but my mind keeps telling me I better enjoy it while a can. Not a good thing...the tricks the mind plays.
I joined a forum before and LOVED it, but it no longer exists, so I'm hoping to find the same kind of support here.
I started smoking full-time around age 21. I smoked about a pack a day until I got pregnant at 28. I'm at about a 1/2 a pack a day just because I'm a closet smoker. None of my friends know. My family doesn't know. Work doesn't know. My son doesn't know. My husband knows, but he's not a smoker. He's literally one of those people that can smoke one night while having drinks and then not smoke for months. It's very annoying when you're not. He wants me to quit as well, but I want to quit. I don't want to smoke anymore. I just know that when I give it up this time, it's for good.
And that's my story. I'm looking forward to getting to know everyone.
Been in your shoes many a times. Quit with each of my 3 kids. I really enjoy smoking, but I don't not enjoy the smoke or the smell, well maybe a little bit on the smell. LOL When my youngest was born ten years ago, I started smoking about 5 months after. Big mistake! I thought it wouldn't get out of control either, but it did and of course life's craziness doesn't help. I went to a half a pack a day to pack about a pack. I made a decision this year that I would quit before he turned 10. So I have tried quitting several times in 2011, praying this will be the last time. Still feeling stressed, lightheaded and tired all the time after 2 weeks, but one thing I know for sure. When my baby boy turns 10 in March, this momma is going to be smoke free. I know in my heart if I can accomplish this I can conquer all my dreams!
I've been an "on again, off again" smoker for years. It's been almost 3 weeks now and I found a cig. hidden in my house, since I was a closet smoker. It's all I can do to not go get it as soon as everyone goes to bed!