I've read a few posts lately about long time quitters (any quit longer than mine) having some significant temptations with returning to nicotine on the bases of, sort of, well, sort of like peer pressure. I think it revolves around a feeling of…. comfort brings an unreal sense of boldness or ill contrived strength that would give an imagined ability to not be subject to the law of addiction, take a puff and have a quit survive while enjoying the company of co-workers or friends. This concerns me because I'm just a regular Joe and I pay attention to those on this road in front of me. It's not like I've got my eye on your rear but more like I intend to learn from those that go before me. So, I want a plan. I need a plan that is centered on NTAP yet adds an associative action that reinforces the reasons of my quit. To that end I say….. noodle soup. Yes, I said noodle soup. I think I will poor a very warm bowl of noodle soup over my head when those thoughts come. In that way I will remember how very stupid I was to have smoked in the first place and want to remain quit. Then when my smoking peers ask why I did it I'll say I am trying to relate to their habit. I want to feel a part of their group. As the long slimy warm noodles slide down my face on a bed of hot soup powered by the force of gravity I'll remember how I justified this slow, insane form of murder for 26 years just like my friends. As it leaps from my face to my lap I'll remember how much I wanted to quit every time I smoked, that actually there weren't many good smokes because the mental anguish of knowing the truth about my habit squashed the good part. And if my peers' laugh I'll remind them that I'm their friend and that they should respect my choices. After all I'm not hurting them.
I can just imagine that warm all over feeling that my soup will bring. Especially now that winters here. Heck I might even start a new fad! Yep, I think I will. Watch out smoking friends and co-workers! Its noodle soup to you all.
I have been quit 4 Months, 5 Days, 20 hours, 46 minutes and 28 seconds. I have not smoked 2,557 cigarettes (that's allot a smoke!). I have saved 1 Week, 1 Day, 21 hours and 5 minutes of my life. I WILL N.T.A.P. THERE CAN NEVER BE ONLY ONE!