Who is next?

Well, to quit smoking was much easier than I thought. I must say that I am very satisfied with results, and I really feel good about myself. That is maybe the best part, to see all others who tried and failed and I’m the one that succeeded. Now you are thinking that I’m a small man with no compassion and regard for well-being of other than myself, but hey, what can I say, quit smoking and join me. I’m just kidding:) My current confidence is result of being happy that I managed not to smoke for 25 days! You don’t need to congratulate me…Well, if you insist:)

I know that 25 days is nothing to many that have tried, that they endured much more, maybe three months, maybe six, but I’ll tell you this, every beginning is hard and every small victory should be celebrated and rewarded and because of that, I’ll celebrate my first month with my wife and I’ll take her to the cinema and after that ice-cream will do:) It’s small victory and the price will also be small.

During past two weeks, colleague of mine, who is well-informed of my progress as a non-smoker was trying to make me confess that I have secret stash of cigarettes and that in moments of weakness I smoke, because, that was his thing while he was trying to quit. I must say that he could not be more wrong! As I said before, take control of your actions, don’t put yourself into defensive position. Situations like this make me even more determined in my decision to quit smoking, almost I wish I have more similar situations:)

So, the next thing I will do is to start working out regularly. That is next item on my list. My decision is to have four trainings a week. That will be 48 trainings in three months. Why three months? Well, I decided that this period of time will be my trial, so in this period of time I MUST have this number of trainings done or I will, listen closely now, shave myself and leave those Hitler-like mustache and I’ll also make my hear look like Hitler’s and then I’ll take a photo and upload it here.

Reason for this is that I want to take this challenge seriously, because I tried earlier to workout regularly and it just didn’t worked out. But, if I succeed, I’ll reward myself with the trip to the Djavolja Varos, place of remarkable nature that I always wanted to see, on the south of my country, which I didn’t mentioned earlier, is Serbia.

Here is the picture of Djavolja Varos, which translated literally means Devil’s TownDjavolja Varos

and here is the link if you want to find out more about this beautiful sight.

I’ll take this promise seriously and if you think that I’m going to fail with this one, come back in three months and laugh at funny picture of a guy looking like Hitler and I’ll try that this does not happen. I’ll also track my progress here and make it public, so you see that I don’t cheat.

Tomorrow is training number one!

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Challenge accepted!

Best way to test your character is to sit with your friends in some pub where everybody, including you is drinking beer, but everybody but you is smoking!
Real test! Most of the time spent there I was feeling strong desire to smoke, but every time that I felt it was critical, I mentioned that to my friends and they were very supportive.

Every time I thought I could light one, I started talking about smoking with my friends. Almost everybody that smokes has at least once tried to quit smoking, so everyone has some story about it. Interesting is that everyone that I told that I quit smoking, told me about time period that I need to endure so I’m sure I won’t start again.

These periods are from two weeks to one year, and then I was wondering, if it’s only two weeks, why is so hard? I think that, more than the time period, is important power of will and your decision to quit smoking. Since I quit smoking I was able to be in the same room with the people that are smoking without me lighting a cigarette, there is desire, but there is also will!

One thing that I figure out that is really helpful is every time that I feel desire to smoke, I say ‘to hell with it, give me one cigar!’, then I wait for a moment, to see reactions on my friends faces, how they become serious, and I say ‘I’m kidding!’, even though it’s not funny. In that moment everyone is relived. That’s because, once you passed the first sarcastic remarks about you quitting once more, and people start to believe that you really are, they are becoming very supportive of your goal.

That is actually great! You don’t need to go through that struggle alone! You have friends, family, call them, make them go through your big battle with you, you will have a support, and they will feel more important that you can rely on them. It’s a win-win situation!

I have realized that this quest of mine to quit smoking has been great mental exercise and once that I’m sure that I won’t smoke anymore, I can actually apply same principal to achieve everything I want (ok, not everything…), but I think you shouldn’t try multiple goals at once if you are just starting, because you don’t want to burden yourself with too big of a challenge.

Test yourself, it’s a wonderful game!

It’s not easy, I can tell you that

It’s been five days since I lit my last cigar, and I miss it. But not all the time! I miss it in time of my lunch break, after work, while I drink my beer… Today, after my eight hours of hard work, just fifteen minutes before end of work hours, I got strong feeling that I need a cigarette.

Such a strong feeling, that I started drooling, but then I thought of how good it felt these five days not smoking, breathing clearly, not getting that whistling in my lungs, not getting that taste in my mouth like I swallowed an ash tray.

So, last five days I resisted my urge to light a cigarette, and it wasn’t actually that hard. Maybe because of my strong decision to quit and that I shared that decision with people close to me, I am now more confident than ever that it is over with my smoking days.

Yeah, you’ll see… is probably what some experienced smoker is thinking now. You’ll see after couple of days when your enthusiasm subsides and you start thinking about inhaling that smoke, that tasty flavor that will bring tranquility like nothing else in the world.

I feel like I see both sides of the medal now. Like that moment of revelation when you just know what to do next. I know that I have difficult period in front of me, but somehow I don’t feel intimidated by that.

I think most people that try to quit smoking put themselves into defensive position, trying just not to light up their next cigar. I think that is why lots of people fail in their intention, and I’m not talking about smoking only. I am talking here about every hard situation that people find themselves into.

You can stop smoking by not lighting next cigarette, you can also win the game by scoring penalty kick as gift from the referee in the last seconds of the game. Yes, you can do this. But you can also win by 5:0 leaving no doubt what outcome will game have, you can also quit smoking with style, with confidence, with the sense of pride!

I am talking this because I’ve been there before, trying to quit, telling my wife I’m done, but then I started smoking again. I felt so small in her eyes, like I let her down. You know what I lost that day? Part of her respect! And trust me, you want your partner to respect you, it’s a basis for a good relationship.

Regain the trust, earn the respect!