100 Days of Writing – Day Twenty-Three

Adventures in Living: Trying to treat ADD with meds, while at the same time, quit smoking – Day Six

Day six has once again been successful in terms of not smoking cigarettes (4:44 p.m.) I had an active day, babysitting my granddaughter and delivering Meals on Wheels. Staying active is definitely a plus when it comes to staying away from a cigarette. I did find a single cigarette in my car during meal deliveries, but I was able to resist the urge to light it up. I probably need to dispose of it when I go back out to my car.

I took my Adderall quite a bit earlier than I have on previous days. My day was off to an earlier start and I decided it was best to go ahead and take it so I didn’t forget. Once again I’ve felt a decrease in anxious thoughts and focus on what’s in front of me. I do think it’s also helping with smoking cessation. Part of the reason I think I smoked was in an attempt to soothe my anxious thoughts. I’ve also realized over the past couple of days that a lot of my smoking is merely a habit. Lots of time it’s what I do when I don’t have anything else to do. Or I reach certain points in the day, like waking up or finishing a meal, and I catch myself thinking “It’s time to go smoke a cigarette.” But those thoughts today have just been in passing and I chose not to act on them.

I have still been using nicotine lozenges and they seem to supply me with the nicotine fix I’m desiring and because they’re so slow to dissolve, also satisfy the urge to need to have something in my mouth.

I’m also using the “QuitNow” app on my phone to help keep track of my progress. I’ve avoided 29 cigarettes as of this writing (who would have thought I would have smoked that many?) Anything that helps me keep a positive frame of mind, like this app, is of utmost importance.

Published by David Lee Moser

I am a sixty year old semi-retired elementary science teacher.

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