First Day in the Life of a
NEW Non-Smoker...
(THINK OF IT AS YOU)

WAKE UP TIME: You get up in plenty of time to get ready for work (or school etc) You already have 6-8 hours of abstinence...

BATHROOM: You do your duty... go to the sink and look closely into mirror... say “Good Morning” to your self and WINK! and smile.... Good way to start the day...

SHOWER: You scrub down real well and shampoo your hair and holler your Mantra several times “I Don’t Smoke!” The first craving of the day may be sneaking up on you right now, so get ready to repeat the Mantra any minute...

Towel off, finish getting ready, and head to breakfast. You feel the urge or craving every 10-15 minutes. You repeat the mantra and keep an hourly count of how many times you say it

BREAKFAST: You try not to hurry through breakfast, have coffee (decaf?), and you think about all that it took to get that cup here for you, all the way from South America! You keep counting the times you say the mantra. You discover that the urge or craving leaves ON ITS OWN after 4-6 minutes... a glass of water seems to help...

EN ROUTE TO WORK/SCHOOL Etc.: This might be trigger time! This is dangerous. You are heading into a time of forced abstinence at work or school. This is the time when you used to stoke up. You have changed the circumstances so that you are not traveling with smokers. (Good for you!) You take a little bag of carrots or celery along...

SCHOOL OR WORK: It is almost a relief. And you are surprised that the urge is not as often or great while you are here. You summarize the hourly mantra counts, 6-8/hour. You look around at the other non-smokers... and you think to yourself, “I am one of them now, I DON’T SMOKE!” And then comes your morning break... another trigger time...

BREAK TIME: You picture the folks out back in the alley or down in the basement or around the corner, having their smokes. Some are trying to get two in in a short period of time... You head for the coffee shop and plan to have a carrot and a cup. You have arranged ahead of time for two non-smoking friends to join you. You plan to ask them to be on your cheering squad to help you stop smoking. They will need to know how it works... Hope they agree, and If they don’t, you can get others...

LUNCH: Same as the break. You get two more members for your work “Cheering Squad” and the five of you eat together while you explain the mantra count. You watch what they do, especially after the meal is over and they continue to visit...

AFTERNOON BREAK AND GOING HOME: Similar to the morning, Your Cheering Squad is anxious to hear your mantra count. Left over celery and carrots in the car/on the bus going home. Your mantra count seems to be the same from hour to hour...

BUSY TIME: You start catching up on all the household business, family business, and news of the day from others. Just before dinner you ask them all to sit down with you.

THE FAMILY “CHEERING SQUAD”: You tell your family that you no longer smoke. You explain to them that you need their help to keep this going. You need their interest and love and you hope that they will be agreeable to serve on your Family Cheering Squad, especially for the first three weeks. You ask any other smokers in the family for a “Compassionate Contract” where you both agree on certain guidelines so you won’t interfere with each other. You explain your “Dear John” good bye letter you have written to Nicotine and then you read it to them. You explain the Mantra Count and give them yours for this first day. You realize that you haven’t had a craving during this entire meeting... but heading to the dinner table, it hits big time! For some reason you decide to brush your teeth after washing your hands for dinner, that helps!

DINNER: You are surprised to hear from family members how worried they have been for you and for themselves because of your smoking. You hear relief, curiosity, and doubt in some of the voices. You say so, and then it is easy to discuss their, and your, misgivings. Dessert is served on the best dishes... peanut butter stuffed celery sticks and ice water! You hang around with one or more after dinner. You don’t isolate to watch TV or read the paper or your e-mails. You stay where your real values are, with those you love. Table games and more celery sticks help.

BED TIME: Your mantra count is still similar from hour to hour, but you can’t imagine how many times you have programmed your brain today with the fact that “I Don’t Smoke!” It feels good and you are getting ready to add another 6-8 hours of sleeping abstinence to the total. And how strange not to have ash trays by the bed. You say to your self, “Good job today, more work is coming. Thank, God, I DON’T SMOKE!”...as you fall asleep....

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