I promised my niece and nephew that I would quit smoking before their first kid was born.
Well, that didn’t exactly happen.
Gavin was born on November 27th, 2007, about 2 weeks before his first due date of December 12th, 2007… so it’s his fault that I didn’t quit. 🙂
The kid is almost 2 months old, and we’re meeting up with Carol, Andrew and Gavin in Kamloops around the end of February, so there’s no more time for excuses.
I decided to try Champix (called Chantix in the States) which I heard a few people raving about when I was at the PPC Classroom Live conference in Las Vegas in early December. So, when I got home, I scheduled an appointment with the doc, got a prescription and set the date… February 4th.
Why wait so long, you may wonder? Well, one doesn’t want to even try quitting during a period that is forecast to be more stressful than normal – which definitely ruled out the Christmas holidays which we were spending with my mother. ‘Nuff said? 🙂
So, when you quit smoking with Champix, you set a quit date between 8 and 12 days after you start to take the drug. I started taking in on January 24th and wanted to milk out every last moment, so picked the 12th day, which was February 4th.
Despite desperately wanting to quit smoking, I didn’t feel entirely sure that I could quit smoking — even with the Champix.
I’d quit a few times before, once for as long as 2.5 years (with the help of Zyban), but every effort since I’d started smoking again full-time in September 2004 had been a serious bust. Since becoming allergic to Zyban, I was very concerned that there was nothing I could do to quit smoking, and doubted even the Champix.
Fortunately, I was wrong. From the first day that I started the Champix, my cravings disappeared completely. I smoked only because I wanted to — not because I was craving smokes. Knowing that much certainly boosted my confidence.
After 11 days on Champix, I had convinced myself that it would be EASY to quit smoking… which was exactly what I’d told myself when I quit before using Zyban. Hmmm.. so far, so good.
Now you’ll have to wait and see what happened on February 4th. 🙂
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