Thursday, November 11, 2010

Butt-head Anyone? Part 2

I've been struggling with this quitting smoking thing for a few months now. I'll do really good one week, just to completely fall off the wagon the next. I'm at the point where I'll try just about anything.

So, today, I brought in the Big Guns....

I took the kids to the library yesterday so they could fuel their minds, and I saw a stop smoking hypnosis DVD. What the hell, right? It's free, definitely worth a try, and, I'm not a skeptic when it comes to things like that. I'm a huge advocate for any type of holistic or natural healing technique or process, and hypnotherapy falls into that category.

So, I woke up this morning, bright and refreshed after a great night's sleep, and decided to put the DVD in and give it a try. 48 minutes later I got up and felt WONDERFUL! So positive, the morning craving I had for a cigarette was gone, it was awesome!

The DVD and the hypnosis are supposed to use the power of suggestion to help you think you were never a smoker; that you have no cravings for cigarettes because you were never a smoker, and if the craving for a cigarette should arise (though according to the DVD it shouldn't, because you will feel like you were never a smoker, so there would be no craving to arise), there is a deep breathing technique she teaches you, while under hypnosis, to diffuse that craving- supposedly, 10 deep breaths and centering yourself. The suggestions also include not being irritable while you are quitting, not having food cravings so you don't gain weight, and of course the not craving cigarettes and the breathing exercises to get you through a 'highly unlikely' craving.

I finished up with this DVD an hour and a half ago, and, what's the verdict so far???

I would attempt to chew off my own arm for a cigarette right now. I have done the deep breathing exercise so much in the last hour and a half that I'm pretty sure I passed out from hyperventilation at some point, resumed consciousness, and still craved a cigarette.

So, what did I do next? If you've read Butt-head, Anyone? , one of the things that has worked for me before is going ahead, taking a drag or two off a cigarette, and putting the cancer stick out. Though this blog post shows no gaps in time, I went ahead and took 5 minutes off of posting and did just that. My lungs feel like they are going to explode, I got a massive head rush like I did when I first smoked a cigarette, and I'm nauseous as hell right now. Hmm, maybe that's what the DVD was all about. The tricking yourself into thinking you are a non-smoker might be the surface ploy, but, like a non-smoker, if you decide to give in and smoke, you feel like ish. So, on a positive note, I took 3 drags off a cigarette, about vomited, and was done with that craving for sure.

Where does that leave me now? I have no freaking idea. Maybe I need to watch the DVD again, maybe combine the DVD with my chewing straws and gum and keeping busy, maybe I need to take up Call of Duty like the hubby- he hasn't gotten up to smoke in 3 hours today because of that game- that's his stop smoking technique. I can say, though the DVD didn't work within 1 hour like she said it would, the smoking I did just do after the DVD made me feel like death warmed over. We'll have to see how long that feeling carries.

Any advice or stories about this topic is greatly appreciated; what worked for you, what didn't. I'm ready to be a non-smoker- for my health, my kids, my finances. I have all of the right reasons and my mindset is in the right place, too. It's the habit that's hard to break. Blasted all....

Obviously MARvelous


  1. I am following you back. Very cool profile indeed. Good luck with quitting smoking too Thanks so much for stopping by and linking up with us today.

  2. I'm sorry that the DVD didn't work out :-/ at least it was free! I hope that you are able to find a way to quit, wanting to is really getting you part of the way there! Good luck!

  3. Thanks for following me.

    I used to be a smoker, five years cancer stick free. Don't worry, you are almost there. That nasty feeling you had when you smoked after you haven't smoked for awhile means the video worked and that's your body's way of tell you to stop smoking.

    Just remember how horrible you felt when you took your first drag, hold onto that nasty feeling and link it with the cigarette. Whenever you have that craving just remember how terrible you felt at that very moment.

    That's how I was able to quit. Good Luck!


  4. Congrats on working on quitting smoking! That will be a huge accomplishment!!

    I just found your blog through one of the Thursday blog hops! Have a great rest of the week.

    Amanda @

  5. Hey good luck with quitting smoking! I really hope you do it. Not to be a downer but my mother died 8 years ago of Lung Cancer. She was a huge smoker and it has been so hard losing her. We didn't have any time with her. She went into the hospital on a Thursday and died the next Thursday. We didn't even know she was sick. I have no idea about this addiction but do it for your kiddos who love you!

    I'm rooting for you!