It will be three years in September since I quit smoking, and at times I still miss it. I smoked for 43 years so I guess I can't expect to get over it in just three short years.
I hear people say, "I put it down and never missed it." Not me. It was a struggle but I am glad at the end of each day when I have resisted the urge to smoke again. I still don't say I quit, I just say I didn't smoke today.
I didn't complain too much when they took smoking out of stores and restaurants. I was raised in the era when we could smoke anywhere -- on an airplane, in the hospitals; even our doctors' offices had ash trays around the waiting room.
It didn't surprise me when smoking was banned from areas where a lot of people gathered. It was okay, I could wait until I got back in my own car or outside. The restrictions did not bother me, but I do think smokers have rights and there needs to be reserved areas for smokers. Most people are considerate when they smoke and do not want their smoke to bother other people.
I don't mean to be picking on smoking, bad habits come in many forms. I guess nail biting can be just as hard to break as smoking. Nail biting is not an expensive habit like smoking and is not as harmful to our health, but it is still a bad habit.
Now I am dealing with overeating. I need to get on a good program of exercise and eating healthy. I am finding out cutting back on food may be the most difficult to overcome. I never thought much about food when I was smoking. I could eat or I could wait. Now, I don't like to wait.
I will try to get a handle on this bad habit, also. Smoking, nail biting, or overeating are just a few of a long list of bad habits I have acquired through the years. I think most people will agree with me when I say bad habits are easy to start but hard to stop.
Some of my friends even tried hypnosis to stop smoking or overeating. I was always a little nervous about going that route, and it is one method I missed through the years. I have to admit I did think about it. I can't remember the details, but at one time several people were using some sort of earring (acupuncture) type cure to curb their appetite.
A friend told me she was hypnotized to drink a glass of water instead of smoking. It worked for awhile but eventually she went back to smoking.
The bottom line is we have to want to quit whatever habit we are trying to overcome. I half-heartedly quit smoking several times knowing I was not serious. The last time I decided it was time to quit. I was serious and it has worked for almost three years. I should have done it a long time ago.
I didn't say giving up bad habits is easy, but it is something we can work on one day at a time.