My quit date is less than a week away and I'm continuing to gather steam, information and support. I'm finding that I'm very easily distracted, though. I'm getting things done, but it's hard to concentrate on one thing for very long. My thoughts go like this: Thing-A, Smoking, Thing-B, Smoking, How's Ann?, Smoking, Smoking, Thing-A, Get Dressed, How's Smoking Ann?, More Things... I feel like I need to pin notes to my shirt or write on my hand so I remember what it was I thought of while I was upstairs that I planned to do when I got back downstairs. Yeah.
From QuitNet, I found a link to smoking cessation program offered by my health care provider. They have an actual support class, but that doesn't start 'til April 18th -- I plan to have my first smoke-free month under my belt by then. They also provide phone counseling -- and I did remember to call them when I came downstairs this morning! I talked with upbeat, cheerleading Nurse Becky, who is sending me some information, and it sounds like I should be expecting some calls from them. I think they're going to, like, hold me accountable. Anyway, she liked my plan so far.
Another reason I called them is because the blurb I found online mentions that I may be eligible for reimbursement for use of replacement products, up to $400! I wouldn't doubt that other providers have similar programs and if you're thinking of quitting, you should call!! With my health plan, I have to be quit for four months in order to be eligible for reimbursement. That would be July. That could translate to a very nice, stash-enhancing windfall!
Nurse Becky also said to start changing now. If you normally have a cigarette with a cup of coffee, separate them -- have your coffee and have your cigarette, but make it two separate activities. If you always sit in the same chair (to have coffee and a smoke), sit in a different chair. If you smoke in the car, stop now. Figure out what what you're going to reach for or do in place of a cigarette -- a stir stick to chew on, a rubber ball to squeeze when you're on the phone (that's a BIG problem area for me), slowly drink (and enjoy!) a glass of water, take deep breaths, take a walk, etc.
Kt and I will be going to the LYS soon. I have a shopping list:
- Noro Silk Garden (I've never used it before!) to make Opptuna, a hoodie for a baby, from Cornelia Tuttle Hamilton's Book Two. This one slid into the line-up because it's cute and I saw it while looking at another sweater (see #4 below).
- One skein each of three different colors of sport or worsted wool for classes I'll be taking next month at Spring Midwest Masters. I'll be taking three classes from Lizbeth Upitis & Joyce Williams and one from Lily Chin (this one has swatchy homework). I'm very excited. I will also meet, for the first time, another knit blogger! (I don't know what to wear.)
- More wool for Dulaan hats -- these will provide the FO fix I like on the weekends!
- Price the materials and check available colors for Williamsro, one of the sweaters I'm considering as a reward!