7 days! 7 days STRAIGHT! I’m so excited! When I started this journey 6 weeks ago this seemed like an impossibility. I remember slapping that first patch on (quitting smoking with the nicotine patch) and telling people that I wasn’t drinking “because I was quitting smoking and drinking was a trigger for smoking for me”. A few days in I found a half a pack of smokes that I had brought back from the States back in April so those were my “it’s so overwhelming and I can’t do this and I’m going to rip someones face off if I don’t have a cigarette and glass of wine” cheaters. (The taste of those smokes made it easy to only have 1 or 2, btw – what the heck do you guys put in your cigs down in the States?!). That was the way I needed to start out I guess. Baby steps. Going from drinking 1-2 bottles of wine a night + smoking half a pack+ a day to cutting both out completely cold turkey? I think I would have found out pretty quickly if a serial killer lurked within my soul. The patch has helped immensely with the physical cravings for a smoke, but the mental cravings those first few weeks… oh boy… Another thing that has helped me is figuring out how much I have been spending on these two, and planning on what to spend all that money I’m saving on now.
2.5 boxes of wine @ $35/box = $87.50
3 packs of smokes @ $18/pack = $54
Weekly total = $141.50
Monthly total = $566.00
Yearly total = $6,792
5 Year total = $33,960
Hooollllyyyyyy shiiiiiitttt… that drunk stinky bitch stole my money a little bit at a time – $35 here (or $10 for a bottle if she couldn’t find $35), and $18 there. No wonder I had to remortgage my house once or twice and my line of credit and credit cards are racked up. I should have moved to the States years ago where the vices are cheaper 😉
So what am I going to do with all that extra $? Well, it isn’t all extra because I was digging myself deeper and deeper in debt each month, so I have to start paying that off, and the patch is almost as expensive as smoking was… and I think I’m spending at least half as much as I did on wine on CHOCOLATE… but I am going to spoil myself a little with books, some skin care products and little things here and there because I think that’s really, really important. I am also going to plan out some future trips. Maybe a cruise now that I don’t have to be worried about drunkenly falling overboard. (I am not even kidding about that). I think that drunk me loved adventure so much that the planning of future travel and adventures should help to appease her a little… along with the chocolate of course.