Like most smokers, I've had several attempts atquitting over the years. Some have been moresuccessful than others. On one occasion I managed afew weeks. Usually, it's several days. But one thingis always the same - I come unstuck when I'm outhaving a drink. However, my most recent effort toditch the cigs has been different.
I've now gone 34 days without lighting up. And I've enjoyed several nights out during that time- including my own birthday. I signed up to the HoldMyLight campaign to see if it could helpme where I've stumbled in the past. And I'm happy to say that it seems to be working. Theapproach is simple.
You choose a friend or family member to be your supporter, and they offer a reward if youstick to your pledge to go smoke-free for 30 days. Go smoke-free in four steps:
Hold My Light has been designed to break down a big challenge into more manageable steps- maximising your chances of going smoke-free.
Decide - to go smoke-free for 30 days
Choose - your best way to give up cigarettes
Start - Hold My Light and ask your friends to help
Stay - on track and enjoy your success
I asked my twin brother, because we're always together on a night out and I thought he'd beable to keep me on track in those moments when I was most tempted to light up. In fact, weboth took part in the challenge.
I offered to get him a ticket to watch Liverpool play, and he offered to pay for a fancy dinner ifwe both completed the challenge. Of course, the reward was a good incentive. But the mainhelp for me was having someone around to encourage me in those moments of weakness.
And the longer the campaign went on, the easier I found it. Once I knew I could go out andnot have a cigarette, it wasn't so hard.