The post below this one was just published but was written yesterday. It appears I did not publish it correctly as I was perhaps a bit "unfocused" at the time.
But, I am serious in my goal of seriously reducing my pipe tobacco consumption. I remember feeling much better during the six weeks I did so in Lent of 2014. I want to get back to that.
There is no reason I cannot wrangle my resolve and my determination and do this! I feel as if a plant is controlling me and that is idiotic. My current plan is to smoke less today and on Sunday, and to have Monday be a first day for me to refrain for a full 24 hours. Currently I am thinking I will do again what worked in that prior Lent.... Namely to refrain completely except for when I happen to be drinking.
Realistically, I drink on Fridays, but not every Friday. So, with this idea in mind, I should end up being pipe tobacco free at least 6 days a week. If (when) I do this, I can then focus on the good feelings of not smoking my pipe with the added eventual goal of not smoking my pipe even if drinking. That may take a bit more time, however. So, I think this is the start date of this new path for me.