The Thoughts of a Frumpy Professor

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Tuesday, December 15, 2015

New Effort

I have decided that it is not going to work at just 100% instantly quitting the pipe.  It has caused me a lot of rancor.  I am now thinking and have been formulating for the past two weeks or so, a way to "unlearn" pipe smoking.  My goal is to simply work in reverse how I became a pipe smoker.  In this effort, I am going to begin with restricting my pipe tobacco consumption to only 1 ounce a week.  That is a significant decline from the four ounces a week I have been smoking.  I will write more about it as I proceed.  I am thinking I will start my one ounce per week starting on Friday.

PipeTobacco

7 Comments:

Blogger seeksome said...

I've been reading your blog for a while now, but haven't commented. I've watched your numerous attempts to quit 'cold turkey' and the stress they've caused you as they've failed. I think your new approach has a better chance of success, but I'd like to offer a suggestion or two.

First, you may be cutting back too much all at once... again. A 75% reduction over-night is still a large cutback. I know that you just want to get it over with, but trying to go too fast may just sabotage your effort. A smaller reduction may be more sustainable.

Second, instead of focusing on how much you're smoking per week, it might be easier to think about it as how much per day. It's easier to focus on what you're going to do today, then what you want to do over a week.

As a start, I suggest that you identify how many pipes you smoke a day, and cut out one of them. You said you were smoking four ounces a week. That's what? 42 pipe fulls, or something close to that depending on the size of your bowl. That works out to about 6 pipes a day that you're currently smoking. Cut down to 5, and no more.

Also, if you cut out the first pipe you smoke each day, it might not be too bad. You will know that you will be able to smoke soon, so you'll be able to tell yourself that you can surely wait an hour or two to indulge.

Keep with this small reduction for a few weeks until it's not so hard, then cut out the next one. This way you're cutting down a bit at a time, and each time is not too hard, until finally you're down to only 1 or 2 a day.

At that point you can start skipping days. Allow yourself to smoke 3 or 4 days a week, but not every day. Then you cut out more days, one at a time, until you're down to just the one day a week that you wanted, or zero if that's where you want to be.

Finally, if you mess up, and you will, don't beat yourself up. Just continue the next day as if you hadn't messed up. It will take time, and a lot of effort, but you can get there if you really want to.

Good luck!

Tuesday, 15 December, 2015  
Blogger BBC said...

Carry on....

Wednesday, 16 December, 2015  
Blogger faryal naaz said...

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Friday, 18 December, 2015  
Blogger billy pilgrim said...

bbc makes an excellent point.

Friday, 18 December, 2015  
Blogger PipeTobacco said...

Seeksome:

Thank you so very much for your ideas! I will be thinking about them significantly!

PipeTobacco

Friday, 18 December, 2015  
Blogger PipeTobacco said...

Faryal:

Damn, your place of business is very nice. It makes me want to smoke more. I remember my one foray into smoking a hookah back at a meeting I attended at a robust college town in Texas. It was very entertaining and the flavored tobacco was quite captivating. I probably should NOT be thinking about that experience as it encourages me to consider smoking more often.

PipeTobacco

Friday, 18 December, 2015  
Blogger PipeTobacco said...

BBC & Billy:

As always, thank you for your readership and your support!

PipeTobacco

Friday, 18 December, 2015  

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