【英语阅读】我的戒烟旅程

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My Story 我的故事

I had my first cigarette when I was in second grade. That’s no typo. My buddy stole some smokes from his mom, and my two 8-year-old friends and I took a few puffs in a park near our house. I remember coughing a lot and feeling dizzy.

当我还是二年级学生的时候,我就抽上了人生的第一支烟。我没有弄错。我哥们从他妈妈那里偷来了烟,还有我另外两个8岁大的朋友一起,在我家附近的那个公园里,那天我还带了几块泡芙。我记得我被烟呛得直咳嗽,呛得头晕目眩的。

I started smoking regularly during high school. First it was just a smoke or two on the weekends; then it grew into a pack-a-day habit. I continued to smoke all through college. After I graduated I decided to quit.

经常抽烟还是从高中开始。最开始的时候还只是在周末的时候来一两根,之后就成了每天的习惯。在大学时我也还是一直都有抽烟,大学毕业后,我就决定要戒烟了。

I started by cutting back. I got down to 4–5 cigarettes a day, but weekends killed me. I’d go out drinking and end up smoking a pack in a night.

我开始慢慢的减少抽烟的量,我那时每天只抽4-5支烟,但在周末的时候就感觉很受不了。最后的结果就是出去喝酒,然后抽上一整晚的烟。

Then I decided I’d stop smoking during the week. This wasn’t that hard for me because I lived with my parents at the time, and I didn’t smoke at their house—mainly because I told them I quit and was embarrassed to admit I failed. But again, weekends were my downfall and I’d blow through several packs.

然后在周一到周五的时候我有决定戒烟。这对我来说并不是很难,因为我那时还和我父母住在一起,在她们的房子里,我是不抽烟的--主要是因为我告诉他们我戒了,然后又不好意思承认我戒烟没成功。但是,周末的时候我就堕落了,我曾抽过好几包。

During my next attempt, I decided to go smokeless: I started chewing tobacco. This strategy worked for a while, and I was able to go a few weeks without smoking. But after a trip to the dentist revealed the damage dipping was doing to my gums, I stopped. Back to square one.

第二次尝试的时候,我决定直接不在碰烟:我开始咀嚼烟草。这种方法也只凑效了一会段时间,没有烟我熬不了几周。但是牙医说我的牙龈已经有损伤了,然后我就不那么做了,只得从头再来。

It was around this time I met the girl who I would eventually marry. I didn’t like smoking around her because I knew it bothered her.

这时候我遇上了那个愿意跟我结婚的女孩。我不喜欢在她身边抽烟,因为那会让她伤心。

By this time I had attempted to quit six times. I kept making the same mistakes. I told myself the seventh would be the last.

这是我第六次试着戒烟。我一直犯着同一个错误。我告诉我自己第七次将是最后一次。

How I Finally Quit Smoking

最终我是怎样戒掉烟的

For some people, the patch works. For others, a prescription pill like Chantix. For me, it was cold turkey. I picked a day about two weeks down the road and told myself, “This is the day I will quit smoking for good.”

对一些人来说,这是个修护工作,对于另一些人来说,就像是医生开的处方药,而对我来说似乎已经是食之无味了。大约两周后的一天,我告诉自己“今天我一定会戒掉烟的。”

And that’s what I did.

这就是我所做的。

I quit smoking on a random day in May 2008. I haven’t had one since.

2008年5月的一天我戒掉了,从那以后我再也没有抽过一根烟。

The first week was tortuous. I had withdrawal symptoms (sweats, trouble sleeping, weight gain, etc.). But I got through it. The second week was hard too, but a little easier than the first. And each successive week got easier and easier.

第一周是相当曲折的。我有戒烟的症状(流汗,失眠,体重增加等等)。但是我熬过来了。第二周也更加难熬,但是比第一周要容易一些。之后就变得越来越容易了。

Top 3 Lessons Learned

我的感悟

1. Don’t be afraid to fail.

不要害怕失败

Through all this, I realized something: failure was an essential part of the quitting process for me. If you’ve tried to quit and failed, you’re ahead of most people. It took me seven attempts to quit smoking. It was hard as hell, both physically and mentally. Keep trying. If you’ve tried and failed, you’re on the right path.

都会经历这些的,我意识到:对我来说,失败是最基本的部分。要是你试着去戒烟,尽管戒烟失败了,你还是比大部分人强。我戒烟就尝试了7次。很困难,不管是对身理还是心理来说都是。但是要一直尝试。要是你已经尝试过了且失败了,你会找到正确的道路。

2. Know your reason why.

找到原因

During my previous six attempts, I was trying to quit smoking for myself. When my girlfriend/future wife entered the picture, I had another compelling reason to quit. I realized that it wasn’t all about me; others were depending on me. Think about your parents, your spouse, your kids—it’s not just about you.

在我尝试戒烟的前6次,我总是为了自己戒烟。当我的女朋友、我的妻子参与进来的时候,对于戒烟,我才更有压力。我才意识到,那不只是关系到我个人,还会影响到他人。想想你的父母、你的配偶、你的孩子--不只是你个人的事。

3. Embrace other healthy habits.

养成一些健康习惯

While I was attempting to quit smoking, I started eating better and working out again. Healthy habits lead to other healthy habits, so if you’re looking to quit, get in the habit of exercising and eating healthy, and quitting smoking will be much easier.

当我试着戒烟的时候,我开始吃得更好,更专心的动作。健康的习惯会培养另一些健康的习惯,要是你正在试着戒烟,养成常做锻炼,培养健康饮食的习惯,这样的话戒烟会变得更容易。

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