Its been 1 month free from smoking, free from the bondage smoking had over me, planning my next ciggi, where I would sit, would I drink coffee or tea, should I have my ciggi before my meal or after, or perhaps both. Should I have one as Im driving up the road to my destination, 5-10 mins away, and one when I get there, and another on the way back. I have that phone call to make so another coffee, my favorite seat and ciggi made that conversation even better. So much planning went in to my next cigarette.
Not only the planning, but my cigarettes were my best friend ever, they were with me on my happiest days, saddest days, angry moments, stressful moments, bored moments, my friend comforted me in some of my biggest life moments, I knew there would come a day where I had to say goodbye to who I thought was my friend, that was a month ago now, and I'm glad.
At first I missed my friend, it felt as if there was a little bit of grief and loss, that was ok, I knew I could work through that, after all, my friend was not all that good for me. With my friend came frequent headaches, coughing spasms, panic if my friend was not close by, plus my friend was expensive, I would get sick in winter, and more often than not, we were isolated because no one wanted to be around us, we would have to sneak around in social gatherings to catch up, we smelt and at times were frowned upon. My friend took my money, made me sick, and at times isolated me, "SOME FRIEND" but we stuck together no mater what.
1 month ago I made the decision that I needed better friends in my life, ones that cared about me, I read good books, I walk without losing my breath, I eat healthier foods, I treat myself to something nice, I feel empowered mentally, my skin is grateful, I feel happier, and I don't smell yucky.
I still miss my old friend at times, but never want to be involved again. This is just an analogy of my thoughts on smoking, I hope you are all doing well in Blog land, thankyou for sharing your positives, thoughts, tips etc that have encouraged me and continue to encourage me on my journey. Ill be forever grateful.
Hey again guys, just wanted to share my excitement from last week of being over 2 months off the smokes! For those just starting out, I want to say that it absolutely gets easier. In the first couple of weeks I was a right cow to everyone, constantly wanting smokes, and begrudging seeing a group smoking on my breaks at work. I can now say that I’m confident that I’ll be off them for good. I even managed to be in a car with someone smoking and didn’t want one. I’m really glad I made the choice to quit 😊
Smokefree days: 2,750
Total savings: $38,412
I like these numbers today, nice & round...bit like something at the back! Lol! Nice to see some newbies being wholey supported 👍👍
7.7 post dinner...can You see the Smile 😄
Shiny white teeth happy pink tongue =
Healthy! Still using some delay tactics... I believe that will always be necessary
I have tried posting this on your blog many times without success, so i hope this goes through.
Mr Now has every right to feel pretty damn good - and pretty damn proud too.
Congratulations on 2 whole weeks smokefree, and on managing the challenges the weekend presented you with. That's how it's done!
The longer you are smokefree and deal with those challenges, the stronger you become until eventually it just becomes your 'new normal'.
Take a bow Mr Now (hey i'm a poet lol) you are doing a fabulous job.
Keep fighting the good fight.
PS you don't have to be secure in your quit own before supporting others. An encouraging word can make a huge difference to someone else, and i firmly believe we ALL have something to offer.
I found it also helped to reinforce my own quit.
I know it is just one click away to see the comments of a blog but it makes a huge difference for people whether to comment or can't be bothered.
Change it , you will see the difference , Quitline .
I’m just here to help everyone who’s trying to quit and finding it difficult.
I spent years hopelessly trying, cutting down, patches lozenges etc to no avail. Until 2 months ago I read Allen Carrs easy way to stop smoking. I was recommended it by a NZ doctor and it has changed my life!!! If you’re sceptical, just try it! I didn’t believe a book can help but it has and it was SO EASY!
If you can’t afford to buy just go to your library. Most have it, I wish I could let every smoker know how easy it becomes to become free!!
Not one craving ever since! You can do it people!
Smokefree days: 2,590
Total savings: $19,795
So, it's been awhile since I have checked in here.
I just wanted to report that I finally managed to loose the 10kgs I put on in the first year I quit cold turkey.
It got to the point where it was difficult to put on socks.
Suffered from gastric reflux and was on medication for that.
Then the doctor told me my cholesterol was getting too high and was at a 15% increased risk of heart disease.
At that point I thought to myself, here I am giving up smoking because of the health risks and now I have increased my health risk because I replaced smoking with eating.
So to make a long story short, I changed my diet by cutting out all of the junk foods I so enjoyed, reduced my portion sizes, put in more exercise and managed to take off that 10kgs in 6 months at which point the doctor ordered another blood test which came back normal.
I didn't stop there and continued to get my weight down to the low side of my healthy weight range. Within that year I lost 18kgs and was able to get off the gastric reflux meds permanently.
Life is good, free of the smokes and unhealthy lifestyle in general.
Wishing every success to everyone who is on this journey to a healthy life.
PS sure wish I could have actually saved every penny that wasn't spent being a non smoker. :^)