Look on the bright side!

I have read several posts this morning where people seem a bit down. I wanted to put down a list of good things about not smoking - and believe me there are plenty! Ok cravings are not yet a thing of the past, but let's face it, we can see them getting further and further apart. :D

I'm now having to stop myself preaching to my loved ones about smoking as I cannot think why I did not quit before. I have to keep reminding myself how much I hated preachers!!! :p

Feel free to add to this list! These are my personal reasons / findings...

• I love the fact I have more energy

• I love my new sense of smell

• I love not smelling of fags – I can smell my perfume!

• I love my new white teeth (get them cleaned – they stay white!)

• I love running – who’d have thought that I’d ever enjoy that!?

• I didn’t realize that I was not breathing well – now I breathe easy!

• I love the fact that I don’t have to worry about when and where I can have my next smoke – I’m free!

• I can go out for meal without fidgeting about when I can have my ‘after dinner smoke’.

• I hated having strands of backy in everything eg handbag, pockets etc

• I hated nicotine stains on hands

• I hated worrying about running out of Backy and having to plan buying it into my day

• I used to worry when I left the house that the last fag was not put out properly

• I love having empty pockets

• I hated worrying that when I speak my breath smells, so covering my mouth

• I love the fact that I am a NON SMOKER!

I LOVE THE NEW HEALTHIER, WEALTHIER, GUILT FREE ME!

Go and treat yourselves with that money you've saved - I bought myself some new underwear last week and it felt great!

Jen x

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  • Jenny, ditto to all those things. I also feel much more confident in myself, didn 't realise how much smoking affected my self confidence, I was embarrassed by the fact that I smoked, was very conscious of the smell, clothes and breath.

    It's great to hold your head up high now isn't it. Be proud and smell that lovely fresh air. :cool:

    Cheers Jenny,

    Lorraine :)

  • Lorraine,

    Yes I too feel so much more confident. It's great isn't it? I didn't realise that I was living with such a burden on my shoulders. :D

    Jen x

  • Great thread!

    Hello,

    I would say yep to all the above (apart from the running lol!)

    I would add the below;

    - My cat no longer gives me a look and gets off my knee cos I am lighting up a ciggie

    - I no longer have to pretend I am not worried about the effect the smoke has on my wee cat

    - I no longer have to leave the room when I am with my niece to go and smoke away from her

    - No longer having to say "I'll be in, in a minute when arriving anywhere cos I need another nicotine fix before going into a building

    My bathrobe now smells gorgeous since it's was last washed

    - Two collegues have commented this week on how well I look

    - I have a new found confidence too :)

    Thanks for this really positive thread, just what I needed today.

    Debsx

  • loving the positive points

    Jenny,

    Great read,

    Can I also add:

    Love the fact that I don't have to tell my daughter to wait (whilst I have another coffee and fag) before we go out and play swing ball or baking or anything that could take over a couple of hours.

    In fact I can't believe that I put my nicotine addiction before her! How sad:mad:

    Not anymore.

  • Lovely post Jenny, it's cheered me up on a grey Friday afternoon. Can I just add that I love the fact my nice clean bedlinen doesn't reek of fags after one night. And I never even smoked in the house, it was just the horrible smell off my hair & skin. Ugh.

  • Great responses! Ditto to nearly all of those!

    Unfortunately the clean smells in the house I can't relate to as my other half is still chuffing away! That must be great through. I keep finding myself cleaning obsessively since I quit (not a bad thing!) and spraying the front room with febreeze regularly ;) I even washed the curtains last week because they were smokey!

    Must not preach

    Must not preach

    Must not preach

    Must not preach

    Must not preach ..... not yet anyway! ;)

    I also love how efficient I have become in everything I do. I dont stop every hour or so for a smoke. :)

    Im freeeeeeeeeeeeeee! x

  • I have a few more to add ...

    I really don't miss the occassions when your cigarette stuck to your lip and generally ripped a piece of it off ... OUCH! :(

    Or it stuck to your lip and your fingers slipped down it burning that really sensitive bit between your fingers! ... OUCH! :(

    Still very happy to be an ex-smoker! ;)

  • Oh Jenny, how I remember the little bit of skin coming off my lips, how mad were we!

    Glad that you are still happy, so am I, this wonderful sunny Monday morning.

  • I have a few more to add ...

    I really don't miss the occasions when your cigarette stuck to your lip and generally ripped a piece of it off ... OUCH! :(

    Or it stuck to your lip and your fingers slipped down it burning that really sensitive bit between your fingers! ... OUCH! :(

    Still very happy to be an ex-smoker! ;)

    lol - Those two are so true and even more so to folk who smoked roll ups.

  • I enjoy not being outside when i go to the pub, mainly due to there being little point going in as i chain chuffed my way through the evening.

    I enjoy not having the yummy smokers lung clearing cough first thing in the morning.

    I enjoyed for the first time in years not having a chest infection over the Christmas period.

    I enjoy reading posts like this identifying with them and patting myself on the back for being a success!!!

    Thank-You!

    xxxxx

  • I love being able to have a handbag that ISN'T lined with fluffy bits of tobacco.

    And the hoover no longer gets jammed up with those plastic bits that hold filter tips together!

    In fact I have to hoover less now - the cats don't jump onto the sofa and send ashtrays flying any more! :D

  • I love being able to have a handbag that ISN'T lined with fluffy bits of tobacco.

    And the hoover no longer gets jammed up with those plastic bits that hold filter tips together!

    In fact I have to hoover less now - the cats don't jump onto the sofa and send ashtrays flying any more! :D

    Heeeyyy!!!

    You just reminded me of the state of my keyboard at work..... i swapped it with another spare one as i couldn't get the baccy out from under the keys when i used to roll and pop it on the top of my keys to wait for my friend to finish what she was doing..... she currently is having a fag outside... Tsk!

    My manager sat at the offending keyboard in question, grimaced and noted that there was oodles of tobacco or something hideous all over it...

    *whistles* well it couldn't have been me.... i dont sit there do I?

    heh heh heh!!!!

  • I love being able to jump on the trampoline with my kids and still be able to breathe! I love exercising and still being able to breathe! I love breathing!

    Lorraine :)

  • Couldn't agree more! Exercise feels amazing now!

    One more (sure I wrote this already) ... being able to go through to the departure lounge at the airport without jittering and twitching about the point of no return! AMAZING :D I actuall felt really sorry for my other half as I could see him thinking 'right thats the last nicotine for many hours' :(

    Jen x

  • I'm feeling fine

    Okay so I'm not but to be honest I've got a really stressful job and complicated home life and ciggies didn't make it any better. But doing without doesn't make it any worse so I feel good that my hair doesn't smell, people are apologising for smoking in front of me (love this bit!) and I've broken a 23 year habit. It's early days and I've decided to go cold turkey after 4 weeks of patches and so far it's working. But if my nerve goes the patches are with me along with my chewing gum as I ain't going back again!

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