I quit 3 weeks ago for three weeks. Have smoked for 30 years. That was the FIRST time I'd ever said, I want to quit smoking. Even I can't believe that sad fact. I'm a workout nut, run, I was really being dishonest with how it is affecting my life in my health. Like I was invincible to cancer or lung disease all because I excersise. So I must be healthy right? As my user name says overit, I'm over it.
Strangely, for about 3 weeks I was using creative visualization, seeing myself smiling happy because I didn't smell smoke residue on clothes in hamper, (don't smoke in house), just started smoking in car last year, YUK, and then finally the reality of the physical side hit me after the first week of my first quit. I actually was sleeping better, waking up more refreshed, physically my eyes felt better, clean mouth all the time, love brushing my teeth. I did feel nicotine withdrawals for the first time of my life too. They felt like waves of anxiety. Rode them out. And, I notice, might sound crazy, clearer thinking. Got stressed, started smoking again 3 weeks ago again.
Yes, I started getting less cravings the first go around. It became easier to ride them out and they were at less intervals.-So now I have a measure. (It feels harder this time though.) As I type this, all of that is what I am fresh in remembering, because, quite frankly, I can't believe I started to lose cravings, because my cravings are so strong again. This has shown me in a nut shell how powerful nicotine addiction is. What have I been doing. Terrible. So, had a cig at 4 am. And just threw my pack in the dumpster outside. Have also noticed, my sleeping is worse now that I am back on. And shorter. Smoking sucks. I'm up for the life saving challenge. Doing it cold turkey style. Wish me luck, I'll keep you posted. Overit!