2 weeks today and absolutely delighted to be smoke free. However, my chest feels so constricted in the mornings it's as if I've smoked 20 fags the night before. I don't think I can breathe as deeply as I could whilst smoking either. Reading around it seems to happen to some people when they stop so I'm not overly concerned - just a bit disappointed. I was looking forward to feeling better NOW, but healing, after 35 years of damage, is not going to happen overnight - the inner child is screaming 'I want it now'.
I'm glad my mind is in the right place on this quit, if it wasn't I'd tell myself I felt better smoking so what's the point of staying stopped. But, then again, health isn't the only reason I stopped. My wife hadn't kissed me for 2 years as she found fag-breath so repellant; now she has a sparkle in her eye. Yesterday I cuddled my 4 week old grandson and felt so proud. My daughter looked at me and said "You look as if you're glowing dad - you look fantastic". Today we have our 'horrible' 2 year old grandson who screams when he can't get his own way - I'm 51 and it's like looking into a mirror:eek:
I'm going to go with the flow today and enjoy or endure whatever comes my way.
Have a great day everyone.