I'm sure you won't remember me but I signed up with the Olympic Quitters way back in the summer of last year. I was doing quite well at it to begin with and even managed to get a few months of not smoking under my belt before I fell off the wagon and started smoking again.
Well I've been smoking between 10 and 15 cigarettes daily since almost the beginning of the year and promising myself that each packet I bought would be my last. It didn't take long after my relapse for my old smoker's cough to return or for me to notice that I was wheezing and getting short of breath if I did anything that required any exertion on my part.
Friday night was when I think I had some sort of 'epiphany' about where my smoking habit was leading me. I had the usual coughing spell that a lot of us smokers get when we go to bed and my chest felt uncomfortable, probably due to the strain from coughing. I suddenly decided that I 'had to' stop smoking before I did any more damage to myself. I know I've said this before but this time it really felt different, probably because I was finally aware of what smoking was doing to me and it scared me.
At 3am I decided to get rid of my cigarettes so I got up and destroyed the remaining 15 that I had in the house. I spent the next 2 hours thinking about what a fool I'd been for smoking for so long but I knew I was ready to stop for good - it was last chance saloon time for me.
I am now into the 3rd day of my new no smoking life and I know I can do this this time. Just the thought of smoking terrifies me and I have had no 'cravings' at all - there have been reminders of smoking for me at times such as after meals but I have not really missed it in any way.
My wheezing has just about disappeared along with the chesty cough that has been my constant companion almost since I went back on the fags. For this to happen in such a short time is absolutely amazing and all the proof I need that smoking is damaging my health.
I know I will not smoke again and I mean it. If I do experience any difficulties in the future I will just think of my health and that scary Friday evening that finally brought me to my senses.
I just hope that this improvement in my health continues, I can't tell you how much better I feel with just 2 days of not smoking under my belt.
I will keep reading and joining in the forum if you will have me back.
I also wonder how the old Olympics Quitters have got on, any signs of Mark or Derek or any of the others?
I can say with conviction this time that I am determined not to smoke another cigarette ever again.