We write a lot of stuff (rightly) here about the mental/psychological side of the quit, nodding every now and then to the physical gains. In particular to our forum hero that is Angry Bear (cap doffed in admiration every time!).
But what does ‘physical gain’ mean to us, what should we really expect? I personally don’t think it needs to be humungous, we don’t have to run marathons (but I’d like to someday) or swim the channel to prove anything to ourselves.
To me it means remembering the feeling of my first full, proper intake of breath for many years and completely filling my lungs.
Climbing a long flight of stairs without appearing noticeably out of breath.
Playing a summer football tournament in the firm belief that my respiratory system was now strong enough to manage it…and it did. I played in every game. Unbelievable!
Holding my breath underwater for 20 seconds longer.
Chasing my football-fit teenage son, if only to pull his chinos back up over the top of his pants (hate that, and he owns a belt!) and ACTUALLY CATCHING him. I NEVER expected to be able to do that again!! :cool:
My point is, the physical gains don’t have to be huge, but I've really noticed the small ones. The stuff above is sooo worth it to me.
That’s it…just saying... :)