Well the sun might not be shining and there's no sign of the promised heatwave up here in the north.
I couldn't care less because I feel so good today!
Feeling so much more resigned to quitting now. That awful feeling of panic that's been with me on and off since I stopped smoking disappeared yesterday afternoon and for now I feel liberated!
I'm glad I've stopped smoking and don't think the past few days have been too bad considering how long I've been smoking. I don't think I realised just how mentally draining and tiring it would be though. Anyway, last night I had the best and deepest sleep I've had for a while.
Woke up this morning feeling great! I felt exactly the way I did before starting my quit with just one very welcome exception - no thoughts whatsoever about smoking.
I know I've still got a long way to go so I'm not being lulled into a false sense of security. Right now though it's such a relief to feel 'normal' again - I feel like 'ME' again.
Since the start of my quit the physical changes I've experienced have been amazing. I was fortunate to be reasonably fit to start with but I did have a smoker's cough and was beginning to notice a little shortage of breath now and again. The cough's gone, my lung capacity has increased - no shortage of breath anymore and I really do have so much more energy and enthusiasm. This has all happened in only 5 days!
Yes it has been a bit of a mental struggle to get this far but today's good and I hope just the beginning of better things to come.
So, I'll enjoy this first little quit victory - while it lasts.
I think I'm ready now to accept and face head on the challenges that are probably waiting round the corner for me. I know I'm strong enough to see them off now!