Anyone else remember the Fast Show? It's been stuck in my head all day...
Anyway. Brilliant things about not smoking: New quitters, I'm on day, um...16. I just thought I'd post a few early-days benefits to show you the light at the end of the tunnel I know there's all those 'benefits timetables' out there, but when I started my quit, I really wasn't sure if any of that was true. It is, apparently. So, in no particular order...
1: My skin's getting better. The quit-zits have gone, hoorah, but even better, I'm noticing wrinkles improving, already, especially the round-the-mouth ones. YAY!
2: All the great advice has led me to believe that drinking water's the bestest thing. So I've been doing just that. Now, I've never been a fan of water, unless it's boiled and combined with a good strong tea-bag. But since forcing myself to drink water through my early craves, I've realised water's great - to the extent that anything else to drink tastes a bit too strong. Especially alcohol - so, added bonus, I'm not drinking booze (NB g&t doesn't count, coz it's mostly t.)
3: Money. I'm actually saving more than just the cost of tobacco, coz in my local shop you have to spend more than a fiver to use a card, and my teeny pouches of baccy were four quid-odd, so I always had to add something else, like a bottle of wine (easily another fiver - gasp.) (To buy bigger pouches would have been to admit I wasn't about to give up any day now. So I bought small ones. Almost daily. Nonsense.)
4: ENERGY! I've noticed I've got masses and masses more of it. I'm going to bed earlier, getting up earlier, and generally don't need as much sleep. So I'm getting SO much more done, including actual exercise My legs get tired before I get breathless. That's BIG!
5: Self respect. Well hello there, haven't seen you for years.
6: General sense of well-being and buzzy-ness. Like being very slightly drunk while completely stone-cold sober, if that makes any sense at all.
So bust on through the tough times, there are lovely things to look forward to very quickly.