I haven't posted much recently due to work,etc so I thought I would post an update as to where I am at with my quit. Well I am now about 10 months and 2 weeks since I last smoked. I've been lucky in some ways in that I've had very few cravings but have relied heavily on an e cig. I know there are mixed views on using e cigs but now that I am reaping the benefits from not smoking, I still believe that it was the best thing for me.
When I first stopped smoking I would cling to my e cig to such an extent that I would fall asleep every night clutching it in my hand. Now I am at a stage where I sometimes leave it at home if I am only going out for a short time. I call that progress and still far better than smoking.
I did put on about 7 pounds when I stopped smoking but have managed to shift that weight by watching what I eat and exercise. I walk a lot. If I gave a day where I am mostly in the office I go out at lunchtime and spend it walking around. I usually manage 4-5k. I am planning to do a 10k walk for fun in the near future. I'm slowly getting back into going to the gym. I find that I can run a little now on the tread mill. Usually for 30-60 seconds at a time. I could never do that when I smoked and as the months have gone on I have realised that I can do this more often than when I first stopped smoking. It makes me feel good because I can now measure the improvement to my lung power by what I am now able to do. I smoked for 40 years so I am well pleased and whatever I do in an effort to improve my health, I try and enjoy it and don't give myself unrealistic targets.
A couple of weeks ago I panicked a bit when my e cig batteries both seemed to die and I felt awful in my head. I basically wanted to scream for the time from when I found that my batteries had died until the next day when one of them stared to charge up again. It wasn't very nice at all but probably a good test for me to go through. However at no time did I consider buying cigarettes as a stop gap while I waied for my new batteries to be delivered. I am really proud of myself for that.
That is about it really. I'm looking forward to semi retiring from my work in the next 2 months and will then have more time to do other things including my 10k walk.
Take care everyone.