Hey everyone Ive just joined so please be nice but thought Id introduce myself. Im Samantha and Ive quit smoking for 4 days now. I previous quit for a year and 1/2 and stupidly went back to it however I'm finally ready to tackle it again. Having done it once I know how to get there again even if it is a struggle but going to go by the nope mantra!
I found looking on the internet for other people quit stories really helpful and motivating. Any time I quit I found I had a really unusual shortness of breath feeling. Its almost as tho my lungs are stuck and I need to take a really big breath to stretch them out but my body isn't used to it. I googled it and found so many people were having similar symptoms so I didn't feel alone and went some way to figuring out what it might be. I did of course still head to the doctors who told me everything sounded fine. However as well as finding this sensation mildly irritating at times Im also embracing it as I think of it exactly as I described... So Im stretching out my lungs and the capacity is improving.
Wierdly though as everyone talks of coughing up gook... Ive never really had that on either attempt. Sure, I feel a little extra mucus at the back of my throat but nothing really significant, is anyone the same as me? I do drink a lot of green tea throughout the day so wondering if that's always been helping my cause but I hadn't considered the significance.
Ive also been building up on the C25K app and on week 5 so hoping to run 5k with in the next month or two. This, I guess, is my short term goal to stay off the cigs. If anyone is struggling with the sleep problems or depression as I did when I first quit I can't recommend the gym enough! I hope everyone stays smoke free as I certainly intend to this time for good. By writing this here... I'm holding myself accountable!!!