This time last year I proudly posted that after 30 years of smoking I had made a whole year smoke free. It was one of the most significant things that I had ever achieved - and I don't mean that lightly - it was a serious hard slog and took all of my will power and the support of the HealthUnlocked members to get there.
Well, in 3 days time I shall be 2 years smoke free, 18 months nicotine free and it still means an awful lot! In my first year, it was just concentrating on not smoking but in year 2 as cravings subsided into what to do instead, I tried to focus my attention elsewhere so I took up running - total amateur of course and not for competition - more - buy a pair of running shoes and get out there. I'd tried this before whilst being a smoker and unsurprisingly found that I couldn't run/jog 100 meters without being totally out of breath. Well, I'm proud to say that (even though still purely amateur, I can now run 5KM in 23 minutes and have even been known to been my very fit 16 year old son in 1500m.
I could never even have dreamed of achieving this as a smoker - and I know that every ones goals are different. But the point I want to make is that succeeding in giving up smoking is a massive achievement in itself but once you do, you'll be surprised and what else you can achieve because of it!
So to anyone who's in the early stages - keep going - if you achieve this, you'll be amazed at what you can do.