In the past when I have quit I have always had in the back of my mind that one day I will wake up and feel different... as if I am a non smoker. Prior to stopping smoking I had 'read Alan Carr's book and a few other articles but the most helpful conversation was with a colleague at work. He subscribes to the fake it til you make it school of philosophy i.e. act as if you are a non smoker and the thought processes will follow. We had a heated discussion about this. I couldn't wrap my head around this. If you're not smoking then surely you are acting as a non smoker? Yes he said. Then why did I think about it after about 3 months.... ALL THE TIME? He pointed out to me that stopping smoking isn't enough. Living as if you are a non smoker is the goal. Getting off the sofa. Eating healthy meals and nurturing your body through exercise and meditation is where it's at.
I realised that I hadn't been very nice to my body over the years. Poisoning it with nicotine... depriving it of meals. ... exercise.... working too much overtime and not enough sleep.
So this time around I have nurtured myself and I also believe that I am a non smoker now. I am not waiting for a bolt of lightening. I wake every day without that sinking feeling and tiredness and wheezing. I feel so blessed.
Thank you for all your posts they inspire and support me every day.