Hi everyone I'm 4 weeks fagfree today & reflecting on the high's and low's...
A bit of background-I'm 47 and started smoking at 13 (seems a lot of us did from my reading of the blogs). I gave up 10 years ago-got super fit and ran the London Marathon-kept off for 6 years-then got back on them after a low point...in the last 4 years I have tried a couple of times and have found the first few weeks relatively easy-the cravings kicking in later-so this is the dangerous time for me. I'm using NRT for the first time patches and gum-the gum works well for a craving. I also have the stop smoking app which gives me motivation. This blog has been really inspirational-following everyone's journey and stories. I like the way everyone supports each other-tips and funny stories-and the way we're all in it together and rooting for each other. I read regularly and find it helps to get cravings into perspective.
So my strategy-replace the cigarettes with health-I'm working on a new me for September and my goal- a half marathon in October.
HIGH POINTS- This week a colleague commented on how well I look (he didn't know I'd quit)-skin (particularly my face) has really improved-I was worried about how smoking was ageing my skin. Also on the positive side THE SMELL I so don't miss smelling of smoke-I was always conscious of myself in a room full of non smokers-and at work tutorials with students really embarrassed me. I also love the smell of my skin after a shower-and it is worth wearing nice perfume-you must get that.
LOW POINTS- stayed in bed for the first 3 days-it worked for me and got it out of my system. Munching-trying to counteract with the exercise. Cravings-working hard to beat them.
I'll sign off by saying when I quit, I just woke up and took myself to the stop smoking service-I was fed up with waiting for the right time-after holiday (how would I cope with duty free)-well I fly next week and plan to run every day-i'm choosing life-seems like a no brainier really or a getting the cigarettes out of the brain!
Here's to us choosing fagfree Debra