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2013

I always said I would quit smoking when I noticed a difference in swimming laps.  Well - guess what?  The change was so subtle, I never noticed, and I smoked for so long, I forgot what normal WAS!

Before I quit smoking, the maximum number of consecutive freestyle laps I could swim was ONE.  I have not been able to swim for almost four years because of various health problems, and have only been back in the pool for a month and a half.  I have been quit smoking now for 300+ days and today I swam 2 1/2 consecutive freestyle laps with no stopping (to the uninitiated - that's five lengths of a pool)!

To Those Newly Quit Folks - it feels so wonderful to not be out of breath, to feel like you can swim laps FOREVER and not be winded.  It is AMAZING.  Stay with it - it is SO worth  it!

My goal now is 10 consecutive freestyle laps, and I bet I'll make it by the end of the summer! I usually swim laps, alternating with freesyle, backstroke and breaststroke (the last two are kinda "resting" laps!)  The sky IS the limit when we stop poisoning ourselves!

Nancy

Quit 7/4/12

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Nyima's $2,000 saved comment brought this topic to mind.  While we can't redo the money spent in the past on this terrible addiction, we CAN control what we spend our saved money on in the future.....I used some of mine to sponsor a child to attend  a session of the Y's summer camp.  It was so nice to feel as though I had some "extra" I could share.  I am also treating myself to a private monthly yoga session, designed just for ME!

What will you spend yours on?

Nancy

Quit 7/4/12

After a 300+ day quit, I find that I can now swim 10 freestyle strokes before having to come up for a breath (4 was my max before I quit smoking!) As well, I can now swim three consecutive freestyle laps and will try to extend that each week now (2 was my max and not until halfway through a swimming season before I quit. ) Because of various health problems, I have not been able to do laps for almost four years, and am already way ahead of where I was after only a month back in the pool.

Isn't life grand with cleaner lungs?

To the newly quit: this is not easy, but it IS doable and the benefits are phenomenal! Stay strong and stay committed. This is SO worth doing!

Nancy

Quit 7/4/12

Go to Google.com and check out the Mother's Day Doodle.  The final picture changes each time you go through it!

Hope everyone's Mother's Day was SUPER!

Nancy

Quit 74/12