What a long strange trip it's been!
Hell week was hell! The first month was a crazy roller coaster ride of ups and downs. The ride is leveling out with only a few bumps and dips along the way. Now I get to enjoy the scenery instead of clinging on for dear life. And the scenery is so much better when it is not smother is a cloud of smoke.
Here are some things I have gained so far:
- Understanding addiction has helped me to quit and remain quit.
- I can breath easier. I don't get winded as easily or as often
- My dog and I look forward to walking around the neighborhood each afternoon.
- Yoga is good for the body and mind.
- I don't smell. My clothes don't smell. My car doesn't smell.
- It is okay to ask for help. Asking for help is not a sign of weakness.
- I don't need to try to be perfect. Perfection is unattainable.
- Sometimes I have a short temper, but I am working on that.
- I get to sleep 20 minutes longer in the morning just because I I quit smoking.
- I don't have to avoid certain social situations or plan activities around finding time to smoke.
- I can laugh without coughing. In fact I can laugh hysterically without coughing.
- Singing out loud makes me feel good.
- I am learning to let things go.
- It is okay to have feelings (anxiety, anger, sadness, fear, etc..) It is how I deal with those feelings that matter.
- I am finding different ways of coping with stress.
- Herbal tea with a bit of honey is a great way to relax at the end of the day. (And so much healthier than smoking)
- Life is full of ups and downs and smoking won't change that.
- My thoughts can change my attitude. Positive thoughts bring on a positive attitude.
- I don't need to drink as much coffee in the morning to get going.
- My skin looks better. My teeth appear whiter.
- After almost 30 years of smoking, I have gone 100 days without a cigarette.
- My son is proud of me.
- I am proud of myself.
My journey has really only just begun. I have a long way to go still but I have taken that first step and I am going to remain focused on the positives. The support and positive reinforcement I received from everyone here on this site made quitting easier and helped me through the hard times. Thank you.
Onward and Upward!