My quit date is set 30 days from now, but I have a race and know that I'll not have as much energy for the first week or so?
Read some of the research that described how your body detoxes from Nicotine. Everyone's experience is different but yet there are some things that are more common. I was laser focused when I quit... laser focused on learning how to not smoke! And if I had lack of energy it was NOT because I quit smoking but for a hundred other reasons, smoking never gave me more energy - it just fed me more Dopamine. And because of changes I implemented that happened in conjunction with quitting, I actually had improved energy.
You CAN set yourself up for success! We believe in you!
It is true. It is life-changing physically, mentally and spiritually. It takes a lot of energy to accomplish. It is so worth the effort.
Quitting is your race. No disrespect to your sport, but quitting will take everything you have to give it. Welcome to Ex.
Dopamine - the Double Edged Blade by Thomas
Nicotine is fueling your system. Remove it, and your systems flail about helplessly for a little while. It takes time to readjust to the new reality. Most people (I think) use sugar as a temporary replacement.
Thanks.... for responding. Actually, it only lasts like a few days or a few treadmill runs.... so I'm probably just looking for an excuse. I really like smoking, but eventually (I think) it will interfere with all cardio. I just don't recall feeling so much better the years, I didn't smoke. Yes, I was a nonsmoker for a couple of years a few years back. I know that people don't like the smell of cigarettes, but I did even after quitting. Logically, it just makes sense to quit.
Smoking can be doing damage to you silently and insidiously. As someone who lives every day with that damage, let me assure you that I would never do it again, given the choice. I remember reading blogs written by people who were talking about how amazing they felt shortly after they quit. I didn't feel that amazing...I had already done the damage and it's irreversible. You have been very, very lucky and I suspect your activity has helped to keep the damage at bay. I also worked out all the time and I think that it might have masked some of the damage I was doing. I found that when I was able to get back to regular workouts that they energized me like never before. I couldn't do anything for a while because I got really sick. You can do this and there is no reason why it should impact your ability to race...it might even make you FASTER. I think smoking will eventually start to show you that it is causing issues, that's just my opinion but it is based upon experience. I don't like the smell of cigarettes...whether they are freshly lit or the WORST, the smell of stale smoke on clothing or furniture. You can do this and you can set yourself up to succeed. Stay close to the site, it really helps to have support. Education, support, and commitment are the keys to success in quitting and you certainly know how to commit.
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As each person is unique,so is each quit. You may experience brain fog and lack of motivation and you may not. A lot of the physical withdrawal symptoms: Early Withdrawal Symptoms are due to lack of nicotine and dopamine and your body adjusting to life without it. If you are a runner, you will still be getting dopamine, which should help your body adjust to life without the nicotine. In the grand scheme of things, one race is really not that important when compared to not being able to run at all if you keep smoking - and that is a very real possibility!
The important thing you can do right now is to educate yourself on what nicotine does to your body and mind. To that end, I highly recommend Allen Carr's “The Easy Way to Stop Smoking.” This is an easy and entertaining read. You can search for it online or at your local library. Here's a link to a video here on the site which describes nicotine addiction: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IpWMgPHn0Lo&feature=youtu.be. You should also read the posts here and perhaps go to the pages of folks who you think might be helpful. You might visit whyquit.com, quitsmoking.com and livewell.com for the good information contained there. @https://excommunity.becomeanex.org/groups/best-of-ex has lots of blogs written by members of this site with their experiences and guidance. You should also do the tracking and separation exercises recommended here on the site. After you have completed the recommended reading, it will be time to make an informed choice of the quit aid, if any, you will use. If you go that route, I personally recommend the aids that don't let the addict control the dose such as the available prescription drugs or the patch. If used properly, gum, lozenges and inhalers are fine, but they need to be used only as a last resort. I have seen folks become addicted to them if they substitute them for every cigarette they used to smoke - just trading one addiction for another. I do not recommend the e-cigarette for three reasons: 1) the vapor has been compared to the polluted air in Bejing on a bad day, 2) they just provide another nicotine delivery system while continuing the hand to mouth smoking motion, and 3) the batteries can spontaneously catch on fire. . But – any method that you think will work well for you will be best for you. The idea is to change up your routines so the smoking associations are reduced. Drink your coffee with your OTHER hand in a place different from when you smoked. Maybe switch to tea for a bit. If you always had that first smoke with your coffee, try putting your tennies on right out of bed, going for a quick walk, then taking your shower and THEN your coffee! Rearrange the furniture in the areas you used to smoke so the view is different. Buy your gas at a different station. Take a different route to work. Take a quick walk at break time where the smokers AREN'T. You need to distract yourself through any craves. You can take a bite out of a lemon (yup - rind and all), put your head in the freezer and take a deep breath of cold air, do a few jumping jacks, go for a brisk walk or march in place, play a computer game. Keep a cold bottle of water with you from which to sip. Don't let that smoking thought rattle around in your brain unchallenged. Sometimes you need to quit a minute or an hour at a time. You will need to be disciplined in the early days to distract yourself when a crave hits. Get busy! Here is a link to a list of things to do instead of smoke if you need some fresh ideas:
The conversation in your head in response to the "I want a cigarette" thought needs to be, "Well, since I have decided not to do that anymore, what shall I do instead for the three minutes this crave will last?" Then DO it. You will need to put some effort into this in the early days, but it gets easier and easier to do. Stay close to us here and ask questions when you have them and for support when you need it. We will be with you every step of the way!
I LOVE to swim laps, and have done so for years - 45 minutes +. I told myself I would quit smoking if it ever interfered with my breathing when I swam. Well - the onset of the change in my breathing was so slow that I didn't even NOTICE any difference until after I quit and it became so effortless.
When it is finally noticeable, it might be irreversible - and how awful would THAT be? Do it NOW!!
You really like smoking? Did I hear you say that? No I didn;t , I heard your addict saying that.
So you are going to get to know a new part of yourself real well. Yourself as addict. This addict will bug the hell out of you for a cigarette. It will lie and cheat and even ask you to pick a cigarette but up off the street and smoke it. Your addict has no pride and doesn;t care a fig for you. All it wants to do is smoke. It wants to get into conversations with you about smoking and why just one won;t hurt. It will not let this conversation go, it will nag and nag and nag. it will dog your footsteps and will be so persistant that you will wonder if it has moved in forever.It will give you headaches and stomach aches and sinus aches. It will give you heart aches. it will lie to you and nag and nag. it will make you say things like 'I really like smoking' (my heart breaks when I hear this, because indeed, it is killing you as I write) this is the unexamined voice of an addict. But in another way, I feel joy at you saying this, because you are now on the brink of a brand new life which is full of clean healthgiving air which almost sparkles with the health benefits it will give you. And you will begin to examine the addict. And begin to realize that the addict is foreign to all you want for yourself that is good. It is not just physical health benefits, every single thing about quitting is so good. Quitting smoking will be so good for your mental health. You will see. Quitting will allow you to put the burden down about knowing that smoking is killing you, hurting your lungs, your ability to breathe. while still smoking. When you quit you won't have to worry about cigarettes killing you anymore. for me the horrible wresteling match with cigarettes and nicotine is finished. We were wrestling for my life. I have put that burden down, the burden of worry about cigarettes ruining my health. what a relief, you can do it too. Your mental health will improve at least 80% when you can lay that burden down. When you can stop hurting yourself,Welcome to the Ex Community. Become a hero in your own life. congratulations for making the best decision that you have made in a long time. You have decided to save your life. Blessings. Nancy has given you lots to keep busy with. Get to know your addict. Best of luck. see yu around this site. Mouseology by Bretislav Pojar - NFB
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