Sunday, November 15, 2009
Yes I sure did! I quit smoking 2 years ago today and I feel so much better! I am so VERY proud of myself for remaining smoke free even though my son smokes.
First my Dr. prescribed Chantix before all the brouhaha about committing suicide and all that BS started. I was hesitant at first but finally I saw that the Great American Smokeout was on November 15, 2007 so I said that was the day.
Now where I live I can't drive, it's not allowed for women to drive, none of the local walking distance stores had my brand and I would have had to ask my DH for money. He was also out of town on business so I said I was going to go for it. It was hard at first but I made it through the first couple days, then I was able to breathe easier and the coughing subsided a bit. On Thanksgiving day I gave a friend the last 6 packs of cigarettes I had so the house was cigarette free! I emptied all the ash trays and put them away. That year we went home for Christmas and that was my first test since I would be able to drive myself. I made it through with only smoking maybe 2 cigarettes and it was so nasty and gaggy I couldn't smoke the whole one, plus it was too cold, snowy and icy to run outside and smoke, LOL.
I think between November 15 & January 1, I smoked a total of 5 cigarettes, and not even able to smoke a whole one. Sometimes out of the blue I get a fleeting urge to smoke but it goes away. Now I can't stand the smell of someone smoking, I can't breathe. I gained 25 lbs when I quit but I can smell things, I can taste food, I can walk up a set of stairs without gasping for air, I don't cough, I don't have to stop somewhere to have a cigarette. My DH also said that he could tell I quit because when he walked in the house he could breathe. He didn't say anything to me for a long time because he didn't want to jinx me.
No, it's not easy to quit, I have quit before and failed but for my health, I was determined to succeed.
Anyway, that is my story and I'm sticking to it, and I bet you thought I was going to quit SparkPeople! Not a chance, I still have several pounds to lose.