Monday, November 15, 2010
I can SMELL fresh air, I can TASTE good food, I can take a deep breath without coughing and hacking, I don't wheeze when I lay down, I can sleep without hacking up a lung all because I quit smoking 3 years ago today. It was not easy by any means. My Dr. gave me a prescription for Chantix so I followed the instructions, joined their web site for support and daily e-mails. The Chantix did NOT make me want to commit suicide, it did NOT give me bad dreams or ANY of the stupid side effects the TV commercial says it does. The only things it did were make me sick if I did not eat before I took it and it caused REALLY REALLY horrible farts. (the cats even got up and moved)
So on November 15, 2007 it was the Great American Smoke Out so when i woke up, I didn't smoke that day. It was difficult for a few days but I got through it. For me it was fairly easy, since I live over seas where women can NOT drive, I couldn't just jump; in the car and run to 7-11 or the corner gas station to buy a pack. I didn't want to walk off the compound in my black drape thing because it was too hot. I gave the 1/2 carton I had left to the neighbor across the street. I cross stitched a lot and I gained a lot of weight.
We went back home to the USA for that Christmas to New Hampshire. It started snowing December 14 and didn't stop until January 1, every single day it snowed and it was cold. I did try a couple times to go out on the front porch to smoke but my lungs froze and I slipped and fell on my ass too many times. I said it's not worth it.
I know 3 years isn't much so far, but I did it and I'm proud of it. I am not one of those anti smoking zealots who rants and raves at others, I do see both sides to the anti-smoking thing and to the no smoking in certain places rules.
Here in Saudi Arabia, there is no No Smoking rules, smoke where ever and whenever you want. They do enforce no smoking on the planes though. There is nothing as bad as trying to pick out and smell fresh fruit and vegetables only to inhale some moron's smoke.
I did lose 20 lbs 2 years ago when I joined Spark People but gained 15 back, partly due to an increase in my Thyroid medication this past October. I am back to working hard to get that back off.
So please, if you know someone who is trying to quit, DON'T NAG THEM, but support them, give them a pat on the back or a hug when they reach a milestone!
I will blog later about my exercise.