5 days and I feel great. I've been smoking for 15 years, exactly half of my life. Too long. I've also been a runner for about 8 years, marathons and all and I've always felt like an outcast at these events because I am hiding a dirty little secret. Last night I went for my first run as an ex-smoker and it almost brings tears to my eyes just thinking about it. I'm so proud of myself. I can't wait to see what I can do with that extra 30% of lungs. Perhaps I can finally except the running and biking communities I've always envied as an outsider.
Smoking made me feel like an outsider in so many ways and just 5 days off cigarettes and I realize so many new things about myself. It truly did trap me and dictate my life.
Each day gets better, triggers are easing up. Mornings can be the hardest I guess, but all I have to do is imagine myself out there in the cold at 6 a.m. thinking about how I am sucking down a cigarette before I can even fully open my eyes. I hated that feeling. That's often when I truly felt consumed by addiction.
Today, for the first time, I smelled a smoker (ex smoking buddy) come into my office. Let's just say he didn't smell all that great to me. This was a good moment for me. I've also cut down on caffeine considerably. I was intrigued that caffeine and nicotine are close friends. They were for me too. Now I'm content with a cup.
I feel calmer. I work more. I work harder. I will run and bike farther & faster. I spend more time with my family. I'm a better husband/father. And I know I'm inspiring my ex-smoking buddies to quit.
This site has educated me greatly in my quit. I was really teetering for awhile a few days ago until I found this site. Now I embrace the challenge.