February 22 marked my one month anniversary of quitting smoking!
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 66O—————————->
Amount Saved: $264.00
Smoke Free Days: 33 …..2 Hrs: 5 Mins: 10 Seconds: 21
My Benefits of Quitting
There are many great reasons for quitting smoking. For me, the most important benefits of quitting include…
- Short term health benefits
(Have more energy, better concentration, better smell and taste, whiter teeth and fresher breath)
- Long term health benefits
(Reduced risk of cancers, heart attacks, stroke and death)
- More money to save or spend
(On yourself and people who are important to you)
- Freedom from worry
(When will I get to have another pack? What do I do when I am in a public place and I get a strong craving?)
- Living longer
(Be around when my kids grow up, get to know my grandchildren, grow old with my spouse, enjoy things that I have worked hard for, enjoy my retirement)
- Approval from people who are important to me
(Including my spouse, friends, family, kids, co-workers)
- Approval of myself
(I’d like myself better without an addiction, I’d be a better role model for my kids or a better spouse, I’d feel more in control of my life)
- Reducing the risk to others
(Ensure that family and friends are no longer exposed to second-hand smoke, or pick up the habit themselves)
The following benefits of quitting are very important to me:
- Better at deciding what are the real priorities in my life.
- I will have better endurance while exercising.
Today I feel like I have accomplished one of the toughest life challenges that I will ever experience! I am continuing Champix therapy and experience minor cravings once in awhile (especially when hanging around other smokers on a night out!).
With the money that I save I use it to reward myself. For example after the one week mark, I spent the extra cash I saved on a pedicure and manicure and at the one month mark I went on a ski adventure for the day.
Quitting smoking is not easy! But it is definitely worth it!! I will be back soon to up-date everyone on my success!
I have won the battle!
I started smoking about seven years ago and my last cigarette was on January. 23rd, 2013.
My journey started with a visit to the Dr. office to obtain a prescription for Champix (varenicline). I knew that a persons willpower had little affect on their ability to quit smoking! Science has proven this fact numerous times! According to Dr. Sharon Hall, a psychology professor whose research at the University of California’s San Francisco, ‘Heroin addicts say it is easier to give up dope than it is to give up smoking,”
Therefore, I started my remedy and set my quit date to be day eight of taking Champix.
Here is a quick Bio on my smoking habit and my new life as a non-smoker;
According to the Canadian Cancer Society I smoked less then 8% of the smoking population 😮
Smoke-Free Days: 10
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 200
Amount Saved: $80.00
Days:10 Hrs: 17 Mins: 7 Seconds:44
The withdrawal symptoms that I experienced in the first 4 days AKA druing “|Heck Week”
- sore and dry throat and mouth
- occasional dizziness
- tired depressed
- feeling spaced out and loss of concentration
My Key Short Term Benefits
- more energy
- better concentration
- better taste and smell
- more time and money of course 🙂
On day ten I am still tempted to ignite the old friend! I am aware of my triggers and I am still developing alternative coping strategies. For instance, I fill those dull periods within the day by baking delicious treats.
I would love to hear from other quitting warriors! or anyone else that can relate to my journey!