4,705 cigarettes not smoked and $1,587.96 USD saved. Out of the past 188 days, I would have spent 10 of those days with a cigarette in my hand. I STILL crave when I'm stressed or angry. I still want to get in my car, run to the gas station, and buy a pack. What keeps me from doing that? I remember what it was like when my heart rate was 105 at rest. My heart rate is now between 66-78 at rest. I remember how bad my white blood cells were, my body in a complete state of inflammation and stress. My skin had a grayish hue to it - now my skin is bright and shiny and looks vibrant. These days, I can work for hours non-stop. I mean, non-stop - I don't need to break because I'm tired (which is amazing considering the fact that I have a serious auto-immune condition. I don't need to break because I'm out of breath. I don't need to break because the need to smoke is so unreal that I couldn't possibly work one more moment without a cigarette. I go for hours and hours without stopping. Yes, I still crave when I'm having a bad day. I still want to smoke, but I'm far more interested in avoiding the consequences that come with smoking than I am in puffing away on poison.
For those of you who are new, keep coming here to read these stories. If you think you are alone in having a tough time, find someone who has been quit for a while, go to the archives and read their stories. You're likely to find a story quite similar to your own.
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