I have not had a single puff since April. I have concentration lapses and push the idea of getting cigarettes away from my chest like pushing away a ball. I say aloud "I don't smoke". Then I find something to do for five or ten minutes. When I do this I deliberately choose an activity which is not demanding. Things like colouring-in, maths puzzles, simple knitting or cleaning the kitchen. More challenging activities like cooking have also been achieved. I don't go outside as much as I used to. I miss my garden. Today I drew a flower in my garden but I could only concentrate for ten minutes.
My health has improved. My hands stopped splitting, I no longer have a wheeze on my chest, and my ankles and feet are no longer swollen. I have changed my lifestyle. This is what I wanted, but I could not have imagined it. Thank you for the encouragement.
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