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Cant believe it. Have now lasted 13 smokefree days. I was a smoker for 50 years and enjoyed it. Have gone "cold turkey" with a little help from gum and the constant reminders of chest pains and the morning coughs and the outcasting by my friends. My life has been a contradiction. I ride my bike 15kms most days and when not riding I am walking the golf course dragging a buggy. People say how fit I look , but they dont know that I smoked as well, and I felt bloody awful and breathless after a long bike ride or 18 holes. I am fearful that I have left it too long to quit, but already after the 13 days I feel a different person. So fresh in the morning, little or no coughing already and the pains on exertion have gone. I am breathing easier now. Have struggled with the morning coffee trigger but I now read the paper inside rather than on my deck. Had to give up the booze "temporarily" as that was a terrible trigger. But the fact that there are lots of us all striving for the same goal encourages me to persist and stay strong. Perhaps I will live a little longer now to play with my grandchildren.
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