It's been 14 days since I decided to become smoke free. I'd tried a few times before but clearly not successfully. The first few days were the worst with moments of loss, cravings and feeling lost. Though I still have moments of "pause" and reach to my bag, it only lasts a split second and I laugh at myself, reminding myself I no longer smoke and what an idiot I was for smoking. I smoked for 13 years and was on about 14 a day. Now I've stopped I can't imagine why I ever started and I realise how much of my life I've got back. I worked out that I was smoking for over an hour a day. I’ve had a few challenges along the way – my partner still smokes, which I thought would make it more difficult, but actually it didn't. He's making his own mind up to stop and, as he can see what a difference it's made to me, he will decide the change will be good for him in his own time. The support from this site has absolutely made the difference to me quitting for good. My friend and her husband visited at the weekend and they were both smoking too but I just didn’t want one, it didn’t even occur to me to ask for one. Two weeks on and I feel alive, really alive! I've invested in a fitbit and am exercising every day, ensuring I'm up to my minimum of steps and activity. I have more energy and more lung capacity - I managed a 2.5k run yesterday in 15 minutes and I didn't have jelly-legs afterwards or screaming-lungs. My recovery time was severely reduced too. My hair and skin feels better, I'm getting less gunk off my skin when I wash my face in the evening and I feel calmer. There are NO reasons to keep smoking and so many reasons to stop. Well done every one of you who has stopped and even if you slip up, keep trying to stop, you’re so worth it (as the advert tells us).
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