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Hi everyone, it's me again. Well, I've completed 12 weeks smoke free and I feel amazing. I've had some ups and downs, though not too many downs, and I have claimed my life back from the smokes. My taste buds and sense of smell are back and I am running 3 or 4 times a week now, up to about 6k each run. I feel different, I feel proud and I feel clean. I've saved a lot of money (and treated myself to some lovely things too). I'm spending more time with friends and family because I don't feel the need to dash away early for a smoke and I love that. I have so much energy (hence the running) and I have been able to enjoy the summer. I did the park run of 5k and was in the first two thirds across the finishing line, not bad for my first one. My FitBit has also helped me get off my backside and I'm pushing myself further each week. Without you guys on here, I couldn't have done this. Every one of you who has advised, supported, encouraged, whinged (you echoed my feelings, so I didn't feel alone) and STOPPED smoking - you are my heroes. It's tough but if it wasn't, it wouldn't be worth doing would it! The frustrations and cravings are all part of the stopping process, so we remember how hard it was to stop so we never take it up again. Each and every one of you on this site is amazing! Never forget that!
Those who have never smoked can never understand the willpower and dedication needed to turn away from this addiction, it's not their fault they don't understand so if they ridicule or tut or patronise you, ignore them. Stay strong and positive and you will conquer this.
For all of you who have stopped in the last day or two - well done. Take each hour at a time, stay busy and find yourself distractions. For those of you who have decided on a quit date but keep putting it off, please don't put it off any longer. There really is NOTHING to be afraid of. Come and jump on in, the water is amazing.
Mmmm, I think that's quite enough of all that now.
Just.... thanks! :)
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