31 Dec 2018
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This is now my 7th day of not smoking. That feels like a real accomplishment for me. Never thought I could do this up until now. Told my mom yesterday that i quit and she was very supportive. Was updating a good friend of mine on my quit so far, and he was more joking about weight gain and stuff. Not the support I was expecting from him. It really drives the point of finding a good support team to help in your quit. My wife has been my best support through this. She has put up with me talking non-stop about what I'm feeling and going through. She know when to just listen and when to offer support.
The main insight being that previous times I quit I didn't communicate what I was going through, didn't throw out my smokes, lighter, etc, didn't reach out for help. I finally resolved to quit and am more motivated now than on Day 1.
In some respects I feel lucky this time as my quit has been easier than expected (withdrawal symptoms were rough but manageable and subsided by day 4). The hard part is getting the mental side. I am motivated to quit this time, but I still have that urge to smoke. Its the routine stuff - coffee/smoke, drive to work/smoke, done eating/smoke. A part of my routine is now gone.
Starting to understand what a few others have said about it becoming a lifestyle change. Drinking less coffee, cut back on beer, eating more regularly and more fruits. Thinking about getting out for more walks to get in some extra exercise.
I am starting to notice that my cough is subsiding, less nasal irritation, starting to actually feel better overall - went up the stairs yesterday and I swear that I didn't feel winded. I'm sure some of it is me trying really hard to find the positives, and some certainly is an improvement.
I realize that everyone's quit is different. After several attempts this is the first time I got past the initial withdrawal phase - and now that I'm to the other side, so to speak, it seems so much more attainable. Hang in there all you other recent quitters.
Being positive. And looking forward to the next smoke free day!