12 Aug 2019
03 Dec 2019
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One of my hero’s here, atp, read my post about my struggle
at three months and suggested I write a post about my gains over the last three
I did receive some other advice from the amazing people on
this site, however, I’m not keen on transferring the withdrawal from the Patch
(final stage), to other NRT and/or medication. In my heart, I know I must make
this final climb up the mountain in order to reach the summit, and I need to do
it on my own
Life after three months:
Aside from the obvious, not smelling awful, not having to
“suit -up” to go have a cigarette, breathing better, experiencing new energy, I
discovered some perks I didn’t expect.
1. For the first time in
forever, I’m able to hang my winter coat in the closet at work with everyone
2. I no longer must make excuses
to my little grandbabies explaining why Nana has to “pop outside for a few
minutes” when we’re spending time together.
3. I’m far more in touch with
who I’m meant to be, who I can be. Not smoking has taken away the shame and
perceived weakness I carried.
4. I’m free to go anywhere! My
husband and I love to travel and always rent apartments while exploring a new
city. The last time we were in Paris, I spent twice the rental fee because I
needed to make sure I had a balcony. Not to see the beauty of the sunrise or hear
the city waking up …. YUP! I needed a place I could smoke!
5. I’m advancing leaps and
bounds in my creative endeavors because I’m no longer afraid to take on the
challenge of growing. I truly believe in my capability to take on “hard” and
move through it.
Personal Mantra = “I QUITE SMOKING! I CAN DO ANYTHING!”
days are still tricky, and I feel the old anxieties that will inevitably arise
as I make the full transition to a “recovered” smoker.
THANK YOU everyone here who has supported me and given me the strength to take
on another day smoke free!