29 Nov 2017
14 Nov 2019
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I can't remember exactly when I started to feel better. But I know that after my first month, it got much easier to keep my quit.
Having said that, you know one of the first benefits I noticed at some point? I had just climbed two flights of stairs at the TTC going up to street level, and then I ran for a streetcar. By some miracle, I was able to get a seat. I sat down and suddenly realized that I wasn't huffing and puffing. Normally, after climbing two flights of stairs, my heart would be pounding out of my chest. In fact, I wouldn't have been able to run for a streetcar. But because I had quit smoking, suddenly things had changed dramatically. And man, what a welcome relief. Honestly, I can't tell you how happy I was. I sat on that streetcar and couldn't wipe the smile off my face!
So if you haven't noticed any changes like that, I dare say you will soon. And when you do, really pay attention to it. Because it is important to give yourself and your quit positive reinforcements. Become super aware of every benefit to quitting you encounter, and make a mental note of it. Because that way, when you are tempted to smoke, you can think about those benefits you have experienced, and they will help you to keep your quit. Focus on the positives of quitting and the negatives of smoking.
You are doing an awesome job, wizardsmom! You should be really proud of yourself.