2 Weeks After Quitting Smoking – Progress Update

So it is now 2 weeks after quitting smoking. It has been another roller coaster of a ride.

The experience so far has been better than expected in a lot of ways and in other ways worse then I expected. I’ll take you through day by day what has been happening since my last update at 5 days after quitting.

6 Days After Quitting Smoking

Ok I am going to admit something, it was a close call here. I very nearly smoked. I texted my husband in the morning to say I was struggling and he never responded. This of course made me angry and resentful, it made me think hey I have a great excuse to smoke now! My hubby doesn’t care that I am struggling.

I texted him again a while later to tell him I can’t do this. I am going to smoke. I was nearly heading out the door to go buy some smokes when he calls me and tells me he is proud of me and that I have done so well. He reminds me why we are quitting smoking: our children.

Damn he’s good. I can’t smoke now. So I am angry and resentful again.




7 Days After Quitting Smoking

7 days after quitting smokingI realize where I went wrong on day 6. I started wondering if I should or shouldn’t smoke. It is when I am unsure of myself and start to think I should smoke that the addict gremlin gets in my head. It is like a hamster on a wheel and it just goes round and round and round. I can’t get off.

Today I am tired of this hamster wheel. I don’t know how much longer I can last with it. I decide I don’t want to smoke.

8 Days After Quitting Smoking

8 days after quitting smokingI am starting to notice the benefits of not smoking. I am finding it easy to wake up, I am awake before my alarm goes off and not the “oh shit I’m awake, its morning” kind of wake up I usually have. It is a happy, fresh and awake sort of wake up. I feel ready for the day.

My morning cough is gone.

Let’s not get too excited though, I am still miserable as can be. I still want to smoke and this hamster wheel is still going! When will it stop?

It is worse during the week. On the weekends my kids are keeping me busy and my hubby is home. During the week days I am all alone… well me and my hamster.

9 Days After Quitting Smoking

I weighed myself this morning and guess what! In just over a week I have gained 6kgs. Yes I have been nibbling on things, all the time non-stop. I feel like I am going to vomit chocolate eclairs (you know those yummy little toffee sweets?).

I’m still safe thanks to losing lots of weight recently (explained in my previous post) so I still have 2 kgs until I am in danger of going over my normal weight. But still I can sort of feel my thighs rubbing together although that might be my imagination? Yeah I might be going crazy. The fact is I still can’t think straight.

My thoughts go something like this:

So let’s have a cup of coffee (YAY and a smoke! I love coffee while smoking). No, no I don’t want to smoke. (Oh I am so sad I could cry!). Ok let’s get some work done. (YAY and then have a smoke!). NO, then get some more work done. (YAY and then have a smoke?). No, no smoking at all. (Fuck this, I’m an adult. If I want to smoke I can smoke. Everyone smokes. And if they don’t they sure as hell want to). No I don’t want to smoke. (Yes, oh yes you do!!). I can’t concentrate on my work, let’s have some breakfast instead. (YAY, nothing like a smoke after some chow!). NO, NO, NO stop it, get out of my head. Ok I need to make some phone calls. (YAY I love smoking while talking on the phone!).

And so it goes on… yes all day. This really is insane. Is this how smoking really rules everything I do all day and night? Please can someone shoot this hamster?

10 days after quitting smoking

10 Days After Quitting Smoking

Last night I dreamed that I had a smoke. Yes a “using” dream. It’s quite funny because I have never dreamed about smoking before. I remember after quitting drugs and alcohol I had using dreams for quite a long time.

The day went fast and easily, my kids and hubby kept me busy. I told my husband how much easier I find it on the weekends and nights when everyone is home with me. He looked at me and rolled his eyes and said he struggles in the evenings and weekends but when he is busy at work he finds it much easier.

I feel bad for him struggling today, then I remember that I have 5 hard days all alone to get through to his 2 days on the weekend. Then I get irritated because I feel he has it easier than me and its not fair. Oooh this anger is hard to predict!




11 Days After Quitting Smoking

My morning smokers cough (umm ok my all day smokers cough) has gone. I was constantly coughing. It was so bad my neighbor was always asking me if I am ok.

Today something amazing happened. I hardly thought about smoking at all. In fact we went to my husband’s father for a braai and at about 11am my hubby told me how much he is struggling. Until that time I had not once thought about smoking or had a craving. Oh my gosh, what an achievement. This is a huge break through and I am so grateful.

This was my best day yet, I sailed through it and even though I had a few slight cravings later in the day I managed just fine.

12 Days After Quitting Smoking

So what goes up must come down right? It’s Monday and I am all alone and the hamster wants to get on the wheel again and make up for lost time. I can feel it starting to fight with me.

I am happy and at peace though. I told my hamster to do its damnest. I am not interested, today might be bad but I will have more days like yesterday, I will ride it out. This is implementing step 3 and it worked! Seems my hamster lost some steam after that.

Until this moment I have been convinced that at some stage I will give in and smoke. It is almost like I am just trying to see how long I can hold out for before I give in.

Today I feel like I can be a non-smoker. Another milestone has been achieved!

13 Days After Quitting Smoking

Yes I had cravings today, but they are mild and just irritating. They are not the all consuming cravings of the first week. When the hamster arrives I just tell it to bugger off and it is gone.

 

14 Days After Quitting Smoking

Geez I can’t believe it, I have made 2 weeks without smoking and I am not dying. I don’t even know what to share with you today.

There is just nothing going on here except the odd craving and I just carry on with my day. Yes it still feels like there is something missing, certain brief moments like when I get up in the morning and have my coffee, straight after putting the kids to bed and of course after sex!

So what are the results of quitting smoking after 2 weeks?

  • Sleeping better
  • Waking up fresh and ready for the day
  • Smokers cough has completely disappeared
  • Anger, anxiety and restlessness has improved
  • Cravings and obsessions are more manageable

I hope to share some more awesome results with you all soon.




I can see something very clearly now, there is only one way to stop cigarette cravings and that is to stop smoking!

While I was smoking I was always craving a cigarette. Smoking ruled my life. Everything I did was compartmentalized into cigarette breaks.

If I was working I would tell myself I will do the filing and then have a smoke. Perhaps busy in the kitchen? I will do the dishes, have a smoke and then start making supper. Absolutely everything was ruled by smoking!

Now that I have stopped smoking I am not craving as much as when I did smoke.

stop cigarette cravings

A few weeks before I quit smoking my 3 year daughter asked me to come draw with her. I replied “Yes, I will come in a few minutes” and so she asked me “Oh, are you going to have a cigarette before you come draw with me?”. Wow, did she hit the nail on the head!

It was at this moment I could clearly see how I put smoking above everything else in my life. It was also at this moment I could clearly see how my daughter already understood that my smoking was more important than her, more important than little moments drawing together.

It was also this moment that I made the decision to quit smoking and set the date to quit.

So I thank my 3 year old daughter for showing me the way and for giving me the strength and courage I needed to quit smoking. I hope to continue to be a non-smoker so that I can be a better mother to my children.

why I quit smoking

I hope to continue with this success story, to inspire other smokers to quit and to let you know exactly what the journey is like.

When do Cigarette Cravings Stop?

I have heard that Nicotine is completely clear from your body at 3 weeks and at this time physical cravings stop. However the mental obsession will still very much be there for a long time to come. If this is the case I only have to make another 7 days until my body is completely Nictone free!

Are you a smoker? Have you managed to quit smoking? Please leave a comment if you need any help or want to share you experience!

 

 

 

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44 comments

  1. Anh Nguyen says:

    Wow, awesome progress, Lynne.

    Although I don’t smoke myself (and don’t plan to) but I know how it can be hard to take up the challenge to quit an addiction and smoking in this case. I enjoyed reading your experience and am sure others would find it beneficial too.

    It’s interesting how just after 1 week you already see so much positive progress and it gets better.

    I wish you al the best in your journey.

    Keep us updated.

    • Lynne says:

      Thanks Anh, yes it is amazing how much change can happen in just one week! Here’s hoping I can stay strong during the next week and make it to being completely free of Nicotine!

    • Daniella says:

      Hi Lynne,

      Great article, I really enjoyed reading it!
      I have smoked 20 years until I decided that was it!
      I never thought I could stop, in fact I tried 3 or 4 time to quit and the fifth time I finely succeeded .
      I quieted with a pack of cigarette in my pocket. I needed to know that the cigarettes was at my disposition and that is when I succeeded to quit. Before that, I was throwing my cigarettes in the garbage swearing that I will never smoke again, but this way didn’t work for me, I needed to see my cigarettes. I always said that I am stronger than a peace of paper with poison inside.When I throwed them it was like I was scared of cigarettes and when I kept them on me or near me, it was like I am the one who decide. Today, it’s about more than 15 years I didn’t touch a cigarettes and feel great!
      Everything is in the head , people just have to decide.
      Thank you for this helpful blog

      • Lynne says:

        Wow Daniella, congratulations and well done. I know exactly what you mean about having to hold onto them. I chose to chuck my cigarettes but I can certainly relate to that feeling of panic and fear when you don’t have your cigarettes!

        I know of a few people that have quit but kept a box of smokes, Incredible how our minds work!

      • Emily says:

        hi Lynne
        you have no idea how much I enjoyed your post! I am bookmarking it. I am not a smoker and in fact I am very sensitive to cigarette smoke. It makes me sick. But my partner used to smoke and it drove me crazy. And you just confirmed what I thought: that his whole day was based on when he could smoke. I told him that before and he just looked at me as though I was crazy.
        Because you see, when he smoked he had to wash himself before I could even get close to him as otherwise I would just start to cough and struggle breathing. So he was taking a LOT of showers every day! But his mind was constantly on smoking. “we will do that and then I will go for a smoke”. “Oh you are going to the gym? then I will go for a smoke”. “Oh you are on the phone, I will go for a smoke”. And it annoyed the fuck out of me!
        And recently 2 of my staff decided to stop smoking. They are about 2 weeks in too. The office is littered with chips, gummy bears and gum but they are not smoking! As one of them said to me: “hey we cannot do the healthy thing too. It’s just too much right now!”

        • Lynne says:

          Hi Emily
          I also would have told you that you were crazy if you said my life revolved around smoking! I can see the truth now though. It really is sad isn’t it. Well done to your staff members, and bring on the chips and gummy bears. It does help in the short term.

        • Veronica says:

          Hey there. Wow, this is SO inspirational! I am currently a smoker and I know it’s going to be one of the hardest things to do, but your 2 week progress is just plain awesome! I totally need to keep this handy and would love more updates as you continue your journey. What great information and it’s SO personal!! Love this!

          • Lynne says:

            Hi Veronica, when you are ready I am sure you will be able to quit. The trick is you need to be ready for it, nobody else can try and push you to stop. I am glad you are enjoying these posts and yes I will keep on sharing about it!

          • Jason says:

            To tell the truth, I smoke sometimes, however I am not addicted to it at all. I may just smoke for two weeks in total out of the year and I do it for medical reasons.

            In my opinion, it is up to the individual to make a decision to stop. There is nothing that come in bottles to combat this.

            Even if you take some form of treatment and stop for a while, you will go back to it if you do not have control over your own mind.

            The most important thing is to have full control over your mind and it will be fine.

            Jason.

            • Lynne says:

              Thanks for visiting Jason, I’ve got a seriously addictive personality, there is no way I would be able to smoke sometimes! I am an all or nothing type of person.

            • Yvonne says:

              Hi, I have never smoked before but your determination to quit smoking is inspiring nonetheless. I can understand why you are doing this for your daughter as I am a parent too. I applaud your decision to give up smoking. I’m sure you will see more health benefits in the days to come.

              P/S: If you need something to help keep your thoughts away from the hamster during the weekdays perhaps you can try out some healthy soup recipes from my website http://www.souperdiaries.com 🙂

              • Lynne says:

                Hi Yvonne, thank you for your support and kind words 🙂 Yes I love making soup, I am specifically looking for a great Butternut soup. I just can’t seem to find the kind I want. A nice thick, rich and creamy soup 🙂

              • Melissa says:

                Well done Lynne , Really proud of this big step you have taken. Miss my little monsters.

                • Lynne says:

                  Thanks Melissa.

                • Cora says:

                  Hi Lynne,
                  This is such a helpful and encouraging article. You really are an inspiration to those who are trying to quit. I’m not a smoker, but I do know that trying to quit smoking can be externally hard. It really is great to see the progress in your journey.

                  Thanks for sharing,

                  Cora-

                  • Lynne says:

                    Thanks Cora, I hope to be an inspiration to others and to help them see it can be done with a lot of determination and faith in oneself!

                  • Kylee Rankin says:

                    Lynne

                    This was an amazing post. I enjoyed the read.
                    You are a inspiration to me. I’m gonna give up on Saturday and spend the week end with maddison. Hopefully she will keep me strong.

                    • Lynne says:

                      Hey Kylee. I hope you keep me updated! The first few days are really the worst, absolutely terrible! If you can get through the first week it will get a little easier. Get out the snacks and starting eating a little. I’m over the snacking already so it was just short of 2 weeks of extra munching.

                    • Ryan Low says:

                      Hey, smoking really takes a toll on your body. I’m glad you’re quitting. It is really tough to flush nicotine out your body. The withdrawal symptoms, you feel really bad etc. etc. Keep on going!

                      • Lynne says:

                        Thanks Ryan, yes it has been terribly hard! Thankfully it is getting a lot easier now. I believe smoking is one of the hardest addictions to get free from!

                      • Kseniya says:

                        Hi Lynne,
                        Although, I’ve never got addicted to cigarettes, I have a very close friends who got addicted to chewing tobacco in his early 20’s. When he finally went cold turkey and quit, it was an emotional and difficult 3 weeks ahead for him. He could’t eat, he was always breaking out in big sweat. He lost so much weight (he was already fairly thin to start).
                        However, its been good 5 or 6 years now since he quit, but he’s still unfortunately, on the nicotine gum.
                        Your story and improvements through the weeks gives others courage to quit and improve! Please don’t give up for your precious health!

                        • Lynne says:

                          Hi Kseniya, thanks for sharing about your friend’s experience too. It is sad he is now addicted to the gum! I will keep sharing and hope to stay stopped 🙂

                        • Kristie says:

                          Hi Lynne,
                          I really enjoyed reading about your journey. I smoked in college and it was hard for me to give up. The weight gain, crankiness and cravings all went away in time. I am glad you are doing it for your daughter and mostly for yourself. You can do it. Keep up the great work!

                          • Lynne says:

                            Hi Kristie, thanks I am glad you enjoyed my posts. Yes it is about time after smoking for 22 years! The journey has been helluva tough so far, I have now made it to my 3 weeks… where I thought it would become easier and you know what? It is BS, there is no respite yet. In fact it is worse than it was this time last week. I have done some research online and a lot of people are referring to the three 3’s. 3 days, 3 weeks and 3 months being the terrible milestones where it is tough.

                          • CannaGary says:

                            Lynne,
                            Thanks so much for sharing your journey to a healthier you.
                            Cigarettes in my mind are one of the absolute worst inventions of mankind.
                            My mom passed this May from COPD and my wife’s dad passed a few years earlier from the same.

                            You may hate me for saying this but I found smoking one of the easier addictions to give up, but I never started smoking until I was already 32.

                            It is said that the earlier in life addictions are started the harder they are to break.

                            One last great point you also make is the very unfair label that Cannabis has as the Gateway drug.
                            From my experience growing up most all my friends started with alcohol and tobacco.

                            Still on the news today if someone is arrested for marijuana it is a “Drug” arrest, but when someone kills someone in a drunk driving accident it is never demonized as a “Drug”.

                            Perceptions, fear and bigotry sadly seem to guide better than facts.
                            Thanks again for the great read and I am proud of you as a recovering addict.
                            CannaGary

                            • Lynne says:

                              Hi Gary, yes great point there about the alcohol! I personally believe alcohol is one of the worst and it is seen as socially acceptable to drink, even to get drunk. I am glad you agree with me about Cannabis not being the gateway drug.

                              I just visited your website cannagary.com and found it very interesting. I read just yesterday about a man here in South Africa that is making cannabis oil (yes illegally) for medicinal use. I am especially interested as I have a friend with Multiple Sclerosis and he claims it can help loads. She has been in a wheelchair for a good few years and is only in her 30’s!

                              I have seen people addicted to Cannabis and I have seen how it can ruin lives too, just like any drug. However let’s also bear in mind where any drug comes from… medicine! Think Morphine and Heroin, Codeine and Cocaine…

                              It is about the way it is used or abused!

                            • Patsy says:

                              Hi Lynne,

                              Well done! I am very proud of you. I can understand how difficult and stressful it must be during the early days after you quit smoking; the cravings, the headaches, the mood, caused by this nicotine addiction. But your willpower and focus managed to overcome the temptation. Smoking is harmful for our body, and it also adversely affects the ones nearby (passively), so keep it up! Believe that you can do it, and you can 🙂

                              • Lynne says:

                                Thanks Patsy, It has now been close on 4 months and it is so much easier. I am now starting to feel like a happy non-smoker. I was wondering how long this would take!

                              • Stephen says:

                                I have never smoked, but I always wondered about the addiction and have a couple of questions.

                                1) How does a smoker know when it is time to light up?

                                Is this tied to the activities they do, or does the smoker smoke when he/she wants to, or is there a timer in the body that goes off and gives the smoker a cue that it is time to light up, or some of each?

                                2) How long time wise on average does an addicted smoker go between when they get done with one cigarette and they need to light the next?

                                3) Does a smoker smoke usually at the same times each day, or does this vary?

                                4) Are there any times smokers light up when they do not need to at that moment, or do they wait for a craving before lighting up most of the time?

                                • Lynne says:

                                  Wow Stephen that is a lot of questions 🙂

                                  From my experience of being a smoker and also watching other smokers my opinions on your questions are:
                                  1) Any time, this is an addiction so when the smoker craves it is a good time. However yes, certain activities definitely influence this. For example lots of smokers will light up when they talk on the phone, when they get in the car, when they drink a cup of coffee, after a meal etc.
                                  2) The funny thing about addiction is that when an addict has their fix they think they are curing the craving… but not really. Only at the actual moment an addict is having their fix do they not crave. As soon as the cigarette is put out the next craving begins. The length between cigarettes and the amount of cigarettes a smoker goes through in a day are related to the age of the smoker and how long they have been smoking. I’ve heard if you are 20 years old you will smoke a box of 20 in a day, if you are 30 you will smoke 30 in a day and so on. This certainly proved true for me. The nature of addition is that the smoker will need to smoke more and more.
                                  3) Everything varies but yes there are certain times of day when a smoker will light up for sure, this is often related to certain activities though. Most people eat at the same time every day, and most smokers will light up straight after a meal.
                                  4) Oh yes for sure. Smoking was such a habit for me I have on a number of occasions lit a cigarette only to realize I already one burning! How bad is this? I mean who needs 2 cigarettes at a time?

                                  • Stephen says:

                                    I bet that is why breaking the addiction is hard.

                                    I also bet it was hard at first figuring out the patterns to the addiction when it started. I would suspect that there are some times people smoked when they didn’t need to and some times they needed to smoke or were craving and didn’t realize it at first. I bet over time they learn how long they can go between and how to anticipate when the next crave comes on, and when to light up to prevent cravings in the middle of tasks, and so on.

                                    Unlearning or breaking this I bet is very hard for quitters from your description.

                                    Is this true, Lynne?

                                    • Lynne says:

                                      Yes definitely. It is the same for drugs though. People have asked me when I used drugs and why… and any reason was a good reason. We lost the rugby, oh dear I should drown my sorrows… hey we won the rugby, let’s celebrate right?
                                      If was angry I used, if I was happy I used, if I was bored I used. The same goes for smoking really. I was a smoker and I just smoked all day every day. It consumed so much of my time and energy. If I wasn’t smoking I was thinking about my next cigarette or planning when I was going to have it.

                                    • Louise says:

                                      Hi Lynne,

                                      I am 33 and have smoked for 20 years. (One pack a day)

                                      I’m day on 5. Jeez, this is hard! Your blog really made me laugh. I related to it so well and it’s given me the little boost I need to get through the evening! Thank you. ?

                                      • Lynne says:

                                        Louise you are doing great and I am so glad I could make you laugh. Go run around the house screaming Fuck It now and I am sure you will be just fine!

                                        Just so you know I now well over a year free from cigarettes and looking back, even though it was tough as hell, it was worth every struggle along the way. I wish you the strength to get through it.

                                      • Kim says:

                                        I have read through your blog. Couple of times. Every time I am fighting an urge to smoke. Today is my 2 week mark. On April 6 I had a segment of my lung removed. Non small cell cancer. It was very small 1/2″ and the margin and lymph nodes removed were free from cancer. I was lucky. Although some may not feel the same. They found the lung cancer after a scan midway through my chemo for colon cancer. This was also removed and though it didn’t metastasize it was in 6 lymph nodes out of 42. I have smoked for 40 years. 1 1/2 packs per day. I will get through this but darn it is hard.

                                        • Lynne says:

                                          I am so sad to hear of your struggles with cancer, I hope you are feeling better and stay cancer free. Yes quitting smoking is really hard, but you have done 2 weeks already… watch out for week 3 though. I had a real struggle for a couple of days and when I researched it I found lots of people also had a real struggle around week 2 – 3. After I got over that tough patch it got so much easier.

                                          Wishing you strength and love for your recovery and for staying off the smokes Kim!

                                        • Lee says:

                                          Great article Lynne.Am inspired .It’s exactly 2 weeks now without smoking and those cravings are hitting me hard! My neck is getting stiff. I hope all these will go away after one more week.

                                          • Lynne says:

                                            Hi Lee

                                            Congrats on quitting and making it so far, that is amazing! Yes it most certainly gets easier as time goes by but always remember to keep in mind that it is not a straight line. Some days will be really good and then suddenly it will get hard again. I found around 3 weeks to be the worst time for me, I really struggled and then after that it got significantly easier for me. The journey will be different for everyone.

                                            On the 01 October this year I was 2 years clean from cigarettes and quitting cigarettes was one of the best things I have ever done for myself, and for my family.

                                          • Julie says:

                                            Wonderful read Lynne. I am on day five now. I have stopped before for a year and now going for it again and hope to quit for good this time. I can relate to so many things that you wrote in your article. Very inspiring. All the best to you.

                                            • Lynne says:

                                              Julie I am so happy to be able to inspire you and hopefully help you on your path to being nicotine free. It has now been over 2 years and quitting smoking is one of the best things I have done for myself, along with quitting drugs and alcohol of course!

                                            • Mark says:

                                              Awesome blog. Thanks for sharing your experiences. I’m on day 6 of my quit. It has been easier than my previous attempts so far. I’ve been smoking for about 30 years I guess. Always at some stage of quitting, thinking about it, or relapsing. Hopefully this will be the final quit.

                                              I’m finding it easier to just roll with the withdraw symptoms vs. trying to fight them. It sounds weird, but it’s almost like you have to brainwash yourself to enjoy them to a certain extent. It screws with my head because they aren’t supposed to be pleasant, forcing myself to think they are and they seem to be reduced in duration and intensity.

                                              I loved the part about screaming ‘fuck it!’ at random times. I think I will incorporate that in my ‘tool box’ too. My dog already thinks I’m crazy so I’ve got nothing to lose.

                                              Was really happy to see you are still quit after starting this series of articles over 2 years ago! Congrats for sticking with it.

                                              • Lynne says:

                                                Hey Mark – congrats on making it to day 6! You know what? It all really is in the mind, yes there are some physical cravings and discomfort for sure, but the majority is all in our heads!

                                                Yes go run around screaming fuck it, I promise you it works so well. I wish you great success quitting, hopefully it is the last.

                                              • Lynne says:

                                                I’m sure that vaping and smoking is quite similar when it comes to quitting. My husband quit smoking cigarettes a while back but then he started vaping and got hooked on that immediately. He is now back to smoking cigarettes.

                                              • Lynne says:

                                                I’m sure vaping is terribly hard to quit too but I have never vaped in my life. When I quit smoking my hubby also tried quitting but instead he just cross addicted to vaping for a few years and now he has stopped vaping and he is smoking cigarettes again. I think vaping is just as bad as smoking!

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