I want to scream it from the rooftops, 30 days after quitting smoking and I am still going strong.
I had a scary vision of being one of those old people with emphysema that have cigarette breaks from their oxygen! I know it is bad isn’t it?
Just this week in one of the popular magazines published in South Africa, the YOU, is an article about Darren Scott (a local celebrity) who has now gotten cancer again for the 4th time. A few weeks ago (13 October 2015) he had an operation to remove the malignant growth and a third of his left lung. He has only now decided to quit smoking.
Sounds crazy right, but that is what addiction does to you. Your own safety is ignored.
So how do I feel 30 days after quitting smoking?
Today, right at this moment I feel great. But it has not been an easy ride from my last post at 2 weeks after quitting smoking until now. In fact it has been terribly hard.
I sort of assumed things would get easier as time goes by. I especially had the 3 week mark in my mind as being a time when things would be easier. What a shock I got when I hit the 3 week milestone and it was the rockiest patch I had hit, it was honestly worse than day 1.
Apparently at 3 weeks is when your body is free from nicotine so I thought the physical cravings would be gone and everything would be a little smoother.
While on my rocky roller coaster ride I searched online for information and I came across what is known as the three threes: 3 days, 3 weeks and 3 months being peaks of uncomfortable times with quitting smoking. Why hadn’t I heard of this and been prepared for it?
How I understand it is that day 3 is the peak of physical cravings, week 3 is the peak of psychological cravings and month 3 is what is known as the “blahs”. I am still not 100% sure what they mean by the blahs but I am sure I will find out soon enough and then I will let you know what happens.
I can sure tell you what happened at 3 weeks. The psychological cravings were incredibly strong, so strong they were physical. I could not concentrate and all I wanted to do was go to the shop and buy some smokes. I had to eat a lot of chips during this time.
So I’m sure you want to know what stopped me from smoking?
- I had made it 3 weeks already, to just throw all that away would be such a waste!
- My hubby was waiting for me to smoke, so he could start smoking again and blame me. Yes, he even told me so. One thing about me, is I am one really stubborn woman. If he was going to smoke it was going to be because HE failed, not ME.
So I can probably thank my hubby for that, it kept me strong. I can also thank him for not smoking, because in all honesty I was waiting and hoping he would fail so I could smoke and blame him!
Coughing up… who knows what?
My lungs are starting to cleanse themselves. I am coughing up some really disgusting stuff.
When you are a smoker all the poisons and stuff clogging up your lungs can’t get out. Once you stop smoking it all comes up. When I cough I can hear the wetness and spit up green and yellow phlegm. Yes it really is charming, but it is also hitting home what damage I have done to myself. I can see all the revolting things now.
Sorry but I had to share this with you!
Stomach Problems after Quitting Smoking
Previously I reported back that I had constipation problems, now I have no problem going. In fact I am easily going 2 – 3 times a day. I don’t have a runny tummy just going very often.
So there is no nice way to say this so I am just going to spit it out…
The problem I have is with gas, yes I said it. Luckily for me I work from home so I don’t have any embarrassing problems during the day. I’m also fortunate to have a child still in nappies, there have been some close to embarrassing incidents and I have just pretended to go change my sons nappy. Yes pinning it on the baby might not be nice, but I have to work with what I have here.
I have read up online about this and stomach problems after quitting smoking is very common. It is incredible how much smoking affects the stomach and the digestive system! Hopefully things will sort themselves out soon, my hubby is starting to get annoyed with me. For some strange reason this is only happening to me and he has no problems! It is sometimes just not fair, or maybe it is. He has just started a new job this week. I wouldn’t wish that on anyone, least of all my lovely hubby.
At least I can just sit and fart in the comfort of my own home, all alone!
Acne After Quitting Smoking
I usually have quite good skin, yes I do get the odd pimple every now and then. Even in my teens when other kids had some serious problems mine were minimal. Right now however I am having a little problem. I have little bumps all over my face, little pimples in the making ready to make an appearance. I even a few pimples on my chest and shoulder.
This is very unusual for me so I searched online and yes, it is a common result of quitting smoking. This is yet another result of all the toxins in my body coming out. My body is detoxing and this is another charming effect it is having on my life!
The Goal is now 6 months!
Yes I have now done some research and the general consensus appears to be that at 6 months the cravings and withdrawals are just about gone. It really is disappointing because I thought it would be much sooner that than, like how about now? 30 days is a long time to be without a smoke!
The 6 month mark just seems so far away. Yes I know I can get there, but do I really want to keep going with these uncomfortable feelings?
Honestly yes I do. I want to be a non smoker, I want to be nicotine free. I want to be free from all mood and mind altering substances, free from anything that I am addicted to.
Am I a Non Smoker yet?
Something strange happened to me on Thursday. I went to my daughter’s school to throw a party for her 4th birthday. Everything went beautifully until it was time to sing and have cake. I put all the candles in the cake and reached for my bag to get a lighter and realized I don’t have one, yes non smokers don’t usually have lighters or matches! I had packed everything for her party and never thought about how I would light her birthday candles. It felt really odd.
When can I call myself a non smoker? If feels strange thinking of myself as a non smoker, I have been a smoker for 22 long years and it is like it is a part of my personality. I’m not sure how I can be a non smoker, it feels weird just thinking about it.
The definition of a non smoker is simply someone that does not smoke. Ok I suppose I fit in that category, but it makes me feel kinda sad.
I know this sounds strange, but only a smoker will understand. Outside every building is a little club of smokers. You don’t need to actually know anyone there, simply the fact that you are a fellow smoker puts you in the club. There is a strange camaraderie amongst smokers, especially in winter when they are all huddled together outside in the freezing cold. I don’t fit in that anymore, I feel a huge sense of loss.
At our Narcotics Anonymous meeting everyone goes outside for a smoke during the break and I just kinda hang around on the outskirts being creepy. I don’t know what to do with myself. Plus the cigarettes actually still smell nice to me.
Are Things Getting Easier Yet?
This is a big YES from me.
I am a now a happier non smoker than I was before. There was a time when I was angry, resentful, anxious and jittery. That has all passed thankfully.
The feeling that there is a huge big hole in my life is getting smaller and smaller as time goes by. Sometimes I can make it till mid morning before I remember that I was a smoker and now I am not.
The cravings are not as strong and they are further apart. When the cravings come I remember that this too shall pass. And it does.
Some days are good and others are not so good. This is to be expected.
I take each day as it comes, one day at a time, sometimes one moment at a time.
My next few posts I will be sharing information on how to quit smoking, techniques to help you through it and some information on different methods for quitting smoking, so stay tuned!
Please leave a comment and let me know what you think of my progress so far, I would love to hear from you, especially the smokers and ex smokers!