Ex-Smoker Jeff – Yes We Can!

This post was submitted by Jeff, it was a comment in our post The Side Effects of Quitting Smoking and it was published as a regular post, many thanks for sharing a wonderful story.

Congrats all on your non smoking accomplishments.  It’s March 29, 2012…………….I’ve been smoke free since February 25, 2012.  Many of you could have written my side effects; nausea, headaches, body aches, loss of appetite and so on.

I suppose I’ve been fortunate as I didn’t have the withdraws or cravings after quitting and having not smoked has been easier than I thought.  I’m 44 now and I smoked 20-25 years.  I didn’t smoke nearly as much when I began smoking as my pack a day habit when I quit.

After a meeting on Friday, Feb 24th, I got home early from work.  I took a nap for a couple of hours………however, after I woke from my nap, I wasn’t feeling well as I had flu like systems; headache, nausea, achy body, etc.  My flu like systems were not why I napped, but after I woke from my nap.  I smoked the rest of my pack throughout the entire evening……….no idea if it was a half pack, or more or less.  At 12am that morning I said to myself “I think I’ll quit”.

I woke the next day and at 12noon decided to buy another pack of smokes.  Throughout the day on Feb. 25 I smoked from the pack smoking entire cigarettes, 1/2 a cigarette, or perhaps only 2-3 puffs of a cigarette then putting it out.  I didn’t bother to re-light the smoke I snuffed out after having smoked only 2-3 puffs………..I just lit a new smoke.  At 11:50pm the evening of Feb 25, I lit my last cigarette.  I don’t recall if I finished the entire smoke or not, but the experience wasn’t all that enjoyable.  I put it out and said “I’m done, I quit.”

Then I threw a 1/2 pack of smokes in the toilet, dumped the ashtrays, flushed and haven’t had one since.

As I mentioned earlier, I was sick with flew like symptoms………..that made it easier to quit smoking.  Having been sick, I missed a couple days of work and I slept through my withdraws, and never had a craving.

One of the greatest moments of quitting was when I was on my way to work, I stopped at a convenience store, made a few purchases, and not once even ever thought about buying a pack of cigarettes.  That was big.

I’m certainly not saying I won’t ever smoke again, because I might.  I’m saying to myself “I’m not smoking today.”

From the bottom of my heart, I wish you all the best on your decision to quit smoking.

AWESOME! Very inspiring story! Congratulations Jeff, don’t say “I might” because I’m sure you won’t allow yourself to become a slave again!

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