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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