How Quitting Smoking Changed My Life

This article was submitted by Chris, many thanks for sharing a wonderful experience. I’m sure many smokers out there will be inspired by this story.

I have quit smoking twice in my life. The first time, I lasted about 6 weeks, and the second time… Well, I’m not a smoker at the moment, 7 months after I quit.

Is it easy? No, not really. And it’s not much fun, shouting at your loved ones over absolutely nothing for a fortnight either. However, the days, weeks and months that follow it are more than worth it, let me tell you.

Let me tell you my story: About a year ago, I ended up homeless. The long term relationship I was in had fallen apart, leaving me without a home, obese and unhappy. So, what did I do?

Well, I cried for a week and did nothing but smoke cigarettes and eat grapes, like any sane person would. But, after that, I decided it was time to sort my life out.

First things first, I decided I needed to lose weight. I got on a diet, and was soon dropping the pounds week after week – in fact, in just six months I lost a little more than seven stone – that’s over 100lbs!

As part of my diet, I also started exercising (cycling, if you’re interested). This was all well and good, of course, but I quickly found that whilst my body was getting stronger, my lungs simply weren’t keeping up – my breathing was always harsh and ragged, and it wouldn’t take much to leave me sucking air like a Dyson. I had quit smoking more than a year previously, but the temptation of a social smoke with a drink was too much – and this slowly turned into a 10 a day habit before too long. However, this time I had also stopped drinking some time previously, so I literally had no excuse.

How did I do it? Which method did I use? Well, the unfortunate story is this: I went cold turkey. I simply decided one evening that enough was enough, went outside and smoked every single Marlboro that was left in the pack.

Ever smoked seven cigarettes in a row? Believe me, it’s enough to make you want to quit. I finished ciggy number seven, walked inside the house, and spent the rest of the night feeling sick – but I knew I’d do it this time.

If I’m honest, I didn’t find quitting smoking quite as difficult as I thought I might – yeah, there were a few times where I got snappy and irritable, but I found that just matter-of-factly explaining to myself that I couldn’t have a cigarette because I’d quit worked wonders – and before long I was feeling the benefits on my bike rides too. My breathing was clearer, I was riding harder and faster for longer, and hillclimbs became noticeably more and more easy.

So, here I am seven months later – how do I feel? Well, my wallet is certainly happy, especially after I took a second to check out the prices of cigarettes in my local supermarket the other day, and I’m healthier than I ever thought possible. Yes, I still do have the occasional twinge, but they come and go so quickly, especially when I think about the single drag I had on New Year’s Eve – it was like licking an ashtray, and I’m amazed my girlfriend ever came near me beforehand. Quitting smoking is the best thing I ever did.

Chris is a life insurance writer, who spent years telling people to quit smoking to make their life insurance quotes cheaper. Eventually, one day he decided to listen to his own advice – and you’ve just read the story of what happened since!

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  1. Eldray Atkins says:

    Loving the fact that I’m smoke free. I’m never going back again.

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