This post was a comment submitted in our article The Side Effects of Quitting Smoking (link) and it was published as a regular post, many thanks for this wonderful story Tiger Woman.
I started smoking when I was 17 and quit four months ago at age 45. I was a heavy smoker at the beginning (1 pack per day) then got down to 10-14 a day.
Quitting was one of the best decisions of my life. It is not easy to give up the addiction, but it’s all in your head – if you are determined that you are done, then you are done!
My friends are smokers and after four months I got to the point where the smoke is irritating me, I don’t even want to be around it….. The side effects are not that bad and it lasts only a couple weeks – important thing is to replace the addictive behavior with something else – like do a crossword puzzle or go for a walk when you feel like having a smoke, or run up the stairs in your building (if you live in a condo).
Ladies – I know you are all concerned about your weight, I gained a total of four pounds in the last four months since I quit and I haven’t changed my diet at all. I have my chocolate every day (I am 130 pounds).
Good luck to everyone!
PS. My mother quit smoking last year in March after 51 years of smoking – if she can do it, then you can do it too!
First, congratulations Tiger Woman – to you and your mom. There is nothing far greater than the wellness of becoming a non-smoker once again.
Regarding weight gain, some quitters substitute smoking with food and because their taste buds have improved greatly, their appetite will definitely increase. Because of this it is recommended to substitute or replace the habit of smoking with something else like drinking a glass of water, deep breathing, stretching exercise, etc. and it is highly recommended to incorporate exercise in your lifestyle as soon as you quit. Please read this article about preventing weight gain during quitting.
Again thank you for this awesome story.
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