14 March 2013

Quitting Smoking - I Can Do This!

Today marks Day 1 of my quitting smoking and kicking this nasty habit for good this time!  I've been coming to this for awhile now.  After 16 years of smoking, let's be real honest, there is no allure to it.  I am purely just feeding my body's constant craving for nicotine.  What seemed really cool to do around my friends as a teenager quickly became an addiction that has followed me well into adulthood.  Now in my early 30's I have finally come to the point where I am ready to be done.  Sure I've tried quitting before, had doctor's try to persuade me, family and friends urge me, and the list goes on and on.  But now I see what people mean when they say that as a smoker you truly have to be just tired of it and trust me, I am there!  When I find myself short of breath doing simple everyday tasks at my age I know that Emphysema is just around the corner.  Another big motivator is some serious recent health scares my husband just went through that has changed the way he is going about getting himself healthier and has made me re-evaluate my own health.  

I won't lie, waking up this morning and hearing the kids fighting over cereal I almost backed out of the whole quitting thing and stepped outside for a mommy 3 minute smoke break de-stress moment. I really REALLY wanted to!  But I didn't.  Instead I handed the situation over to my husband, jumped in the shower, got out and got dressed, and slapped on my first nicotine patch.  And to my surprise I'm still going!  For someone who has failed before at this I know it's one day at a time, but this time I am more serious than I have ever been about truly kicking this habit.  Here's to finishing tackling today, and then tomorrow, and many more days in the future!

My Motivational Facts For The Day Taken From The WhyQuit.com Website:

Within (_) of not smoking... 
• 20 minutes -Your blood pressure, pulse rate and the temperature of your hands and feet have returned to normal.

• 8 hours -Remaining nicotine in your bloodstream will have fallen to 6.25% of normal peak daily levels, a 93.75% reduction.

• 12 hours -Your blood oxygen level will have increased to normal and carbon monoxide levels will have dropped to normal.

• 24 hours -Anxieties have peaked in intensity and within two weeks should return to near pre-cessation levels.

Have You Succeeded In Quitting Smoking?  Please Share Your Stories And Tips!  :)

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