Non~Smoking 2 Weeks

I officially have  two weeks (actually fourteen days,5 hours and 31 minutes but who’s counting) smoke free. I say smoke free because I am not yet nicotine free. I am using the patch and the lozenges as many of you know.  I am quite okay with it.
I still have cravings. I want them to be gone. It is not happening fast enough for me, I guess. I have a friend who tells me all the time “Patience”. That is not a virtue I have in abundance. It want it all now. I guess I thought that by now the cravings would be gone. I was wrong. They are coming less often but I am aware of them.
Things I have noticed since  quitting. All of a sudden i have smoker’s voice. Never had that phlegmy nasally sound to my voice nor did i have that breathless laugh. I do now. I am told it is because the little hairs in lungs and my nasal passages are becoming unparalyzed. They are now starting to move all that crap in my lungs. So I now have mucus and god knows what coating my voice box and through and nasal passages. I have been coughing more. I do kinda find it humorous. I quit so this wouldn’t happen to me all the time and now it is.
I have also noticed that my skin is changing. I used to have really dry skin and used tons of lotions and face creams..every brand every formula every price. Nothing work. Now not only do they work, I have to relearn what is right for my skin. It is not as dry as I thought. it is also soft, to the touch. I do like that. Its kinda ll sexy and stuff.
Taste is also a big issue for me. I have been having discovering what food tastes like. THere are foods i would have told you I liked that I do not. Vice versa, there are foods I would have said I do not like that I actually am now in love with.
Speaking of  food, one of the big things everyone talks about when one quits smoking is weight gain. There are several reasons for that. One is we replace food for a cigarette. Our brain is seeking the chemicals, those feel good chemicals, that the cigarettes used to supply. ANother reason is that smoking changes the metabolism,speeds it up a bit. So we eat and burn it faster. We quit, eat a little more to compensate and gain weight. I can honestly say that for some reason that has not been a problem for me. Although I have been enjoying the taste of foods, I have not eaten any more than before. I naturally do not eat a lot. Guess I am just lucky. it might also have a lot to do with my natural tendency to eat a lot of fruits and veggies. I am pretty sure it does. I have not gained weight at all.
On the insides, according to the doctors and all the literature, My lungs are breathing better. This is very good with my COPD.  My heart attack risk has decreased.  My circulation has increased, Now that one I feel. I actually went to the doctor because my legs were feeling really weird…increased circulation. Go figure. And with increased circulation comes easier walking.
Emotionally, I am a bit crazier than normal. I do find myself being a little short at times. I do not think it is really bad. At least those who know and love me say it ain’t. Maybe in 5 years they will tell me different but I can only go by what they tell me now. If I am being a royal bitch no one is complaining.
I am proud of my two weeks. I am starting to feel like I can do this.  I do not have it licked yet but I am on my way.

DISCLAIMER: These posts are nothing more than chronicling my efforts to quit smoking. Anything I write is nothing more than my way of doing so and my feelings associated with those efforts. If you are inspired to quit smoking by anything, you read here, please see a doctor and follow their instructions. I, in no way, am suggesting or recommending anything as means of smoke cessation.

4 thoughts on “Non~Smoking 2 Weeks”

  1. martin bannon - July 1, 2012 9:30 pm

    you and i know nicotine is only a small part of it. congrats on the most difficult part. been over 5 years for me but the first 2 weeks i remember vividly. you did fabulous.

  2. T Whitaker - July 1, 2012 9:34 pm

    I honestly think that I would not have done so fabulously without your help Martin. You have played a HUGE part in helping me to get through these two weeks with something resembling sanity. You are a true friend and I love you for a lot of reasons but in this endeavor you have gone above and beyond the call of duty.

  3. John Sens - July 1, 2012 9:42 pm

    Proud of you T, I still think about you before I light up and with time I too may find the courage to quit.

    1. T Whitaker - July 1, 2012 9:44 pm

      and if and when that time comes..I will be right there cheering you on!

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