Smoke Free 45 Days

Jul 25

45 days. That is amazing. I have 45 days of not smoking. I, me, the chick who smoked two packs a day and sometimes more, goes a whole 45 days of not smoking on a voluntary basis.
I do not necessarily have 45 days on not WANTING to smoke but  I have not given in.  I do believe that my record for being crave-free is about 10 hours now. That is also amazing to me. I mean it takes a lot of time to smoke 2 packs of cigarettes in a day.
There are 20 cigarettes in a pack. That makes 40 cigarettes a day. I sleep at least 6 hours a night. I work at least 4 hours a day. I eat at least three meals a day and will say that preparing and eating, on average takes and hour. That’s 3 hours.Bathroom breaks ( I drink a lot of coffee) and personal hygiene takes at least 1 hour. And let’s add a whole bunch of miscellany stuffs I do and lets add 1 hour for that.  All together that is 15 hours out of the 24 given us each day that I did NOT smoke.  That leaves me 9 hours on average to get those 40 cigarettes in. That is pretty much 4-5 cigarettes an hour. That is a lot of work isn’t it? And just think if you go to a movie or something…now you have to make up for those cigarettes you didn’t smoke during the 90 minute movie. That’s ok though because you can smoke at least 3 of them in the 15 minutes before the movie and just as many right after. Such is addiction and I gave it up voluntarily. For 45 days and counting.
So what has been happening with me, 45 days smoke-free? Well, I am very congested. Besides my body trying to get rid of all that gunk and junk in my lungs I caught a cold. With the emphysema it threw me for a loop. I was reminded how hard it was to breath before I quit smoking. Kind of a blessing. I certainly did not want a cigarette! I could barely breath. It did get it through my head that my Doc’s were telling the truth.  I am finally finally getting over the cold so back to trying cough this stuff up. I am drinking a lot of water to help that process.
Being congested I miss all the new smells I had been smelling. And all the new tastes. It was a bit of a tease as I started to really enjoy food again before I caught the cold. I’m sure I will again. And honestly, I can’t wait. I have been trying everything. Even stuff I would have told you I don’t like. Food tastes amazing!
Another huge benefit and one that has just blown me away is that people are telling me that I am inspiring. That they are reading my blog posts or talking to me and it has inspired them to try to quit themselves. THAT is the best. It was unintended but is pretty awesome. I do not know how to help someone quit smoking. I only know how to I quit smoking for 45 days so far. That really is all I know. Truthfully, I am not a crusader for a smoke free world. I don’t care that much. I quit so I can live longer. If you quit or try to quit that is awesome and I will do everything I can to support you. If you do not quit or even try to quit, that is awesome and I will still be your friend.
45 days and counting! Can ya believe it?

 

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.

2 comments

  1. martin bannon /

    wonderful and well written. i haven’t smoked in 5 years and i want to quit again.

    • T Whitaker /

      You, my friend, have been a complete and utterly wonderful support for me…you have gone above and beyond the call of duty. THANK YOU!

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