(For the record, the featured picture was chosen purely as it’s so bad it’s brilliant).
Some reading this will know me, or of me and many won’t but as a health practitioner this blog is set up to share discoveries on my professional journey and in some cases my personal one. So today to break the blog in I am going to share my current journey, smoking cessation.
I began smoking at the ripe age of 11, in a girl guides meeting in west London. 23 years later I have finally taken the leap and become a non smoker as promised to my son and myself. I had tried to stop previously but picked the most inappropriate times to do so but on this occasional there is no better time than now.
I am using Alan Carr’s “The Easy Way to Stop Smoking” and plain chewing gum. I have been reading this book for a while now (states not to stop while reading but I have – such rebel), and I am using chewing gum as I have never smoked and chewed gum at the same time.
So… cut to the chase, I’m five days in to my new freedom. Contrary to what people say about quitting, I am not anymore hungry then I was smoking, I have higher energy levels, my skin (bane of my life) has cleared up, my self esteem has magickally returned, my breathing has improved and I feel really good overall.
Please note: I’m not one to preach or anything of the sort but the things I am noticing I want to share because I wasn’t expecting them at all. Especially the self esteem part!
Growing up you find yourself trying to fit in. Now I was always a bit of an oddball (still am but in a lovely way) but grew up with family smoking heavily around me. This installed the belief that because my elders and peers were doing it, I would be accepted if I were to join them. Funnily enough it made no difference and did sod all for the self esteem other than creating more issues. I would then convince myself these issues were of benefit to me, nice touch of Stockholm syndrome there!
Now having started the clear out of this nicotine addiction I am actually seeing things much clearer than I have for years.
My lungs are currently having a spring clean but I am supporting the changes in my body with antioxidants and a nice alkaline diet.
Instead of the myth that quitting (its an addiction you don’t quit you escape) makes you want to eat more and lowers metabolism, I have more energy than before. Yes I can get the feeling of boredom (common side of addiction as my life is from boring at this moment with 13 dogs – see other blog haha!!) but I WANT to use this for exercise not for eating or smoking. Feels great!!
This is only day five and its made such a huge difference so far I plan to keep posting discoveries from my new freedom. I’m never going to tell people what to do, the choices are yours alone – however, I reserve the right to gloat.