Well, well, well…I bet that you all thought I disappeared huh? I kind of did for a while. No excuses, but I am back Jack…or Jack-ie! Haha! Corny, I know.
I did quit smoking, not in November but at the beginning of the year. Talk about easy?! Haha! Really though, not smoking is not difficult. The hard part is to continue NOT smoking. Especially if I have a drink but I can and have done it. If I can do it then I know that you can.
Living life as a nonsmoker is different…in a great way! I really didn’t notice how I was affected by smoking cigarettes until I stopped. My ears popped and my hearing, sense of smell and taste is back! I didn’t even know it was gone. Lol
|Time Elapsed; Last Cigarette||Body Reaction to Quit Smoking|
|20 minutes||Heart Rate will begin to drop back to normal levels.|
|2 hours||Heart and blood pressue decrease to normal levels; Peripheral ciculation imporvements and Nicotine withdrawl symptoms usually start to kick in: intense cravings, anxiety, tension or frustration, drowsiness or trouble sleeping, increased appetite|
|12 hours||Carbon monoxide leveles in your body decrease and blood oxygen levels increase|
|24 hours||Risk of heart attack will begin to drop|
|48 hours||Nerve endings begin to grow back and your small and taste are enhanced|
|3 days||Nicotine is completely out of your body; Withdrawl symptoms may peak|
|2 – 3 weeks||Improved lung function; start breathing easier; Withdrawl symtoms should begin to dissipate|
|1 – 9 months||Cilia (tiny hairs in lungs) begin to grow back in the lungs; Coughing and shortness of breath should decrease dramatically.|
There is plenty more to look forward to living a smoke free life! I will continue to not smoke and report how I’m feeling. For those of you who don’t think that you can do it, it’s really about you wanting to. I smoked about half a pack a day, some days more! Once I just chose not to buy another pack of cigarettes, after the first couple of days I realized that I don’t need it! It’s really not that hard to quit. The hard part is to stay QUIT! Haha!