I Quit Smoking - Now What?
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|Thu, 05-23-2013 - 9:33am|
Hey, everyone. I hope all is well. I quit smoking two weeks ago. It was one of a series of actions I've recently taken to lose weight. I always thought quitting smoking would be one of the last things I would do in my quest to shed some pounds - but this time around, it seemed like the sensible to thing to do.
After a week and a half of being on the wagon, I fell off; I relapsed. I bought a pack of cigarettes on Mother's Day and smoked the whole pack over the next three days. I'm back on the wagon - but during those days I went back to smoking, my sinuses were all clogged up again. I'm blown away by how night and day my breathing is because of smoking/not smoking.
So now that I know how blech I'll feel if I regress back to smoking, what do you suggest for getting past these cravings? I understand that the chemical addiction is gone after the first three days - but I smoked for so long because I WANTED to. I loved it - and I still miss it - but I had to quit so I could get healthy. And so, the cravings still come, even after the first three days.
I'm doing the gum/candy thing, but my goal here is to lose weight, not gain it, so I'm trying to limit that stuff.
What other changes can I expect from my newfound quest for health? Will the bags under my eyes go away because I've quit smoking? Will I sleep better? What will quitting smoking do besides the obvious breathing benefits?