John, I hope there's no size limit to the response of this question?!? I'm attaching my thoughts from my bronze post from a couple of weeks ago:
1. I no longer have chest pains. I had them daily, sometimes severe enough to go to Urgent Care. I had several EKGs, all came back normal. Let's see... no cigs-no chest pains....correlation...YES! I don't constantly fear the terror of a heart-attack anymore (not that I'm guaranteed safe, just no more fear).
2. I no longer have headaches. I took an average of 6 aspirin per day. That would be about 558 aspirin I have not taken since quitting. Let's see... no cigs-no headaches...correlation...YES! No more obsessive fears of stroke (again not because I'm guaranteed safe, just no more fear)
3. I can go to any event without anxiety. Movies, concerts, plays, parties, festivals, family gatherings, etc. It's not that I couldn't go before (and step out to have a cig), it's that I was such a SEVERE closet smoker I actually had to leave when I needed a cig so that no one would know that I smoked. And then I would lie about why I was leaving.
4. Related to #3: I can socialize more freely. Not because I don't have to leave, but because I'm not ashamed of the way I might smell, and that someone might just find out that I smoked (omg, my biggest fear!) I used to disinfect myself so extremely that my dance partners must have thought I just came back from my job as a janitor (nothing wrong with that job of course, just an analogy).
5. Related to #3,#4. I can enjoy my son's visits home from college (he honestly did not know I smoked) and I can also visit my daughter and precious grandaughter without the terror of finally being "found out" (oh, and then she would tell my son of course).
6. I no longer have to see secret tears of my husband and 2 best friends (the only people that knew). They were always so worried about me, it's horrible to choose nicotine over the ones you love. (And on that subject, kissing my husband is even more fun than ever now....he loathed the taste of cigarette smoke).
7. I no longer wonder "when will I quit...will I ever quit....maybe I never will". Even if today is my last day on earth, I'm glad I finally beat nicotine. I did not want to die a "smoker". It is never too late. Being smoke free even 1 day is a joy.
8. I no longer WANT a cigarette. During the first month or so I would think "am I always going to feel like this, when will I feel better?". I think about cigarettes sometimes, but in a very negative light. Every single thing I did before with a cigarette, I can now do without but with 10xs the pleasure.
This is just a partial list, I'm adding to it every day. I just wanted any lurkers and those who have not reached 3 months yet to know how quickly you feel better. If you have not quit yet DO IT NOW, it will change your life forever.
yqs, *Candy* 3months 2weeks 1day