Just as the reasons I smoked, and the excuses for my past relapses are intertwined and too hard to separate, so are the things that are "best" about my new life. The benefits are so intertwined it would be impossible to pick just one. The health benefits were the first thing I noticed. I didn't use any of the three inhalers
since I quit, nor the Singular pills. Yes, I was bad off and still smoked!!! I've gained a little weight, but I don't care much, I'll get the rest of it off, in time. I wouldn't trade how I feel physically to be skinnier for anything in the world. I love the freedom to move around, go places, and be with whomever I want to, because now I don't have to be concerned about having a place to smoke. I surely don't miss the shakey feeling, or how snappy I got when I was overdue for my nicotine fix. I love only going outside because I really want to be there, not because I need
to be there to smoke. I love it that when I hug someone they smell me
and not cigarettes, and later on if they think of me, they remember the fragrance of my perfume, or good clean soap, and not stale smoke. (Fang tells me that all the time!!!) I like the way I feel about myself each time I overcome a trigger, it's empowering, and the sense of accomplishment feels great. Way up on the list is how much I love to share my successes, and even my "road bumps" with the famiy here, and the lurkers out there, so maybe someone will benefit from my experiences and stay quit, too. Or in the case of a smoker, s/he will see that it may be difficult to quit, but no difficulty encountered during a quit is nearly as bad as the consequences of continuing to smoke. There is just no comparison. Neither is there any comparison between the "telling" of the benefits of quitting, and the "feeling and enjoying" of the benefits for oneself. It's just so awesome!!! Most of all I love the calm settled feeling within my spirit that I'm going to make it to the end this time. I've never enjoyed such peace about quitting before. I know that having the facts about smoking, and the truth about quitting and staying quit is a big part of the difference. I know that understanding my addiction is the key. I know I'm doing something, one day at a time, to make the quality of my life better, richer, healthier, more comfortable, and it just doesn't get any better than that!! And the people said....