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DAY ONE

Sept. 11, 2011 – DAY ONE: I believe a there are a couple of things that are making today a bit easier than back in May. First, actually getting through those 8 smoke-free days in May. It gave me strength for this time. Also, ever since then, even though I started smoking again – I have been foregoing my “morning” smoke (waiting at least an hour). It’s almost 3pm on 9/11 – so of course I’ve had a craving for one – but it hasn’t been terrible. Yet. If you’ve made it this far with me, here are some benefits which have already taken place in our bodies:

  • 20 minutes
Your blood pressure, pulse rate, and the temperature of your hands and feet
will all return to normal.
  • 8 hours
Remaining nicotine in your bloodstream will have fallen to 6.25% of normal
peak daily levels, a 93.25% reduction.
  • 12 hours
Your blood oxygen level will have increased to normal and carbon monoxide
levels will have dropped to normal.

Pretty wicked, eh? Our bodies’ ability to heal itself is amazing. We truly are “Fearfully and Wonderfully made...”

Later:

I’ve been reading quite a bit on cessation – and came across this statement (or one very similar to it) enough times that I feel compelled to comment.

You can now begin to sort out your emotional attachment to your “best friend” – the one who is betraying you. Your nicotine-drenched brain has made it difficult for you to evaluate your feelings about cigarettes. You were forced to say you enjoyed them, because in all other matters you are a rational being. And why would a rational being who recognizes that smoking is unpleasant, irritating, and harmful do it anyway?

While I agree 100%, whole-heartedly with the first statement – that Quitting is like breaking up with your ‘best friend’ (or lover), I totally disagree with the latter statement. I wasn’t forced to say I enjoyed them – I REALLY FRICKEN’ ENJOY THEM!!! If it wasn’t harmful to my health, and the health of the people I love, you couldn’t PAY me to quit! It’s totally chill to sit back, relax and ENJOY a good smoke. Period. And if people didn’t enjoy it, then it would be much easier to QUIT. Duh. Yah – people all over the world are busting our their Hookahs because it’s so unenjoyable…. gimme a break. The bottom line is that for those of us who have chosen to QUIT smoking – the main reason has something to do with the fact that IT’S DEADLY. And yes, there are a lot of really gross things about it. But to say it’s not enjoyable is just… well…. malarkey. *Deep Breath* Okay – I feel better now.

The reality is that changes are coming… They must come.  You must share in bringing them. (John Hersey)

Around 6pm had a pretty long lust for a smoke. The quote above got me through it. That and some really deep Pilates Breathing. ;0) Definitely need to do some Yoga tomorrow.

8:30pm: That long lust for a smoke ebbed into “crave” which was like a dull ache for the rest of the evening. The only ‘break in the ache’ was while I was eating supper. Much like abstaining from that “morning” smoke, I likewise wasn’t smoking toward bedtime. Once I brushed my teeth, that was IT. No more stogies. I am hoping and praying that makes the next few hours a little easier. Its worth a second mention that the QUOTE above was really helpful for me.

CLICK HERE to visit a website I found, which thus far, appears to be an EXCELLENT Resource for anyone trying to quit anything… but specifically for those warring the Nicotine demon. I am sincerely offering up prayers for everyone else who quit today. I know I’m among thousands, if not tens of thousands globally, who chose today as their DAY. And also for anyone who is reading this – whether now or a year from now.

When patterns are broken, new worlds emerge.
(Tuli Kupferberg)

10:30pm: End of Day One. I’ll personally be at the 24 HOUR mark in 3 and 1/2 hours – at which point I hope to be sound asleep. Here is what’s going on with our TimeLine at the 24hr point.

  • 24 hours
Anxieties peak in intensity and within two weeks should return to near
pre-cessation levels. Chance of Heart Attack decreases.

I’m adding another link to this guy Joel’s website. I didn’t actually watch any of the videos, but I can already tell they would really help some people through DAY ONE. I’ll check out some Day Two vids tomorrow if I have time or feel the need. Goodnight – and if you made it through TODAY smoke-free…. Congratulations!!!!

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