Meatball loves to celebrate!
St. Patrick's Day has become a special day for me because it is a special Anniversary; 6 years ago today I smoked my last cigarette. Any of you who smoke, or who smoked in the past know what a huge accomplishment that is! I had quit many many times before, but this was the time that finally stuck.
I smoked my first cigarette the first time I got drunk; I was 16. I remember being taught how to hold it, how to inhale, etc. I also remember how HORRIBLE it tasted, and how immediately my lungs rejected it, as I sputtered and spewed out the nasty smoke. Then I tried it again.(Everyone else was doing it, so I had to keep up...) By the time I was 20, I LOVED my cigarettes - though I was always ashamed of the stinky habit, I was addicted.
I didn't know it at the time, but as I lost weight in 2003-2005, cigarettes helped me curb my appetite, sped up my metabolism, and gave me another outlet for my uncomfortable feelings. How much they helped, didn't become clear until I gained the weight back. Now I see how much more challenging it is to lose the pounds without that crutch. Though I sometimes romanticize it - I KNOW it's the best thing I've ever done for my health. No question about it.
I read the book; The Easy Way to Stop Smoking. I believe it was particularly helpful because;
1) It allowed me to continue smoking while I read the book, in fact he encourages you to smoke while your read it.2) I knew my addiction was not physical after the first three days(which I had gotten through a thousand times) so the book helped me deal with the desires as they presented themselves, and boy did they.
I believe that it was just over the past two years that I have ceased to crave it periodically. I am not tolerant of the smell at all, but my two lasting triggers are; 1) seeing it in television and movies and,2) when I am drinking(which I rarely do either.) Second-hand smoke kills, so if I am going to suck up someone else's smoke(think smokey bars, yes they still exist) my thought is, "I'd rather enjoy doing the damage..." Obviously, I don't go - which is preferred for a number of reasons.
I knew gaining back weight was a risk of quitting smoking, but I didn't care - I hated being a slave to that nasty addiction and it was expensive then, let alone now!! I felt smoker shame all of the time, I can only imagine how much that has increased for people over the past six years, and I honestly think it's a good thing. Not that smokers deserve to be discriminated against, or shamed, but social pressure can be motivating.(Though interestingly, I don't feel that way about losing weight, hmmmmm) The reality is, you do have to want to quit - just like any bad habit, you are the one who lives with the consequences of your choices - no one else. Unless you smoke in your house or your car, with others in it - then I say; stop being SELFISH!
If you are a smoker, even socially(if you aren't addicted and just have "one or two" a week, etc.) then why do it at all? It's not romantic, or cool, or bad-ass, or any of those things you believed at 16. It's disgusting, and it's completely a result of Big Tobacco intentionally DRUGGING you, to steal your hard earned income, and your health. They own all of the smoking cessation gums, drugs and treatments too - so do yourself a favor and do them a big EFF YOU, and buy the book instead. I promise you, you can quit too, and St. Patrick will bless you with the luck of the Irish. Okay, maybe not - but you will be so glad you did it!
For interesting health stats on quitting smoking, take a look at this chart! I am in the "long term" health benefits(yay!), but I remember being stoked about what happens within 24 hours. In fact, I used to have a poster of these stats hanging on my fridge for the first few years after I quit, just to remind myself. The slightly scary statistic, is that it can take up to 15 years to resemble the insides of a non-smoker; but it CAN happen - and after being a smoker for 16 years myself, I'd say that's a miracle!
Top O' the Mornin' to YA!
These articles might interest you :
People keep saying to me, “Oh your little girl must be loving the normality of being back home in Australia.” I smile, nodding meekly, not wanting to seem... Read more9 hours, 29 minutes ago by Mint Mocha Musings
EXPAT, SELF EXPRESSION, TRAVEL
Another Month has come and gone! We are travelling through 2017 far too quickly! As much as I would love time to stand still for a moment – it can’t, and it... Read more9 hours, 38 minutes ago by Mischieviousmum
US soda sales are at the lowest since 1985. And they're not likely to pick up soon, as reports about the potentially brain-damaging properties of sugary drinks... Read more11 hours ago by Dietdoctor
DIET & WEIGHT, HEALTH, HEALTHY LIVING, MEDICINE
Number 41 of my semi-regular instalment of biodiversity cartoons, and the first for 2017. See full stock of previous ‘Cartoon guide to biodiversity loss’... Read more11 hours, 14 minutes ago by Bradshaw
Seriously what is going on with the weather? I woke up yesterday morning looked out the window and was greeted by beautiful blue skies, brilliant I though to... Read more12 hours, 5 minutes ago by Ashley Crombet-Beolens
Sitting or standing, underhand or overhand, front-toss is tough to beat.There are several ways to practice hitting. Live BP and hitting off a tee are popular... Read more12 hours, 26 minutes ago by Meachrm
Judge R. David Proctor (center), with family members whohave benefited from ties to corrupt Trump AG Jeff Sessions(From facebook.com)How many ways can a... Read more13 hours, 23 minutes ago by Rogershuler
MOST POPULAR FROM HEALTH
- Reversing Diabetes With Virta on The Doctors by Dietdoctor
- The Low-Carb Doctor Who Couldn’t Be Silenced by Dietdoctor
- How To Handle Severe Teeth Problems When You Can’t Get To The Dentist by Allyson3james
- Glimpses into the History of Psychology through Artifacts by Chp
MOST RECOMMENDED IN HEALTH
- Professor Tim Noakes Found Innocent! by Dietdoctor
- Experts: Popular Belief That Saturated Fats Clog Up Arteries “Plain Wrong” by Dietdoctor
- The Low-Carb Doctor Who Couldn’t Be Silenced by Dietdoctor
- Professor Lustig: “Insulin Drives All of the Behaviors Seen in Obesity” by Dietdoctor