Part 5 – Your first week as a non smoker and what you can expect to happen to your body and mind!
Remember, every cell in your body is changing. Each cig you’ve smoked has topped up the 4000 chemicals which each cig gives you. Now you’re giving it the chance, your body has to work really hard to get rid of each and every one of these chemicals. As you lose each one, your body will send messages to your brain to tell you that you are losing something that you need. This is your addiction and must be ignored, clearly you don’t need the likes of arsenic and various metals in your system, but you’ve absorbed them for so long that your brain thinks you need them as much as oxygen. Think of it in terms of retraining your brain.
Here’s some landmark moments to work towards: 20 minutes after giving up
Your blood pressure and your pulse rate return to normal. Therefore, from the minute you give up, your chances of heart attack are reduced. 8 hours after giving up
The carbon monoxide levels in your blood are halved.
Energy levels start to improve as more oxygen and less carbon monoxide is moving through your lungs. 24 hours after giving up
Carbon monoxide has now completely gone from your system.
From now on, all exercise will be easier, breathing during exercise will not be as difficult and you will find yourself able to do more. 48 hours after giving up
Your ability to taste and smell has improved greatly.
Nicotine has now completely gone from your system. Naturally your brain is going to resist this loss. The 48 hour mark is a difficult one, losing this most addictive substance sends your self preservation skills into overdrive! These moments require will power. Try to remember why
you are feeling like this and why
you are doing it. Your subconscious mind doesn’t necessarily want you to give up nicotine, it is telling you that you like it, need it and aren’t coping without it. All evidence is to the contrary though, you are getting through it and you’re already through the hardest part!
Remember, if you quit quitting now, you’ll have to go through this all again at some point in the future. You may as well put up with a few shitty days now and then never have to go through all this again. 2-21 weeks after giving up
Circulation has improved greatly.
Poor circulation can result in many things, including cuts/sores taking a long time to heal, cramps, cold limbs etc After 1 year
Your risk of a heart attack falls to about half that of a smoker. After 10 years
Your risk of lung cancer falls to about half that of a smoker After 15 years
Your risk of a heart attack is the same as someone who has never smoked.
So you don’t have to wait long to see the benefits, however you can see how long it will take for your body to recover completely, so do you really want to prolong the agony? Quit now and you can make a huge difference to your life. Okay, I admit it’s not an entirely rosy process.
You are going to experience a number of things that aren’t entirely pleasant, I am not going to hide these truths from you, because they were kept from me and that made me angry. If you are aware, then you can be prepared.
It should also be said that you may not experience many side effects at all, it is dependent on the severity of your habit.
You can expect mouth ulcers, itchy skin, headaches, insomnia…. Not tempting huh? I never said it was easy. What you must remember is that it is not impossible and that nothing in life that is worth having, comes easy.
After a couple of weeks when you start to lose various chemicals from your body, your body will eliminate these in different ways.
I remember expecting to have wonderful skin almost straight away
(For as long as I smoked, my skin was terrible
) but it just got worse! My skin was erupting with acne!!
This lasted for a few weeks.
At 8 weeks, (they say this is when arsenic leaves your body) just when you are thinking, ‘I could well be over my addiction’ your body craves the arsenic and can take you completely by surprise, be ready for it.
I vividly remember yearning for somebody to tell me how long
I would feel shit for, when would I start feeling all these amazing benefits? Of course, no one can give you a definitive answer, we are all different. The science of the process explains a certain amount, but you are learning to live your life in a completely new way, you have lost what was a permanent extension to your hand and everyone reacts differently to this.
I can tell you how long it took me, a professional smoker, to truly feel better. Between 2-3 months I got to a stage where I knew
I wouldn’t fall off the wagon, the deed was done for sure, all I had to do now was learn to live with it. What followed was, a good two-three months of depression which I did NOT see coming and it totally floored me. For the first couple of months I had been spurred on by the encouragement of my friends and family, it had been somewhat of a novelty which had now worn thin and I just missed my cigs. I got very low and seriously questioned whether or not life was worth it without cigs!! I know how irrational that sounds now, but at the time, that feeling was very real. This period saw my toughest times, but keeping in mind what I have shared with you here got me through it.
Now use the cost calculator
to work out how much you’ve saved so far. Make sure you have put all savings in your bottle, it should be looking pretty tempting to break into by now.
Coming up next, the all important benefits.
Edited by Freedom, 15 June 2009 - 01:31 PM.