I am doing it!



Well today was back to work.  You will recall that I decided to quit last Friday which subsequently ended up with me smoking two cigarettes after a training session gone bitching.

Anyway, so here I am Day 4 and back to work.  I thought the morning was going to be hell….but it wasn’t.  It was the afternoon that drove me absolutely bananas.  What did I do to overcome this?  Well I simply bitched a lot, walked around, and decided it was best if I went home.  So I started to…then an email required sending so I kept my coat on and spent the next 45 minutes revising it and then I left.

Driving is the worst.  I hate driving because at every stop light I simply have nothing to light up.  So I’m going to stay away from driving as much as I can.

I can’t possibly imagine what it’s like to be addicted to something even more mind altering than smoking as this is pure and utter hell.  I just wanted to sit beside someone who was smoking so I could just take in the smell.  However, I got through another day with little or no dignity left and I’m just fine with that.  If I can beat this habit, losing weight will be a breeze.

On the flip side, studies show that I am now experiencing the following:

Within …

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.

24 hours

Anxieties peak in intensity and within two weeks should return to near pre-cessation levels.

48 hours

Damaged nerve endings have started to regrow and your sense of smell and taste are beginning to return to normal. Cessation anger and irritability peaks.

72 hours

Your entire body will test 100% nicotine-free and over 90% of all nicotine metabolites (the chemicals it breaks down into) will now have passed from your body via your urine. Symptoms of chemical withdrawal have peaked in intensity, including restlessness. The number of cue induced crave episodes experienced during any quitting day will peak for the “average” ex-user. Lung bronchial tubes leading to air sacs (alveoli) are beginning to relax in recovering smokers. Breathing is becoming easier and the lungs functional abilities are starting to increase.

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