29 Nov 2017
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Congratulations on your 4 smoke free days!
You're right. Sometimes we need a kick in the pants before we decide to quit. In your case, it was pneumonia. But at least you heeded the warning. Someone I know had severe pneumonia, but despite her struggle to breathe, she lit up a cigarette as soon as she was able to. And someone else I know just passed away from COPD brought on by smoking. At the end of her life, she couldn't even get out of bed. One wonders, is it really worth it?
I know that cravings are hard to deal with. I used to sleep as much as I could, because when I was asleep, I didn't crave. When I was awake, I would wait 10 minutes increments until it passed, and I would do my best to distract myself. So I would read a good book, play computer games, go for a walk, or try a new recipe. Anything to keep my mind off of it. And I would drink a lot of water.
While coughing can be annoying, it is a really good sign. It means your lungs are working hard to clear themselves out. And ironically, you may be dizzy because your body is not used to getting so much oxygen! So really, it's all good.
I love your positive self-talk. That's the spirit! Keep focussing on all the good you are doing your body. And remember. You are stronger than your addiction.