29 Nov 2017
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Hi banana 9669,
WooHoo, 7 days smoke free! Good for you, that is fantastic!
Glad to hear you haven't been drinking either. Although it's tempting and easy to do, it isn't helpful to replace one bad habit with another. A lot of us have found that quitting smoking actually led us into a healthier lifestyle all around. I know that when I smoked, I didn't bother with exercise, partly because my lungs couldn't handle it, but also partly because I figured, what's the point when I smoke anyways? Now that I am a non-smoker, while I still do not formally "exercise", I focus on what I can do, which in my case is more walking. I am also more mindful of what I eat, and I try to do things that make me happy as well, because mental health is just as important as physical health.
Look at quitting smoking as an opportunity to change your life for the better. Think of ways you can improve your lifestyle and/or your habits. Quitting can be really empowering. It is so difficult to do that when you achieve your goal, you feel that you can do anything. And you can. So this is actually a really exciting time in your life. The sky's the limit. Reach out and grab it. It's a beautiful thing!