Was it tough? .. yep you bet
Was it worth it? … this is where I am struggling, I know health wise I have made one of the biggest decisions for the needs of my health. However I have to say some of the side effects of stopping smoking have been, far harsher than I first expected. I have suffered an amazing array of side effects from:
- Bloating and constipation (yep I really did just put that on the internet!)
- Lingering nasty taste
- Increased appetite
However the worst symptom by far has been the clumsiness and inability to focus for any length of time. I have intermittently gone through the above side effects and had a mix and match of them on any given day, it has not been pleasant by any stretch of the imagination!
There have been temper tantrums and toddler like behaviours, however I have to hold my hand in the air and say with my head hung, these outbursts have not in fact been from my toddler but from this 34 year old women …….
Although I still feel a mixed array of emotions over stopping smoking I do have to say that I have no intention of starting again and with each passing week I am feeling rather pleased with myself for getting this far and still wanting to continue, in fact now its like I am in competition with myself.
I originally started off on the inhalator’s but after week 2 I gave up on them and by week 3 I had given up visiting my Boots Stop Smoking Advisor .. however Mr D is still standing on the fringes ready to jump in at my call …. Although I am hoping I wont have to make that call!!
Am I feeling positive that I can remain smoke free? … yep, however I am missing it still and I am just hoping this feeling goes away completely soon.
All in all I am pleased I have made the jump to being a ‘non smoker’ .. have you ever smoked and stopped, or have you wanted too and not managed it yet?
Disclaimer: In producing this post I did receive some complementary pampering items to treat myself with while on this journey, however all opinions were independently formed by members of The Oliver’s Madhouse.