I guess that is a milestone of sorts, 100 days, and I look forward to many, many more.
Sue got me thinking this morning when I read her post because I do understand and sometimes have those same thoughts - what's really different now that I'm not smoking other than that I'm now a non-smoker?
I guess I've been at it long enough that I have already really noticed some things I've gained, like being able to laugh without coughing and take deep breaths and smell nice and all of that. Still, when one of those little tuggings to smoke enters my mind, it can be easy to forget all that I've already gained and perhaps sometimes take those treasures for granted because it's not all so new anymore.
So, from here, what's next? Has all the good stuff already happened already?
Even if "what's next" was nothing more than what I already have along with not having back in my life any of the negative stuff related to my old habit (smelling like smoke, spending money on poison, feeling tired more often, etc.), if I stop and think about it, all of that by itself is huge. Big, big, huge.
But wait, there's more!
If you call right now, we'll also include the following (I've posted this before, but it's always worth repeating, copied directly from this excellent post):
What Happens to Your Body if You Stop Smoking Right Now:It will take time, one day at a time, continuing to wake up and keep walking forward, sometimes without an immediate reward quite in view or at the front of my mind, but it's all leading up to someplace wonderful, like where some of my risks for many Very Bad Things really will decrease as if I'd never so willingly and willfully insisted on sucking poison, POISON!! (yes, same link again - blows me away every time), into my body. I can't erase it all - risk of macular degeneration remains higher times three just because I once was a smoker (still better than times four if still smoking), and the bone loss in my gums is bone that is not making a comeback. Still, despite that, did you see that above about the 1 year mark? Or the 5 year mark? How about the 10 year mark? And, my o' my, just looky at the 15 year mark?
- In 20 minutes your blood pressure will drop back down to normal.
- In 8 hours the carbon monoxide (a toxic gas) levels in your blood stream will drop by half, and oxygen levels will return to normal.
- In 48 hours your chance of having a heart attack will have decreased. All nicotine will have left your body. Your sense of taste and smell will return to a normal level.
- In 72 hours your bronchial tubes will relax, and your energy levels will increase.
- In 2 weeks your circulation will increase, and it will continue to improve for the next 10 weeks.
- In three to nine months coughs, wheezing and breathing problems will dissipate as your lung capacity improves by 10%.
- In 1 year your risk of having a heart attack will have dropped by half.
- In 5 years your risk of having a stroke returns to that of a non-smoker.
- In 10 years your risk of lung cancer will have returned to that of a non-smoker.
- In 15 years your risk of heart attack will have returned to that of a non-smoker.
Those don't even cover all of the days I get to continue to enjoy my newfound gift of belly laughs and deep breaths and fresh smells (bet winter will smell pretty like summer did!).
I'm on my road, and I'm a gonna just keep right on walking. As quickly as these 100 days have strung themselves together into three digits, I know that all the other good stuff lies just around the corner, and sometimes it's what isn't just around the corner that's the good news, too.
I seriously need to weed out and re-shuffle my list of Linky Loos some day, but for now, I'm adding a couple more to the links on the side and soon to the list:
Current, Regularly Updated Blogs I Read Daily:
- Breathe Again - PJ / Designer Girl's blog. PJ had been smoke-free in the past but had recently started again. PJ plans to return to her non-smoker status with the help of Chantix and a quit date of September 26, 2007.
- My's Journey to Freedom - MY's blog. MY quit smoking on September 22, 2007 with the help of Chantix and is blogging about it.