There really was something special about Christmas this year knowing that I'd finally quit smoking. It sounds so trite to say that it was the best present I could have given myself (and Tom, too, since I'm not afraid to involve other people in my reasons to stay quit), but sometimes trite has just been said enough to become trite only because it's true. This is one of those cases, I think. Of all the gifts given and received this year, I can't think of any with such wonderful implications.
To remind myself of the good implications (sometimes I need reminders - some days are tough!), I periodically like to look at this bit of inspiration my lovely Tom sent me shortly before I was ready to quit (meaning before I heard about Chantix and then was ready to give this thing another go). Currently in the 3 to 9 months where I am, the coughing and wheezing should be gone, and thankfully, yes, it is, plus a 10% improvement in lung capacity. I'll take it! I'm looking forward (one day at a time, of course because that's the only way I can do this - never is not for me because I get all panicky) to the year mark when my risk of heart attack (very real concern for me, very, scarily real) drops by half.
Copied directly over from my Linky Loos posting in case any of my fellow Chantix bloggers would like to see more about this gift we gave ourselves, here are my favorite inspiration and celebration links related to how our bodies react to such a thoughtful gift:
- Calendar if You Quit Smoking Right Now - From the
Dept of Health & Human Services Office on Women's Health US
- What Happens When You Stop Smoking - A nice summary of both benefits at different stages of quitting as well as which withdrawal symptoms may occur and roughly for what time frame. Chantix is mentioned, but it's called Champix since this is a
- What Happens to Your Body if You Stop Smoking Right Now - Even before I quit while I was just in the wanting to stage, Tom sent this to me for inspiration. It worked.