Hi again everyone. Naomi back again. Did you miss us?! Well, we’ve decided that we’re going to take a little break from our Quitters’ Blog. We’ve asked a lot from our volunteers so far so we reckon they deserve some respite to enjoy life as non-smokers! We’re going to be back in a few weeks with some new faces we hope, as Lent sparks some new life into our efforts.
For me, I want to start concentrating on other ways to get healthy. While I’m of course delighted to be writing to you now as a non-smoker, I have put on a few pounds and the awful weather has made it unappealing to get outside and get fit. I can’t help but feel a little bit cheated, deflated and unmotivated when I think about having to work again at losing weight…
However, having said that… this picture of me was taken exactly a year ago and it helps to look at it as I’m still over a stone lighter now than I was then. So, I’m still so much better off than I was a year ago and I need to keep remembering this as I continue to strive to forget about cigarettes for good.
Keep focusing on the positives. This is the time when complacency starts to creep in. If you’ve been working on becoming a non-smoker, don’t give up now. Think of how far you’ve come and how much better off you will be in so many ways a year from now.
For now, David and Lyndsey have been kind enough to give us their final updates.
David, Teacher, aged 33
Still Smoke-Free? Yes!
‘Hi again everyone. So here I am at the end of the blog. Is it the end of my time off cigarettes? Now that people aren’t watching will it seem ok to revert back to smoking? No way! I am loving staying off cigarettes and all the benefits that have come with it.
For a start, whilst I didn’t count up exactly how much money I’ve saved, I’ve been able to put the odd tenner or twenty away. Rather than throwing away nine Euro every few two or three days I saved it in a box and am putting it towards a night or two away with my girlfriend. So there’s my financial reward immediately.
On the health side, I guess that it is more gradual. So far this winter I’ve not gotten any coughs, colds or sore-throats. Also I definitely notice how much easier it is to catch my breath when doing exercise.
The biggest test was always going to be during nights out and whilst I have folded once or twice during nights out I have also gotten through just as many without sparking up. This was always going to be a huge challenge and at least now I know I can do it. Also as I previously wrote, most of my social circle don’t smoke anymore so there are less bad influences out there.
Hopefully I’ll be able to keep it up. I’ve a feeling that I will this time.
Best of luck to all the other bloggers and readers, I hope they enjoy being a quitter as much as I do.
Lyndsey, Manager LloydsPharmacy Blanchardstown, Aged 27
Still Smoke-Free? YES!!
This is me with my kids, Ben and Zoey.
I don’t think I really ever thought of the impact of my kids seeing me smoking or known I smoked until we took this picture as Ben turned around and said “Mammy you really are Smoke Free now, I’m very Proud of you”. It was a real ‘ahhh’ moment. (pure mammy’s boy haha!)
So I can’t believe I’m still off the smokes. This is officially the longest I’ve been off them by choice. (Whooo) I’ve given them up before but was only during pregnancy.
I’m going to keep going strong with the patches and hopefully reduce the strength bit by bit.
Have to say I’ve really enjoyed the blog. Loved reading how everyone is getting on.
It’s mad to think the impact smokes had on our lives and what we’ve gone through to kick the habit.
It’s not been easy but I’m enjoying my Smoke-free life.
Talk to you all soon,
Thanks guys! We will check in with you in a few weeks to see how you’re getting on x
And thanks too to our other volunteers who were so kind to share their journeys with us. We’ve been overwhelmed at the positive feedback we’ve been getting from our readers and all the support we’ve had from our colleagues. It really has helped. In fact I doubt very much I myself would have been this successful without this blog. Having all eyes on me in the office every day meant I wouldn’t have gotten away with failing, even if I had wanted to!
So long for now. We’ll be back soon with more stories and helpful advice (we hope!). Remember that support is always available from your pharmacist.