Hi again everyone! Week 4 of Lent is upon us. I’m no longer chocolate-free but thankfully I am still smoke-free! We’re going to learn how one of our past bloggers has been getting on since we saw her in February but first, there are a couple of things to get through first…
#nomakeupselfie – did you do it?! There’s a boy version and even a dog version. And what a wonderful example of how a social media craze can help a charity raise much-needed funds, with the Irish Cancer Society currently clocking up over €600,000 in donations.
What struck me first about the resulting Facebook posts was how amazing all my friends look with no make-up on. Seriously – it’s crazy that they bother with any at all. I’m so lucky to be surrounded by such natural beauties! What also struck me was how (relatively) young we still seem to look without the slap on. Again, very lucky. My own #nomakeupselfie showed how much healthier my skin is since quitting. All good news and all very motivating. It got me thinking though about the effects smoking has on your skin and I came upon a rather scary SmartPhone app (Android and Apple links below the image).
It’s called Smoking Time Machine and it’s by the Cumbria NHS in the UK. If this doesn’t convince you to consider quitting, I really don’t know what else will. Check me out below. I am NEVER smoking again!!
I am going to print out this picture and put on my bathroom mirror. Motivation enough I think!
Next up: Social Smokers! We need to talk. You are rearing your heads time and time again as I speak to quitters and ex-smokers, and not in a good way, sorry.
Almost every single person I know attempting to quit has had slip-ups, of course. But almost every single one of them has had a slip-up on a night out with a ‘Social Smoker’ pal. Social Smoking is dangerous (we’ll get to that in a minute) of course, but you guys have the “luxury” of being able to limit your smoking to selected times and return to the life of a non-smoker very easily on Monday morning. You must remember however that we full-time smokers can’t. When we fall off the wagon, it’s much harder for us to get back on and it can be extremely demotivating after all the hard work of quitting. We’ve heard a lot about support throughout the course of this blog and you guys need to help your quitting pals at the weekends. And quitters, you need to make sure your social circles are aware of your efforts and therefore support you when temptation presents itself. Don’t let the fact that ‘everyone was smoking’ be a reason you tarnish all your amazing work. Take control of those situations instead of letting them control you.
I’m not finished with you yet! Social Smoking is something that I’ve been wondering about a lot. Is it okay just to smoke at weekends? No, it is not. You are tripling, yes TRIPLING, your risk of heart disease even with as little as one cigarette per day. Check out the article below for more.
Okay, I feel like I’m lecturing now. Let’s check in with one of our previous bloggers and see how she’s been getting on…
Lyndsey, Manager LloydsPharmacy Blanchardstown, Aged 27
Quit Date: 15th January
Still Smoke-Free: YES-ish
So I’m writing this with a little bit of a sad face 😦
After me doing so well off the smokes I cracked and had a smoke…. February is my worst month of the year for personal reasons and I was dreading facing it being off the smokes as this would be where I would’ve smoked the most.
I had a really bad day and I honestly thought “have a smoke it will make u feel better, it will clear your head”. So I did, but it didn’t do anything of the sort it just made me feel light-headed and gutted that I had given in 😦
But I’m back on track now. I know it didn’t help having a smoke so I’ll remember that when I think it will fix things. However on the positive side of things we have booked our 1st family holiday for August from the savings and now I’ve two very excited kiddies.
So it’s back on with the patches and being back to smoke-free Lyndsey :)’
Thank you Lyndsey and congratulations on the holiday!!
Lyndsey is doing wonderfully to have only slipped up once. And indeed that slip-up made her realise that she is doing the right thing. EVERYONE I speak to who has given up smoking is glad they gave up smoking and is healthier and wealthier as a result. What on earth are you waiting for?
Remember, you are 4 times more likely to quit with one-to-one coaching so visit your local LloydsPharmacy and ask how we can help you get Smoking under Control, or ask your local pharmacy what support they have available. Further support is available at www.quit.ie