Funny 2 years after writing this, I’m still smoke free but COPD diagnosed.. well not funny but more ironic.. although giving up smoking actually saved me but condemmed me as it showed my symtoms if that makes sense….
Im very physically active and proactive in looking after myself.
Im gonna be honest my Journey has been rocky but that only lasted 12 months, my panic attacks stopped probaly 6 months in, once I started running but my mental health probaly lasted another 3 months after. My weight gain was 2 stone and it only levelled out recently and started to reduce independently.
Your probaly reading and thinking f@ck me why would I bother stopping that sounds like hell….
Well its changed my life actually for the better, ive become more of the person ive always wanted to be because I more focused on the task in hand as im no longer preoccupied.
I enjoy life more, live in the moment, no cravings in the background dictating how long I can be sonewhere or where I can go. I have progressed further in my job as 100% present.
Believe me Life is too short and for a little while of misery you can have a lifetime of a better quality of life, better experiences, more opportunities.
From stopping smoking my world has opened up. Things could bring me down like Copd but it wont im happy I changed my habits and can manage it now without battling with smoking as well. Like i said if I had not give up I wouldn’t have realised the symtoms as they were the same as when I smoked;
snotty nose, tight chest, chest infections, cough and chest pains.
Bit this isnt normal non smokers.. It may have been to late if I carried on smoking by the time I got check out amd more damage would have been done.
I still stand by my last post, dont try and give up and its easier, the moment you stop feeling deprived and tell your self its ok if you want a smoke but you deciding just not gonna do it right now it takes that away and you wont feel the overwheling urge.
I was going to say good luck but you dont need it, just stick at it and stay strong.


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