So now I'm well into Day 3 - and I'm still smoke-free. I have to say I found yesterday alright, no major cravings or anything. The hardest part has been changing routine. I have associated times and prompts which I am having to actively engage with to over-ride. For example last night, before I go to bed, I'd have gone out for a smoke and let the dog pee before locking up. Last night I found myself at the back door looking out with a sense of 'There is something I should be doing here'...
I decided to complete the action (I went out with the dog like we usually do) - I went out to the garden and waited for CJ to do his business before locking up for the night. I've also found straight after dinner another time when I automatically get to go up and out for a smoke. Instead I preoccupied myself by making tea and loading the dishwasher until the wave passed.
I was out for a run yesterday evening, and similar to my weight loss journey, I'm finding great comfort in thinking 'This is the last time I'll run in this state'. A bit drastic I know, but what I mean is that over the coming few months, my lungs will start repairing and it's capacity will start increasing. I read this today:
Within 72 hours, the bronchial tubes in a smoker's body relax and the ability of the lungs to take in air increases. The cilia of the lungs begins regrowing within three days of the last cigarette. Cilia are tiny hairs that line the upper airways of the lungs and help protect against infection. The chemicals in cigarettes are toxic to the cilia and destroy the cilia, making the lungs increasingly vulnerable to diseases, toxins and pollutants. Regrowth of the cilia is an essential first step. Without the cilia, the lungs cannot be cleansed of the other toxic substances that developed because of the smoking habit. Within two weeks, the former smoker will notice an increase in lung function during daily activitiesBring it on! I am clinging to every one of the 'Your body will repair' facts as this is my end goal.
The only downside to all of this has been the complete lack of sleep. I was up again last night multiple times which is completely unlike me as I can sleep on a raft, in a thunder storm, with no blanket. I went to bed around 1am hoping to sleep through to my 7am alarm but instead I saw 3am, 5am and lay awake from about 6.30. I think that's the worst part about bed... you have nothing to distract yourself with (Hey, keep it PC here folks!) whereas throughout the day, I've found plenty to keep me ticking over/distracted.
Right now I'm in work like this:
Thankfully I have a half day today so finishing up work at lunch time, then I'm off to Limerick for the night with my other half. I'm currently checking out the Spa treatments in the hotel as I feel I deserve a little pampering :) I remember someone in Weight Watchers before say 'You are not a dog, do not reward yourself with food' so I am using this line to justify spending the money that I haven't spent on cigarettes this week on myself.