Friday, March 24, 2006

Detox snippets

With one week down and the rest of my life to go, I've observed the following changes as a non-smoker:

1. I have zero coughing. (this contrasts greatly with incessant coughing)

2. Even if they aren't smoking I can now smell a smoker in the bus, metro, elevator, or even just passing on the street. Like little smoke saturated incense bodies walking around. Ick.

3. Who knew food smelled and tasted so good?

4. Strange, but I feel less angsty when the patch is affixed to the left side of my body.

5. Smoking in restaurants is gross.

6. I've seen more movies in the theatre this week than I have in the last 3 years combined.

7. I ran all the way up the stairs out of the subway yesterday and was barely breathing hard. I couldn't do this a week ago. I would have had to stop before reaching the top.

8. Weight is being gained. (May or may not be related to number three)

9. While food is smelling so much better, other less desirable smells have also become stronger. I've gagged a couple times this week from (I'll let you imagine the kind of) odors.

10. I alternately lust after and find disgust with cigarettes. The body lusts, the mind finds disgust. Sigh.

24 comments:

Kevin said...

Good for you. Stick with it. Except #8. But that'll pass once you get over the hump of trying to quit.

I was going to say another added benefit of not smoking is not tasting like a cigarette when kissed, but since your partner's a smoker ... that's not going to be as noticeable.

Anonymous said...

Congrats. Keep it up!

Jane

_Psycho said...

Excellent, and you didn't listed 20 negative points ;)

St. Dickeybird said...

Keep going, you're over the worst!

And I'm noticing #9 alot too. I keep checking my shoes to see if I've stepped in something, but it's not me.

St. Dickeybird said...

And I didn't see Psycho's comment - he's right! You're not bitching as much as you could be.
:)

Snooze said...

I'm astounded by all those changes within a week. Good for you for hanging in there, and thank you for continuing to blog through it all!

The Wisdom of Wislon said...

Yeah you sound mellowed out, must be the way to go.

So which fils have you seen?

Christie said...

A couple of comments:

1.) I smoked for 15 years - quit 6 years ago. I can tell you from experience - You can never again touch another cigarette unless you consciously INTEND to start smoking again. As long as you know - touch one cigarette and you're a smoker again.

2.) What about cost? The money saved must be noticable now, right?

3.) You are doing fantastic! Don't quit quitting :-)

4.) Even though you do not know me, I have been reading your blog everyday for awhile now. I am so mad at myself if I check your blog before I leave for work because then I don't have your blog to read once I get to work!

Patricia said...

how are you doing so well while still living with a smoker? i commend you there, it seems that would make it all much more difficult.

i know this sounds like such a grandma thing to say and that you really don't know me from eve, adam or a hill of beans (another grandma thing to say) but i'm really proud of you, r.

Adam said...

Its working.... When i quit the thing that I loved the most was that when I woke up in the morning I didn't have to hack out a giant ball of brown phelgm. It was such a pleasure to wake up and not have my mouth taste like an ash tray.

Sandouri Dean Bey said...

cool. good for you :)

nongirlfriend said...

The two times I've quit, all of the same happened with me, except I lost weight because I COULD smell, and food suddenly grossed me out.

Good luck! and congratulations!

toobusyliving said...

Sounds like you are doing great...It all sounds good to me, except for the weight gain :(. Up until now I've only used "the patch" on really long flights.

Em said...

Christy gets the prize of the day for #1. In three to six months when you think "well, I'm only going to smoke half a cigarette, it's only a lark, and of course it means nothing" then we will see if all this suffering and support has meant anything.

I'm sorry to be such an evil bitch, but it's my way of being supportive.

ink said...

Welcome to the wonderful world of the non-smoker, Tornwordo. I'm so glad to see you're already focusing on the positives (well, mostly positives) instead of what you're giving up.

Keep up the good work. We're all rooting for you!

jeremy said...

I always said that my eye sight improved when I quit--I could spot a smoker a mile away.
As long as your mind still finds disgust, that's the most important thing!

Steve Chapman said...

You should be so proud of yourself. I hope that you continue to succeed.

Welcome to the world of Good Health.

GayProf said...

All of these (except maybe 8 and 9) sound great! Good for you, TornWordo!

Kevin said...

re: your comment on my site ...

What kind of shot do you like?

(Yeah, actually the bars can be smoky here too -- depsite the no smoking law ... i guess they get an exemption or something ...

... but they're not as bad as they used to be.)

t said...

Sounds great!
Who would've thought you'd notice so many differences this soon after you'd quit?
#7 : My Dad took a short flight of steps quickly (6 steps) when he was 65. He couldn't catch his breath at the top and it scared him so badly, he quit cold turkey. But it was too late, he had already developed emphysema.
You're a quarter-century younger than that, though. So it's something you don't have to worry about.
Glad to hear you're doing so well!

Chunks said...

I cannot believe how calm you sound, when I quit I was a raving lunatic for at least a couple of weeks!! I'm proud of you!!

Rebekah said...

Yeah Torn!!!

It's only going to get better from here on...

and the extra weight? Big deal. It's not like a couple extra pounds will make you less cute. Besides, a non smoker is automatically allowed 10 extra pounds in my book. One cancels out the other in the shallow pool of judgement.

Keep it up!

Jess said...

It's hard to beat nicotine, but the fact that you're noticing these great benefits has to make it a bit easier. Hang in there. It's worth it!

Normlr said...

The last and hardest thing you need to conquer is breaking the habit. It's difficult to get by all those times where you just automatically reach for a cigarette because it's smoking time - not because you actually want one.