Feeling better but looking worse!
Posted 03 July 2012 - 02:53 PM
Posted 03 July 2012 - 03:08 PM
This will all clear up soon and you will look like you did when you were in your 20's. Not really, but you will look a heck of a lot better than you did when you smoked.
Posted 03 July 2012 - 03:38 PM
Posted 03 July 2012 - 03:47 PM
I'm sure you look and smell better than you have in years, it's just the insecurities that creep in because we are taking a good honest look at ourselves for the very first time!
no more stinky breath, yellow teeth, stained fingers!
as smokers we were blind to everything, we had to be.
Posted 03 July 2012 - 04:00 PM
Congrats on you wonderful success. In some ways - It's only been 5 days, and in other ways its - Wow, I have been quit for 5 days! Believe me, the latter is the real story and worthy of a celebration. Very well done!!!
I am 62 and like you quit after a lifetime of smoking, and my quitting was motivated very much by becoming a grandparent. One thing I learned being a grandfather vs being a father was - Don't sweat the small stuff. Things that used to just drive me nuts when my own kids did them, are just hilarious when my grandkids do them.
Same goes with quitting cigarettes. In the long run not smoking will do so much more to help you fend off the maladies of aging. What you are experiencing now is only temporary.
Posted 03 July 2012 - 04:11 PM
You will be fine, kathleen, trust me... right now you are going thru some changes (ah hell, not near as bad as menopause if you ask me! haha)... I quit smoking 2 months before my grandson was born and I'm so happy that I did... his mother smokes but he'll never see his grandma with one of them ugly things in her mouth.
Stick close to the QSB... this is a wonderful support system... by the way, your humor will get you thru this.
Freedom date: May 13, 2009
Posted 03 July 2012 - 04:34 PM
And besides, one part of your external persona's already gotten better--you don't smell like an ashtray
Posted 03 July 2012 - 06:22 PM
If I'm this bad at 5 days quit, it's going to be downright scary at 30 days.
No, no, no, no, no!! That is NOT the way it works. One of the easiest traps to fall into is thinking that your situation will only get worse, so why bother? The truth is that things keep getting better - just hang in there and slog your way through this. Don't worry about the scale - don't even look at it. Just eat healthy and exercise properly. If you do gain a few pounds, there will be plenty of time to get rid of them when you are more comfortable in your quit.
**Smoking is Not an Option**
I used to be somebody else, but I traded him in. ..... The Passenger
Posted 03 July 2012 - 08:05 PM
For the insomnia try some camomile tea and/or Advil PM
Hang in there it gets better and better !
Smoke & Nicotine free since 7/19/2011
~~~~The Day I Quit!~~~~
If You Are Going Though Hell, Keep Going ~ Winston S. Churchill
~~One Foot In Front Of The Other Gets You Where Your Going~~
~~~~~Life is What Happens When You Are Making Other Plans~~~~~ John Lennon
Posted 03 July 2012 - 10:35 PM
One thing I am sure of even as a mere male is that your skin gets better when you quit smoking. I have have had quite a few compliments from my female friends about how good my complexion looked after I quit. "You dont look so gray" they said. When you quit smoking the capillaries in your skin start taking more oxygen to the surface and oxygenating the skin. My dear girl you are going through puberty all over again , all the zits and bumps are getting fuel like they never had before. But this will pass and it wont be long before your friends start wondering if you had a facelift or something. You are beautiful because you are in control again and your body is so going to thank you for this. With the money you save from quitting in a couple of week, bring yourself to the beauty parlour and get the full works. On a personal level thanks for the pms and personal support. I have noticed that you haven't cpmplained onece since you loined this board, good for you. I think you are going to make it, I think we both are Babycaked. Hugs. Louis
Posted 03 July 2012 - 10:44 PM
It’s just looking this way at the moment. Your body is going through great changes clearing itself from all the poison and tar it’s ingested over the years. This won’t last. Soon your skin will clear and begin to get colour again.
The sleeping thing is what really got me. I still have nights or restless sleep interrupted my weird dreams or nightmares. However it is getting better. Try and drink caffeine free tea before bed and maybe a walk before then might also help.
You’re doing great. Stick with it.
All the best
Posted 03 July 2012 - 10:46 PM
As far as the weight goes, I gained about 20#. I joined a gym a little over a month ago and am in the process of losing it and then some. I was amazed at how much better I could breathe! Try not to worry so much about gaining a little- one thing at a time. Quitting is the best possible thing you can do for your health. However...nicotine helps to regulate blood sugar, so it may help to break up your meals into lots of smaller ones and eat throughout the day so you don't get "crash and binge" syndrome. It might also help to allow yourself an extra snack in exchange for extra exercise time. And, I have learned that strength training is really beneficial to losing weight and keeping it off. But most importantly, don't be hard on yourself-- focus on all the positive aspects of quitting and on what strength you have!
Quit date January 14, 2012
Know in your heart that you will NOT blow up or explode into tiny pieces if you don't have a cigarette. You might feel like a squirrel in a coffee can trapped in your own skin occasionally, but you won't blow up... and the feeling will go away pretty soon. -marciem
All you have to do to stay free for life, is this:
Right now, this moment, the instant of space-time that you occupy: choose not to take one puff. - Samalie0
Posted 03 July 2012 - 11:18 PM
Posted 03 July 2012 - 11:22 PM
Blown away by the support on this message board!!! Thank you. We certainly are all in this together, just at different stages. I know without a doubt that I will continue to be smoke free for the rest of my life in a large part thanks to all of you. Little things like breaking out and a few extra pounds are a small price to pay for what I'm getting in return. Besides, I was thinking anyone at this age who is looking at me probably doesn't have very good eyesight anyway! lol
Posted 04 July 2012 - 01:40 AM
I haven't had anymore acne then usual, but it has only been 3 days. The first day I used the patch but wasn't at all impressed with how I felt on it. I went without yesterday and so far today. I have one with me at work just in case I am having a really difficult time getting through a craving.
Posted 04 July 2012 - 01:56 AM
I am 57, no wrinkles yet, no bags either.
People actually have told me my skin looks healthier and softer... (Oxygen is actually here now).
Hang in there, it will get better.
I Quit: 3 Packs a day
Quit Date: February 6, 2012 @ 1 am
Posted 04 July 2012 - 02:37 PM
I guess when we quit smoking... our body wants to excrete all the bad things in it. Even if that means pushing it through our glands!! And in 10 days, I have sadly gained 1 pant size and 3 lbs The good news is, the money I am saving from cigarettes, I am using to pay for a YMCA membership!! So what I gain will soon be gone, and I will actually be able to breathe during a workout which was close to impossible before.
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