Today marks ONE YEAR since I stopped smoking… this is the longest I have ever stopped for I can *almost* guarantee that I will never start again. While I havent’t felt many physical benefits really, I just cannot picture myself smoking anymore.
The strange thing is that since I have stopped my chest has been worse then ever. Perhaps it is getting rid of all the toxins? Who knows. I have not experienced the amazing taste of food that is supposed to follow but I definitely feel the pollution more and there are certain things that never bugged me before and now I cannot handle it. A strange example is olbas in a steamer – it instantly gives me a headache and I can feel my chest start closing. I also battle when I run distance, like my first 15km, my chest burns up quite badly. I hope that in time it will settle into this new healthy lifestyle.
And I must just mention that I don’t think I am one of those ex-smokers. I still allow people to smoke in my house (well in the kitchen anyway) and I am generally not bothered by smoke unless it is many people smoking in a closed environment.
Here is to the next year. Viva.