This seems to be a good point to look at the difference between a Non-Smoker and a stopper/quitter and why it is important to realize that you are now becoming a Non-Smoker.
Stoppers / Quitters
The vast majority of people decide to stop smoking, to quit. What they don’t realize is that this, though admirable, is setting them up for failure. Why would this be? Firstly, ‘I am going to stop’ is a statement, not a plan.
Because of the way the mind has been taught by the beast to work, it is seen as something that is far away and hard to reach. Then cigarettes become a ‘sacrifice.’ Something that you believed gave you a positive benefit (relaxation, concentration, better mood, skinnier, etc.) and now you can’t have that something. We don’t smoke because of the cigarette but for what we believe it ‘gives’ us.
So you sit on your hands every day, hoping for an excuse to arrive that means you will ‘have to’ start smoking again.
You look at smokers with envy. (Imagine envying someone who will destroy their body from the inside, will look older, smell worse, have less energy, less money, not be able to make decisions for themselves, yes lots to envy there). If you are a stopper/quitter other smokers still see you as fair game.
You’ve had the beast once, so really they know you want him again, and will try every trick in the book to entice you into captivity again. Stoppers don’t look forward they look backward believing they are missing something.
They focus on the wrong things, are negative, no wonder they are grumpy. They switch one craving for another, often the reason for weight increases. This is to try to satisfy the need to not be sacrificing something. Not as some believe a habit of having something to do with hand and mouth.
Your thinking is still faulty as a stopper/quitter. As you can see you are set up for a fall. As soon as the right (or should that be wrong) circumstances occur you will be a giver-upper, you will lose to the beast and feel rubbish about yourself.
Non Smokers, on the other hand, are people who have a plan. Who knows how they are going to achieve and realize it is easier than they used to think because their thinking is straightened out.
They realize the beast never gave them anything and therefore they have no need to keep the beast inside them. They realize that the sacrifice was not cigarettes, but they were being sacrificed to the beast. That the beast had been taking so much and now they have taken it back.
So ‘why on earth would they want that beast back inside them?’ Other smokers when told you are a non-smoker, move on. They don’t try to tempt you as there is no point. They can only catch the frustrated, unaware ‘giver-uppers.’ You look forward to a future full of life, health, more money, looking good, feeling great. Your focus is the future; you are positive about what is to come.
You’ll feel more in control of your life. Weight issues won’t be a problem as there is no sacrifice involved, and why on earth would you sacrifice one bad habit for another (overeating)? Now tell me which one is the better way to live your life. A life full of hope, positive and healthy, or a life with pain and sacrifice written all through it. How much better is it to be a
Non Smoker? Exercise — Becoming a Non-Smoker Get that pen and paper again. To make the change from stopper/quitter to Non-Smoker we first must be aware of what would keep us in a failure mindset. The excuses for remaining a smoker. The benefits you believe you’ve gained from smoking List the reasons you would see for cigarettes being a sacrifice
Starting the Healing Process
After smoking that last cigarette, your body will immediately react to the withdrawal process. You will experience unpleasant results like temporary weight gain, loss of temper, digestive problems, and depression.
But these symptoms are part of the healing episodes and again they are temporary. Feeling worse within a few weeks is just a prologue to feeling better forever.
Knowing what is happening in your body the moment you stop smoking is a great encouragement for you to resist the urge of reaching that cigarette stick. Here is a standard timetable of how your body repairs itself once you give up your bad habit. After 20 minutes of the last puff, your blood pressure, heart rate and temperature of the feet and hands go back to its normal level.
Within 8 hours the carbon monoxide in your body decreases and your oxygen level returns to normal. In 24 hours you will experience frequent anxiety attacks and intense restlessness.
After 48 hours, the tips of your nerves start to rejuvenate. If you are successful in not smoking for 3 days, your body is freed from nicotine and only 10% of metabolites remain. Metabolites are the broken form of nicotine. You will experience intense restlessness and smoking triggers frequently occur during the day. Remember that this will pass.
The good thing is, the bronchial tubes are starting to relax so your lungs return to its normal function and breathing would be easier. Within 5–8 days, a minimum of three cravings to smoke and inhale nicotine happens.
However, each craving will only last for about 3 minutes. On the 10th day, you will likely to encounter a reduced number of smoking triggers that will stay for 3 minutes or less.
After 4 weeks your recovery progress is at its peak. Your blood veins in the gums function properly promoting normal blood circulation. Withdrawal symptoms like loss of concentration, anxiety, impatience, irritability, and restlessness have ceased.
When you smoke, your brain acetylcholine receptors are more responsive to nicotine molecules which support your addiction. However, after 21 days of not ingesting the addictive substance, your brain receptors drops to normal and the response level is now similar to non-smokers. Within 2 -12 weeks, your risk for heart failures is reduced and your lungs have an improved function.
Your lungs are regaining its healthy state, having increased capacity to handle mucus and protect you from infections. Living 1 year of a smoke-free life means a reduced risk for heart attack, stroke, and coronary heart disease. In 5 years your risk of acquiring diabetes decreases. 10 years and more of not smoking is equivalent to a healthy life with reduced health risks like cancer of the mouth, larynx, throat, and pancreas.