It has now been 28 days since I put down my last cigarette, and I can finally say it is truly starting to get substantially easier. The cravings are much more infrequent now, and are more easily controlled by redirecting my thoughts, or popping a lifesaver in my mouth.
Someone once told me that I need to spend twenty minutes, every morning, visualizing myself as a nonsmoker, but I respectfully disagree. I did all my visualizing BEFORE my official quit date. I no longer need to visualize myself as a nonsmoker, because I am a nonsmoker.
Don’t worry. I don’t think for a minute that this means I can ever let my guard down. I will always be addicted to nicotine. In the same way that a recovering alcoholic can never again pick up a drink, I know that I can never again have even one drag off of a cigarette.
With each passing day, I feel better. My energy has begun to return. I am ready to move forward to other challenges in my life that I would like to overcome, such as living a healthier lifestyle, from both a nutrition and a physical fitness standpoint.