One year after I successfully quit smoking and how I did it.
On the 22nd December 2009 it is the one year anniversary of my quitting smoking having successfully completed Lela Bryan's Nicotine Solutions course. Over the time since I started the course to now I kept my followers updated on how I was doing and how the course worked. I wanted to show people how easy I was finding it, and how supportive Lela was throughout.
To this day I am eternally grateful to Lela who answered my desperate plea (left as a comment on one of her hubs) that explained how badly I wanted to stop smoking and how I hated the fact I was addicted to this dreadful substance and despised my repeated failure every time I had yet another attempt to give it up once and for all.
When Lela replied to my plea for help in quitting smoking she explained that she had been helping people to stop smoking since the early 1970s. Her course had a 90% success rate, yet didn't require drugs in any way shape or form, no patches, pills, inhalators, gum etc. You might guess that at first I was a little skeptical that this could apparently be so successful with no artificial aids, (especially as I had failed so many times even with the use of all those aids) but having exchanged further emails and then phonecalls with Lela I decided I had nothing to lose by giving it a go, especially as she came across as so genuine and honest when I spoke to her. What I found even more incredible was that I didn't even require much in the way of willpower to be successful, just a willingness to follow the day to day tasks that the course instructed.
Now I am not going to go over what the course involved in great detail here as I have already covered this in my previous hubs on the subject, such as My Diary of Quitting Smoking with the Nicotine Solutions Course and Six Months After Stopping Smoking the Easy Way. The purpose of this hub is to update everyone and let them know that I am still smoke free one year on and I feel fantastic for it.
I have noticed I am far healthier all round. My skin looks younger, my energy levels have increased, my brain is sharper than ever, my hair looks shinier, I can definitely breathe easier and I seem to have a far better immune system with fewer chest infections, colds etc.
I have also noticed just how awful people smell when they come back from having been outside for a cigarette break. It really is quite horrible and I am mortified to think I used to smell like this all the time. I also have to admit to getting a tiny bit of satisfaction out of seeing smokers huddled up outside in the bitter cold and pouring rain, sucking on their fags as if their lives depended on it and coming back into the building afterwards, freezing cold, and all for the sake of a ciggie. Is it really bad to feel just a little smug? I don't know, but I can't help it. Every time I see someone in the queue in the shop in front of me buying a packet of cigarettes I think "that used to be me, but now I have more money in my purse and no need to panic every time I get below ten cigarettes in a packet".
So all I can say to anyone who sincerely wants to stop, quit, give up (or whatever you want to call it) the horrible habit of smoking, then I genuinely recommend the Nicotine Solutions Course, (linked to at the top of this article). Read my story in my previous hubs on the subject, then throw away your nicotine patches, your nicotine gum, your electronic cigarettes, your Nicorette inhalators, your Champix (Chantix), your Zyban etc, dispense with the services of your acupuncturist, throw away your Alan Carr book and get signed up with Lela Bryan, it was the best thing I ever did and I would love to see as many people as possible benefit from her wisdom and experience. It doesn't matter where you live in the world, Lela will call you weekly for a session, I am in Guernsey, Lela is in San Francisco and her other clients are spread out far and wide. This makes no difference and is not prohibitive in any way as Lela will adjust to your timezone.
Take the step now, you won't regret it, I certainly didn't and am a different person as a result. Even my own self confidence and self esteem have improved now that I have proven to myself what I can achieve if I apply myself.
Give yourself and your family the best Christmas present possible, a longer healthier and happier life, go smoke free the easy way, and before it is too late.