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The diary of a woman who quit smoking for good: the second day of quitting smoking

Updated on June 15, 2013

Day two...

How I quit smoking

When I woke up the second day of quitting smoking at eight o’clock, I was relieved that I made it through the first day. The first week of quitting smoking is the week that most individuals fail while quitting smoking. I knew that half of smokers that try to quit smoking fail before the first week’s end. I realized that I made it through the first of the seven hardest days. I made it through the hardest day… Or, so I thought.

As for the cravings and urges, the nicotine patch helped control this. The cravings and urges were not as strong as the first day, but very much existed. I started to grind my teeth a little bit more, began the thoughts of how great a cigarette would be, but did not give in to the urge. I kept reminding myself that a cigarette was no longer an option. I had to find a way to get through this day without a cigarette.

It was eleven o’clock now, had a cup of coffee, watched a little television, and tried to distract myself from the thoughts of smoking a cigarette. I took a lot of deep breathes and it worked for a little. But it did not work for that long. So I had to find more ways to distract myself. I started cleaning my house, trying to distract my urges and cravings for a cigarette.

The three day challenge….

I knew it took three days for nicotine to drastically leave the body. I knew that I would have to get through the first three days of strong urges, cravings for a cigarette, and the constant thoughts of smoking. I knew this would be a challenge, but I knew that I would be able to get through it. No one ever said that quitting smoking would be simple, but I knew I had to for my health, my future, and my overall well-being.

I kept thinking of my Uncle who had died from fifty years of smoking…I thought about my friend who died of lung cancer…I realized that I needed to quit before I would become a statistic for a smoking death. Close to half million Americans die from smoking-related deaths per year and I did not want to be part of that number. I wanted to make sure that I was not part of that statistic. Smoking cigarettes was no longer an option and I really wanted to quit smoking for good! I wanted my life back and free from smoking cigarettes for so many years.

After seventy-two hours of quitting smoking, almost all of the nicotine will be released from your body. Unfortunately, it was only on the second day, the first forty-eight hours, and I had one more to go. From the research that I did before my quit date, I knew the cravings and urges would be more pronounced during the first three days, then slowly decrease.

My lungs are hurting!

Unfortunately, my lungs were still hurting from yesterday. My lungs hurt every time I took a breath, my back and chest hurt. I knew my lungs were trying to expand, but they were restricted by my smoking for so many years. The best way to explain how my lungs felt by using this example: when you sit in a room for thirty minutes with the lights off and then quickly turn on the lights. Your eyes have trouble seeing for a while, until your eyes are use to the light. Your lungs have been restricted for so long by smoking and they need a little help to get use to breathing freely.

So I decided to start doing some breathing exercises that would help. I inhaled slowly, held my breath for a few seconds, and then exhaled slowly. I did this repeatedly throughout the day to help with the pain and help with the expanding of my lungs. It helped a little and got a little easier to breathe. I started to feel my lung expanding more than they had for years.

The bloated effect…

Not only did my lungs hurt, but I also had one more problem that started on the second day of quitting smoking. My stomach started to hurt and felt like it doubled in size. The nicotine in my system is being released and trying to exit from every part of my body. I started getting the unbearable pain that made eating and drinking anything difficult. I could not take it!

I reached for a few antacids that helped a little. My stomach felt so bloated and sensitive, I tried to keep my diet simple until the nicotine left my system. I stuck to a high fiber, high protein diet for the time being until my system felt better. I stayed away from any fried foods and sweets until I felt better.

Day two of quitting smoking had its ups and downs, but what matters the most is that it was a successful day. I made it through the second day without smoking. Even though my lungs were hurting and my stomach was bloated, I did not have a cigarette. I knew my stomach and my lungs would eventually feel better once the nicotine and carbon monoxide were removed from my system.

With everything that I was feeling, I realized my body was healing and getting back to normal. I knew that I never wanted to repeat this process again so I continued to tell myself that cigarettes were no longer a choice. My choice is to have a healthy body that will never go through the abuse that put it through for eighteen years.

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      romper20 4 years ago from California

      I admit the electronic cigarette has been helpful.

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      Janhorner 4 years ago

      Hi,

      Love this article. I quit smoking around 9 to 10 years ago. I totally changed my routine to what I did when I spoked and this helped. It is hard. I also took in deep sharp breaths which give the same type of feeling as when you first light up a cigarette. Perseverance with will power helped me through and also the stern words from both of my sisters and husband who had been put through a bit of a health scare with me.

      I feel one lucky lady. I'm not sure what would have happened to my health if I'd been really stupid and carried on smoking. I have two colleagues at work who smoke. One has an awful cough; which worries me and the other looks much older than she is; although I would never tell her.

      Really good article with encouraging words which may help someone else have a go at quitting the ash!

      Jan

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      Kalux 4 years ago from Canada

      Good job! I am a smoker and know that I need to get a grip and quit as well.

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      Janhorner 4 years ago

      Hi Kalux, you can do it! Sending you lots of luck and best wishes - you go girl!

      Jan

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      zombiedamage 4 years ago

      i have faith in you. quitting something like smoking can be the hardest thing you ever do. you have the cravings. the wanting to break down and give in. it's the ultimate test of will. i do not fear that you will fail though. i can see that you put a lot of thought and energy in this and you won't let it beat you. no need for good luck. you don't need it!

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      Anonymous 4 years ago

      Hi everyone!

      I quit smoking one month ago having smoked for 25 years. I struggled to give up but it was worth it in the end. I feel so much better. The withdrawal process is difficult but just have to stick with it. My hair and breath smells nice now but I am a little out of breath though. The pharmacist said this is normal as the chest is trying to clear. My sinuses are blocked too. Have no intentions of ever smoking again. For those of you who are thinking of quitting just think about your health! Good luck

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      kooky64 2 years ago

      Quit smoking for 20+ years -- can’t believe I started up again!! It was the smell of clove cigarettes that got me. My Father & Mother smoked back in the 50’s 60’s — a pack was sitting on the coffee table, no one was home and my first love called it quits — “Ill fix him, I’ll smoke”!! Stupid reason, but that is what got me started, I was 17. In 1986, I quit, it was the day my Father died of lung cancer. The cancer was not caused from smoking, but rather from inhaling cleaning chemicals for years, but I’m sure smoking was a contributor also. He died in my arms and I made the promise to quit and did it.

      In the early 2000s, the company that I worked for and the job I loved & dedicated my life to went belly up. Lost my pension and a hefty share of stocks — my financial future. My father chewed whole cloves for his breath so the smell of those clove cigarettes drew me in. At first I’d puff and put them out and now, I still puff and put them & put it out and light them up again. Can’t stand the smell of an ashtray, can’t stand the smell of others smoking. Don’t smoke and won’t smoke other brands. Hate the habit, and quit for a day, a week a month, but when stress comes to visit, off to the store I go. Reading the numerous posts, I agree that your life is wrapped around when can I smoke, where can I smoke as it is now not acceptable, so you hide it or at least I do. Approaching the 21st of July, my previous quit date and striving to make it my date again to be a once and for all NON-smoker. Wish me luck, I need a friend.

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      Patricia 19 months ago

      My sister into quitting is like hell but I'm going to stick with it I got the breathing problems indigestion the constipation but I'm going to hang in there if I knew what I know now 30 years ago I would never smoke I'm on wind it I don't know what to do but I can't go on like this is killing me I know remove smoking and long-term smoking could come too if I can't take it anymore God give me the strength to hang in there Amen !!!

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