Days Without a Cigarette: 6.78125
Days Without Nicotine: 0
Dollars Saved: $0.21
There are no shortage of advantages to being a non-smoker. And if we were purely logical beings, things like “I’m less likely to die of cancer later” would be all the motivation we would need. But that’s way too ephemeral when you’re dealing with an addiction like nicotine. I’m not gonna notice myself not having gotten cancer. And if I do, I’m not gonna notice it soon.
So to help keep me motivated, I looked online at a bunch of those “after so many days without cigarettes, X” lists. And some of them had good stuff, but an awful lot of it was stuff like “By now your blood circulation is X percent better than Y”, which are impossible to get excited about. And where they were offering up stuff a little more concrete, it was either useless or negative. Like, “You’ll be able to run farther.” Okay, but how am I ever gonna know that if no mountain lions ever chase me? Or “your sense of smell will improve” as though there’s anything in Waycross, Georgia that I want to smell.
So as a service to other people who might be fighting through this along with me (or afterwards), I wanted to compile a slightly more useful list of stuff that I’ve noticed after going nearly a week without cigarettes.
- I can tell how bad my breath smells. It’s terrifying to realize that it’s just smelled this bad the whole time and I never noticed.
- It’s been chilly and rainy the last few days and it barely mattered since I didn’t have to stand outside in it 23 times a day.
- I recorded an episode this afternoon and only had to mute one cough.
- Waking up doesn’t make me cough anymore.
- I’m proud of myself. That weighs a lot more than I thought it would.
- People are way quicker to forgive my angry outbursts.
- I’ve finally reached a point where the nicotine patches cost less than the money I’ve saved not buying cigarettes, so I’m in the black on this.
- I’ve learned that I had more friends than I thought, and I thought I had a lot of friends.