Three month smoke-free!
Giving up smoking has made such a positive impact on my health and wellbeing. Getting fit has made me feel great and my skin is bright and clear – and I can even walk up a flight of stairs without puffing. PLUS I have extra cash in my pocket!
Also, since quitting and getting into basketball again (drum roll) I’m not like before… when I was needing to be subbed off every 5 mins. Now I can play without any subs. Even if I get a little puffed-out I don’t feel as though I’m going to faint or throw up. I don’t get those sick feelings that you do when you’re short of breath. When the smokers on my team come off I see them go straight to their asthma puffers – that’s when it actually hits me that I can see an improvement to my health! It has been a rough journey but well worth it. I wouldn’t be able to do it without the support and encouragement from family, friends and especially my work colleagues helping me every step of the way. Like I said in a couple of my blogs – professional help is available. Don’t be shame if you feel that you can’t do it on your own or if you’re struggling through the process – you will know when the right time is.
I’ve quit previously but looking back I knew I wasn’t ready then. I’m here again and giving it another shot hoping it’s for good!
Q&A with February guest blogger Theresa Paterson
Blog 1: Theresa Paterson – ‘Why I followed through on my decision to quit’
Blog 2: Theresa Paterson – Staying Positive
Blog 3: Theresa Paterson – On the road again
Blog 4: Theresa Paterson – The slip up!
Blog 5: Three months smoke-free!
“Theresa is a 24 year old Aboriginal woman from Darwin, who now works in Melbourne. She has been a smoker for 9 years and has now been quit for three months!”
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