No, not running…smoking! Had you worried there for a sec, didn’t I?
A few weeks ago I made the decision that I like running more than I like smoking and made an appointment at my Doctor’s ‘Quit Clinic’. Today was the day of the appointment. It is a beautiful day so the walk was really nice. It is 16 degrees C today so I was hot and by the time I got there I was quite sweaty…embarrassing!
My appointment was with a very nice nurse called Kim. She asked me a lot of questions about my lifestyle and why I wanted to give up smoking. She was very interested in my motivations and asked a lot about running. I had to breathe into a little device that measures the Carbon Monoxide in my system…today’s reading was 25.
Then we discussed what treatment I would receive and what day I would choose as my ‘quit day’. I have chosen April 2nd as the day I quit. The night before, I am to get rid of my ash tray and anything to do with smoking ready for the following morning. I have been prescribed Nicorette invisi-patches and inhalator.
As you can see, on the right of the screen the Sport Relief countdown widget has now been replaced with a quit day countdown widget.
I am not sure if I will succeed but I intend to give it everything I have because I know that if can quit the cigarettes, not only will I live longer but it will help with running. Kim told me that my Carbon Monoxide levels will start to reduce within a couple of days as long as I don’t smoke and that I would feel the benefit of that pretty quickly and I have another appointment with her a week after my quit day…Wish me luck!
The route to my G.P surgery is actually the same route that I run so I managed to get a couple of nice photographs and have finally updated my snowy header pic with a nice Spring one.
See that hill? I HATE running up it! It may not look like much but I feel like crap until I get to the top.
Have any of you smoked and quit? If so, do you have any advice or tips?
That’s it for now…