Despite being a fitness fanatic and eating well, I had been a smoker for over 12 years. Like all smokers I wanted to quit but kept puffing away. It killed my gains at the gym, wasted my money and health, and would eventually kill me. After trying and failing many times a friend referred me to Alan Carrs Easy Way to Quit Smoking. Its been about 4 months now and I’ve kicked it. I’ll review how/why this book is so amazing and how it changed my life.
There was a time when the thought of quitting smoking was something I wouldn’t even entertain. I got hooked as a teen and had been smoking ever since. I actually thought I enjoyed it but as anyone who is or was a smoker knows, after a point you know its bad for you. You know its going to kill you, but you don’t give a fuck and keep buying pack after pack.
At my worst I was smoking a little over a half a pack a day so roughly 15+ cigarettes. It was when I worked as a brick layer and was outside all the time. Even once I left manual labor behind I kept smoking. There were even certain roads that I would get onto in my car that my instant reaction was to light up. It was fucking sad how much I felt like I needed these things that stink up your clothes, age you to look like the crypt keeper, and eventually kill you.
I personally wanted to quit, but knowing how horrible I’d feel if I took my life way too early from smoking and the pain it would cause my kids was enough to make me consider this book.
I won’t give away for free what Allen Carr’s book tells you but I can give you my point of view on it. This book looks at smoking from a different perspective. It doesn’t try to shame you with images of cancerous lungs and it doesn’t tell you to go see your doctor that will give you drugs that make you feel worse than a smoker. It looks at it from the point of view of nicotine addiction and more importantly why people smoke. Honestly, it made me just lose interest all together in smoking. I don’t feel like I’m missing anything and it was, in fact, easy. Allen claims that only around 5% of people who use his method fail.
I’ve noticed some changes that have affected me since I quit. All of which are pretty good (except one, more on that later) and these are just a few that I can remember:
- Much easier to breath and sense of smell heightened.
- Easier to exercise
- Skin is less dry and has better color
- Feel like I can focus easier and get things done
- Clothes/car doesn’t smell of smoke anymore
- Saving money
- Metabolism seems to be working better
All of these are great but the best feeling was quitting for good. It felt like I finally conquered the one thing I didn’t seem to have control of in my life. A stupid decision that I made as a stupid kid. Its all behind me now and I couldn’t be happier.
The only bad thing I had happen was that it took a few days for my digestive system to catch up with the lack of nicotine. I had gas and the shits for 2 days, but it wasn’t that bad. No nausea or pain or even any withdraw symptoms.
I wouldn’t just give Allen Carr a free plug on the site but I have to share how much this book changed my life. Things are much better for me having quit and I feel like a whole new guy. If you want to quit, I can’t recommend this book enough. Even if you know someone who is a stubborn asshole about quitting, just tell them “look if it doesn’t work, you’re no different than you are now” and buy it for them.