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There are many changes and withdrawal symptoms to face when you stop smoking. It won't be easy, but the positives will surely outweigh the negatives. Your body will be going through a lot of changes. You'll notice something new almost everyday.

Every moment, every sunrise, every sunset, and all the minutes in between will be brand new experiences for you. Every new day is a milestone, a new feeling, a different thought process, and a better perspective on life. The longer you go without smoking, the stronger and more in-tune with yourself you'll become. You'll be moving forward in life, and you'll be feeling fantastic while doing it.

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Mouth watering - Since smoking is an oral fixation, your mouth will be creating a ton of saliva after you quit smoking. So you might be swallowing a lot of spit during the first three weeks of physical withdrawal. Expect some stomach aches because of that. I developed a nasty habit of spitting. I couldn't help it. But it is something that goes away over time once the side effects of quitting subside.

  • Glossy eyes - To others, you'll look like you just had laser eye surgery. This is just nicotine withdrawal coming back at you. Expect some moments of dry eyes or bloodshot eyes. It's nothing serious, but it is rather annoying. Eyedrops will cure the redness. Try to rest more often than usual as your eyes are in a sensitive state when you first quit.

  • Dizzy - You might lose your balance a few times in that first week or so. The first day is always the worst, but it can last up to 5 days in some people. It lasted that long for me. It comes and goes in waves just like a sine curve. One moment you're fine, and then next you're having a dizzy spell. Again, try to rest as much as possible the first few days as those are the worst anyways. No need to put yourself through tremendous torture when you can bypass some of it and sleep it off.

  • Unusual high energy boost - You'll experience this quite frequently a few days afterwards. You might even think to yourself, "I feel utterly fantastic!" It's true, you WILL feel that way! What's happening is that the REAL YOU is shining through. Before, it was subdued by addiction. Plus it's your body's way of telling you that it's healing. This more than likely will occur every day for a few weeks after you get through the hard parts during the beginning of your quit. Once the worst part is over with, then the real fun begins. Everyday you'll jump out of bed and anxious to take on the day.

  • Whiter teeth - Since you won't be inhaling anything, the yellow shade of your teeth will eventually lighten. It may not go away completely, but you'll definitely notice the difference once you quit. Your dentist will be the one who truly notices. They are the ones who see the back of your teeth. If you haven't gone to the dentist in years, and you're a smoker, the backs of your teeth are a dark brown color. My dentist stopped what he was doing and allowed me to see a clean tooth against a dirty tooth. It was disgusting. The backs of my teeth were literally almost black from smoking.

  • Better singing voice - It makes sense that when you're inhaling 20+ cigarettes everyday (or more), your singing voice will not be very good. Once you stop smoking, your lungs will clear out, the capacity itself will increase, and you'll be able to hit those notes like you used to do. Do you like to sing? You'll be amazed at how quickly your voice will return when you give up that nasty habit.

  • Waking up earlier - Now who knows what your sleeping pattern was like when you were a smoker, but I'm sure it wasn't very consistant. You'll sleep so much better, and you'll wake up earlier REFRESHED! I love mornings now, it's my favorite part of the day. As a smoker, I hit the snooze button numerous times until I absolutely had to get up. Not anymore. Now I'm up with plenty of time to get ready for my day. Sometimes I don't even need the alarm clock anymore. I just instantly wake up when the sun rises, and I'm totally OK with that.

  • Stomach pains - It goes through cycles, yes, but they can be pretty painful. Sometimes you just want to curl up in a little ball and cry. You just have to remember that it's only the addiction and it's nothing else. You aren't really getting sick, it's just your body's way of telling you it craves cigarettes. The pain DOES go away, so there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Drink some water, and eat some healthy foods. Treat your body well and your body will thank you for it.

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    Of course there are 100's of good things that happen to you once you stop. This is just a small list, and not conclusive at all. It's really amazing how great you can actually feel on a day-to-day basis if you put your mind to it. Every new day brings new experiences, and after the withdrawal is over with, all of them are good. Everyday you'll feel like a winner! You'll never want to go back to your old lifestyle ever again.

    Here's another helpful page that is very similar to mine and tells you what to expect on Day 1 as soon as you wake up. It's called The Day You Quit. The more information you know, the better off you'll be in the long run. We are all in this together.

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