I stopped smoking on Fri, 7 May 2010 19:59:00 UTC.
It has been 0 weeks, 6 days, 2 hours, 41 minutes and 12 seconds since I quit.
I have saved $ 5.47 by choosing not to smoke 30 cigarettes.
More importantly, I saved 0 weeks, 0 days 5 hours 36 minutes of my life!
How many times have I seen stats like the above? Many, many times. I started smoking in high school because it was what all the "cool" kids did. Looking back, that was really dumb! The longest I quit was 2 years. Then I started dating a smoker. That was dumb too! Of course I started back up, why not? Then I quit again, and started looking for a man to have in my life, one who did NOT smoke. I was honest enough with myself to know that if I dated a smoker, I would smoke. So, I chose to be selective and date only non-smokers. Now I'm married, and I've secretly been smoking at work for a year. I don't know how he hasn't smelled it on me... but I do know that it has been eating me up inside, lying to him all this time, and trying to sneak around, hoping he wouldn't smell it on my clothes, in my hair, on my breath. I have made the decision to stop this time, permanently.. as I promised him I would months ago. (When he DID smell it on me and I admitted to having "one" smoke while at work.) I'm terrified he'll see this, and it will be the end of our marriage. What a poor wife I've been.
Four days after quitting, I ended up with a cold, which has turned into bronchitis. Ironic isn't it? I didn't have breathing/coughing problems until I quit... again. This quit hasn't been too difficult this time. I've always quit cold turkey. I could never see the point in using quit meds or patches or gum. I'm still getting nicotine that way, to me, it seemed like I would only delay the withdrawal symptoms. I have had a couple strong urges, but I've been so busy at work that I was able to work through them. I know the path ahead is strictly mental... there is no nicotine left in my body. So I just have to be strong, and have control over what I choose to do. E
Edited to add: My name is Shelley, I'll be hitting the big 40 this year in august. For those who are curious, my nickname comes from my first and last name "spe" are the first 3 letters of my last name. "she" are the first 3 letters of my first name. Put them together and you get "speshe".