9 years ago today I put out my last smoke. I had been reading on whyquit for several weeks and on that last morning I decided, while on my way to work, that I wasn't going to stop for a pack of cigarettes. My goal was to not smoke for just one day. I got through the day and did the same thing the next day, and the next, and the next. Gradually it became a week, then a month, and then a year.
For those just starting this journey please believe that you can do this. Quitting was the greatest gift I have ever given myself. I no longer wake up coughing so hard I gag. I wake up feeling rested and refreshed. No more of those horrible mornings when I couldn't function until I had replenished the nicotine levels in my system. It is truly a joy not to have to smoke. I don't envy my coworkers when I see them going outside in single digit temperatures because they have to get that nicotine fix. For them it's not a choice. For me, it is a choice, and I know that if I ever put even one puff into my system I will lose that freedom of choice. I know this because I made that mistake once after a 2 year quit.It took me over 20 years to manage to quit again. Never again. My nicotine free life is too precious to me.
I have been quit for 9 Years, 1 hour, 31 minutes and 16 seconds (3,287 days). I have saved $15,777.90 by not smoking 131,482 cigarettes. I have saved 1 Year, 2 Months, 4 Weeks, 2 Days, 12 hours and 50 minutes of my life. My Quit Date: 3/28/2006 6:00 AM