|From: headbo (gold) (Original Message)||Sent: 3/7/2003 7:45 PM|
Since Richard gave me the okay to celebrate early, I will.
Exactly one year ago today, I was on my way to Florida and just before leaving home, my sister gave me some devastating news. We drove to Detroit that night and I went into the bathroom of our hotel room at 9:00 p.m. and smoked my last cigarette. I never told anyone, but I knew that was the last cigarette I would ever smoke. I didn't smoke it because I was craving it and I really don't know why I did, but for some reason or other, I thought I should.
I held onto my carton of cigarettes for a full week and kept telling myself that I could smoke them if I wanted to, but I was choosing not to. I gave them away exactly one week later to friends who were flying out of Florida that day. From then on, I told myself that if I was going to smoke, I would have done it yesterday. I remember Day 4 was especially hard for me, but once I got past that day, it really wasn't as hard as I imagined. In fact Days 1, 2 and 3 weren't hard at all. I can still hardly believe that I have been nicotine free for one year.
I found this site by accident when I came home from Florida. I read the Message Boards and got a chuckle reading everyone's stats -- right down to the second. I read all of Joel's articles and it was this site that taught me the "Law of Addiction" and that quitting smoking really is as easy as "never taking another puff".
Quitting is doable. Just do it now and don't wait to "Bottom Out".
Proud Member of the Gold Club