Hello everyone, I've being doing some contemplating as I have reached a 2-Year Milestone since I quit smoking. I actually feel a little emotional looking back and to see how far I've come. I remember reading these articles when I first quit and thinking, geesh, I would give anything to be one of those people who was writing an article and was Gold and now I am double Gold. I smoked for 35 years (a deck a day) and quit cause I knew if I waited for a reason, I could very likely die waiting. I was frightened to death to try and frightened to death not to try. So I downloaded a Quit Counter, and watched it for three day and the rest is history. At this time of the year, I know there are many out there making New Year's Resolution to Quit Smoking and I hope all the reading you do here will inspire you to never take another puff. It sure helped me and I was a 'die hard' smoker. Changed cities, changed jobs, had children, got a divorce, but did it all with my friendly cigarettes. It was the toughest challenged I faced. I called my daughter and told her I quit, and she asked me how long I had gone without a cigarette. She said she thought I meant 1 hour. When I told her I had not had a cigarette for 4 days (she is 35 years old), she cried and cried. She couldn't believe it. I was the last person she ever thought would quit. Two months later she also quit smoking, saying if I could quit, anybody could. Her son (my 13 year old grandson) was so so happy. I tell you this story because I want you to know how addicted I was to cigarettes. The first week, the first month, the first six months were hard, but each week was less hard than the last. Your journey on the road to a smoke-free life will be different from mine. I can't say I understand what you are feeling, cause I can't. Your triggers will be different, your support system will be different. I just know by taking it a minute at a time, an hour at a time, and day at a time, that you can do it. Today, I do not crave a cigarette, in fact, the thought of one actually nauseates me. Again, this may not hold true for everyone. I do know that I will never take another puff, am an ex-smoker, so will always be on guard for any weak moments that come along. I do everything I did as a smoker, and then some. My life no longer revolves around if and when I can have my next 'fix'. My best advice for everyone out there in the early days of your Quit is to keep reading here, have plans in place for when you want a cigarette and reward and celebrate never taking another puff. Hang in there. It is a wonderful support system here.
Dyanne, 2 years free from cigarettes, saved 55 days of my life and $6800.