Hello Freedom Family,
Yes, I am still doing the Freedom Dance with a Spirit of Gratitude for 6 years of Freedom. I missed my actual milestone date, but I thought I would post anyway. Perhaps, I can provide some encouragement to someone who is new to this Freedom Journey.
When I found this site, I had just decided to try to quit smoking after 31 years. I really didn't think I could quit, especially not cold turkey. However, after reading and learning about nicotine addiction, I thought I would give quitting a try. I was especially curious about the timetable that showed the changes that could be accomplished over time. I really wanted to see if staying quit for 3 months would provide me with the foundation to become an ex-smoker. Also, my plan was to celebrate with a pack of cigarettes if I was able to quit for a few months. Fortunately, I learned that ONE=ALL early enough to prevent my planned disaster from happening.
So, here I am 6 years later - filled with gratitude. I am greatful for the Managers and all those who give of themselves to keep this site up and running. I can always drop by and find encouraging words and read posts that remind me of what a wonderful gift we give to ourselves when we quit smoking. When I see my family members doing their required nicotine feedings and spending ridiculous amounts of money for cigarettes, I thank God that I am on this Quit Journey.
For the last 18 months, I have been doing water aerobics, which is really helping me to get in shape. However, if I was still smoking I would not have been able to handle the exercises while huffing and puffing. I guess I'll stop at this point before I run out of space.
I wish you all the best as you move onward and upward on your Quit Journeys.
I have been on this Quit Journey for: Six years, three days, 3 hours, 26 minutes and 38 seconds. 65854 cigarettes not smoked, saving $13,170.86. Life saved: 32 weeks, 4 days, 15 hours, 50 minutes.