6 years ago today I quit. I remember well the first few months. It wasn't easy. It seemed that smoking and/or not smoking consumed my mind - both night and day - awake or sleeping. But eventually it got better. I remember counting down the days to my one year anniversary. It was so exciting! Even though my sixth anniversary is equally exciting, it now feels normal to be a non smoker. I cannot imagine going through this pandemic as a smoker. Should I catch this nasty virus, I feel that I would be better able to fight it off - and as an added plus, I do not have to make trips to the store to buy cigarettes. So to everyone just starting this journey, give it time to get better because it is worth it!
I had the pleasure of visiting Pensacola last week with some of my family. The weather was beautiful, and it was a very relaxing vacation. I love the beach!
Because I gave up smoking a little over 5 years ago:
I didn't have to worry about when the next smoke break would be on the drive there and back. I could use these breaks to stretch my legs, use the restroom, and get something to drink without feeling like I was holding everyone else back.
I didn't have to worry about getting my cigarettes wet while at the pool or beach.
I didn't have to rush through meals to make time for my after dinner smoke.
I didn't have to worry about offending others with my second hand smoke.
I didn't have to search out a suitable place to have a smoke.
I didn't have to worry about having enough cigarettes to last me through the trip.
I didn't waste one second of my vacation on smoking.
Five years ago I began my journey to freedom from smoking, and I have never regretted that decision. It is by far the best thing that I have ever done for myself. It wasn’t easy but after discovering this site a few days into my quit, I learned that it is doable and started believing that is was possible. I spent a lot of time here reading and educating myself about this addiction. And I decided that I wanted what so many people here had achieved – true freedom from this addiction. So I stuck around – and I learned from the elders, and I learned from quitters just a little bit ahead of me, and I even learned from people who relapsed. I saw it over and over again. People would relapse and would often struggle to get started again. I knew that I never wanted to have to restart the clock, and many times that was what kept me moving forward. So if you are having a bad day and are considering smoking just one, just remember that tomorrow is a new day – choose to remain smoke free – it is a decision that you will not regret!
Well today I turned 60! I thought that it might bother me a bit, but it doesn't. I am very proud of every year! And I am thankful to have good health (at least as far as I know) in spite of my almost 40 years of smoking.
On Tuesday, I was delivered a beautiful bouquet of roses and lilies. The card was not signed....I knew that it must be from my sister and/or niece. My niece called - yes they were sent by them but was not supposed to be delivered until Thursday. She called the florist and they insisted that they were not delivered. But how can that be - I am looking right at them .....
And guess what happened today.....the flowers that they did not deliver on Tuesday were delivered today!!!! I started to tell them but my niece had already told them so now I have two beautiful bouquets! I am blessed!
I was taken out to lunch! A computer/accounting problem that I have been dealing with all week was easily fixed! I received an essential oil diffuser with an assortment of oils! And some The Pioneer Woman bowls (I love dishes)! On top of all that my boss (he is a character) told me that I look pretty good for a 60 year old (compliments from him are a rare thing).
So a big Thank-you to Marilyn.H.July.14.14. for posting about my BD and thanks to all who wished me well!
Five years ago I was smoking like crazy - and not enjoying it one bit. I only smoked to get the nicotine. I am so happy that I wised up and put them down for good. If you are on the fence about quitting - take the plunge and do it! It is absolutely the very best thing that I ever did for myself!
1,700 days ago I made a decision that completely changed my life. I am not sure if I was very serious about it in the beginning because I had so many failed attempts. But I discovered this site and the many wonderful people here who dedicate so much of their time and energy into helping others, and I was inspired. I thought if they can do it, so can I!
I am wishing for everyone struggling with the decision to become inspired! It is a decision that you will never regret! So read and educate yourself about this addiction. Stay close, and don't be afraid to ask for help. And most of all be willing to give it the time it takes to get to a better place. It is not always easy, but it does get better with time.
Best wishes to all those just beginning their journey and to those who are struggling with their quit!
The last couple of months has been very stressful at work - faced with developing new procedures, submitting information to potential buyers in a new format, and dealing with a boss who has had a "itch" to fire someone. Luckily I have (so far) stayed out of the line of fire.
I would be a liar if I said that smoking had not entered my mind. But I am pleased to say that the thoughts have been easily dismissed.
I visited one of our properties last Thursday. I caught a ride with a co-worker from lunch back to my car. She is my age. She has a new vehicle (very nice) that she bought in January. It literally reeks of cigarette smoke - really makes me happy that I no longer smoke. I am sure that she does not even notice it. Just one of the many benefits of quitting - everything smells better!
OK Newbies! Make a list of the "pros" off quitting! There really are no "Cons" - so don't even go there! Review that list daily - and do whatever is necessary to remain smoke free! It is truly the very best thing that you will ever do for yourself!
It saddens me so to hear of a long time quitter's relapse. The stories are usually similar. Very often they distance themselves from the Ex community. And then they fall for the voice of temptation that says "just one won't hurt." But that one cigarette almost always leads to another one - maybe not immediately - but at some point they feel another one won't hurt since they "got by" with the first one. Many times alcohol is involved but not always.
So my advise to all quitters - old and new - stay close! Ask for help if you need it. Read your old blogs to help remember where you have been, and use them as a reminder of a place where you don't want to return. Even after 1500 plus days quit and being on this site almost daily, it still helps me to keep it fresh and to keep my quit solid.
Bless you all and hope that you have a relaxing Sunday afternoon!
It is hard for me to believe that I have now been smoke-free for 1,500 days, and I owe so much of my success to the wonderful members of this community, many who no longer participate here. The education about this addiction, along with the support, encouragement, and sometimes tough love that I receive here made all the difference this time. I am thankful for all who played a part, small or large, in my recovery.
To those who are just beginning or may be struggling, please remember that it is not over in a couple of weeks. It takes time to relearn living life without nicotine. It also takes time to figure out your new normal. Work each day and try to focus on the positive rather than the negative. Be willing to give your quit the time it takes to get to a better place in life - because this freedom is truly a beautiful thing!