It seems like only a few weeks ago that I was looking forward to my 100th DOF and today I celebrate 200 days nicotine free. It's amazing how quickly the days stack up when you focus on things other than smoking. Easier said than done in the beginning but trust me, the day does come where you won't spend every waking moment thinking about cigarettes.
We've all heard that you have to approach fighting an addiction, ONE DAY AT AT TIME and until that really sunk in, I was engaged in a constant battle. My lack of patience had me wanting to be on the other side...living as if I'd never smoked. It took time but I realized that I needed build a foundation that consisted of "days lived - smoke free." I began to pledge here every day; not only to my fellow EX'ers but to myself, that for just 24 hours, I wouldn't smoke. As the days have passed, I find myself more focused on just living each day as it comes rather than wishing to be in some other space and time. My attention is now directed on growing my business so I can step away from corporate America, losing the weight I gained between days 60 and 150, teaching my 15 year old how to drive, obsessing over my lawn that doesn't look as great as it did last summer, etc. Once my attention was diverted, the days began to stack quickly. Sometimes, I wasn't aware of the exact number of days because I was no longer fixated on it. I'm just living smoke free...ONE DAY AT A TIME.
Has every day been easy? Most certainly not. But as we all know, life will happen whether we smoke or not. The Elders told us so. Celebrate every second, minute, hour and day that you remain committed to your quit. You'll be amazed at how quickly they'll add up. Keep stacking 'em, my friends!