This is what I posted on my Facebook page FOUR YEARS ago tonight. I got support there, but not nearly the support that I got here on EX. This site is amazing. Thank you to everyone who helped me here, both before, during and after my Quit. I will never smoke again. And I want to help others feel the same!
Ok. I'm taking a deep breath and going public with this: I am quitting smoking. I have joined a wonderful organization online called, "Become an Ex", and my Quit Day has been set for September 24. Prior to that day, I'll be tracking my cigarette smoking, establishing what my triggers are, working to separate triggers from actual smoking times, learning new behaviors and establishing supportive relationships with other people who will be quitting at the same time I quit. One of the preparation steps is to go public with your plan to quit and ask for support from everyone in your life. Sounds easy, right? But it's a scary thing to announce it to the world because even though I am DETERMINED to do this, there's this little voice in my ear saying to me "What if you fail? Everyone will know you failed!" However, failure is not an option. I smoked from the time I was 16 until I was 30. Then I quit, by participating in a wonderful program in Ann Arbor, MI, called "Smoke Stoppers". I quit for TWENTY-THREE YEARS. I was as dumb as a box of rocks to ever pick up a cigarette after all those years. I've been smoking again for almost four years, and thinking about quitting the entire time. And today, the scales tipped; as of this morning, I want to NOT smoke more than I want to smoke. So, I am asking for everyone to support me. I've done it before and I can do it again!