I have been free of all things nicotine since May 2, 2011. It was just six years last month.
This is such a huge accomplishment for me. I tried and failed many times to take this step in my life.
My very first attempt at not smoking was using hypnosis. It was nearly 35 years ago. Obviously, it didn't work! Over the course of the next several years, I tried using nicotine gum, nicotine patches as well as good old cold turkey.
Every time, I mourned and missed my cigarettes. It never took long to become a closet smoker - and then from there - I would throw my hands up and quit quitting. I declared it an impossible task.
As the years went on, more and more of my smoking friends either quit successfully or literally died trying. I wanted to be a successful quitter - I wanted to decide to quit - I didn't want illness to dictate my life.
When I quit in May 2011 , it was cold turkey. No nicotine replacement. No hypnosis and NO excuses.
I told myself, if I ever lit another cigarette, I would never try to quit again. I told myself that this was it. The only way to stop smoking - is to stop smoking. Stop lighting them, stop buying them, stop giving them control over my life.
This is my personal journey. It took a lot of falling down, before I decided to stand up to cigarettes once and for all.
I often tell people that if I can do it anyone can. Everyone can - people do it every day. The trick is to stick with the quit. Nothing bad will happen if you DON'T smoke.....nothing good comes from smoking at all.
Do this - do it until it sticks - just do it.