242 days

Blog Post created by Lasttimeagain on May 16, 2019

Hi everyone. It's two days past my major milestone of 240 days, the length of my last long term quit which I had foolishly thrown away. These days I haven't been desiring smoking at all, but I have had a thought here and there about smoking. For instance, I opened up the hot tub again this week. That was where I'd go at night after the kids were asleep and I'd drink a beer while relaxing in the water and smoke five or six cigarettes in a row. Well, i hopped in there in day 240 without a beer or any cigarettes. It was pretty nice, but it really wasn't what it used to be. I think it wasn't just the hot tub that I used to enjoy. I think it was that it was an excuse to just smoke away without abandon for a while. Now I typically am a more active person, so sitting in the hot tub without a cigarette was nice for a short time, but I got kind of bored after a few minutes and decided to get out. I think I'll appreciate it more after I get a few good workouts in at the gym this week. I took about three weeks off from the gym because I was busy remodeling the new house we bought. I had to work there every night to get it ready to rent. That was another time I got had some triggers go off. After doing hours of physical labor I thought about times in the past when I did construction work and took many cigarette breaks. The triggers came and went a few times, but I never was really tempted to actually have one. These days any time I have a slight trigger, I soon find myself feeling grateful that I don't waste hours a day smoking. It really is an inconvenience so often. Well, I'm not headed for 9 months and then the big 300 days. I had a quit several years ago that went many months. I don't know now exactly how long it was, but it definitely was less than ten months. So 300 days will be the longest I haven't smoked in 20 years when i blew my last long quit of two years. That will be around July 4th, independence day! After that, I'll be headed to the one year club. I feel like I have this, but I'm always keeping my guard up cus I know all too well how easy it is to get complacent and lose a quit. Thanks to all of you who have supported me in the last 8 months.