Hard to believe it has been 3,000 days since I quit smoking. Somebody here asked me the other day how I quit on my very first attempt.at it. I took Chantix, but only for about three weeks. I took it for a week before I quit, and then two weeks after. I landed in the hospital, they didn't give it to me there, and when I got home I had no idea what dosage to take, so I stopped it.
Giving it some thought, I realized what went into my success. I knew I had to do it, and made up my mind. I made the decision not to smoke another cigarette no matter what. I honored that decision each and every hour of each and every day going forward. I never argued with myself about it. It was a given that I was not going to ever light another one. There were days that were awful! There were days when I didn't think I was going to make it past the morning. But - I had no choice but to keep plugging away at it because, well, I had made the decision. I got busy; I stayed busy. I ate frozen Hershey Kisses. I walked. I marched in place. I took slow, deep breaths. I persevered, one day at a time.
I came to this site about 4 days after I quit (had forgotten about it before then!), read everything I could find (it makes a GREAT crave buster). I encouraged others, and got support in return. I had a really bad day around 108, posted a blog asking for help and jonescarp.aka.dale.Jan_2007 got in touch and talked me down off the ledge.
And now I have three commas!!! I earned them one hour, one morning/afternoon/evening, one day at a time. I'm here to tell you I believed I was going to be the last smoker standing. I did it - and everyone else can, too! Just make that decision and honor it!
This freedom is worth all it takes to earn it - I PROMISE!