Blog Post created by Youngatheart.7.4.12 on Sep 20, 2020

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 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!