So it's been awhile since I've been here. Life got a little hectic and I needed to take some time to take care of myself, both physically and mentally. My work hours increased right after Thanksgiving, just in time for the holiday craziness! I was able to have time off for Christmas and shared that wonderfully chaotic week visiting family and spending some quality down time with my son. This week I finally get to return to my normal schedule.
I remain smoke free and am strong in my commitment! As I approach my six month mark, I still have the occasional thought "It's time to have a smoke" but I brush it away and laugh. That's not me anymore.
After 30 years of smoking, trying to quit year after year, feeling shame for not succeeding, feeling guilty for all my failed attempts, finding every excuse under the sun not to quit, I can finally say with confidence: I DON'T SMOKE!
I have less stress and anxiety (even with the holiday and crazy work hours). My mind feels clearer. I can process my thoughts and emotions better.
It is possible to quit. It does get better. Protect your quit any way you can. You are important and you deserve to be free.