Well, today is the six month anniversary mark since I quit smoking. LET FREEDOM RING! I quit on November 11, 2007 and here it is May 11, 2008! What a miracle! Don't get me wrong, there are still times that the Nic-o-demon still tells me that a cigarette sounds good and if "I only smoke one I will be OK." Fortunately, I know that "one" cigarette will turn into a pack a day within a week so I just try and delay lighting up in the first place and tell myself all of the positive things about quitting. I tell myself how much money I am saving since I no longer have to spend $4.50 a day to kill myself slowly and I also try to remember how healthier my body is now that I have quit. The one think I do not miss since I have quit is being a slave to lighting up every hour to suck down the poisons and other addictive substances that are put in those things to keep me good and hooked! The things that have really kept me on the right path in this journey was meeting other people who had quit successfully, taking Chantix, blogging and online support. (You guys are da bomb!) I also had to learn some new habits and strategies to replace the twenty times that I went out in rain, extreme heat, fog, humidity or whatever the weather elements were to smoke. Learning to do things differently was probably one of the hardest things about this whole process.
If you are person who is reading this and you are considering quitting or having difficulty staying quit, it is so worth it! Keep trying because you never know when you will be sick and tired of the cigarette madness. I cannot tell you how many times I quit cigarettes and other things too! I hope I stay quit forever but for now I will take it one day at a time because for me that is the easiest way to measure my success.