Boxing day thoughts

Sorry, but I am too used to writing my thoughts down these days - so I shall do it again and waste more forum space with this one. :D

A thread I started a couple of days ago titled "looking forward" mentioned that I was looking forward to today - because getting here still quit would mean a huge amount to me.... my first smoke free Christmas in 22 years! Why that means more than my first smoke free New Year in 22 years (I never tried to quit as a resolution) I don't know.... but it does. It means a massive amount to me to be at boxing day not having had a single puff on a cigarette for over 3 months.

Well I made it. And not only did I "make it", I enjoyed it - much more than any Christmas I can remember. I am at a stage in my quit now where I don't actually have to do much. I am not thinking of quitting anymore - it's not on my mind a lot like, say, a month or so ago. It's just me.

I'm over the moon - I had a wonderful Christmas with my family...

I didn't sit through the little fella opening his presents thinking "I need to get outside" like I did last year and then duck out before I could play with them with him. I didn't duck out at least once an hour through the whole day - I ate, drank, played with my son, and really enjoyed myself. Not more than a cursory thought of smoking (and only then because the day meant so much).

I hope everyone else had a great Christmas day, and is still smoke free today.

:D

My name is Stuart and I have chosen not to feed my nicotine addiction for 3 Months, 1 Week, 6 Days, 22 hours, 24 minutes and 33 seconds

That's 104 days, during which time I would have smoked 2,098 fags at a cost of £442.81.

Choosing to not smoke has saved 1 Week, 6 hours and 50 minutes of my life.

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  • Congrats to you Stu

    Imagin how you going to feel on NEW years Day - the first year that you started smoke free!!!

  • Congrats to you Stu

    Imagin how you going to feel on NEW years Day - the first year that you started smoke free!!!

    New years day doesn't bother me at all to be honest.... yes, it will be nice - but starting everyday smoke free is nice.

    Christmas was the special one for me. Now I have achieved the last target I set myself at the start. Being quit a year is a target of sorts, but I see it as more of a natural one than one I have set myself.... a milestone like every month ticked off rather than a target if that makes sense - a big milestone, but just that.

    Theres still a lot to aim for, but my personal targets are different now.... I'm aiming to be fitter, healthier and happier. And I couldn't do those things if I smoked, could I?

    EDIT: Oh, and I just noticed... talking of milestones... today is the start of week 16 :D

  • Well done Stu

    So pleased you had a fab day. i also seen my first smoke free christmas day for 35 years But not with out thinking or wanting one. But i never had one and for the moment im pleased with that. xxxx

  • Well done Stu

    So pleased you had a fab day. i also seen my first smoke free christmas day for 35 years But not with out thinking or wanting one. But i never had one and for the moment im pleased with that. xxxx

    It's enough that you can tick off another day, Linda... keep doing that and the job will soon be done :D

    Congrats!

  • Hi Stuart (and everyone else)

    Christmas was quite a big deal to me to get through smoke free. I cannot remember an "Adult" Christmas without smoking (I have smoked since late teens) and I really wanted to get through it. Over the years of unsucessfully trying to quit, the thought of going through Christmas and "suffering" has always held a massive fear. Anyway I'm through it with only a tiny thought that maybe one cigarette would be nice, then realised that no it wouldn't be nice at all.

    Onwards and upwards as they say towards New Year and a smoke free 2009.

    Keep the faith everyone!! and Tony!!

    Regards

    Bernie

    P.S. Anyone noticed how many times the NHS Smoke free advert has been on TV today?

  • Hi Stuart:)

    Im so glad you enjoyed your day,you have really got there now:)

    well done!!

    I had a great day too,like you say its just great to be free from thinking about the next puff!

  • well done stuarth..

    ..me too its been a long time since i was smoke free for xmas..and it feels good real goodddddd.had lots of beer .and it was not to bad..we should all give our selfs a pat on the back..for getting through the hols..but dont for get the new year..thats an other big test..but hay we will make it all together..think the wife is packing up in the new year..its her call as she says..hope you all had a good xmas..like i say keep the faith//tony

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