:cool:I don’t generally post my own milestones but have been bullied into this one….. *thanks the cods those clipboard days are numbered*
I never set out to quit smoking long term. I grudgingly stopped for 8 weeks in order to give some dental work done the best chance of bonding with a plan to get straight back to my rollies, once the 8 weeks were done. However by the time I had my final appointment with my dentist (of 10 Years Younger fame, but no real help with the 10 years younger look, the barsteward!! ) I had found this forum and had my shoeless footsies firmly under the Octoquits table…
Another 44 weeks later and here I am …. ONE YEAR QUIT!
The benefits of quitting are well documented but for me there have been some additional benefits ….. the folk on here!
In particular the Octo’s, an astonishing gathering of folk who quit the same month and mutually formed a group. A group who rapidly turned to drink excessive eating then exercise, developed fat ankles, a passion for even more holidays and some even for running, badminton and cycling. Ducks took up cycling, to her local cricket club for a pint. Me? I took cycling up again and my first mini tour took in the stoopid inclines of Devon and Cornwall. Hard but worth it … just like quitting. More importantly, this group were quitters quitting together. Those first 6 months were hell at times but were made easier for being part of that group. When craving, fed up, tempted off the rails, there was always someone around with words of encouragement or insults even. I will be eternally grateful I quit in October 2009.
Then the roundabout crew …. and the meeting of one of it’s members with great taste in food, in coloured pumps, music too ... do wish she would make her mind up what to call me ….. but at least it’s not POL the POO!
I may not have the greatest taste in music … (and will continue to populate, on and off, that thread with APP :p) ….. but what I do have is the ability to quit....
…… and remain quit. Those first 6 months were hard but worth every emotional up and down. For anyone reading ahead keep looking forward and believe in yourself and your quit. It’s a journey with no end. It’s your journey and your quit … own it and yes, even enjoy it.
Two folk in particular made me stop and think …… and enforced my decision to carry on quitting ….. Jackie and Dee.
Okay ….. I'm bored now
Is that okay Lorna? You happy now? Will you please put that bloody sodding clip board away ……………….. NOW! Xx
Christine ….. where’s the wine?
With A Litle Help From My Friends
Thank you xx