As it's 12 months for me today, I thought I should say something about my quit.
It's been tough, rewarding, exciting and terrible. I've (virtually) met some really nice, caring people. I'm very proud to be an Octoquit, and know I wouldn't be here without you all.
Looking back, although there were many times I almost said "f^&% this I'm having a fag" – I didn't, and I think that's because after so many attempts I'd finally got through a day without a fag, then a week, then a month and I had too much to lose, so I'm a firm believer in N.O.P.E. (Not One Puff Ever), and that's what I tell myself anytime I think of the blasted things. Also didn't want to have to tell family, friends and Octoquits that I couldn't do what most people can do – not smoke.
I've changed a lot in the last 12 months:
I don't spend about £200 per month on fags – how did I ever afford it?
I have a sense of smell (had to change my shower gel!!!)
I can taste things – no more mature cheese for me
My car is cleaner inside – and I don't have to apologise for the smell when giving someone a lift
I notice a lot of smokers out there – or I'm more aware of them, always thought I was the only one
I don't have to stand outside at work in the wind and rain
The people in the ciggy kiosk at the supermarket don't know who I am now
I can't see my feet any more (there's more of me)
I'm able to walk and talk at the same time
I know 2 people who stopped smoking when they saw that I could do it – one's on 9 months, the other 10 months (that makes me feel very good)
I now worry that I'll fall and smoke again
To those just starting or thinking of stopping – I smoked at least 20 fags every day for over 40 years and I stopped. Think on that – I'm very fortunate in that I'm relatively healthy for my age, could afford to smoke, and have friends and work colleagues who smoke – and I stopped - not the easiest thing I've done, but the best and I feel so good about that. So, figure out what you need - these forums, Champix, NRT and go for it...... I don't know anyone who regrets giving up the fags.