Today is my first year anniversary. A whole year without one puff. Can't quite believe it! Amazing how time can fly.
How has it been? A complete breeze most of the time, almost impossible some of the time. I was such a committed chuffer - giving up was something I would do 'one day' and I am still amazed that 'one day' finally came, and it is a whole 365 days ago. They say it gets easier and it really does, but what I have found suprising is that the strength of the craves are still strong, just less frequent. I still feel sometimes like I smoked about two hours ago and I am at my tolerance threshold and need another. But it passes, more quickly than in the beginning.
I am heavier - but then I started out quite porky so it was inevitable. I'm the sort to look for an excuse to eat more so that wasn't a surprise. But now I have one less thing to worry about regarding my health. That ever present fear in the back of my mind about the latest cough or the breathlessness - the fear has gone, and that feels good.
My home has been redecorated and I chose light colours and it still looks fresh. I don't have that feeling of angst when stuck in a long meeting - distracted by the fact I need a smoke. I remember that feeling of coming out of a three hour meeting and not knowing what to do first - smoke, wee or eat. Now there's just the choice between two!
I have seen others around me try and fail, or try and succeed. I thik the key to success is all in the mind, plus the right tools and the right support. But most importantly, your head has to be in it. I had other things going on in my life at the time, major life events, and quitting smoking was a minor event. That helped with the mindset, but I am still hugely proud of myself and would most definitely say if I can do it, anyone can.
Going to spend the whole day with a stupid grin on my face! :D:D:D:D: