On the 9th September 2011, I had my last cigarette. Since then, I've turned my life around.
As you might have read, I had failed so many times before that I threw myself totally into a fitness regime to take my mind off smoking, and help me feel the benefits.
It's apt that a year to the day, I ran a half marathon today and got a new personal best, with a pretty respectable time (in the top half of 8000 runners)..
I still have crappy days, and just as much stresses as I did before, but now realise that putting a cigarette in your mouth doesn't reduce stress.. It just causes more by giving you something else to worry about..
For anyone starting out on the journey, I would say that you should just get into your mindset that you are not losing anything at all. For a much better overview, just read Helsbelles post, which I would agree with 100% (apart from the bit about the disney princess. I only do that at weekends)
I would also say a word of warning.
Although it's been a year, I have no doubt that I'm only 1 drunken night away from accepting a smoke and ending up back at the start. We are all recovering addicts for the rest of our days.
Now where's my beer and nachos to celebrate!!