The gift that keeps giving :)

Well this is it.

Christmas Eve, 2013.

One year ago today I gave myself an early Christmas present - freedom.

The best gift ever, and a gift that keeps on giving:

- health

- wealth

- energy

- self esteem

And it's just given again - an anniversary, one year of freedom!

I always said I wouldn't count the days as I went through the quitting process but even so, having smoked for over thirty years and going through various (ultimately botched) attempts to stop smoking, this is the first time I've been able to say "it's a year since I smoked" since 1980:eek:

Next week it will be the first time I've been able to say "I've not smoked this calendar year" since 1979:eek::eek: (apologies to Jan 13 quitters who'll just have to wait until the end of 2014 to make that claim:p:p)

Fast forward to March and (God willing) it will be another birthday - the first birthday I'll be able to say "I didn't smoke when I was xx years old".

On their own, none of these are a big deal - I'm firmly 'in remission' but eyes wide open to the fact that I'm only ever one cigarette away from a relapse; in that respect it doesn't matter if you've been free a week, a month, a year or a decade.

What is a big deal (for me anyway) is the timescales involved in these statements - and it is this which underlines one simple fact:

THIS HAS BEEN A LIFE CHANGING EXPERIENCE

To those who know me:

- thanks for the camaraderie

- thanks for reading my ramblings

- thanks for being there

To those who don't know me, to those who are gearing up for a quit:

- read up on the experiences of those on this forum who have already embarked on the journey

- plan your quit

- use this forum - one of your most valuable resources

- never take another puff and you cannot fail

- give yourself the greatest gift of all this Christmas

MERRY CHRISTMAS TO EVERYONE AND I HOPE IT BRINGS YOU ALL THAT YOU WISH FOR;)

[/Gets coat and prepares for a second smoke free Christmas Day]

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  • Fantastic!

    Congratulations Egg, and welcome to he penthouse!

    I've followed your quit with nothing but admiration for your appreciation of the task in hand, intelligence of approach and genuine honesty. I never doubted for a minute that you'd be successful, and will continue to be. A great achievement!

    And just look at the view from here, isn't it amazing? So clear!

    Cheers Egg, here's to you and what you've accomplished, and hope you have a great (second!) smoke free Christmas! :)

  • Massive well done Egg!!

    Your quit has been one of the most rock solid on here, it's fab to see and quitting on Christmas Eve? Well it shows how determined you are!!

    You must be very proud, and you deserve it!! And you've shown the mindset wanna-be quitters like me need to adopt to free ourselves from smoking.

    Enjoy your quiet time in the Penthouse before Max gets there in 4 days time :p

  • Congratulations on reaching the penthouse Egg :D:D:D

  • I hope you're as proud of yourself as you should be. What an achievement!

    I shall aspire to join you one day :)

  • Congratulations Egg, I am in absolute awe, as I am really struggling today, it's boredom i know, as everything is done now and am waiting for santa to arrive, all i can think about is smoking! Obviously not going to have one, but take my hat off to you for picking this day in particular.... Well done, you deserve to be in the penthouse :D

  • Congratulations Egg, I am in absolute awe, as I am really struggling today, it's boredom i know, as everything is done now and am waiting for santa to arrive, all i can think about is smoking! Obviously not going to have one, but take my hat off to you for picking this day in particular.... Well done, you deserve to be in the penthouse :D

    Noooooooooo no thinking about fags!!

    Believe me I'd kill to be where you and Egg are right now!!

  • Well done Egg, one year is brilliant, welcome to the penthouse....and don't forget tomorrow you'll be able to say this is my 2nd smoke free Christmas!!!enjoy the celebrations :-) x

  • Oh my...

    YOU GUYS :o:o

    Thanks for all the messages - it really is appreciated.

    Now go and enjoy Christmas:D:D

  • Wow weeeeeeeeeeeee way too gooo

    :D

    oh how blooming marvelous to see you in the penthouse egg

    you have done so very well

    so without further ado

    SENDING YOU A BIG WELL DONE

  • Well done Egg, another success story, and well-deserved; one of this forum's regular contributors, you've certainly helped me stay on the right path, and others I'm sure ;)

  • forum.nosmokingday.org.uk/d... if you hadn't counted the days then you wouldn't have been on here giving so much well appreciated support to others.

    I think Criggy is a great time to quit as you don't have to go out for cig and miss the choccy x

  • Missed this at the time. Many congratulations, great result!

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