I didn't think I'd be near a computer today, so I actually posted something about this a few days ago, but today it's official: it's been exactly two years since I quit smoking and I haven't had even one little puff since then.
My stats you ask?
Well, I haven't smoked 14,618 cigarettes since then, and I haven't spent $4,049.06 US on them either.
I remember the amazing coincidence two years ago yesterday, when I made the independent decision to quit smoking, came on line looking for a support group, and discovered that 3/14/12 was No Smoking Day. That was what I needed - a Sign from the Universe!
So I joined this site, smoked my last couple of cigarettes on the 13th (just before midnight!), and went Cold Turkey.
I've described my journey elsewhere, and recognize it today as one of the toughest things I've done - and something I'm immensely proud of having done.
Congrats to ALL of YOU who have given up smoking. Don't think about what you've given up - think about what you've gained. Self Respect. Health. Money. The list is almost endless.
Think (briefly) of what you're leaving behind. Stink. Coughing. Standing in the rain to smoke. Guilt. Shame. Blah, blah, blah.
When you compare the two lists, it's easy to remember why you've quit - even if you're in the midst of some horrible crave. Hang in there! I've said it many, many times - If I can do it, you can do it!
And now, I have a fantastic room at the Penthouse, lifetime privileges on the greens, free cocktails, not to mention the free breakfast buffet every morning. Oh yeah - and free WiFi.
Come join me! Stick with your quit and all this will be yours.