Yep- I'm very happy to announce that today I join my fellow November (and early December) Quitters group at Halfway House and what a wonderful feeling it is!
To use a fell-walking analogy, I've done the hard, sweaty pull up from the valley floor to the ridgeline and from here onwards it doesn't look anywhere near as steep. The summit is still a fair way off but it looks so much closer than it did from back there and the view is already fantastic. I shall therefore take off my rucksack, sit on a rock for a bit, have a cup of coffee & a mouthful of chocolate, and enjoy looking back at where I've come from.
For any newbie quitters reading this, I can only repeat what many have said before (and will say again) which is that this time 6 months ago I could barely imagine getting to Day Two, let alone managing a week or a month. I could only gaze with envy and awe at those forum members who had scaled the dizzy heights of the 6 month plus room. Now I'm here I know it is achievable. Not easy, admittedly, but far from impossible and if I can do it anyone can (cliche city, but I believe it to be true for all that).
Finally but by no means leastly (? is that a word?) I'm 100% certain I couldn't have come this far without you wonderful lot-every single one of you. You've brightened up my day more times than I care to remember and I feel that I know you all so well even though I've only met you virtually. Please accept my heartfelt thanks with a big hug. I shall look forward to your daily company on the rest of my journey to the Penthouse.
Now, I think I promised my fellow November/early December quitters some cake didn't I? I think there's a lemon drizzle cake in there, along with a big fat chocolate cake and some muffins. I shall just unpack the rucksack...