Spent 10 minutes sheltering in the rain "enjoying" a smoke, and then scoffing a half pack of polos to try and make my breath smell better... What a waste..
I almost missed my 3rd anniversary of not smoking, but for some reason, just remembered what was special about the start of September..
I must admit though, I feel a bit of an "outsider" coming back now though, because I no longer relate anything in my life to smoking. I can't remember what I ever liked about it, and apart from about 2 occassions where I've actually joined the smokers at a party for a "social gathering in the cold", and maybe lit someones cigarette for them (I'm sure some on here would send me back to day 1 for that!! - Haha), I can honestly say that smoking is no longer part of me.
I could have even excused myself a relapse earlier this year. I broke my ankle while training for the World Half Marathon championships, only 5 weeks before the race, but instead of turning to the unhealthy, I started biking to stay in shape instead. I'm now recovered, and will take on my biggest challenge in 5 weeks when I run Chicago Marathon, hopefully in a respectable time (4th Marathon, and by far the biggest). In fact, the amount I have spent on flights, hotels and a ticket is probably the amount I would have spent smoking all year!
Anyway. I hope my fellow quitters from September 11 are enjoying their anniversary too
For the "noobs", I suppose the only practical advice I can give now is "If you hang in there, you'll look back at these cravings in a few months and wonder what the hell all the fuss was about"... Keep up the good work!