Well, I made it. I think I can safely say I've been successful.
Today marks the 1,001 day I've lived without cigarettes.
During that time, I avoided just over 20,000 cigarettes. That fact is mind-boggling.
My quit meter tells me I haven't spent about $5,548 on those cigarettes as well.
As I approached this day, knowing I would want to post something, I tried to think of wise things I could pass along to those just starting out. Successful tips, unusual techniques, or words of wisdom. I got nothing that ain't already been said/done on this website.
It boils down to this: I took it one day at a time, I kept my eye on the goal, I posted frequently and read even more on this site. I used to deny the power of "will power," believing it was just a cliche. No longer: I used every ounce of will power I had at my disposal.
It was really hard the first three weeks. It was pretty hard the first three months. It was a bit challenging the first year. It's no big deal now.
I can move in and out of smoking environments, hang with smoking friends, deal with challenging situations, and I never pick up a cigarette. Rarely think about 'em, and I do mean rarely. The war is over, I won, cigarettes lost. I am one happy camper, let me tell you!
My best to you all - may you all win your war with nicotine! One day at a time, baby. One day at a time.