Just a quick update to say that I made it into month 4 on 1st December.
Quitting for me has been a strange experience. It's been a challenge and certainly a struggle at times but I'm so glad that I stuck it out. Now I've got this far I want to keep going.
I just want to say "Hang on in there" to any new quitters if they ever feel like throwing the towel in when the going gets tough. It's just not worth it and I know because I've been a bit of a serial quitter in my time.
It is definitely true that the longer you stay quit the easier it becomes. I've come this far but there's still a long way to go before I can call myself an ex smoker with complete confidence. After smoking for over 30 years that's only to be expected though.
From time to time I do still get the odd thoughts of smoking but they've become much more manageable as time's gone on. My determination (or need) to quit has become stronger than any urge I have to smoke and for me that's been a massive breakthrough and realization. If I allow myself to lose my quit now after coming so far I know I'd be a fool to myself.
It does feel good not to be buying cigarettes, or standing like a leper in the rain puffing away, or constantly feel guilty for smoking and yet I have to be honest and say that I did enjoy it.
This quit hasn't always been an easy or enjoyable experience for me but it has become a personal challenge that I don't want to lose.
I love this new and liberating feeling of satisfaction I'm getting by just being able to get on with my life without smoking. I don't want to lose it, not now.
Hang on in there everybody because quitting is achievable if you really want it enough.