I posted this to the other site, I joined today and was informed it was a bad day to post it there due to the move! Well here it is again.
Last year I decided to make a lifestyle change. On new years day 2015, I decided it was time to focus on myself. My main goals for the new year were to lose weight and quit smoking. I picked up playing hockey again and eating healthier around March. By August I had dropped 30 pounds (pretty much all the weight I had put on in college). On Halloween I was at a party and woke up not feeling too good. I decided it was time to stop smoking. I had one cigarette on November 1st, two on November 2nd and ZERO November 3rd. That is the day I truly quit. I did not think it was possible. I started smoking when I was 17 and stopped two months before I turned 27. I honestly have never felt better in my life. I have so much energy and confidence that it is amazing. I no longer smell like an ash tray or am worried about who I am offending by smoking. For me, I just quit cold turkey. It sucked at first, but after a month or two I no longer have those deep cravings. Do I still think about it? Sure. Do I ever want to smoke again? No. I try my best every day to focus on things other than a cigarette. I wish I found this forum when I first quit but I am happy I am here now. It is good to be surrounded by people (even if it is on the internet) who are sharing the same struggles. Thank you!