So today is my 3rd anniversary as a non smoker (yay me). Never thought i would say that, never thought i could get through a day without smoking never mind three years. Its been a hard fought battle, the cravings the anxiety the arguing (with myself) and the tears, but i won. I can now take a deep breath and not choke on my cough, i can spend more time inside shops instead of standing outside, frantically smoking, hoping to get in before my friends come out. I can enjoy a meal out without having to leave the table and stand outside in the cold (usually alone). The list of "I can" is endless but the biggest is, I can say to my family I Did It. So as you continue with your battle,embrace the daily obstacles that your brain places before you. Remember cravings last minutes, stressful things ARE easier to deal with without a cigarette and the joy of saying " i don't smoke" has such a great feeling compared to the guilt of "one wont hurt" . What i remember most about my journey is my lungs coming back to life.(I didn't know certain parts of smokers lungs are paralyzed and after only a few days of stopping they repair themselves). I remember the cough that taste of tar and the burning sensation at the bottom of my lungs that kept me awake at night. As horrible as it was i kept telling myself its all good i am getting my lungs back. And so three years on i have regained my body and taken control of my brain. Yes there is still the odd tiny craving but i just laugh at it. Here's to the next three years.