I LOVE THIS TIME OF THE QUIT! WOW, now this is certainly freedom at it's finest. I hardly ever think of the smokes anymore unless maybe that it brings back some memories of a different time. I still dedicate time everyday to cessation, but I am focused on living a new kind of life now...one that does not include standing on the back porch day and night...or standing in some parking lot hoping to not run into someone I know while I get my fix...or running to the store at all hours for fear I won't have enough to get through the night. I really love the new me. As far as the non-smoking thing goes, Quality of life has improved beyond words.
If anyone out there is wondering if it really changes WHO you are, the answer to that question is an astounding ~YES~, in ways you will not believe. Most of us have lied about our smoking habit at some time. Just imagine not having to lie to people you care about anymore. Imagine not having to scan areas for places to smoke. Imagine not gasping for air after a particularly stressful day in which you smoked more than usual. OR, imagine the next time you are in a social situation, and you meet people who before, you may have avoided because they DIDN'T smoke. Your confidence level goes through the roof in comparison to before. ((It's true~)) So don't think for one second that quitting smoking and all your efforts to get through the tough days mean nothing...because it actually means EVERYTHING!!! The benefits are endless. You can finally be the person you've always imagined yourself to be. But most importantly, this is your life we're talkin' about! How are you gonna choose to live it? We only get one!
I am thankful for all of you and attribute my success to the support I've received from each and every one on this forum, whether they know it or not...I look forward to many more milestones in my future, and in all of yours.
Neeny has chosen not to smoke for: Six months, 4 hours, 6 minutes and 34 seconds. 3623 cigarettes not smoked, saving $724.85. Life saved: 1 week, 5 days 13 hours, 55 minutes