80 days, No smoking !

That’s right, it’s been 80 days since my last cigarette, and it has not been easy.  Even now, almost three months later, I still crave them.  I have dreams almost every night that in some way involve me smoking and later reeling with regret.  I smoked for ten years, and I’ve “tried” to quit several times, but I feel like I can finally celebrate my success.

You can read about all of the positive effects of quitting smoking here.  The most surprising and wonderful side effect for myself has been one that I’ve never heard mention of before, and that’s mood.  I feel like I have a lot more patience with people, and am just generally more pleasant than I used to be.  In a way, this makes me kind of sad to think that I spent ten years of my life feeling less alive than I could have.

If you’re wondering how I did it, or how I continue to do it, it’s quite simple, really.  I decided to.  I know, it sounds so trite!  All other previous attempts I had set out to quit for the sake of quitting, because it is what you are supposed to do.  This time I set out to be a non-smoker.  I thought about fresh breath, energy, and extra money.  I chose not to tell certain people, so I would have nobody to sneak around.

I did it for myself this time, nobody else, and it has stuck.  When I get the urge, I remind myself of how far I have come, and how much more I enjoy my life these days.  I spent nearly half of my life and somewhere around $15,000 on cigarettes, and I’m proud to say it has ended.

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