Actually it was yesterday. I am immensely proud of myself for yesterday was the 19th anniversary of me quitting smoking.
Medically speaking....my doctor informed me that anyone who has not smoked in 15 years, is considered to have never smoked. How great is that!
I made my decision after they announced that cigarettes were going to go up 25 cents a pack. I was already paying $1.41 a pack and was UPSET over this price hike. (Jeez, I know I'm aging myself here, but when I first started smoking, they were only 23 cents a pack. You would put a quarter in the machine and the pack would have 2 pennies taped to the side. Anybody else remember that?)
I made up my mind that there was no way I was going to give the cigarette company any more of my money. The very next day was the first day for me not to light up with my morning coffee in a long, long time. Yep, I had some crabby days.....some days I was just a plain bitch that you'd have to walk a wide circle around....but I mostly held it together pretty well. I was glad that I'd never gotten into the habit of smoking in bed or waking up and smoking in the middle of the night like a friend of mine did. It was just one less habit I had to break. My hardest time was when I had a cup of coffee. It just seemed like a cigarette went with the coffee.....now I've found out that a Danish tastes so much better. LOL
I quit "cold turkey". I had tried to quit a couple times before but failed after only a few days. I even went to a hypnotist for help. It didn't help. I think that I just wasn't ready. You have to WANT to quit....REALLY want to quit before you can. I wanted to. And I did it. I'm so glad I did and I wish I could convince my children to do the same. But....they will when they're ready.
I also wish I could pass on some things to others who are struggling to quit but each person is different. Whenever I felt a craving I did play a hand held game....Gameboy I believe it was called and I would play Tetris on it. That helped to keep my hands busy and soon the craving would pass. I also did an odd thing because I found it absolutely necessary to carry a pack with me at all times. I never opened it....but I just had to have it in my purse. After 3 months I finally gave away the unopened pack to a friend who smoked the same brand. It was at that time that I finally felt......free.
I wish I would have put the money I would have spent on cigarettes in my savings account. I meant to do that but you forget after a while. I don't even want to sit down and add up what it would have amounted to in all these years.
So Smocha....keep up the good work. If I can do it, anybody can. You will feel so much better and thats really what its all about. You just wait and see!