31 Dec 2018
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Today I celebrate Canada Day AND 6 months since I quit smoking and became a non-smoker.
After all the struggles of the first few weeks, and then the following months of learning how to be a non-smoker, it now feels really good. In the last month or so things have really changed for the better. I feel like a non-smoker. Life is just so much improved for me physically, mentally and financially.
It is hard to express the recent changes. I suppose others who have quit probably understand. When I quit I really didn't think about how my life will improve in 6 months time - it was a struggle just getting through the next craving, next few hours, etc. And as time went by it got better and better. Then somewhere along the line I stopped thinking about smoking and just going about my day. So if anything I can offer to those just starting on their quit - it gets better. So much better.
SHL sent me a congratulatory email as a reminder (as if I would forget the day I quit!). It was a good reminder to be vigilant to keep our quit. One thing I I have kept in mind is that I am an addict to smoking, and that more than likely if I have a smoke then I stand a really good chance of going right back to pack a day. My quit is worth too much now to risk that.
Everyone says I should treat myself or celebrate. In trying to put my feeling into words here is my celebration at this milestone. SHL really helped me at the start of this quit, as did so many of the the community who posted positive words, suggestions, etc. 'Standing on the shoulders of giants', so to speak.
Happy Canada Day everyone!
And remember - Not One Puff Ever!