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One Year!

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  1. rosie1931
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    27 Sep 2018
    09 Oct 2019
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    Hi Everyone, 1 year t, way to go me!  And way to go all of you that are quitting, have quit, or are going to try to quit.  We all deserve huge high fives for beating down this damn addiction.  I had originally thought I would post tomorrow, as a celebration.  But I've changed my mind.  I am going to take the time to mourn my past life as a smoker and mourn my last cigarette.  It's going to be really hard to list what I miss, so I'll start with what I don't miss.  
    1.  I don't miss killing myself each and every day.  
    2.  I don't miss worrying about what type of horrible illness I am creating by smoking.
    3.  I don't miss the two puffers I had to use, in order to smoke.  
    4. I don't miss running outside, no matter the weather, to relieve my anxiety to have a cigarette.  
    5. I don't miss spending all that money on something that didn't make any sense and that I actually did not have a need for.  
    6. I don't miss that God-awful reek (my boss confirmed it again today, I stunk!  Always!) that I carried on my body each and every single day.  
    7. I don't miss the constant coughing.  
    8. I don't miss feeling apologetic when smoking around my (mostly) non-smoking friends.  
    9. I don't miss planning/curtailing and sometimes even cancelling plans because of "having" to smoke.  
    Now, the feelings I do miss.  I do miss the feeling of having that "me" time.  The getting away and just thinking about nothing.  I still can't manage to do that.  And even though there's been a lot said that cigarettes will make you more anxious, I still can't fully embrace that.  When I smoked, I felt like I was more relaxed and had less anxiety.  These last two I know I have to work on, however, I know I will never ever smoke again.  I know that if I wanted to quit once, there will come a time where I will want to quit again, and I am not going through the hellish first few weeks ever again!  So, 366 days ago, one year, I had my last cigarette.  This will be the first and only time that I will ever mourn or miss the fact that I smoked.
    Cheers and all the best to everyone in their quits.
  2. atp
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    501 posts
    31 Dec 2018
    09 Oct 2019 in reply to rosie1931
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    A big congratulations to you on your One Year Anniversary of being a non-smoker!

    That's freedom you are describing, freedom from that terrible addiction. 

    I love the 'I don't miss' list. 
    If I may add a #10 - I don't miss all the wasted time when doing things because I'd stop for a smoke, or two or three, while doing whatever I was working on. Stuff, such as cutting grass, cleaning, whatever, gets finished so much quicker now as a non-smoker. 

  3. emily, quit coach
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    28 Nov 2017
    09 Oct 2019
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    Hi Rosic1931,

    Congratulations on 1 year of being quit! That's a really far way to have come. 

    Although, there are some things that you may be missing about smoking it looks like what you don't miss is a way longer list. It's good to see there is so much you are enjoying about being smoke free. 

  4. treepeo
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    29 Nov 2017
    09 Oct 2019
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    Hi rosie1931,

    Wow, one whole year as a non-smoker.  That is amazing!  Congratulations!

    I love your "don't miss" list.  I can so relate to it.  But it's funny, I can't relate to your "miss" list.  You'd think I would, having smoked most of my life.  But I actually love being able to contemplate life, or just relax, without having to light up.  I love the freedom that comes with being a non-smoker.  It rocks.

    Give yourself some more time, and you will probably knock those things off your "miss" list, too.

    In any event, I am really happy for you, rosie1931.  You have come a long way and you should be really proud of yourself!  Do something to celebrate this amazing milestone.  You deserve it.
  5. jeyan
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    28 Nov 2017
    10 Oct 2019
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    Hi Rosie1931,

    congratulations with your 1 year!  It's a great milestone.  How much money have you roughly saved in 1 year and how to plan to celebrate?

    we can do this!!!
  6. aurora
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    08 Mar 2018
    13 Oct 2019
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    I love the list Rosie and the addition atp - I'd like to re post this 10 point list on social media

    Congrats to you on one year! 

    I would add that "I am spending my time and money on living rather than dying," so I'm adding that to the list. 
    586 days smoke free for me - NOPE 100 per cent 
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