31 Dec 2018
29 Aug 2019
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Wow. I quit January 01 2019 and here I am coming up on 8 months. I still can't believe I actually managed to quit smoking after more than 30 years.
At first I missed smoking, I was struck with a grief like losing a close friend. Smoking was there with me for everything I did for my entire adult life.
Now I see what an addict I was. Smoking was robbing me of everything - money, health, time, friendships. The cough, the constant nasal congestion, wheezing and my heart thumping after just walking up the stairs, the stink of my winter coats, the film on the glass of my van, the ashes and butts littering my property - all that is gone.
After 27 years of marriage I now hang my jackets in the hall closet with the rest of the family. Before that they hung in the garage because they stunk to high heaven.
My wife kisses me an awful lot more - seems my breath is way more pleasant now that I don't smoke.
Last flight I took I was actually relaxed. My leg wasn't going mile a minute due to nicotine withdrawal.
I feel healthy. I really do feel so much better.
I went to my doctor for a physical, did blood work, etc. I am looking after myself, instead of avoiding the reality of the physical costs of smoking.
I just feel better about myself now. Yeah, the first few weeks were terrible, and the first few months were hard, but was it ever worth it!