Sunday, May 1, 2011
18 Months Ago I Quit Smoking
Here are my statistics from this morning:
545 days, 10 hours, 27 minutes and 18 seconds smoke free. (that's 18 months.)
18,000 cigarettes not smoked.
$6,621.61 and 4 months, 17 days, 11 hours of your life saved.
Your quit date: 11/1/2009 9:00:00 PM
Quitting smoking is one of the most difficult things I have ever done. I have smoked regularly since age 11. By the time I quit I was up to 1-2 packs per day depending on the day.
After I quit, I gained 40 pounds. I was already so big, it was demoralizing and discouraging on one hand. On the other hand, I was completely energized by the fact that I was able to actually quit smoking. It was hard, I had to learn to have a little patience, I had to learn to sit with my feelings, and I had to learn to live life without turning to nicotine to ease my emotions or fill up my loneliness.
But what I learned the most was that I am capable of way more than I knew. I learned that I can do anything I set my mind to do. I learned that I am stronger than I knew. And that doing the hard work to reach a goal really is its own reward.
Quitting smoking set me on a new path in my life. It really did. I can breathe so much better and can move so much more freely. I can exercise now and not get winded. I can walk, jog, ride a bike....and not feel like I'm going to pass out from a lack of oxygen.
But most of all, I now know that I don't have to be a slave to my past. There was a prison, and I was locked inside it for decades, but I always held the key. I just either didn't know it, or was afraid to use it. Well, I'm using it now, and unlocking a future far better than I knew I could have. One of true freedom.
Posted by CarlyWeb