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Celebrating One Year of Not Smoking!

Saturday, June 29, 2013






One year ago today I stopped smoking and haven't smoked a cigarette since. ONE whole YEAR SMOKE-FREE! emoticon



With the obvious of better health, it has been a year of freedom. I don't have to light up every time I have a phone call or sit down at my computer. I don't have to worry about how many cigarettes are left in the pack and stress about getting to the store before they close to make sure I have enough cigarettes to last me until bedtime. I don't have to eat and go outside for a cigarette. I don't have to breathe through a cigarette anymore. emoticon

I had to do these things when I smoked, because I was addicted.

Do I feel superior because I no longer smoke(?)...No, just grateful that I no longer have to. That I'm no longer addicted. And, after one year of not smoking, I have no desire to every smoke again. When others smoke in front of me, it reinforces what a dirty disgusting habit it is and feel grateful that that's not me.

I have been asked from smokers if it's hard to quit. Quitting smoking is as hard or as easy as you make it. For me, I made the commitment to stop and I did. (That simple.) The most difficult part of quitting is deciding to stop and the anxiety that comes with imagining (if you can) a life of not smoking. Once you stop, it's just a matter of biting the bullet until the addiction subsides. (And, it will...if you let it.)

I quit cold turkey, as I couldn't understand that using a crutch (nicotine gum, patch, pill, etc.) could help me to stop. To me, that was like continuing to feed my addiction for nicotine. I just wanted it out of my system.

One year later...I feel good!





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BEACH_NUT 7/10/2013 3:59PM

    emoticon all for your wonderful comments!

And, a huge emoticon to those of you who have kicked the habit yourselves and enjoying a smoke-free lifestyle...it's the emoticon !

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HWNHMMBRD 6/30/2013 3:14PM

    Isn't It great not to be tied down that way?! I am coming up on 2 years, and it still amazes me that I am now a non-smoker. emoticon emoticon on your 1 year emoticon

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LORI-K 6/30/2013 10:40AM

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CONGRATULATIONS!!! I love hearing that someone else has quit smoking! So proud of you!
I quit 3 years 10 months ago and it was the best decision I ever made! I had chain smoked for 23 years and had finally broken free of the evil addiction!
We are awesome!
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CHERRY666 6/30/2013 12:32AM

    CONGRATULATIONS!! That's wonderful! You should be so proud of yourself! Quitting is hard, and staying quit for a whole year is excellent! Whoo hoo!

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JANEKGETTINGFIT 6/29/2013 6:06PM

    Good for you, now that is willpower! Keep it up. emoticon emoticon

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SONSHINESUE518 6/29/2013 2:03PM

   
That is absolutely awesome. I quit many years ago, also cold turkey,
and I am so glad to not be a smoker! What a blessing to one's health AND their
pocketbook!! The last time I smoked, a pack of cigarettes was about $1.25, LOL!!

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KMICHA 6/29/2013 12:20PM

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I'M PROUD OF YOU!!!!

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SNIC23 6/29/2013 12:07PM

    I am proud of you, happy for you and in awe of you.

And I'm pretty proud of me, happy for me and in awe of me.

We rock!!! Happy 1 Year Smoke Free!!!

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