Friday, May 15, 2009

One year ago today

I quit smoking. It has been a long, hard road and honestly I never thought I would make it. In the beginning I thought about smoking ALL. THE. TIME!! I wanted to give in but my wonderful husband, who quit a month before me *for* me, was such a great support system. He didn't really want to quit but did because he knew that I reallllly wanted to. I loved smoking, it was me.....but I love living more. As someone who lost a parent at a young age, I wanted to be there for M when she got married and to see all of her important life things. I just had to keep that in my mind. I even got morbid and cut out obits from the paper of young people who died of cancer.

All that and still in the back of my mind I didn't think I could do it. There are still some times that I think about smoking and miss it. I did it for about 15 yrs. It was part of me. I mainly miss it when I get stressed out and need a break. I miss it at work recently because if you don't smoke you don't really take a break. I have started to *make* myself take a break and go outside and walk around a bit.

Anyone who is struggling with quitting or have thought about it.......you can do it.
Really, you can!!

12 comments:

Ashley said...

Wow thats awesome. COngratulations. :)

Lisha said...

Congrats girl. One year is awesome :) I can't wait to read your post in another year when it makes 2 :) Keep it up. I have to ask though..what do you miss about it?? (This is coming from a very non-smoker). It is just so smelly!! I bet you smell better now huh?? lol. Seriously...I am very happy for you and CHEERS to your good health :)

That Girl said...

Lisha, its just the habit of it. If things are stressful with the kids you can step outside and take a breather. (we didnt smoke inside) I can still do those things as a non-smoker but I guess its just the 'action' of smoking. I dont really know.

Its funny because when I was a smoker I thought it stunk and was always self conscious like when I went to Madi's school or something. Now that I quit...there are 2 smokers in my office and sometimes I just want to lick them because I can taste the smoke. its weird!

Jodi said...

Congrats on your one year anniversary smoke free! That is GREAT!!!! The best decision you can make for yourself and your family.

Staci said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!!! I know what a hard road that is! I miss it too! I still do! You are very right it gives you a "break" When the kids were driving me crazy, I snuck outside for 5 minutes had a smoke and came back less stressed! Now, I never gt that 5 minutes of quiet unless they are sleeping!

I too was VERY self conscious about the smell. If I went somewhere kid related I did not smoke before hand (we smoked outside too) I carried ourond lotions etc! Congrats!!! Keep it up!
Staci <3

The Masked Mommy said...

Congratulations! A year from now I want to make a post titled "A Year Ago Today, I Was Fat!" Haha! :-)

~~Mel~~ said...

I am so proud of you girl! You give me inspiration...I'm going to do it!!!

I know I'll miss it too...I often refer to smoking as like a 'best friend'...strange I know...but I kind of feel like I'll lose a little piece of me.

That Girl said...

Mel, I compared it to breaking up with a bf. I will admit that I even cried at times because I wanted it and I missed it.

Just Me said...

Wow! That is quite a big accomplishment! Good Job!

Schmoochiepoo said...

WOW! Congrats on a year of no smoking!!!
I quit smoking at least once every 6 months and never make it past a week or two. Maybe one day I'll do it.

Baseball Mom said...

That is so awesome! You should be so proud. :) You Go!

akeorlando said...

How did you do it? Did you just quit cold turkey or did you use something to help you?