i am so proud of you!!!!!
i smoked for 16 years 1-2 packs per day. i can say that quitting smoking is the one thing i am most proud of... even more than making it through nursing school! i know now that my chances of living a healthy life is much better! my mom smoked for almost 30 years and although she doesn't have lung cancer, she does have emphysema and must use inhalers three times a day. her ability to do physical things is very limited and she says she could kick her self every day for smoking. i love her dearly but never want to be living my life in my old age as she is having to do now. i've learned from her life lesson!
besides feeling so much healthier, i no longer feel like a slave to the cigarettes! i can remember not being able to leave the house, or anywhere for that matter without having to ask myself, "where are my cigarettes and lighter?" and of course had to have a pocket or purse to carry them in. i also remember a few cold, rainy nights where i realized i only had 2 cigarettes in the house... if i wanted to smoke one before going to sleep and then have one in the morning that meant i'd have to get up early and go buy cigarrettes or go get them in the cold, rainy night. yep, you guessed it, i went out and got wet and cold to have the darn ciggs handy! it's a small thing, but the relief of not having to waste time counting how many i had left in my pack, and not having to concern myself if i had my ciggarettes and lighter with me is unmeasurable!
i know a good portion of us are married or dating, but i do remember overhearing some good looking guys once in a restaurant saying something about two pretty women across the room... one said to the other, "sure she's pretty, but look, she smokes. yuk!" obviously being a smoker put the girl out of the running for a date with this handsome, healthy guy. i have often wondered how many great guys passed over me as the years went by... hummmm... sigh....
congratulations again!!! keep up the good work!!!
i'd also suggest to try to not count the weeks, days, months, etc. so much because, if you are like me, you'll think subconsciously, "well it's been _______ (amount of time) so i should be able to reward myself with just one now." big mistake! smoking is an addiction like, if not worse than, any other! just one is all it takes to ruin all you've done! it happened to me and i ended up smoking for 6 months until i finally quit for good.
instead try saying to yourself, "i'm a non-smoker." that one works really well.
i too can't remember how long it's been since i smoked. i think it was in 1993 or 1994. isn't that a hoot?!!
keep up the good work. sounds like you are a success story already!