Quitting Smoking: 9 Months

It is that time again to brag a little and let me ego grow just a little bit more. I am officially 9 months smoke free as of today! It is quite the accomplishment for me and for others who are also doing the same as me. Maybe today is only 3 months for you or maybe it’s just 24 hours. No matter how long you’ve been at quitting the habit, you already accomplishment so much the moment you decided to cut smoking out of your life.

I want to say that a few days ago I almost caved and smoked away nearly 9 months of being smoke free. Thankfully, I didn’t smoke and stayed strong during a night of drunkenness. I may have stayed away from smoking that night while under the influence of many beers, however, I did discover I cannot fit inside a standard kitchen oven. It must have been the environment, the smell, and the booze that was triggering all those old feelings back. I wandered outside to mingle with the people I am meeting for the first time. They are drinking, smoking, and having a great time. How I missed those days. I so wanted to bum a cigarette and take a nice puff just for the sole purpose of reliving that memory and nicotine flavor just one more time. If I did end up smoking, I am sure (100% sure) that it wouldn’t have been just a puff or a single cigarette. I would be smoking again and all this glory of kicking a nasty habit would be no more. It will take be back to square one  and void all the bragging rights I had.

I am surprised that I almost smoked the other night. I have gone out drinking before and never had the urge to light up like I did the other night. The urges are still here after nine months of not smoking. I still crave a smoke but not like the other night. I’ve said it before that the craving usually last but a couple of seconds on then they are gone. I know I can’t smoke and know that I won’t. I just feel like a smoke and then the feeling for it disappears. No attacks and no anger issues over being denied the nicotine. Smoking will not only ruin the 9 months I’ve already put in, it will also put a stop to running. I can run and smoke but that’ll not be a good idea. Running took the place of the smoking and I rather keep running than go back to smoking because I actually get something out of running. I guess I do get something out of smoking and I still don’t want a hole in my throat.

I am pleased that I reached 9 months of being smoke free. I am happy that I didn’t smoke that night. I don’t know what I would have done had I lit up. I was sure that it was getting easier and all those heavy cravings were gone. I was hoping that this would turn into a cake walk and I would never have to worry about someone lighting up around me without me sucking in the fumes around them. I guess this is a lesson to other people aiming to quit. It’ll still be challenging. I learned that the hard way. I can only hope that night will only be a one time thing and I will never crave a smoke that bad again.

I’ll only be returning to the smoking update one more time. You will know if I hit a year. But you are still welcome to chime in and let me know how you’re doing. I would love to know if others have quit smoking and how long it has been for them. I never thought I would be able to say that I haven’t smoke in 9 months. I will even be more ecstatic to tell people a year. It’s 3 months from now and that will go by quick. Let me know below how you’ve been doing so far. Are you still smoking? You still holding strong? How long has it been? Drop a comment below. I’d love to hear your story and why you decided to quit. It’s hard but we’ll all make it. Good luck and I wish you all the best.

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  • saurabh

    Hi pitweston,
    Thanks a lot for the post.I am also a runner and struggling with smoking for last 1 year (Before that I was a happy smoker and thought I could quit whenever I wanted to). Your posts on smoking are helping me to try a quit again.thx.

    Cheers,
    Saurabh

    • http://pitweston.com/ Pit Weston

      Hey Saurabh,
      Sorry I didn’t reply sooner. Congrats on the running! I have been slacking on it for a while now but I am planning on getting motivated again to do it. I hope you get to the point where you don’t need cigarettes anymore. I am happy that I quit and I don’t see myself ever going back. I feel much healthier now.

      Good luck and let me know how it all turns out.

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  • Vicky

    Hi,
    Its been 9 months for me. I know how challenging it is to stay smoke free. Any regular smoker who quits even for a month should be proud of himself. People who have never smoked wont understand the quitting pain and process. Be proud of yourself and live smoke free life in future.

  • Patty

    Hello I have 9 months smoke free also! Can’t believe I finally did it. It really wasn’t that hard. My two
    teens harassed me for years (God bless them) then one day I realized that I had to be a role model
    for them and not smoke. How could I tell them not to smoke if I am smoking??!! Duh?!
    Good luck to all quitters By the way, I had smoked for 40years. What a waste of money!