Over 6 years for me! Understanding why I was smoking made a huge difference for me. Also, I re-defined myself as a non-smoker right away, which helped. I found that thinking of myself as a person who does not smoke was really helpful instead of thinking of myself as someone quitting smoking. It's a small but important distinction.
“If I didn't define myself for myself, I would be crunched into other people's fantasies for me and eaten alive.” --Audre Lorde
Congrats! My dad quit smoking before I was born, just cold turkey, and still says it was hard but the best thing he ever did for himself.
I've got two brothers who smoke - I'd love to hear what it is about the Allen Carr book that has made believers out of so many people!
Congratulations! It's an awesome decision to make!
I tried a ton of times to quit, and then around two years ago I decided to stop trying. I made a deal with myself that I would never more think about trying to quit, but would smoke without feeling bad until I had the right mindset to quit.
It came about half a year later in January 2011 where I one day decided that after smoking the last cigarette in the pack, I was a non-smoker. A couple of days later, I was at a smoky bar and a guy I just met (friend of a friend) teased me by borrowing a cig from a girl, to give to me. I placed it behind my ear, and when I left a good while later she asked if she could have it back, since I wasn't going to use it
Already those days later I felt like a non-smoker because I had made that choice!
Congrats! I will be joining you as a non smoker on October 1st! It is all about mindset!
12 years for me. Met the man I'm still hopelessly in love with and decided I wanted to be with him for a very, very long time. And I knew he was a keeper when he endured all of my withdrawal bs -- from the fetal position to downright nastiness.
You can so do it and will feel worlds better!
I quit when I found out I was pregnant (wasn't planning on it), but "I did it, I did it, and you can do it too!" [set to music]. You'll have some hard days, but keep up your determination and before you know it you won't be thinking about it anymore.
Female, age 51, 5' 9"
SW - 183 (Jan 22, 2012), CW - 159, GW - healthy.
Met my 2012 goals by losing 24 pounds.
2013 goals are to get fit and strong!
Congratulations on one of the best decisions you will ever make. I watched my grandmother die of lung cancer when I was a little kid and it had a profound effect on me. Not a good way to go.
You are going to live to see your grandkids grow up. That is awesome.