Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Today I Celebrate Ten Glorious Years...

...of being smoke-free!

I bet you weren't expecting that, huh? And I bet some of you are really surprised that I was ever a smoker to being with. But I was. For many years.

There was a time when smoking was very popular, even encouraged. It was socially acceptable and people smoked everywhere. During my teen years you were more likely to take up smoking than not. And having spent the majority of my life (so far) in a province with the highest rate of smokers, your chances skyrocketed. So I foolishly joined the crowd, became addicted and ended up regretting it.


But ten years ago today, I decided I'd had enough. I kicked the smoking habit to the curb and have never looked back since. It was one of the best decisions I've ever made in my life.

Ten glorious smoke-free years. Yay, me!

50 comments:

  1. Congratulations! I gave up smoking - I can't remember which year now, but it was on my birthday. It wasn't easy, but being smoke-free was my birthday present to myself. Well done you!

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    1. For some reason, the comment option was not showing, so I'm replying to another comment so I can comment! :-) Congratulations to you and to all those who have kicked the habit. I know it's not easy, but it's so good for your health.

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    2. This comment issue happens to me all the time on this particular blog, but I find if I click reply on another comment, the normal comment option box appears down the bottom.

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    3. Good for you, Sarah! Yes, it isn't easy, but definitely worth it.

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    4. Natalie, you are right; there are ways around this commenting problem but some people don't know about it. I considered changing my commenting style but don't like the other options since I enjoy replying to each person individually.

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    5. Thanks, Tina! I'm one of many who have finally kicked this habit.

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  2. Congratulations, Martha. You are doing great. Keep it up.

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    1. Thanks. I am definitely going to stay on this path!

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  3. Kudos! Take a deep breath and appreciate that you can! Part of the reward for kicking it!

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  4. Congratulations!!!! A wonderful achievement to be celebrating for 10 years!!! I worked for a doctor once who said the best gift someone could give themselves was to stop smoking if they were a smoker, so indeed a great gift you bestowed upon your body with being smoke free!!!

    betty

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    1. This is definitely the best gift you can gift yourself.

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  5. Congrats Martha it could not have been easy!

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    1. Thank you! No, it wasn't easy. But it was a great thing to do!

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  6. It killed my dad, but my mom quit, then started again briefly, then quit again.

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    1. It's not easy to quit and many people quit many times. And start up again many times.

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  7. Congrats ! It has been 2 years for Papa and I this February to and we don't miss it at all . It wasn't easy but well worth it !

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  8. That is awesome. Truly awesome! Smoking killed both of my parents so I applaud you!

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    1. I'm so sorry to hear that about your parents. I lost a friend and a cousin to this.

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  9. You are to be commended. I never smoked but my husband did. He quit in 1969. My brother had a client who told him that quitting smoking was harder for him than getting off heroin; the man did both.

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    1. Thank you! Yes, it is difficult to quit. Smoking is so addictive.

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  10. I think that deserves something like a trip to somewhere exotic. Think of all the money you have saved. And of course the health benefits will last forever. Congratulations, Martha!

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    1. A trip to somewhere exotic sounds wonderful! I'll have to think about that. Maybe after we've sold the house and settled into a new one.

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  11. Congratulations. I was lucky because smoking always gave me a terrible headache and cough.

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    1. Lucky you! It's best to never have picked up this habit.

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  12. Well done. Giving up any kind of addiction is a true test of strength!! -Jenn

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    1. Thanks! I am very proud of this. But I do wish I'd never started!

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  13. YES! Yeah you! That is quite an accomplishment, Martha!
    I smoked from ages 16 to 20. I never liked it but I guess I was hooked as well. One day I threw away a whole pack and that was it!

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    1. Bravo, Jim! You quit before it got a true hold on you.

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  14. Congrats on being smoke free for 10 years!

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  15. I'm glad for you! Congrats on 10 years!!

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    1. Thank you, Bethany! It is quite an accomplishment. Thankfully it's not socially acceptable anymore!

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  16. Yay you! Congratulations on being smoke free. Quitting smoking was one of the hardest things I ever did.

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    1. Thank goodness you did quit! Something to be proud of.

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  17. Ahh such a great decision Martha!

    I grew up in a house of early morning smoke wafting across the breakfast table. I was always fanning the smoke away from me. Is it true that smoke always travels to that one person who eventually ends up with an allergy or an immune deficiency ~ in my case yes.
    So bravo to you and keep those bloody smokes at bay, far far away!!!

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    1. I'm very happy this is over and done with. I'm NEVER going back to that again.

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  18. Congratulations. quitting was so difficult for me so I always admire people who have beat the craving. I must say though, even after 35 years there are times ...

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    1. That is pretty common but thankfully I've never had a craving. I think it's because I grew to resent cigaretted so much!

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  19. Good for you, Martha! It's a real testament to your willpower and determination that you've been a non-smoker for 10 years!

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    1. Thanks, Debra. I don't take this lightly. It's a challenge to quit, and that's why I'm very sympathetic to others trying to do the same.

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  20. Glad you quit, Martha! It is so hard for some people. I have a friend who quit recently and she is staying with it. I am praying for her!

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    1. Good luck to her, Nancy! I hope she sticks with it. It's not easy but she'll be so happy she did it!

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