knitnana: One Year Ago Today...

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Tuesday, February 22, 2005

One Year Ago Today...

After 28 years of smoking, I put down my cigarettes for good. It wasn't simple, it wasn't a firm, angry, I will do this. I just decided to try. I'd found an on-line support group that appealed to me at I pretty much lived there for a month. Then gradually spent less and less time there. During the past year, there've been plenty of times I thought about smoking, even wanted a cigarette. Times leaving doctor's offices with less than pleasant news, times of boredom, times of worry. But every time I thought, "I need a cigarette" I just as quickly turned my head around and said "What? Me? I don't smoke anymore." And that was that. Today it's been a full year.

It was the best decision I've ever made for myself. It's a decision I make every day, when I get up and say Not One Puff Ever - the quitnet mantra - N.O.P.E., N.O.P.E., N.O.P.E.!

And while the quitnet has tracked and calculated all the cigarettes I've not smoked, the lifetime I've saved by not lighting up, and the money I've saved from not running to the store (every day), I have to admit that I transferred my addictions, like most obsessive people I know...

Now I'm addicted to fabric and fibers...I sew and I knit. Now instead of relaxing on the balcony with a cigarette (I always smoked outside), I relax behind the sewing machine, or in the comfy chair with my knitting. It's much, much more pleasant. I have a new sewing business, and many, many new knitting friends.

I like my life much more now...So if smoking is something you've been thinking of ridding your life of...think of (or the Q as it's affectionately known). Just click on the little red-haired guy in my Sites of My Heart section. Then just think of all the yarn you can buy with your savings - mine as of today was $1281.00 and that's a lot of fiber!!


Blogger Sue said...

Congratulations! I quit smoking about 30 years ago and there are still times when I think I would like one. But I would never have one again. Keep it up!

11:39 PM  
Blogger Kitt said...

Congratulations again Sallee! You need to go out and some fabric, buy some yarn, buy a wheel even!

12:22 AM  
Blogger nikyie said...

Congratulations!!! I think you ROCK!! Reading your post gave me hope that one day my mom can quit smoking... I am translating your entry for her (she doesn't read english)to show her that it can be done... and how much money she can save in one year!!! God bless you

2:41 AM  
Blogger Melanie said...

To quit smoking is the hardest most amazing thing a person can do (in my opinion.) I have LOTS of respect for you. Congratulations!

7:55 AM  
Blogger me myself and i said...

Good luck! You can do it! I will never forget when my mom quit smoking cold turkey. My daughter asked her to quit so my mom would be able to go to her wedding when my daughter grew up. My mom quit that day!

9:03 AM  
Blogger Wandering Mind said...

This brought a lump to my throat and I am very happy for you. Imagine all that money and you saved and YOUR LIFE!
Mesa, AZ

6:10 PM  
Blogger Kim in Oregon said...

Congrats on your great achievement!

4:06 PM  
Blogger KnitNana said...

Thank you all...I think it's the most important thing I've ever done in my life. I wish every smoker could quit as easily as I did this (last) time! A year of freedom is something I'm very proud of!

10:08 PM  

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