This time last year, i was going through a strong time testing my willpower, and it was probably one of the most daunting things i've ever done.
You see, I'll be 26 this year. I started smoking when i was 16, and had been smoking roughly 20 a day for 9 years. I didn't particularly like smoking, but it was a nice social tool. It helped when I was at college, it helped when I was at work, and it helped when I was with friends, but it stunk, and generally, i'd wake up with a mouth that felt so dry, it'd resemble the bottom of a bird cage!
I am also rather built. Not through muscle you understand, but fat. I weight about 16st, and am generally overweight. Not quite obese, but getting there, however, noone ever thinks i weigh as much as i do! Anywho, another reason i wanted to give up smoking was for my health. I was already putting strain on my heart and stuff through being over-weight, but smoking was just adding to the problems!
And the final problem was the cost. When i gave up smoking, i was paying £4.35 for a pack of 20 fags, and they were the cheaper 'sovereign' variety. But smoking 20 a day at £4.35 would equal about £30 a week, or £120 a month, and obviously, over a year, that'd be £1,587.75! That shocked me!
If i gave up smoking, within a year, the money i would of saved on smoking would of paid off my credit card!
So i mentioned to Helena (my girflriend) that I was thinking of giving up smoking. She said 'Good for you, but you'll never do it'. And being the competitive man I am, I set out to prove her wrong. I said "Right. May 16th is the day i'll give up".
And i did. I remember that May 16th 2006 was a Monday, so the Sunday before was the last day i would be smoking. I remember driving back from Eastbourne with 2 fags left in my box. I had one whilst driving, and then had my final cigerette on my balcony when i got home.
After a week, i felt so proud of myself, and so was Helena. She then said "you'll never keep it up! I bet your smoking within a month".
Again, being the competitive man I am, i thought 'I'll show her!'
A month went by, and again, i gloated at the fact that i'd proven Helena wrong again. So she turned to me and said "I bet you wont keep it up for a year!".
And here we are. One year on, and i've not had a cigarette since I gave up! And thanks to my 'Quitomzilla' extension on Firefox, i can reveal several stats about my giving up, which are:
- If i had been smoking, i would of smoked roughly 7,300 cigarettes in the past year.
- I've saved £1,590, however this isn't accurate, as the price of cigarettes have since gone up several times, so i've saved more!
- I've been smoke free for 1 Year, 13 hours & 50 minutes.
I'm so proud of myself for doing it. I used nicorette gum to help me through the withdrawel symptoms, but after a week or so, i no longer needed the gum!
Looking back on it, when Helena was telling me she didn't think i could give up, i felt a bit bad because i thought she thought i couldn't do it because i wasn't strong enough. However, i know realise that Helena knew about my competitive streak, and the fact that i like proving people wrong, so she was just saying those things to encourage me to give up!
So thank you Helena & everyone for the support!
If you smoke, i'd urge you to give up! It's great! Oh, and it's true what they say, the ex-smokers are the worst for moaning about smokers lol!