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Today marks the 500th day since I stopped smoking and I couldn't be prouder of myself.
I smoked on / off heavily for 15 years until I made the decision to stop completely. Cold turkey.
Now, after a year and a half, I have completed in a few triathlons including an Ironman only a couple of weeks ago. I'm not sure what is a greater achievement, completing an Ironman or being 500 days cigarette free.
I always kind of remarked that I never regretted all those years smoking - but, these days, I am beginning to regret it. If only I had made a better effort earlier in life to stop, I would be much better off now.
I remove myself from all situation where I might find myself in trouble and just focus on getting out there and enjoying life and the demands that triathlon training brings.
I don't even have time for a cigarette now, let alone, want a cigarette...and that is one of the best feelings ever.
My advice to those is to focus on something worthwhile, knowing if you slip up in the slightest, you will be extremely disappointed in yourself. The fear of disappointing me and my family and the thought of how it could impact my training, keeps me going.
I hope this might be useful to someone, even if one person starts to think about quitting because of what I wrote, then that is a step in the right direction.
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