Today marks 23 months that I quit cold turkey. The one regret I have is that I waited so long to quit in the first place. Better yet, I regret that I ever started at all! For me, I still find experiencing things that are stressful and that I haven't endured since quitting to be triggers that try to trick me into thinking that a cigarette would make things better. These triggers/cravings definitely come less frequently as the days/weeks/months/YEARS! go by. And they are no where near as intense as they were for the first 3 days/weeks/months. In the beginning, I was rewarding myself with smaller, more frequent rewards that I could look forward to on a weekly basis. Now that 23 months have gone by, I am rewarding myself with less frequent but more substantive rewards. Examples would be a weekend get-a-way and better quality (more expensive than normal) clothing and outerwear. The quit app indicates I have saved over $10,000 ! One tip I found to be especially helpful was to always have a reward to look forward to. I wish all the quitters the ability to see smoking for what it really is; the ability to overcome and finally the strength to fight the good fight. :)
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