NOT! But I am smokin' HOT... because I'm NOT... not smokin'.
Tomorrow marks 20 months, to the day, since I smoked my last cigarette. I was going to link to The Very Day, but the whole month is pretty much it -- Who, What, Why, Where, When and How. (One of these days, I'll get all those posts linked to the "smoking" category, but March of '05 is where it starts.) That's over 600 days without, more than 12,000 cigarettes not smoked -- OMG, do you believe that number? In the twelves of THOUSANDS? Holy crap!! It's also over $2,000 saved -- how about THAT number? In the twos of THOUSANDS? All I need do is look at that and any guilt I may have about spending money on knitting classes, flying to fiber fests, buying books and yarn... gone. Totally gone. The money saved is now far outpacing any money spent, including all the early, at-the-time-not-yet-earned rewards (I guess you could call those incentives). More importantly, because I quit smoking, I have "saved" over 3 months of my life -- that much more time to use the books and fiber that the money can buy -- and it's a number that continues to grow with all the others. I wasn't smokin' like a chimney, either, folks; I smoked about a pack a day -- your mileage may vary.
I used QuitNet and QuitAssist, nicotine patches, and a little assistance from my health care provider -- in fact, they reimbursed me the cost of the patches after only a few months quit. I did a lot of planning ahead, too.
Mostly, though, it was Ann (it was her bright idea in the first place!), Cara, my sister, my brother-in-law, support from all of you in blogland (the inspiration and support in the comments of some of those early posts -- phenomenal), my family, of course...
I'm not one of those ex-smokers, but I am proud of my accomplishment and deserve the right to crow about it now and then. I'm SO proud of Ann and my sister and Lesli -- Lesli, who (my eyes are filling up right now) says that I was her inspiration to quit smoking and who credits the quit with her ability to become pregnant after SEVEN years of trying and who recently gave birth to a healthy, beautiful baby girl, whom I affectionately call "my fairy blogchild." I am SO proud of you, Lesli, and so incredibly happy for you!
Anyway, my quitting smoking will forever be tied to wide world of knit-blogging. I probably could have done it without you, but I don't know if I would have... Thank you. (Soapbox now getting the boot...)