As some of you know I quit smoking by taking Chantix.Â The journey to become a non-smoker was a mixture of feelings.Â Sometimes it was so hard.Â I felt like I was truly making a huge sacrifice by giving up my crutch and best friend.Â I resented the fact that I could no longer smoke.Â I was jealous of those who were still smoking.
Most of the time, it has been wonderful.Â I am very happy that I am no longer a slave to cigarrettes.Â I feel like I have aquired some type of a new freedom.Â It no longer matters if I spend the day in a park that doesn't allow smoking.Â It's a great feeling.Â I feel healthier than I have felt in a long time.Â No more waking up with a cough or sore chest.
I quit 68 days ago.Â Now I'm at a point where I am running out of the Chantix.Â My insurance doesn't cover it and it costs $125 a month.Â It has been money well spent, an investment in my health that has already paid for itself.Â I feel pretty confident in my quit at this point so I have decided not to refill my prescription for another month.Â I'm nervous, what happens if I cave?Â But, I know that I can do it.Â I have about 10 pills left.Â I'm going to split them in half to withdraw gently from the medication.Â Wish me luck, Gatherites!!!
For anyone interested, I have found a few very helpful resources that have made a huge difference in my quit.Â The first is QuitNet.com.Â It's like a support forum for people who are quitting smoking.Â There is always someone around who knows exactly what you are going through at any given moment.Â It also keeps track of how far you've come.Â For example, these are my stats today:
67 days, 4 hours, 43 minutes and 11 seconds smoke free.Â 2016 cigarettes not smoked.Â $402.00 and 15 days, 9 hours of your life saved.
It gives me motivation to watch the numbers climb.Â I sure don't want to see all zeros there again!!!
The second is quitsmokingonline.com.Â It's a free online course that helps you change your mentality.Â It's an interesting read.