Another "quit" anniversary
Monday, September 26, 2011
Your Quit Date is: Thursday, March 26, 2009 at 9:30:00 PM
Test Time Smoke-Free: 913 days, 7 hours, 31 minutes and 40 seconds
Cigarettes NOT smoked: 18266
Lifetime Saved: 4 months, 19 days, 12 hours
Money Saved: $3,199.00
Well, I received another "quit" anniversary e-mail...every time I do I think about different aspects of me quitting smoking, and how things have changed since then. I noticed today that it says "Lifetime Saved: 4 months, 19 days, 12 hours", but I think that is low. Here is my reasoning. When I smoked, I used to drink heavy amounts of Dr. Pepper (we are talking at least a six pack a day, if not more). I did this to help mask the cigarette taste...really...water was too bland; it didn't hide the cigarette taste. So to start my day, I would grab a soda and light up. Yummy, what a great breakfast (oh yea, that was my breakfast - I might add in a bag of Lays potato chips for substance...really).
So, how did quitting add more than 4 months, 19 days, and 12 hours back into my life? Well, I'll tell you...I don't drink much soda anymore. I actually didn't drink any at all until I got pregnant, and a little carbonation helps with my morning sickness. So for over a year, no soda at all. And breakfast, well I realized that this IS the most important meal of the day, and I don't go a day without eating something for breakfast (this morning, a egg and sausage burrito my husband made for us yesterday for breakfast; I'm having the leftovers). I didn't drink anything but a cup of coffee and then water for almost two years, and now, it's only a sip or two of soda when I feel queasy.
Oh, did I mention the working out part...before I quit, I did the working out routine...you know the one. I'm going to start Monday...woohoo...worked out Monday. Ooohh, they say you should start slow, so I should skip Tuesday, right. Yuck, working late Wednesday, I'll work out tomorrow. Wow, I haven't worked out since Monday; I'll just start fresh next week, on Monday. Since quitting, I can catch my breath so much better, and have made exercise a part of my life. There is no "starting on Monday". It's starting NOW!! And, I know I can push myself a little further than when I smoked because I can fill my lungs with clean air.
So, yes, I probably did add 4 months 19 days and 12 hours onto my life, but with the other changes that just came along after quitting, I'll bet that number is a little higher!