Three years ago today I quit smoking.
It was a good decision.
It has not been easy thing to do.
I'm 30 pounds heavier, but smell much better and have much pinker lungs.
As a moderately self-righteous ex-smoker, I often act like I know all the secrets to kicking addictions of every kind, but I think it's pretty obvious that I don't.
But I do know this: You quit doing what you know is bad for you when you are ready to do it. End (and beginning) of story.
Apparently, I'm still ready to stay a non-smoker.
Holly A. Moss says
Congratulations, Cathy! Here’s to another 3 more ++++ of non-smoking! 🙂
You go girl! That is awesome. That was the best decision you could have ever made. Your family is blessed by that decision.
shari (tigsnbitz) says
Congratulations CZ..I hope you keep that drive in you to stay smoke free.
Not only do your family and friends need you, so do we CZ addicts! : )
Keep up the good work, and stay strong.
congrats….i’m on one year this month. i’d done it once before-quit for 10 years! oy vey!
Congratulations!!!! Keep it up…we all want you to live a very long life 🙂
YAY for you!!
I quit five years ago (soon) after reading the Allen Carr-book. It is amazing. It really REALLY helped. I have never ever felt like a cigarette since. Not even once.
So… If ever in doubt – find it and read it.
You’re doing GOOD!!
Alli Paterson says
congratulations!!!! you have done a super job
I have just passed my 10 year anniversary
You rock Cathy! Keep it going girl!
That is awesome. I quit smoking 20 years ago…after a lot of quitting and “thinking” I could just have one cigarette at the bar with friends. It doesn’t work that way for me. You go…and keep on going! Excellent! I also just realized that I came across your blog long enough ago to remember when you quit smoking. Crazy!
GREAT JOB! I quit almost 3 years ago, myself. Damn, it was the hardest thing I ever did! Cheers!
~ Kim says
Congratulations! Just over 6 mths smoke free here and I gained about 30 pounds too! UG! And that’s not counting the 15 or so I needed to lose before I quit! Some days I still miss it …. especially during fights with my sometimes-not-so-dear-hubby! I’m guessing that will eventually pass…and slowly but surely I’m working on losing what I gained.
Congrats again! And happy St. Patty’s Day!!
Angela Walthall says
Congratulations CZ! You are awesome at everything you do!
Congratulations on being smoke free for 3 years now!!! You are right..you quit when you are ready for you to quit!!
I’m happy to say I’ve been a non-smoker now for 20 years now!! Best decision I ever made for myself!
you go girl!!
not a smoker myself, but my mom quit after 44 years of smoking 4 packs a day! she’s been clear for 22 years now, and i’m so proud of her!
remember moments says
Julie Mitchell from Montréal, Canada says
Go YOU. I can imagine how hard quitting can be. I have a hard time quitting the cookies!!
Congrats Cathy! Not only are your lungs pinker – your kids lungs are happier too! Keep up the good work!
Jan Connair says
For me, it’s caffeinated tea, which gives me migraines, but which I am drinking right this minute (after having successfully given it up for several months). Well, I haven’t actually taken the first sip yet. Should I go toss it down the drain?
That’s wonderful Cathy….
Congrats on your smokeless anniversary 🙂
I quit 17 yrs ago and to this day when I am really stressed, I still think about how good it would taste, but 99.9% of the time I think of how disgusting it would taste. lol
Stephanie S., VA says
debbi hyden says
Congratulations!! its a big accomplishment! i quit 11 1/2 years ago and it really was one of the hardest and best things i’ve done for myself. But well worth it.
One day at a time… Here’s to another 3 yrs smoke free 🙂
Congrats CZ – I quit 18 monthe, 30 lbs. heavier, but THE BEST thing I have done!!!
Congrats – It’s one of the hardest things to accomplish!! I am almost 3.5 years myself and also 30 pds heavier…is that some kind of evil, magic number??!!
YES – go you! Keep it up, sister, we are here for you!!! ~TanyaS
sue Treiber says
congrats to you and your pink lungs 🙂
Katie Scott says
Yay for you!
I was an occasional smoker in college & law school but have been 99% quit since 1995 (smoking only in the “M” states – Maine, Massachusetts & Missouri – although its been so long that if I try to have one now it burns my throat and I actually don’t like them anymore).
You go girl. I am 1 1/2 years smoke free and also 30 pounds heavier. LOL Weight Watchers and I are great pals these days.
Way to go. You are an inspiration.
ronni H says
I am another ex-smoker… 8 months, 2 weeks, and 3 days, with an extra 15 lbs to show for it. But I feel great! Congrats Cathy! =]
Congratulations! Way to go 🙂
Melissa LaFavers says
Good for you, Cathy. I’m glad you’re healthier and happier. But smelling better? Yeah, that’s the best reason of all, am I wrong? ; )
huzzah! pink lungs make everyone happy!
Jennifer M. says
Good for you!
Congrats Cathy – so proud of you. My mom quit when I went to college in 1998 – says she still wants one every day.
You ROCK Cathy! What more can I say?
Cathy, congratulations. I know it’s not an easy thing at all but it’s so, SO worth it.
Way to go Cathy!!!!
Amy Louise says
YES!! Go you!!!!!
I work in Mental Health & Addictions and it is true – it is less difficult to quit Heroin than smoking – so pat yourself on the back! You are an amazing person!!
Nancy Hyland says
Congratulations!!! That is amazing and a daily battle I am sure.
way to go, cathy!
As a nurse who works in a radiation oncology treatment center, I applaud your decision to quit smoking and really applaud your continued smoke-free status. You go, girl!!!!
Great for you!!! Here’s to more smoke-free years!! And I love you honesty and the fact that you don’t claim to know the way to quit (fill in bad habit here).
WAY TO GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Congrats! It gives me hope to know that someone had done something real hard and I might be able to do something hard too.
just so darn proud!
Congratulations! That’s HUGE!!
Rock on Sister! 7.5 years and 25lbs here but you can loose the weight, you can’t get new lungs. Am I correct that you quit on St. Patrick’s Day? Most people go the other way…
Congrats! Quite an amazing accomplishment.
Tracy Johnson says
Congrats! I quit about 20 years ago, and weight much more than I used to (varies from 15-40 lbs!), but I say it’s healthier to be overweight than a smoker. Plus we smell better and have more money. Well, maybe not more money in hand, but more money to spend on other things, ie scrapbook and stamp supplies! Keep up the good work no not smoking. I won’t ever go back, becasue quitting was the hardest thing I’ve ever done, including giving birth and dieting.
Michelle Giaimo says
that i great, quitting smoking is the best gift you can give your family. I know because I care for my mom who has COPD.
Sandi Malloy says
Quitting for my BD was my best self-given present ever! 21 years later I’m still thankful that I finally did it. You go girl! You have great reason to be proud.
Great job, Cathy! If I lived on your street I would bring you a giant bouquet of flowers. And some brownies. And maybe a beer.
Way to go!!
Nicky H says
Congratulations! That’s awesome!
11 1/2 years for me as well!! august 17th…
Jessica Stoops says
Congrats Cathy on this HUGE accomplishment!
Congrats and good for you! My hubby wants to try and quit again this month. He wants to, I really don’t. So, it’s kind of a struggle of feelings and what is going to win out. They have raised the prices of cigs so bad now, I shouldn’t need too much more incentive! LOL!
YAY YOU! Congratulations Cathy!
Congratulations! What an accomplishment!
Congrats on the huge milestone. I don’t smoke but my mom does. I’ve watched her try to quit a number of times. It’s so hard. You should be so proud of yourself! I’m sure your family is!
Joni Arcocha says
Congrats on the 3 years!!! I agree…it is one of the best things you could do for yourself and your family!!!! This year will be 21 for me.
WTG, Cathy. Seventeen years for me, but I won’t tell you how many pounds ago that was, lol.
MNScrapbookmom - Kyra says
Cathy, July 2nd marks my 4th year of being smoke free. It is an accomplishment that I am so proud of everyday. Congratulations on your 3rd year, as each day is a milestone!!! Kyra¥
You are awesome; Congratulations!
Mostly because now you’re going to live longer and I can read your blog longer. Which equals…
janis m says
yeaaaaa for you, Cathy! what else is there to say? 🙂
Yay for you! Alot of hard work involved with this but so happy you pulled it off. Next time I have a glass of wine, I’ll toast to your three years and then to three more!
May you enjoy many more smoke-free years.
Jeannette P says
That is an amazing feat to quit smoking & not turn back. I applaud you!!!! Great job!
Enjoy breathing better, smelling better & actually being able to taste good food. The next feat will be to reach your wt loss goal. Good Luck!
Tina Cockburn says
Congrats, my non-stinky friend. Your lungs (and those of others) thank you.
Yep, go you! Well done!
Mary Kate says
Congratulations! That is no small thing.
GO YOU! Congratulations!!
Deb Jones says
Congratulations! Great job! I’m proud of you.
emily ruth says
that’s awesome! great job! i’m hoping this starts happening for me & food soon…no joking, i need to be ready to kick it out (or up or in or something)
Ami Pilon says
I too gained way too much weight after quitting. For the last two years I have been walking a mile a day (four times around our condo complex) five days a week and lost 30 pounds. It takes time, but I now miss walking if I let it go for more than one or two days. My new habit is way better than the old one. Congratulations.
Woo hoo! Congratulations.
melissa cavanaugh says
YEAH Cathy! Congrats on your big anniversary!
Carol in SLC says
BIG congratulations, Cathy! I know what an accomplishment it is, finally succeeding myself after many, many attempts (now 22 years smoke-free). I attended a medical lecture once where the speaker said nicotine is more addictive than heroin – I believe it. You’re awesome – keep it up!
Rhonda P says
Congrats Ms Z! Definitely something to be proud of. It’s hard sometimes. Me, I’m going on 8 years. Am also 30 pounds heavier. If I can do it, you can too!!!
Traci Gann says
WOOHOO Ms Z! Congratulations to you, and we’re happy you’ll be around for many more years as a result!
Laura Melohn says
Good job Cathy!
Good Job Cathy!
Cathy! Great job on the quitiversary!
I’m really excited about the “anyone can write a little” workshop, but could you give us a hint about how much it’s going to cost? I really want to do it, but I have to start planning now…
Congrats on being free of cancer sticks for three years! There is and should be no looking back. You can always work on the weight gain when you are ready to. Just think how much better off you are not be poisoning yourself anymore with smoke! Yippee!
I am so proud of you! And glad that we’ll be blessed enough to enjoy more of your blog posts and classes. lol…
you GO girl! I can’t believe that was three years ago. You’re my hero.
Go you! That rocks.
Lisa Cole says
wow – I’m PROUD of you! I lost my dad to lung cancer (45 years as a smoker) 23 years ago, I still haven’t gotten over it. I always applaud people who can kick the habit.
Awesome job!!!!!! I am very proud of you! I am sure everyone around you is so thankful too! Keep up the great job!
Madeline St Onge says
I am right there with you but it has only been a little over 4 months for me this time, but I am also 30lbs heavier and I hate that part of it.
Congratulations on the 3 years Cathy. Go you is right
To your “I do know this” statement – Amen!!! Congrats to you. The end of May will be 6 years for me and every once in a while – I still want a cigarette. Yes, I am fatter, but I do feel better and smell better. Yay for us!!!
Cathy, that’s AWESOME. Congratulations on three years… here’s to many, many more! 🙂
so true; that’s what happened w/ weight for me–I was just “ready” no reason or answers to how I got “ready”; Congrats Cathy–addictions of any kind are horrible to kick and sustain; you should be very proud of yourself
Nathalie (famille1999) says
Congratulations Cathy!!! Good for you and keep it up! =)
Brava! Keep up the good work!
Way to go!! I remember when you quit… it’s been 3 years – wow!! Go girl!!!
Congrats Cathy! My husband is also at 3 years since he quit. He said it was by far the hardest thing that he has ever quit. Of course he also gave up drinking to be healthier, then smoking, and then gained 40 or so pounds. He said he still has some cravings but then all he has to do is stand by one of his friends that smoke and he is glad that he quit…he said the smell is gross! Once again, Congrats!
Cheryl Hinton says
My Dh quit last July. SO proud of Both of you.
YOU GO GIRL!!!! That is huge!! Good for you.
Linda J says
Shelley F. says
Congrats, Cathy! 3 years and counting!!
Sonia A. Mascaro says
That’s AWESOME! Congratulations!!
Hey Cathy you are my hero:) I wish I was there at the quitting point. I think about it everyday, but still have this attachment. Ugh.
YOU GO GIRL!!! You should be so proud–quitting is an amazing feat!. I am an RN in the ER and I see, on a daily basis, how smoking absolutely ruin the health of not just the smoker but the small (often asthmatic ) children of the smoker.
I feel if you can quit this terribly addictive habit you can do ANYTHING! Whooohoooo–sure hope your wings are not getting tired yet!
Bheng Tria says
Congratulations for having the courage to do this for 3 years now.. but will it really put more weight if u quit smoking? I’m a smoker for almost 20 years now but not an addict. I can go through a whole week without smoking, provided i don’t have to drink ’cause i couldn’t help smoking while drinking.. anyways, i’m, i think, 20 lbs. overweight and i’m thinking again, should i decide to quit smoking, does it mean i’d put on more weight?????? gosh..