Stopping smoking hasn't always been smooth sailing for me. I had quit before, only to slip back into the habit after trying just one cigarette. It's like I said to myself, "That was that," and before I knew it, I was back to smoking at least 15 roll-ups daily. But this time around, things are different. I'm on a mission to quit for good, and my motivation is unique – I want to make it 100 years old. Quite a lofty goal for an 87-year-old, but I'm determined.
Without fail, I've been showing up for face-to-face sessions every week, rain or shine. I even took the bus once when my car broke down. That's how serious I am about this.
To keep myself motivated, I've started jotting down my carbon monoxide readings on the calendar for each week I'm smoke-free. Seeing those numbers drop is a constant reminder of my progress. And let me tell you, it adds up! By Christmas, I'll have saved £1000. I've been treating myself to little rewards along the way – got myself some new boots and indulged in a cake or two from the community centre's café after each clinic visit.
Now, my real passion is my model railway. The money I used to spend on smoking is now going into expanding my collection of trains. It brings me so much joy, and I'm proud of how far I've come.
Beyond the financial benefits, my health has seen a significant improvement. My legs no longer swell, and I can wear my "smart leather shoes" instead of the soft ones I used to wear because of the swelling.
My daughter and son-in-law are super proud of me, and my ultimate goal? To buy a new bike on my 100th birthday. I truly believe it's never too late to quit smoking. If I can do it, anyone can.