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One year later…. still no ‘Smoke on the water’

November 15, 2018

Just wishful thinking…. my bike from the 80’s

….It has been almost 18,480 days or five and a half decades since I lit up my first cigarette and on November 16th I will recognize 365 days – one year of sobriety since I put my last cigarette out. Most of the time I never think about this decision to stop smoking but there are days when I am keenly aware of my hand reaching over to light one up.

Some have asked was it a miracle drug or some form of psychological therapy that brought about that massive force of will to stamp out a habit that was for decades holding me captive and was ingrained in every action of my daily life, others knowing me better half jokingly asked if it was divine intervention.

Even one year after I stopped smoking and look back in hindsight the answer is I do not know for sure. Now not being a stupid man I was sure the wonderful things promised to happen when you stop smoking I was painfully aware would not materialize for someone who is 72. No you would not see me once again, as I used to enjoy so much, riding my bike the 20 miles back and forth to work or the evenings when I would go out and do laps around the nearby airport. The most I was looking forward too was better stamina in my daily activity and a lower risk of lung cancer this late in life.

What I found was an detrimental weight gain to the extent that it hampers daily activity. I often joke (with myself) it would have been better to keep smoking than deal with this new problem.

So here I sit

one year to the day

after I extinguished that last cigarette…

am I better off because I quit

the jury is still out.


4 Comments leave one →
  1. john w8wej permalink
    November 15, 2018 1:21 pm

    you are indeed better off.. proud of you–I know that your real goal is to return to AK,, this may very well give you a shot at it..God Bless

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  2. November 15, 2018 1:24 pm

    Nov 16 is my birthday. 77 years of age. Congratulations on your achievements on the same day. Don’t fret weight gain. Some other worse health related may pop up. I know. I was diagnosed with Vietnam related cancer in 2012. Not totally curable but it’s manageable. Not seeking sympathy just saying I know how getting older sucks. Stay with the tobacco war.

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  3. gina permalink
    November 15, 2018 3:08 pm

    Congratulations Pete !!! Knew you could do it :)

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  4. Dwight permalink
    November 15, 2018 3:46 pm

    Congratulations, Pete. That had to be very difficult! Well… probably worth several more years of longevity and a better bank balance!
    73… Dwight

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