2 year stop smoking anniversary

At midnight last night I got a unexpected yet pleasant reminder from my calendar on my iPhone. It’s my 2 year stop-smoking anniversary! That’s right, 2 years ago I decided to change my life, my health, and everything that defined me. I believe it was the right decision. As I write this, I’ve been smoke free for 730 days, 17 hours, 20 minutes and 6 seconds. Cigarettes not smoked are 14,615. Lifetime saved is 3 months, 21 days, 15 hours. And finally, money saved is $4,751.50.

I couldn’t imagine my life being like this 2 years ago. I mean, its a pretty dramatic change. I have a renewed sense of purpose in life, new goals, and new direction. I don’t worry any more on how I’m going to get where I’m going. I simply think now of the fun I’ll have getting there. Definitely a more positive outlook in everything I do. I believe it all started with quitting smoking.

So today I commemorated the occasion with a run at the Rose Bowl, although I had just run several hours prior. That made it two workouts in the same day! Does that make me officially a workout whore? haha maybe, but it felt good doing it. Although I’m relatively the same weight (and was even a little chubbier a few months ago as when I quit smoking), I often ponder how much more weight I would have gained if I didn’t run this whole time. I’m nothing but thankful about the health I’ve gained and continue to gain as I run, as I grow stronger physically and spiritually. It’s only now that I’m beginning to reap the benefits of these two long years. I’m giving myself another year to wait for the “wow” factor.

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