|This volunteer sunflower opened all the way this morning|
Ten years ago I rolled out of bed and lit one of many Marlboro Reds I would have for the day. I have been a smoker since I could sneak them out of my moms purse. I started buying my own at age 16. I continued to smoke until I was 19, quit for about five years and found myself back at it again.
I finally QUIT on July 1st, 2005 and I couldn't be happier. Eight months later I gave birth to a beautiful little girl, she has never seen her mother smoke. It's been nine years so I decided to do a celebratory bike ride, I had a sitter for about three hours.
I pedaled casually as it was ninety degrees and very humid. This was going to be a moderate pace but a fun ride. I smiled and said hello to everyone I saw, that was a lot of people on a busy Tuesday morning in Creve Coeur. I rode around the beautiful lake a couple times and made a promise to come back and rent a stand up paddle board. They rent them for $10 an hour. Too cool!
|Found a cake|
I left the house without my IPod on purpose so I could chill out and reconnect in peace. It was a good choice. I spent my last hour on the Katy Trail. That was a good choice too, the views from it are just beautiful.
Quitting smoking has been was one of the smartest choices I have ever made for myself. It opened a whole new world to me with new, like-minded friends and helped lay the groundwork for a healthy lifestyle.
There is only one thing, scratch that two things that I regret... I regret not quitting sooner and saving the $$ in a jar. When I quit cigarettes cost about $3 a pack. At roughly 370 packs a year for 9 years I would have saved over $10,000 dollars. Adjusting over $2 for todays prices would have netted much more. At $5 a pack it cost nearly $2,000 to smoke a pack a day. Crazy.