I really thought I'd cracked it..
After a couple of weak attempts when my first child was born 3 and a half years ago, I'd slipped up in the pub and was smoking again in summer 2011..
A punishing ride with Sharki and Trailmonkey from here showed me exactly what smoking was doing to my riding ability though, and after wheezing around Dartmoor with them for the afternoon, I quit cold turkey the next day..
18 months later and I had a social week ahead, hanging out in old haunts, drinking ale with friends that I knew would be triggers, and sure enough I smoked a few roll-ups that week.. The following fortnight would be hellish busy with a house move and so I decided that having the opportunity for a smoke might help ease the stress..
And so now, here we are a month later.. I'm on day two of not smoking, I've got a 7.5mg patch on and I'm feeling just fine and dandy about it all.. I'm getting some regular SS riding in the evenings after the kids are in bed and apart from a bit of a sniffle and a cough everything's rosey..
I'm out on the town this weekend though, each and every compadre is a heavy smoker and I'm planning on sinking a good few beers..
How are all you other quitters doing..?
I have to stay quit as my oldest son has never even seen a cigarette, let alone a smoker, and he's starting to get very curious about my regular need to go and stand out on the front step for 5 minutes.. I really don't want to be in a situation where I have to explain that smoking is stupid when I'm the one doing it..