First time quitter
I am also an Astro fan - and am also looking forward to being smoke free for Thanksgiving.
My 10 yr old daughter's mom died 1.5 years ago, so I have a reason to live as long as I can. I also had a heart attack 3 months ago at the age of 39.
I have always been able to rationalize my smoking habit. I only smoke about 3 a day, I go a few days a week without any cigarettes, I only smoke heavily (5 cigarettes or so) when playing golf or at a casino/bar, I'll quit when I'm 40, etc. In fact, I stopped for a week or 2 when I had the heart attack, but justified the smoking until I reached 40. Besides, I had some more stress added recently so I blamed the stress on the decision to smoke again.
Well, I turned 40 this weekend, so I decided it's time to stop rationalizing why I can still smoke and to just quit. Stress isn't really why; it's because I'm comfortable smoking. But it's time to consider myself a non-smoker, so I'm done.
It's been harder than I anticipated (which is why I'm here!), but so far, I've been smoke free for 4 days. I think I'll stay smoke free for good this time; there's no justifying the smoking anymore!