Time Quit: 5 weeks, 6 days

You read that right: 42 days since I had a cigarette. According to QuitMeter, I have not smoked almost 500 cigarettes and I’ve saved over a hundred and twenty bucks.

Probably the biggest change I’ve noticed in the last month has to be my sense of smell. I’m picking up things that I just don’t remember noticing before, and I seem to be almost hypersensitive to the smell of cigarette smoke. I can smell it through doorways and walls. I’m guessing that this will not be changing any time soon, either; from what I understand, former smokers are the people who can most easily pick up on it.

I think that the best thing about this is that I feel like I can really just call myself a nonsmoker. I was worried that I would feel like a fraud calling myself that, especially because I’m looking for apartments closer to work, and there are just a ton of ads that state “No smokers”. But I don’t feel like a fraud, which makes me feel even better than all of the positive things since quitting.