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1Feb2015 By Gym Junky  |  Permalink  |  Report Support me - Follow my blogs

Stats Update: 290 days smokefree

Smokefree days: 290 days
Cigarettes NOT smoked: 8700
Total savings: $6,641.00

Good to hear from you Suzy Q.
Good to see M-dog is still being loyal to smokefree. Must admit it has been very hard the last couple of weeks. Been tempted a couple of times. Not going there though. Health is more important

Profile image Arria26 minutes ago

Awesome GJ, getting closer and closer to that breath day. Stay strong, it is the nicodemon trying to thrash its tail, thats all. You won't give in, you have come far too far. :)

1Feb2015 By sucker no more  |  Permalink  |  Report Support me - Follow my blogs

1 more day until quit time

I just wanted to do this as I have tried twice before and lasted 13 weeks, I now have to go through it all again. I am feeling extremely anxious right now which I don't remember having last time. Is any one else due to give up and feeling like this? my quit date is Tuesday and I have managed to cut down to 7 smokes for last 2 days. I would just like to add one more thing these blogs are amazing and I am sure they will help me on my journey to quit for good. I have been a smoker for 45 years :-(

Profile image Axl2312612 hours ago

Hi sucker no more. Welcome to the quit family. I have had many quit attempts in the past but this quit is succeeding only because I've found this site. We will support, advise, and encourage you. I wish you the best of luck

Profile image Nana2248 minutes ago

Welcome to the quit family snm. I smoked 45 years too and am now 6 months smokefree. These blogs are what has made the difference for me this time. The people here are amazing and so supportive. Visit every day to read and if you choose write your own blogs. You will get heaps of support. Be very clear about your reasons for quitting, and i found it helpful to have a list of things i could do instead of smoking.- things to keep me very busy and my mind distracted. Don't look too far ahead because that can be overwhelming. Just take it one day at a time. (ODAAT) Get yourself a sipper bottle of water and attach yourself to it permanently in the first couple of weeks. When you get cravings sip on it. Also we use the 4 D's for the tough times. They are: delay, deep breaths, drink water & distract. You can do it snm, believe in yourself and go for it. I look forward to getting to know you on your smokefree journey and wish you all the best.

Profile image Saffron38 minutes ago

Another 45 year smoker here! And another "D" word is "Determination". Set your mind to focusing on being positive. Encourage yourself, believe in yourself and keep blogging. You've done 13 weeks before, so you know it's possible.

Profile image Arria24 minutes ago

Welcome sucker no more, and good on you for making the best decision ever. It is never too late to quit!! Best of luck for your first day on Tuesday. :)

Profile image Too many times17 minutes ago

Welcome I thought that too as you think you are giving up something but you are not, today is Day three for me and it is ok. Just begin and blog and get the help that you need.

1Feb2015 By jordy91  |  Permalink  |  Report Support me - Follow my blogs

The first of the month ^_^. Day 31

Its a new month yaaaaaay! What does that mean? it means that we must make the most of it. I intend on enjoying my last month of holiday by staying positive. I'm excited to return to uni, I have missed the environment despite how stressful it can become. Nevertheless, I am ready.

My sleep hygiene hasn't been the greatest. I often find myself up late hours of the night. It's so hard for me to fall asleep because I tend to come alive at night. I thought it was the anxiety before, but I'm dealing with that, so its something else. I have done my research so I shall bring that up with my doctor next time I see him. In all honesty, I'm not too good at "relaxing" myself so I definitely need to work on that.
I also realized that my bed is another factor as well. Last night I slept on another bed and I had the most amazing and undisturbed sleep. It's very rare for me to experience an undisturbed sleep. I just wanted to keep sleeping!

Tips on relaxing and good sleep hygiene?
Do you have a biomag?
I was thinking about investing into one but it is quite pricy so I'd love to hear your thoughts if you use one yourself. Or if you have any other suggestions, I'd love to hear those too :-)

Happy smokefree February everybody! ! x

Profile image Axl2312612 hours ago

Hi jordy. Lavender oil. Unless I'm upset or stressed I sleep like a baby. You can buy aerosol cans of Lavender spray. A few sprays in your bedroom a few minutes before you go to bed and sweet dreams. One calendar month done and dusted. Awesome effort jordy☺

Profile image Gavin2 hours ago

We used a biomag for a while but I made the wife take it off, was giving me sore back and knees. That's just my experience though.

Profile image PSPSP1 hour ago

Three things PG and I do.

No electronics in the bedroom.
Black out blinds (surprisingly cheap).
Ceiling fan (again surpringly cheap and totally silent- lucci brand).

I often am sleeping through and if I do wake up go straight back to sleep.

Profile image Nana221 hour ago

Hi Jordy. A lot depends on whether you can identify the reason for your sleeplessness. Some people are natural night owls and others are larks. I have not been a good sleeper for many years due to pain and unless the pain is managed, i could spend a fortune on things and they wouldn't make a difference. If it's because you have trouble winding down, maybe get a bedtime routine going. No screens TV, computer etc for a couple of hours befor bed. A nice warm shower and some light reading, reduce the amount of light for a while before bed and try to have your bedroom as dark as possible. Just some things to think about. Axl is right laveder is relaxing.

1Feb2015 By Struggler  |  Permalink  |  Report Support me - Follow my blogs

Visual Motivation

Had a bored moment. So got creative..

Profile image Axl2312613 hours ago

Wow! That is so close to my mantra "I will not be beaten". Freaky as☺

Profile image Nana222 hours ago

Well done distracting yourself!

1Feb2015 By M-dog  |  Permalink  |  Report Support me - Follow my blogs

Worth every hard moment

I just had to blog today, hopefully it can inspire someone either starting out, or struggling on their smokefree journey or with side effects such as weight gain.

On April Fools Day last year I gave up smoking after 25 years either addicted to ciggs, or cigars. After sone stress at work I was already well overweight. Giving up meant that I put on even more weight, but for thr first 50 days I concentrated on giving up.

On my 50th smokefree day, I started at the gym. I lost 35kgs over the next 6 months. I completed a bike race. Then today, I completed my first ever triathlon. 1.5k swim. 40k bike. 10k run.

There is no way I could have done that when smoking and overweight. So, I am living proof that it can be done.

Keep trying, stay motivated, and keep focused on the end goal and you will get there.

Profile image clarence the cat4 hours ago

That is so inspirational M-dog. Thanks for posting.

Profile image Pacificpearl4 hours ago

Wonderful blog M Dog, thanks for sharing your story :)

Profile image Gavin3 hours ago

Good stuff. Where was the tri?

Profile image M-dog3 hours ago

Thanks Gavin. Kinloch, just out of Taupo

Profile image Saffron3 hours ago

Fantastic, M-Dog! Congratulations to you all round ☺

Profile image Janet G3 hours ago

Awwwwwww :) :) :) :) Good on you M-dog :) :)

Profile image Gavin3 hours ago

Ahhh ok, we just had a 110km cycle race in hawera, taranaki. Crap weather but warm enough.

Profile image Nifty Fifty3 hours ago

Good work M- Dog :) Ive sat on the couch most of the day watching the Nines :( Will get motivated again tomorrow :)

Profile image Axl2312612 hours ago

Wow! That's inspirational stuff. You must be so proud

Profile image GG AND Mrsgoose2 hours ago

You have given me hope, well done to you and I need to relax and not be so critical of myself. Go you M Dog amazing, thank u for sharing

Profile image maximus2 hours ago

Wow that is so so awesome,there are many of us in your shoes wanting to be SMOKEFREE but not needing the extra weight that comes with being quit!! So great to hear we can have both Congratz to you!!!

Profile image Gym Junky41 minutes ago

Awesome M-Dog

Profile image Elevtheria41 minutes ago

Wow ! You are an inspiration M-dog. I hope you are very proud of yourself :) xxx

Profile image Arria31 minutes ago

M-Dog, that is so impressive!. You must feel so proud, Well done :)

Profile image Gym Junky30 minutes ago

Good on you M-Dog

Profile image aimee727 minutes ago

Wow that is truly inspirational. Well done :)

1Feb2015 By yas01  |  Permalink  |  Report Support me - Follow my blogs

Ideas please

Howdie hoo
Ok as some of you know I make windchimes & things out of drift wood.
Wanting to do something different in a chime.

Any thoughts or ideas?
What would you guys like in a chime?

I love using driftwood, shells, coloured & wood beads.
Got bells teeny tiny, medium (silver) today, along with more alpha square beads (so I can do peoples names & words)

Profile image Gavin4 hours ago

Bicycle chimes, can't go wrong with them.

1Feb2015 By Saffron  |  Permalink  |  Report Support me - Follow my blogs

Stats Update: 901 days smokefree

“Are you still smoking?” I turned towards the voice coming from the bench next to me, where I sat people-watching and enjoying a rest before I continued my walk.

“No, I haven’t smoked for almost two-and-half years.” I replied. The man who had spoken (and was smoking!) went on to say that he used to see me every day sitting there with a cigarette and expressed his amazement at how long ago that must have been. Then he reached into his pocket and pulled out a packet and offered me one, saying, “Go on, have one. Go on!”

I can honestly say I wasn’t tempted in the slightest. There was a tinge of annoyance that he’d be so thoughtless about trying, but later I felt grateful. The experience made me realise that the occasional yearning for one has at last dwindled away. There was no residual part saying, “One puff won’t hurt.” There was no hint of desire whatsoever.

Quitting smoking was very traumatic and difficult for me and I thought I’d feel the loss for ever on some level, always on the alert for those moments of longing to hit, but that little episode reinforced that my non-smoking thoughts are overcoming my addict thoughts!

Being stubborn really can be helpful sometimes :)

It's wonderful seeing so many new people here - welcome.
I don't comment as much as I used to, mainly because my computer system is old and slow and often refuses to work, but I do read everyone's blogs.

Stay strong and determined everyone.

Smokefree days: 901 days
Grams NOT smoked: 4505
Total savings: $5,460.00

Profile image yas015 hours ago

Wow what amazing stats.
How fricking rude of that guy honestly!!!
Fantastic blog :)

Profile image Axl2312615 hours ago

What an inspiring blog Saffron. That guy was hoping you were going to take that smoke. You have given up. He is too scared to try. He is jealous of you. Congratulations on getting to the 9 hundy club. Awesome☺

Profile image Kiwikid5 hours ago

Hi Saffron. Your post gives me comfort that I can get through the "lost" feeling. Thanks for sharing

Profile image Pop's5 hours ago

You always comment on my Blogs, thankyou.

901 days is massive. congratulations.

I wish i had your will power. I would not be here if i had refused that one smoke many years ago. But that was in the days before Quitline & the Mantra NOPE was coined. Never mind, i am once again happily smokefree, 75 days behind you.

Profile image Nana225 hours ago

You are a Quit Hero Saffron, and you have inspired me on my journey. I know it's annoying, that man trying to get you to smoke but i feel kind of sorry for him too. The smokers out there are really noticing they are a minority and they're really feeling the pressure. Good for you on taking something positive from it. I loved your blog, thank you.

Profile image Kuikui4 hours ago

Thank you for sharing with us Saffron, your story and stats are inspirational for someone like me who quit 25 days ago after 33 years of smoking. Thank you so much, have an awesome day.

Profile image Shewa4 hours ago

Hi there. So good to see your stats. Will join you once again next month ;-)

Profile image Elevtheria4 hours ago

Your stars lovely Saffron are just amazing :) how totally inconside rate of that Man! Have d fantastic day xxx

Profile image clarence the cat4 hours ago

Love that blog Saffron. I felt your mild annoyance too. Why do people do that?? You have done exceptionally well and I'm pleased to hear that you no longer get pangs of "one puff won't hurt". For me the fact that I am stubborn helped me win through. Being stubborn is not always a bad trait.

Profile image PokuruGirl3 hours ago

PSPSP here Saffron.

I found a new word on Friday-slubberdegullion. It means a dirty and slovenly fellow.

That person sitting next to you was and is a slubberdegullion. Kudos to you for resisting and for showing great restraint.

And your 901 days is fantastic.

Profile image Janet G3 hours ago

Congratulations ((((((Saffron)))))) You are awesome!!! 901 days!!!!
Yeah... like other people say... the smokers want to drag us down to their level again... to make them feel not so bad. We won't play that game.... We play the ' I have chosen to be healthy and smokefree ' game :)
We are the winners :)

Profile image PokuruGirl2 hours ago

Hey Saffie. I used to work with a guy who smoked and he hated it when I quit. He would leave smokes on my keyboard, he would always tell me I would never succeed, that I would be miserable without them. He'll never know what an important part of my quit his attitude was. I don't really understand the mentality of someone who would try to give an ex addict the very thing they were addicted to. You wouldn't give alcohol to an alcoholic!! Congrats on your 901 days. Next stop (for you and us) is the 1,000 Club!! Amazing.

PS. I don't miss them either. I watched a young girl smoking in her car today and just felt sad to think she's hooked.

Profile image PokuruGirl2 hours ago

Saffie, I just read your comment on my blog. That guy was the only one who wasn't in on our work Lotto syndicate. He used to say Lotto is for losers. But we actually won the Winning Wheel and all 10 of us got $20,000 each! So, I guess the universe kicked him up the bum in it's own special way ... LOL! And, he's still smoking. However, without his 'tude, maybe I wouldn't have been so determined.

Another word (from the Herald quiz) is gnurr. It is the fluff that builds up in your pocket. It is awesome and we now use it frequently. As in "do you have gnurr?". "No, I am gnurr-less."

Profile image aimee722 minutes ago

Wonderful stats!
Hmm that guy must have been so jealous of you to do that. Goo on you for saying no thanks.
Awesome blog and lovely to hear from you :)

1Feb2015 By maximus  |  Permalink  |  Report Support me - Follow my blogs

4 weeks done

Cruising along nicely ever day gets a little easier,28 days do pleased that my wallet is a little fuller and I don't stink of an ash tray anymore,skin is looking more vibrant and shiny,more time in my day for me.Energy levels are getting better and I can do a deep breathe no wez anymore,oh and hubby tells me my snoring has stopped crazy a!!! So all up all positive still have moments of stress but r learning to cope as a non smoke,hope everyones having an awesome SMOKEFREE weekend!!!

Profile image yas015 hours ago

Hey Maximus
fantastic a month gone just like that.
It doesn't take long for the changes to our body to become noticeable.
I noticed my breathing at night in bed has completely gone now to.
Keep up the great work

Profile image Axl2312615 hours ago

Well done on 4 weeks smokefree. The health benefits get better each day. The first benefit for me was no more hacking cough first thing in the morning. You're doing great maximus. Keep it up☺

Profile image Nana225 hours ago

Congratulations maximus. 4 weeks smokefree is fantastic. Don't you just love all those positive benefits you notice. Keep moving forward with your quit and there will be many more to come.

Profile image clarence the cat4 hours ago

Awesome Maximus.

1Feb2015 By SusiQ  |  Permalink  |  Report Support me - Follow my blogs

Day 2

Finding it a little hard to concentrate on anything today! Sleep
Is hard & I'm finding that I wake 3 or 4 times a night. Think it's the Zyban.
Also vivid (but not bizarre) dreams.

Profile image Axl2312615 hours ago

Hi SuziQ. I've never tried zyban but sleep disturbances are normal in the early days of quitting. You've got through day 1 so that's great. Hang in there SuziQ. You won't regret it☺

Profile image Nana225 hours ago

Welcome to you SusiQ. Sleep issues are very common as Axl said. You just have to roll with these kinds of things in the beginning of your quit. It will eventually all settle down. Quitting is probably the best thing you will ever do for yourself and your future. Well done on getting through Day 1. Stay strong and be very determined. Blog here whenever you like and you will get lots of support.

Profile image yas014 hours ago

Welcome aboard SusiQ.
Well done on reaching day 2.
This journey is amazing, the benefits are fantastic and they don't take long to appear & feel for you to know you are doing a wonderful thing for your body.
Stay strong, blog. You are doing great :)

1Feb2015 By Calmwaters  |  Permalink  |  Report Support me - Follow my blogs

Stats Update: 19 days smokefree

Smokefree days: 19 days
Cigarettes NOT smoked: 380
Total savings: $189.00

Very sad day, woken to the news my dear dear Auntie has been killed in a car accident last night. I'm spending time with family and won't be on here much, but I' m sending loads and loads of cyber support and strength to you all. Love CW xx

Profile image Axl2312616 hours ago

Aww CW. I'm so sorry to hear that. You haven't had much luck on your side lately. Stay strong CW☺

Profile image That Guy!!6 hours ago

Sad to hear CW. Condolence to you and the family. Sending strength and support back. Stay strong

Profile image Saffron6 hours ago

I'm so sorry to hear that, Calmwaters. What a shock. Sincere condolences. Please be gentle with yourself. R.I.P. to your dear Auntie ♥

Profile image Struggler6 hours ago


Profile image E6 hours ago

So sorry to hear that. Thoughts & best wishes to you & your family.

Profile image Nana225 hours ago

So sorry CW. Sincere condolences to you and your Family. Strength and support to you at this very sad time. Take care. (((CW)))

Profile image Arria5 hours ago

What sad sad news :( sending condolences to you and your family. Take care CW. A hard time to stay strong but I know you will.

Profile image yas015 hours ago

Oh CW Im so sorry to hear about your Auntie.
Please take care, sending you big hugs to you xx

Profile image Kiwikid5 hours ago

So sorry for your loss. (((Hugs)))

Profile image Kuikui4 hours ago

Much aroha to you all at this sad time Calmwaters.

Profile image flower4 hours ago

Condolences to you and your family.please stay strong in this sad time.(((HUGS)))

Profile image clarence the cat4 hours ago

Such sad news CW. My thoughts are with you and your family. Be strong.

Profile image Janet G46 minutes ago

Ohhhhh ((((((Calmwaters))))) sending loving thoughts your way xox

Profile image aimee721 minutes ago

Ahhh sorry for your loss CW. Please take care. Love and hugs to you xxx

Profile image maximus14 minutes ago

My thoughts and prayers with you stay strong cw