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16May2011 By 1Lyn1  |  Permalink  |  Report Support me - Follow my blogs

One Year

Hi Everyone
I'm really stunned and totally amazed that I celebrated my first year smokefree yesterday. NO sneaky puffs in that time either!! Was actually a double celebration as I quit smoking on my birthday last year.

Breaking the smoking habit after 40+ years has been really difficult and has certainly had its moments. For me personally, I know that I have to stay quit. There is no way I'm going though this again. I still have to be on guard against the nicodemon but not in the same way as the early days.

Been quite alot of us celebrating milestones recently and still more happening shortly. So to all the newbies, hang in there, it can be done.
This time next year it will be you smokefree.

Thanks everyone for sharing your journey and the helpful advise and great laughs over the past 12 months. Congratulations and hugs to everyone on their journey.

I have been quit for 1 Year, 13 hours, 49 minutes and 12 seconds (365 days). I have saved $2,010.66 by not smoking 3,655 cigarettes. I have saved 1 Week, 5 Days, 16 hours and 35 minutes of my life. My Quit Date: 15/05/2010 7:35 p.m.

Profile image clarence the cat16 May, 2011

Well Done 1Lyn1.!! I think that we "oldies" in every sense of the word, once we quit, know that we have to stay SMOKEFREE.
It is great to reap the benefits of being smokefree isn't it? Good Luck for your next SMOKEFREE year.

Profile image clarence the cat16 May, 2011

Forgot to wish you a VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY too!!

Profile image annie216 May, 2011

Well done 1Lyn1!! You're an inspiration to us. I can't wait for my first Breathday. If I'm feeling this well now, only 4 weeks after quitting, imagine how fantastic it will be after a year!!??

Profile image Kathry16 May, 2011

Hi Lyn, Happy Breathday and Happy Birthday. Well done!

Profile image katmell16 May, 2011

Happy breathday and happy birthday - double congrats!! hope you give yourself a special well deserved reward now.

Profile image Dentarthurdent17 May, 2011

Awesome stuff 1Lyn1. Fantastic effort on reaching your 1st year of many as a non smoker.
Kia Kaha

Profile image rubytuesday18 May, 2011

And congrats from me also, late because i was at work the other day writing a comment for you but had to shut down fast..so well done. Isnt it so good to be free..

29Mar2011 By 1Lyn1  |  Permalink  |  Report Support me - Follow my blogs

317 DAYS

TOTALLY UNREAL!!!!!!
How have I got this far??? When the days started adding up I became determined not to start smoking again. There is NO way I will be going back to day one again. Actually I'm so tight that I wouldn't waste my money on smokes now.

I've been quit for 10 Months, 1 Week, 6 Days, 14 hours, 49 minutes and 36 seconds (317 days). I have saved $1,746.89 by not smoking 3,176 cigarettes. I have saved 1 Week, 4 Days and 40 minutes of my life. My Quit Date: 15/05/2010 7:35 p.m.

Profile image Kamautewehi29 March, 2011

Tatally awesome cant wait till I'm where you are congradulations Lyn

Profile image pukako29 March, 2011

Those results really do spur you on!! wonderful results, CONGRATULATIONS

Profile image Kraut29 March, 2011

I admire that and whish it was me

Profile image Norwich0229 March, 2011

You are a star!

Profile image maggie29 March, 2011

Great stats !!!!

Profile image clarence the cat29 March, 2011

AWESOME!! Lyn1.
I hope I can make it to where you are. I have about 110 days to go to catch up & I intend to do it!!
Hope you're planning a big celebration for your breathday!!

Profile image davidjohn7 May, 2011

good stuff Lyn, go for it!

31Jan2011 By 1Lyn1  |  Permalink  |  Report Support me - Follow my blogs

260 Days

Hi Guys
Wow - our quit family has increased in size since the New Year. I've been checking out the blogs regularly since May 2010 and have never seen so many newbies. Also some buddies returning to complete their journey. Best of luck to you all. ODAAT

I have been quit for 8 Months, 2 Weeks, 1 Day, 20 hours, 59 minutes and 9 seconds (260 days). I have saved $1,434.80 by not smoking 2,608 cigarettes. I have saved 1 Week, 2 Days, 1 hour and 20 minutes of my life. My Quit Date: 15/05/2010 7:35 p.m.

Profile image nutzer31 January, 2011

wow i dream of 260 days how do feel when you think of smoeks now, and do you ever feel like having one, or is it done gone you feel ok, i just hope i can manage what you have done well done ;-)

Profile image Dentarthurdent31 January, 2011

Hey Lyn. Awesome stuff on your stats. Thanks for posting as it is always inspiring for the rest of us. Those numbers are fantastic. I always love those bits about how much Life you save, absolutely priceless gift to yourself.
Kia Kaha

Profile image 1Lyn131 January, 2011

When I first quit I would read other bloggers messages and wonder how they managed to get so far. We have all had a Day 1.
Finally the huge cravings have almost gone and now it's urges, but they are so much more controllable. Thank goodness.

Profile image kellyk31 January, 2011

wow i know i dont even know you but i am super proud of you and yeah i hope i can get on here one day and say 260 days without smoking (that is 259 days away lol)

Profile image Kathry31 January, 2011

Wow, what fantastic stats 1Lyn1! Congratulations, and great to hear from you. To hear from someone who is doing so well is really motivating!

Profile image Hadlee31 January, 2011

I'm so jealous! Well done Lyn, look forward to being in your shoes

Profile image pukako17 February, 2011

Well done Lyn, I am on day 3 and thinking positive, lots of deep breaths and water. What are the 4D's as I saw you post to someone else. would love to know

2Jan2011 By 1Lyn1  |  Permalink  |  Report Support me - Follow my blogs

Happy New Year

Wow so many newbies to welcome to our quitline family - and a big welcome to you all. Hope you all reach your goal.
I had been smoking for well over 40years and hopefully have managed to beat the demon now. The hardest part for me has been the habit & still have the nicodemon try and remind me occassionally. Now in the news I hear that smokes are going up 10% and am very pleased I don't have to part with the money.

I have been quit for 7 Months, 2 Weeks, 3 Days, 12 hours, 12 minutes and 10 seconds (231 days). I have saved $1,273.29 by not smoking 2,315 cigarettes. I have saved 1 Week, 1 Day and 55 minutes of my life. My Quit Date: 15/05/2010 7:35

A Happy & smokefree New Year to us all☺☺☺

Profile image just jag2 January, 2011

Greetings my friend. I follow your journey, you are doing so well. It's not easy but it is one of the best things we have done. XXX

Profile image tina272 January, 2011

And to you too... Well done 7months Wow :)xoxo

Profile image horlicks2 January, 2011

Happy New Year 1Lyn!
You are so right about the nicodemon trying to suck us back in but I guess it is part of the journey. Well done on your stats, you are doing really well. And yes isn't it good how we don't have to worry about the smokes going up.
Yes heres to a Happy and Smokefree New Year.

Profile image pukeko3 January, 2011

Hi Ya 1lyn1 hahahaha yep the money omg hahahaha You can do the smiley faces hahaha I still cannot get the grip hahahaha memories great !! xx Happy New Year to YOU XX

18Nov2010 By 1Lyn1  |  Permalink  |  Report Support me - Follow my blogs

4 D's

And not a single puff in 186 days.

Has been a real struggle to get this far and have to admit that I'm surprised to have reached this point. That is plesantly surprised. Alot of newbies recently - and a welcome to you all. Doesn't seem that long ago that I was one of the newbies and here I am 186 days later and somehow survived. Please remember to use the 4 D's in the early days as you will really rely on these techniques over the up coming months. The most important one for me has been DELAY.

Drink water
Deep breathing
Do something else
DELAY - DELAY - DELAY

I notice that I've saved over $1000 on smokes. Now I can tell you I have saved considerably more. The money has been saved by not getting the extras while getting smokes. Lollies (for grandkids of course) lotto tickets, bottle wine, magazine etc and of course the extra petrol to make the trip for the smokes.☺

I have been quit for 6 Months, 2 Days, 15 hours, 37 minutes and 53 seconds (186 days). I have saved $1,026.57 by not smoking 1,866 cigarettes. I have saved 6 Days, 11 hours and 30 minutes of my life. My Quit Date: 15/05/2010 7:35 p.m.

Profile image Dentarthurdent18 November, 2010

Amazing Stuff Lyn. You must be so proud of yourself. Thanks heaps for posting, awesome stats.
Kia Kaha

Profile image Cherub18 November, 2010

That is fantastic stuff Lyn, Good on you for keeping it up and not giving in to the Nicodemon.

Profile image Tracy18 November, 2010

Hi Lyn, thanks for the 'welcome' and thanks for posting today as it's posts like yours that keep me going. 6 months is an amazing accomplishment, well done! All my best with your journey and I look forward to your 9, 12, 18, 24 month posts!

Keep strong.

Profile image pukeko18 November, 2010

Yippee you 186 days ..WOW!! So happy for you ...you must be so chuffed not long till the 200 day mark !!! YIPPEE AYE A!! xxxx How is your hip? & the new job !!

13Oct2010 By 1Lyn1  |  Permalink  |  Report Support me - Follow my blogs

150 Days - Did it

Well i finally did it!!!!

I've had an emergency supply of five ciggies in the glove compartment in the car and yesterday I finally got rid of them. These ciggies have been there since the day I gave up and I haven't had a single one. There has been a weird sense of security knowing they were there but also knowing it was a 'no go zone'. Must be winning!!!! Although I do admit to a few visits to the glove compartment to have a whiff - not to light up, just smell. Still love the smell of a burning ciggie, which is a worry and really keeps me on guard the whole time.

Congratulations to Steve76 & Pukeko on reaching their 100 day milestone yesterday. Really well done to you both.

Also Mandykoo on reaching 150 days.

Profile image just jag13 October, 2010

C O N G R A T U L A T I O N S you are well up the mountain now. I don't know how you did it, those 5 ciggies would have been far too much temptation to me.

Profile image pukeko13 October, 2010

Hey 1lyn1 ..great stuff..hey where is mandykoo ??? I think she is finding a party dress too ....well done on getting rid of those ..hahaha I would have already have smoked them hahahaha awesome I love it!!! Hope the new job going well !! Yep I am on my guard every single day every day One Day At A Time ...& I say never ever take another puff ..(only if you lick an ashtray ) lmaol no way !!! I love the team effort ..xx

Profile image Raxal13 October, 2010

Well done mate, 150 is huge mega congrats and happy vibes to ya. I am using the same method but am carrying 1 round in the opposite pocket to my lozenge Have found by making the conscious choice which pocket to use has made this easier. You are such an inspiration and I hope your ultimate goal has a mean reward at the end cause you deserve that and the lifetime of fresh air breathing.

Profile image Dentarthurdent14 October, 2010

Awesome stuff Lyn. Fantastic effort.
I think I would have been too tempted with those 5 in my glove box so well done for not doing it. I still have days where the smell of a smoke is nice but am finding it is becoming just "Stinky" more often now days.
We always have to be on our guard a little I think, hopefully you took some time to celebrate your milestone though.
Kia Kaha

22Sep2010 By 1Lyn1  |  Permalink  |  Report Support me - Follow my blogs

Day 130

For some weird reason tonight has been really difficult for me and the urge to head off to the shops to buy smokes unreal. Absolutely nothing out of the ordinary has happened to trigger this stupid craving and I'm finding it so hard to understand.

I have spent the last hour reading blogs with a lollipop and cup of hot chocy and that has certainly helped to take the edge off. Even learnt that at Day 130, I haven't smoked 1300 fags and saved over $700. Which is real good news as I've just spent some money on the house and it will take 5 years of non-smoking to cover!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Pleased to add that we live in a rural area and I haven't made that trip to town.

Good night and catch you in the morning

Profile image pukeko23 September, 2010

hahahaha country life is bliss hahaha lol!! Good on you!!! A brand new day (wish I still in bed)!!!! Have an awesome one...(must remember to get some lollipops) I like that idea . Great 130 Days!!!!!!

Profile image lynal23 September, 2010

Good Morning Lyn, hope you rested well and today the urge is gone. Just keep up with those lollipops.
Have a great day

Profile image Captinhook23 September, 2010

Awesome stuff Lyn - you didn't cave!!!! and I bet that lollipop tasted delish now that you can actually taste it!!! keep up the good fight!!!

30Aug2010 By 1Lyn1  |  Permalink  |  Report Support me - Follow my blogs

Today's news

Internet news this morning:

Since the tax rises average weekly sales of cigarettes at supermarkets have gone down nearly 14% - more than the 10% increase.

Sales of roll-your-own tobacco have dropped by nearly 18% - less than the price increase of 21%.

Another increase of 10% is planned for 2011 and a further 10% in 2012.

AND WE ARE ALL PART OF THOSE FIGURES.

Profile image mandykoo30 August, 2010

So awesome, Lyn. For once I didn't feel a sense of dread when I saw those figures in the newspaper. (((-:

Profile image Marie30 August, 2010

Just glad as heck they are not getting any more taxes out of me. I pay enough taxes now and am so glad that I have quit smoking.
Because so many people ore quitting I wonder what they will invent a tax for next???? Breathing????
Gotta laugh otherwise we would all be around the twist..

Profile image minty fresh30 August, 2010

LMAO Marie - they invented 'fart tax' for dairy farmers, how about burp tax for people who drink fizzy drinks! lol

Profile image pukeko30 August, 2010

LOL hahaha I went & bought packet for my friend coz I smoked those 2 dirty filthy smelly things ..hahaha YUK!! Wow they were $16.oo holy I had only smoked rollies the last few years had no idea???how expensive tailor mades where??? hahah & rollies were not...hit home man.....!!! that government aint gonna get anymore just because of a habit.......stick to pots of flowers....!!!!

24Aug2010 By 1Lyn1  |  Permalink  |  Report Support me - Follow my blogs

Kiwimarie1

Belated congratulations on your 100 day anniversary and so very well done. Certainly good to reach these milestones which felt so farrrrrr away at the beginning.

Now the guard stays up and we reach for 150 days.

23Aug2010 By 1Lyn1  |  Permalink  |  Report Support me - Follow my blogs

100

WOW 1-0-0 days for me today. WOW great feeling.

Congratulations Mandy on your 100 day milestone. Got a bottle of wine and had a glass for you.

Well done to Pukeko & Steve76 on your 50 days.

Profile image minty fresh23 August, 2010

Happy CENTURY 1Lyn1 - I'm taking a few deep breaths for you :o)

Profile image Serena23 August, 2010

congrats, you must be right stoked with yourself. Well done, keep us inspired :)

Profile image pukeko24 August, 2010

YIPPEE 1LYNN1 I have a hangover hahahaha but oooohhhh so worth it!!! Well Done!! Cheers to you & Mandykoo!!

Profile image steve7624 August, 2010

Well done 1lyn1, huge achievement. Hope you enjoyed your wine, you deserve it. Had 1 or 3 last night myself.

Profile image lynal24 August, 2010

Congrats on your 100 days sure you enjoyed that wine