The 1st of May 2010 seems like a lifetime ago although I remember the moment quite vividly. At 10am on that morning I made a decision to stop smoking and I haven't looked back. I was lucky that I did not need patches or gum and I believe that was because I really wanted to kick the habit. To those of you that are beginning the journey please be strong and don't give up if you falter. Start the journey again and learn if you can from the mistakes you may have made. You will see and feel the benefits eventually and that is what you are looking for. Quitline was an important part of my journey and I took inspiration from those that were experiencing the same pains and excitement that I was. God bless you all and keep up the fight against tobacco. Peace....
2 years tomorrow and it has been a wonderful journey so far. I am grateful to this site for the help it has given me and the inspiration that I have received from reading peoples experiences. Not everyone is successful the first time but the secret is not to give up and take one day at a time. Special thank you to 'Clarence the cat', you have been an inspiration to so many and this site needs more people like you. Good luck to everyone and please continue to fight for the cause. God Bless you all. Riggster...
Every day is a challenge
Greetings my friends. I regularly read the blogs but don't always give feedback which I will try to do more of going forward. Today is day 599 for me and it is still a challenge but one I know I am up to. It feels so good to know that the smoking habit is no longer in charge of my life and if I was honest about being smokefree, I would say that was the most important thing to me. It used to really hurt me when I was virtually a slave to tobacco and knowing that it had control. I was forever disrupting my days my life even to satisfy an urge that was doing me physical and financial harm. I am grateful to Quitline for the fantastic support received and everyone that is undertaking this journey, please remember one important thing. Take one day at a time. Love to you all for Xmas and wishing you all a very prosperous New Year also. 'The Riggster'
1 Year Today
Greetings to you all. 365 days and still going strong. I just wonder why it took until the age of 50 to give it away. I still get the urge occasionally but only to be sociable with people who still have the habit. It's so nice to know that I have beaten it. To all that are starting please continue with the battle. Some days are harder than others but the support you get from this site is invaluable. Pukeko if you are out there, I am thinking of you.
Quickly approaching 1st anniversary and I am excited. I keep popping back looking for a blog from my friend 'Pukeko' but unfortunately there has been nothing. If anyone comes across the Pukeko please say Hi from me and to everyone else who is battling away, please continue to do so and be ready to provide support for anyone that needs it. Much love to all.
Nearly 1 year
I am at day 332 and some days when the chips are down I get tempted but because the number is so high I do not want to start again. It took so long to get to this stage and every day is precious. To those that are on day 1, every day is a battle and you have to be strong and ready to fight the urge. Admittedly it gets easier and I hope you are all up for the battle. Best wishes to all and keep your chin up.
Good wishes to all those keeping up the fight
I just celebrated 250 days today and although I can say I am an ex-smoker, I still feel the urge occasionally to partake. With Xmas and the New Year gone it's time to tackle another monster which I will be doing with several close friends at work. We will be holding a 'Biggest Loser' competition over a period of 6 months starting tomorrow. I have set myself a goal of 25kg and if things go well I am willing to increase that by a few more. I've been inspired by the Aussie program which I watch every morning and hopefully in 6 months I can look back and say I beat the tobacco and the weight. Good luck to all of you that are continuing to battle against the addiction. I wish you all the very best and if you happen to fall along the way, pick yourself up and try again. Hold your head high and continue the battle and stay close to this website because some of the experiences shared are truly inspirational. Love to you all.
Wow it has been 180 days and the time has gone so fast. I wish I had given up years earlier now. For all of you that are struggling at the moment, please stay strong because the pain will subside and you can come thru the other side a stronger person. Love to all and keep up the fight......
49 Days today
7 weeks today and I don't know why but I feel a little emotional about it. It just feels like a long time since I gave it away but in reality I know it's not and whilst the craving is still there I will always have a fight on my hands that I have to deal with. Thank you all for the inspiration. Tomorrow is day 50 and another day to celebrate being a non-smoker. Peace to you all.
I just noticed that we share something in common and that is a start/finish date. (1st May 2010) I hope all is well with you. They say it gets easier as time goes by but I can't say that I feel that comfortable yet. I did not use the lozenges or gum but managed without because I was just so sick of being a slave to the smoking thing. I have put on a couple of kg's but nothing to be too concerned about at the moment. I was tidying up my garage and found 3 cuban cigars lying around which almost broke my heart. I will partake in one of them one day but it will have to be a very special occasion. I am looking forward to the day that I can comfortably say that I am a non-smoker. I get inspired reading the experiences of others and it's always a pleasure to read the advice of the 'Wise Ones'. Keep up the fight.