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29Nov2014 By fagoff  |  Permalink  |  Report Support me - Follow my blogs

Stats Update: 98 days smokefree

Smokefree days: 98 days
Grams NOT smoked: 980
Total savings: $1,155.00

Profile image fagoff4 hours ago

Having a good day, nice and sunny here, mite go out for a yummy bit of indian grub cant decide if we like butter chicken or chicken korma best mite get both, (-: , then off to movies to see My old lady with Maggie Smith,love her movies.

Profile image Axl2312614 hours ago

Hi fagoff. Enjoy your Indian meal. The hotter the better I reckon. 2 more days mate. Just 2 more days☺

Profile image fagoff4 hours ago

Reading the blogs reminded me of a saying I heard years ago. Once more round the mountain. The mountain represents the issue im having to deal with currently and usually appears a lot bigger than it really is. I have found that Fear is what keeps me going round the mountain instead of up it ,its like there is a ferocious tiger standing in my way.Its often not till ive had enough pain caused by the issue that im ready to face the fear and go through it and start climbing up again .
Ive always found that what I feared, when I get up close to it is a paper tiger.It is harmless it cant hurt me at all ,this has happened to me so many times its not funny.
The most recent time was 3 months ago ,seems silly now but I was really afraid of life without unowots. What I have found is what I feared was, False Evidence Appearing Real ,(-: now I am trying to practice, Face Everything And Recover.

Profile image Axl2312613 hours ago

Wow mate. You've got this quit nailed after what you've just posted. Brilliant☺

Profile image sunray3 hours ago

The mountain may seem huge to climb at any stage of the journey fagoff but be assured the road has been dusted many times ...Keep on keeping on to the top and the freedom you find is awesome. 2 more steps and then your entry to the hundy club is here ...that is a great achievement. So proud of you. ⭐

Profile image Nana223 hours ago

Sooo close! I know what you mean fagoff about going round the mountain and having to face the fear of going up. I always tell myself the biggest bogey man is only in my head. Things usually turn out a lot less scarey than they are in my head, and i could save myself a lot of angst if i act sooner.

Profile image Ladylene2 hours ago

Ooh exciting Fagoff ... beers are chilling in the Hundy Club room :) There are two statements concerning fear that have really impacted me in my life. They are 'we have nothing to fear but fear itself' and 'feel the fear and do it anyway'. How true is that! So I push myself to do things outside of my comfort zone in spite of fear because once challenged, fear loses its grip. Enjoy your tea out :)

Profile image Gym Junky58 minutes ago

Hundy club just round the corner awesome

28Nov2014 By fagoff  |  Permalink  |  Report Support me - Follow my blogs

Stats Update: 97 days smokefree

Smokefree days: 97 days
Grams NOT smoked: 970
Total savings: $1,155.00

Just for Today I can do, what seems to big to do the rest of my life.

Profile image fagoff1 day ago

Had a bad moment last night for a while was talking outside with some people I know and someone I don't know puffing on my ecig when this guy says asks why am I using the ecig .I told him its too help me stay off fags and havnt had one for three months .Then he goes whats the difference you mite as well be smoking . I guess im a bit sensitive about it because that really stung and for a while afterwards im thinking yea I spose I mite as well have the real thing. Other people were smoking and it did cross my mind to have one too. But managed to go home without doing that .Had a good talk to my beloved, and realised the ecigs my nrt its the only thing that's worked for me tried everything else .managed to get a month up a couple of times with champix but then fell over again. Anyway the lesson for me is try not to take any notice of what people say who obviously aren't speaking from a helpful caring place. And whatever I say to others consider my agenda first ,do I want to criticize you and hurt you or do I truly care about you. These things always seem to happen when I least expect them .

Profile image Nana221 day ago

Yes you can !! Oooh 3 days to go. Very exciting.

Profile image Nickers761 day ago

Morning Fagoff :-) Some people don't understand what we have been/go through to remain smoke-free! Those people are not worth listening to if they have nothing nice to say they should just keep said opinions to themselves! You are in control of your quit and you are doing EXTREMELY well and I cannot wait till I am only three days away from my first hundy :-) Keep up the great work Fagoff you have got this!!! :-) Have a great Friday and subsequent weekend!

Profile image Pop's1 day ago

Cigarettes contain Nicotine, also burnt sugar, insecticide residue, burnt rice paper & harmful chemicals & gunk. The Nicotine will not kill us but the residue will.
The E Cigarette contains only nicotine.

Congratulations in advance for Monday. Youknowwhat ? You did it. Well done.

Profile image Ladylene1 day ago

Aw Fagoff ... yeah thats kind of insensitive hey and undermines all your hard work! Its your quit ... you do it however you want ... just don't smoke. And don't let anyone steal your pride at how far you have come! Almost 100 days .. fabulous!

Profile image Axl2312611 day ago

Some people will never understand how hard it is to beat the nicotine addiction. Ignore them mate. 3 days to go!☺

Profile image Sexymwahz1 day ago

Please don't let this persons judgement cloud you.. You are so amazing fagg off.. Like OMG woop woop 3 more days to go.. Love that you are on the ecig.. You aint smelling all yucky and all toxic from a real cig.. You are doing the great mahi.. Keep fighting and staying strong.. This is your journey.. We are all here for yah.. I love yah wise words.. And the amazing thing about being smokefree is that we notice signs along this incredible journey.. ~mw(",)h~

Profile image Nana221 day ago

Fagoff, it has been my experience that it's usually a lot of bluff and bluster from people who have absolutely no idea of addiction. If they were smokers themselves then i would say they definitely have quit envy. If they are non smokers, then they are just really ignorant of what it takes to quit. Do not let anyone undermine what you have achieved. Hold your head high and be ever so proud, and trust yourself. 3 days to go. Party preparations are in full swing.

Profile image DragonLips1 day ago

Yeah ignore those people. That guy said that to justify his own smoking I reckon. Trying to drag you down to be the same as him. I used an e-cig for a while (a no nicotine one) and it was really helpful. Eventually I just sort of used it less and less. I even carried it about for months without actually using it like a security blanket. I do think they have their place as a stop smoking aid. Some people don't like them because they think it prolongs the hand to mouth habit thing. Maybe a bit but its not forever eh? Beats smoking real cigs thats for sure. You just do whatever keeps you quit and ignore the haters.

Profile image Janet G1 day ago

Heya Fagoff :) HUGE congratulations to you on your amazing success so far :) Not long now till the hundy club for you !! We will all be waiting with bells and whistles :)

I'm sorry that person made you feel so bad. It's really hard sometimes to deal with that sort of negativity. Do know that that person must have spoken out of ignorance though. We all know exactly what the difference is. We all know that we all have our own individual struggles. And of course every blog and post contains positive-ness :)
We all speak from a helpful and caring place.

And you only need to stay smoke free today... then tomorrow I know you will want to do it again :) just like the rest of us.

Hope you have a fantastic weekend :)

Profile image not4life1 day ago

Fagoff wow...so that IS you I see just ahead if Axel....we are all here waiting & cheering you both on at the hundy club line. Huge congrats Fagoff & I cant wait to see you 2 achieve your milestones.

26Nov2014 By fagoff  |  Permalink  |  Report Support me - Follow my blogs


Was thinking this am( I know danger, danger will robinson) (-: anyway why do I feel really good some days then next day I can feel blah and only seem to see whats not rite in my life.When nothing has changed except for me. This am was thinking there is so much good in my life at present and a number of things that ive had to be patient about are beginning to fall into place, yet I feel a bit blah . The problem is my perception ,how I see life sometimes, gets a bit wonky. Some days its so much easier to cope with life, others its a struggle, on those days I have to dig deep and work at practicing focusing on the positive.
On the tuff days ive found I have to get out of my head (as opposed to getting off my face) (-: and the best way for me to do that is to focus on giving away what I have received to others and help them however I can.
So there you are, if anything ive learnt can help you then your welcome to have it. Just for today I can do this and I am going to make the best of today. Cause I am smokefree and life is great.

Profile image josienz19583 days ago

So many things can affect how we percieve any given day - illness, hormones, allergies, grief, happiness etc etc - as long as we remember the alternative to being alive, we can consider ourselves blessed :-) Have a great smoke free day!

Profile image aimee73 days ago

I just wrote a massive blog and it froze on me! Not happy. So in a nutshell I said that I loved the just for today part! If I lived in the future I would never be able to do this quit, it would be too scary and I would fail before I started. Thanks for your blog faggoff :)

Profile image Nana223 days ago

I agree fagoff. Every morning i tell myself that there will be no smoking for today. It's still all about ODAAT.

Profile image SusyQ3 days ago

Out of my head as opposed to off my face! Geez, I can relate to that statement. I feel like I am finally growing up some days, as a result of this smoke free journey. It's taken a while, but I am starting to like who I am. ODAAT.

26Nov2014 By fagoff  |  Permalink  |  Report Support me - Follow my blogs

Stats Update: 95 days smokefree

Smokefree days: 95 days
Grams NOT smoked: 950
Total savings: $1,120.00

Profile image fagoff3 days ago

Still plodding on .my cold is getting better still runny nose but am having dry spells as well. Nice looking day here so far.

Profile image fagoff3 days ago

have to be honest I am feeling a bit anxious about stopping using my nrt ecig next Tuesday. I know just stay in the day. It is so good to be smokefree but in very aware that im still feeding the addiction and I want to see what life can be like nicotine free.
Just had an idea I have to go into work for couple of hours ,I will leave my ecig at home and just have some lozenges in my pocket,that feels doable .catch you l8r. (-:

Profile image Axl2312613 days ago

Hi fagoff. I actually found it quite easy coming off the patches. You might surprise yourself with the ecig. Good idea taking the lozenges just in case☺

Profile image Nickers763 days ago

I haven't had any NRT since week 2 but I have lozenges and my Nicorette inhalator on me at all times just in case :-) You've got this Fagoff! 5 days and counting....... :-) :-)

Profile image lansans girl3 days ago

:) well done stats are awesome!

Profile image Nana223 days ago

95 awesome days and getting ever nearer to the Hundy Club.You can never know for certain when it's the right time, i guess you try and see how it goes. You could still keep the ecig with you along with the lozenges so if you decide you're not ready, nothing is in jeopardy. Trust yourself, fagoff and you make the call when you're ready.

Profile image Ladylene2 days ago

Oooh its getting close now Fagoff ... wahoop whoop

25Nov2014 By fagoff  |  Permalink  |  Report Support me - Follow my blogs

Stats Update: 94 days smokefree

Smokefree days: 94 days
Grams NOT smoked: 940
Total savings: $1,120.00
Having a good day, did my volunteer job this am and working at my paid job tonite,and no I don't walk the streets hehe just as well as its raining here now. Dont think id get paid much either (-: Things seem to be falling into place for us ,I think im more patient and tolerant too these days which helps too.

Profile image Axl2312614 days ago

Hi fagoff. I'm more tolerant and more patient nowadays as well. You'd think we would less tolerant with the stress of giving up. Only 6 days to go mate☺

Profile image fagoff4 days ago

Na I think it just proves how much the bl*&^y fags were affecting us they don't relieve stress at all they create it. Then lie to us that they will help us cope

Profile image fagoff4 days ago

Howz it going with no patches ok I hope

Profile image josienz19584 days ago

so close to the hundy - can you feel it??? Great effort

Profile image Maanu4 days ago

your comment about the nature of your work reminds me of the lines from an old blues song.........

Some people say my woman is a street walking woman
but how can she be a street walking woman when she stand on the corner all he time

I'm definitely a lot more patient and calmer now that I have quit

Profile image cjtwo4 days ago

That's so great sound like your in the groove Well done!

Profile image Nana224 days ago

Nice that all is well. 6 to go.

Profile image Ladylene3 days ago

Wahoo .. six days ... Did you find your $1120.00?

24Nov2014 By fagoff  |  Permalink  |  Report Support me - Follow my blogs

Stats Update: 93 days smokefree

Smokefree days: 93 days
Grams NOT smoked: 930
Total savings: $1,085.00

Profile image DragonLips5 days ago

Nice Fagoff. What are you going to do with your $1000 saved? and this time next week you will be in the Hundy Club too. Great!

Profile image fagoff5 days ago

Was feeling a bit flat so thawt id share this.22 years ago before I married my wife, I told her ,I am the way I am (a smoker ) so don't try to change me. Over the years especially the last few I have observed how self centered I was about my smoking and how terribly it was affecting her.She used to be a nurse and has seen people die horribly from smoking related causes. She always respected my rite to smoke, though now and then when my health was less good she used to sometimes say im not looking forward to living without you and I saw how upset she got watching me kill myself one smoke ata time. It mite seem crazy or still selfish but I didn't quit for her, I had too do it for me,and im glad I did because now I know that by doing my best to look after me first theres a good chance ill be around to be here for her too. Im also going for regular walks with her which she has wanted me to do for years but I just wasn't up to it healthwise. I know she is proud of me now for quiting,and I do feel proud of myself for looking after myself better than I have in years. This quiting is a huge thing really maybe the biggest thing ive ever done. There are good days and crap days still but im glad I found the opportunity before it was too late.

Profile image sunray5 days ago

Yahooooo getting closer to that hundy club fagoff .. huge congratulations to you. Well done. ⭐

Profile image sunray5 days ago

It is a journey of so many more journeys along the way fagoff embrace it and enjoy your smokefreedom. We really don't learn how addicted we are until we give up. Lovely blog fagoff. Have a great day. ⭐

Profile image Maanu5 days ago

nice story thx for sharing your wife must be very happy that you have quit

Profile image Nana225 days ago

And that is the power of this terrible addiction, fagoff. We knew we were hurting not just ourselves, but the ones who love us as well. That was the last thing we wanted to do but felt powerless to do any different. I guess that's why we have to come to the decision to quit for ourselves - it makes our quitting depend only on us and not anyone else. Not only do we reap so many benefits, but they trickle down to our loved ones as well. Only 1 week to go, my friend. I'll be waiting.

Profile image fagoff5 days ago

nana, I guess that's why we have to come to the decision to quit for ourselves - it makes our quitting depend only on us and not anyone else. So true another benefit is I cant blame anyone else now for making me pick up a unowot . I have to choose to pick up and I wont let anyone else be my reason for falling over.

Profile image Nana225 days ago

Exactly the same here fagoff.

Profile image Nickers765 days ago

Hey Fagoff, please remember this;
"Make a pact with yourself today to not be defined by your past. Sometimes the greatest thing to come out of all your hard work isn't what you get for it, but what you become for it." :-)
I am sure Mrs Fagoff would agree after all 22 years together is an amazing achievement in itself and that's without the 93 days of smoke-freedom already achieved! Keep going you are doing great! :-) 7 more sleeps.....

Profile image Axl2312615 days ago

1 week to go mate!☺

Profile image aimee75 days ago

That is a great post Axl very moving. Nearly at the hundy mark and that is a major achievement:) well done.

Profile image fagoff4 days ago

Axl, ? hes already been after my mrs now hes after my quit , (-:

23Nov2014 By fagoff  |  Permalink  |  Report Support me - Follow my blogs

Stats Update: 92 days smokefree

Smokefree days: 92 days
Grams NOT smoked: 920
Total savings: $1,085.00

Profile image fagoff6 days ago

Having a nice weekend so far.boy was it hot yesterday up tp 29 ,then it cooled rite down and rained.I think my cold is getting better,not so constantly drippy nose now or cough,sneezing as much . Only 8 days till I join the hundy club ,looking forward to that.
Mite hop on bike soon and go for a ride round gorges to Methven for lunch ,the café there does a lovely steak eggs onions and chips yum. (-: Hope you all havn a great unowot free day.

Profile image Axl2312616 days ago

Hey fagoff. Only 8 days to go. Save a seat for me mate, I'm right behind you. Steak, eggs, onions and chips. My mouth is watering. Enjoy it mate. You deserve it☺

Profile image fagoff6 days ago

Had a client walk into the room yesterday, obviously just had a smoke, I nearly gagged man they stink .ooo yuk that used to be me. Even my wife has said I smell quite yummy now. I used to be very sensitive about smelling and avoided getting to close to people .don't need to bother anymore.yet another great reason not too unowot .

Profile image aimee76 days ago

So close to the hundy fagoff :) well done!

Profile image Nuinui6 days ago

Fantastic on reaching 92 days

Profile image Emmy girl6 days ago

Yay for steak eggs onions and chips.. would have to be one of my favourite meals ;-)
You are doing so great!! Feels so good to know we don't smell like stale smoke.. or fresh smoke for that matter, it all stinks to a non smoker huh! Well done on your stats you are so close the the hundy club!! Keep up the good work :-)

Profile image Nana226 days ago

Hey fagoff. I can see you almost here when i peer out the Hundy Club door. Hope you enjoyed that breakfast. I know you need it for all the energy you use now you're a nonsmoker. Have a great day.

Profile image cjtwo6 days ago

Well done. I can only dream of being that far at the moment Keep it up. have a great afternoon

Profile image SusyQ5 days ago

Look at you go fagoff! It feels good not to smell like old cigarette hey?!?!?

Profile image Nickers765 days ago

I am getting so excited for you Fagoff!!!! So so close now :-)

21Nov2014 By fagoff  |  Permalink  |  Report Support me - Follow my blogs

Stats Update: 90 days smokefree

Smokefree days: 90 days
Grams NOT smoked: 900
Total savings: $1,050.00

Profile image fagoff21 November, 2014

Wow seems a bit unreal really ,but il take it ,(-: double wammy today been married 22 years today so more to celebrate ,which means food mostly (-: nice and warm here lovely day .Hope yous all havn a great day too

Profile image flower21 November, 2014

congrats on both.way to roll

Profile image Nickers7621 November, 2014

Congratulations on 22 years today! :-) and...90 days!!!! You are doing so well keep it up not long now......EXCITING :-)

Profile image Meno Babe21 November, 2014

Congrats, 22 yrs how brilliant 90 days double whammy, eat drink and be merry you so deserve it:-)

Profile image Darren21 November, 2014

Congrats, you made it!! Double celebration to boot, should be a good day, just don't celebrate with a unowot!!

Profile image josienz195821 November, 2014

90 days is SO close to the Hundy club - brilliant efforet. Congrats on 22 years marriage too - not many can say that these days.

Profile image Nana2221 November, 2014

Exciting, fagoff, only 10 days to your hundy. Awesome, my friend. Congratulations to you and your beloved on your anniversary. I hope have something nice planned for both of your achievements.

Profile image sunray21 November, 2014

Wooooohoo that's awesome fagoff.....10...days until your hundy .... Happy anniversary to. Have a great day. ⭐

Profile image Maanu21 November, 2014

Wooohooo first quarter done and dusted well done quit buddy

Profile image Saffron21 November, 2014

Congratulations on both counts, fagoff. Enjoy your celebrations ☺

Profile image clarence the cat21 November, 2014

Well done!! Congratulations on your wedding anniversary too. Hope you have a wonderful celebration.

Profile image Ladylene21 November, 2014

ooh Fagoff ... getting really close now ... wahoo .. and congrats on 22 years ... thats awesome

20Nov2014 By fagoff  |  Permalink  |  Report Support me - Follow my blogs

Stats Update: 89 days smokefree

Smokefree days: 89 days
Grams NOT smoked: 890
Total savings: $1,050.00

Profile image fagoff20 November, 2014

Having a better day today .I think I have got a full on cold ,not very pleasant but should pass soon hopefully .Had a horrible scary dream last nite ,don't know what that's about but was glad to wake up from it . I am curious ,hope it doesn't come across as critical .
Ive noticed quite a few bloggers seem in a great hurry to get off their NRT champix ,zyban etc. Whats the rush ?,some of us have smoked for 30/40 years or more ,that's a long time . What does 3 or 6 or 12 months matter in the big scheme of things, to keep using whatever we need to remain smokefree. Particularly when we are talking about the next 10/30 or however many years we are blessed with smokefree.Prior to this quit I have done the same with champix and zyban I didn't like the side affects and stopped using them early and ended up picking up a smoke again.
Not this time ,I aim to be come nicotine free ,when I am ready ,this has to be my quit ,no one else knows whats best for me ,though I do listen and consider others ideas.
Any way just a few thawts ,no offense meant .

Profile image Darren20 November, 2014

One more day, yes I would have said stop the NRT, but after thinking about it, as you say if you have smoked 30-40 years, what's the rush!! :)

Profile image Nickers7620 November, 2014

So true Fagoff, and I am super glad to hear that you are feeling somewhat better today. I do hope this cold doesn't come to more than that! You just got to take YOUR quit journey as you are comfortable taking it :-) You're doing so great and what you are doing is working so keep up the great work just as you see fit to do it :-)

Profile image Axl23126120 November, 2014

Well said mate. I was one of those you mentioned. I was just keen to get off nrt. I realize now that I'd rather be on nrt than to risk my quit. Cheers mate, I've seen the light☺

Profile image cjtwo20 November, 2014

Thanks for your blog I will stay on my champix till the end unlike last time when I stopped taking it after 6weeks. have a great day :)

Profile image flower20 November, 2014

so true you know when you are ready to stop taking what ever you donot need to ask other people

Profile image Nana2220 November, 2014

Wow, 89 days fagoff. You've been adding smokefree days while i wasn't looking. Fantastic. I agree with you re nrt. So much so that i've put myself back on patches fo a while. Still better than smoking.

Profile image SusyQ20 November, 2014

I so hear you! I smoked 30 years, there's no way that 3 months NRT will be enough! I am on my 8 months of lozenges. I expect to be on them for a wee while yet. Whatever I can do to keep my quit safe! Well done you! Not far to the hundy club now!

19Nov2014 By fagoff  |  Permalink  |  Report Support me - Follow my blogs

rough day

some days I feel like cancelling ,Was scratchy first thing, barked at the beloved. Went to the wrong place for a meeting twice ,new compressor arrived (-: something to feel good about,found its got a broken part on it )-:
has to go away to be fixed. Nor wester is blowing here and its hot. Im sneezing ,coughing and permanent runny nose. Have felt every emotion today from bad to good and back again.
But on the good side no cravings but even if I did nico&^%$# can go and get jumped on. I aint picking up. No matter what,I will get through this and feel better again. NOPE, Nope and Nope and OHAAT as well,just for today

Profile image josienz195819 November, 2014

It HAS to get better..............doesn't it??? Hope so, for your sake - best wishes x

Profile image Axl23126119 November, 2014

Hi fagoff. You get days like that. What can go wrong does go wrong. Tomorrow will be better mate☺

Profile image Thunderbirds are go19 November, 2014

Two blogs today, eh? You must be having a bad day. I'll give you a ((HUG)) but don't let your beloved see because it sounds like you two are annoyed with each other today. Good on ya for staying determined and always remember, the sun will come up tomorrow.

Profile image Fiona19 November, 2014

Well done for not smoking

Profile image sunray19 November, 2014

Keep on keeping on fagoff, sorry you have had a bad day..I hope tomorrow will be a better one for you. Maybe go for a nice evening walk then an early night. ⭐

Profile image Nickers7620 November, 2014

You will get there Fagoff!!! You are right about feeling every emotion in a day I have found that the past couple of weeks that I am struggling too! I hope that you come right soon, take it easy :-)