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10Feb2016 By fagoff  |  Permalink  |  Report Support me - Follow my blogs

Stats Update: 536 days smokefree

Smokefree days: 536 days
Grams NOT smoked: 5360
Total savings: $7,160.00
Yep. nice savings ,mind you I just spend it on other stuff ,but at least its good stuff .(-:

Profile image cath574 days ago

Healthy wealthy and wise. Cheering for you.

Profile image Lwray4 days ago

Congrats on your very impressive stats. I hope you have bought yourself some special treats with that cash you have saved!

2Feb2016 By fagoff  |  Permalink  |  Report Support me - Follow my blogs

Stats Update: 528 days smokefree

Smokefree days: 528 days
Grams NOT smoked: 5280
Total savings: $7,040.00

Profile image nana592 February, 2016

Yep says it all - amazing stats all round

Profile image Thyme4me2 February, 2016

Fabulous stats and well earned 👏

Profile image Nana222 February, 2016

Yep, Yep, and Yep again! Love seeing your stats fagoff. 528 days smokefree is brilliant!
So proud of you my friend.
You got stickability! Keep enjoying the freedom.

Profile image Julia C2 February, 2016

You're doing well. Just 27 days until you get to 555 smokefree days.

Profile image Ladylene3 February, 2016

HI Fagoff .. thanks for popping in .. and awesome numbers :)

Profile image clarence the cat4 February, 2016

Awesome progress Fagoff!!

25Jan2016 By fagoff  |  Permalink  |  Report Support me - Follow my blogs

Stats Update: 520 days smokefree

Smokefree days: 520 days
Grams NOT smoked: 5200
Total savings: $6,960.00
Still NOPING along,ODAT. (-:

Profile image smokefreemep25 January, 2016

Nice stats fagoff ☺

Profile image Nana2225 January, 2016

Always good to see you and your fantastic stats fagoff. Bet you're enjoying your first summer in the beautiful Coromandel!
Like me, just keep NOPING away, and have an awesome day!

Profile image Julia C25 January, 2016

Well done

Profile image clarence the cat25 January, 2016

I like NOPING. That's a good term. Your stats continue to look amazing Fagoff. Well done

Profile image Outandabout25 January, 2016

Inspiring stats, really pleased for you.

Profile image GTMI25 January, 2016

520 days is amazing :)

Profile image Ladylene25 January, 2016

Nice work Fagoff :)

17Jan2016 By fagoff  |  Permalink  |  Report Support me - Follow my blogs

Stats Update: 512 days smokefree

Smokefree days: 512 days
Grams NOT smoked: 5120
Total savings: $6,840.00
Still NOPE .Im enjoying the warm summer days. Have had my kids up to stay for the last week ,we had a great time.

Profile image GTMI18 January, 2016

Amazing stats Fagoff, I can't wait to see numbers like that on my page :)

5Jan2016 By fagoff  |  Permalink  |  Report Support me - Follow my blogs

Stats Update: 500 days smokefree

Smokefree days: 500 days
Grams NOT smoked: 5000
Total savings: $6,680.00
I don't really think much about how long ive been off unowots these days .However I am still very glad to be off the dreaded unowots. (-:
If your just starting your quit then just stick at it one day at a time. Find what works best for you then click the repeat button every morning, simple as that really. It doesn't matter how many attempts it takes either as long as we get back on the wagon. I lost count of how many times I tried, yet here I am .

Profile image Ladylene5 January, 2016

Woohoo Fagoff ... Welcome to the 500 Club. Great plan ... I like that ... Just hit repeat every day ...

Profile image clarence the cat5 January, 2016

Awesome Fagoff!! Sound advice too. Have a great SMOKEFREE day.

Profile image Rose45 January, 2016

Hi! Glad to see your still sticking to it! well done you! 500 days that is bloody fantastic!

Profile image Nana225 January, 2016

A very warm welcome to the 5 Hundy Club my friend! How amazing does it feel?!
Great advice for the newbies too fagoff.
You have a fabulous day and make sure you celebrate this awesome achievement. I have been proud of you since day 1 and have enjoyed taking this journey together.
Celebratory nana hugs today (((fagoff))).

Profile image AXL5 January, 2016

I'm proud of you mate. Congratulations on 500 days smokefree. Great advice too😆

Profile image Darren5 January, 2016

Wow this is so great to see. 500 days, that is a major achievement. That's a very very long time. It must almost be a distant memory the smoking, bring on two years!

Profile image Worker5 January, 2016

Hey Fagoff - well done on reaching your 500 birthday - all the hard work is done now eh - its just the maintenance.

Profile image Outandabout5 January, 2016

Five hundred days. I am just a little bit in awe. Great job, and well done for always posting such positive and helpful comments that must be a huge help for other quitters, especially new quitters.

Profile image Julia C5 January, 2016

Woooot. Fantastic and well done fagoff.

Profile image Nifty Fifty5 January, 2016

Congrats Fagoff , great accomplishment - hope you proud of yourself , cause we are :)

4Jan2016 By fagoff  |  Permalink  |  Report Support me - Follow my blogs


Once a person has become addicted to a substance ,their brain has become permanently wired to think that the substance of choice ,tobacco will make us feel better, especially when difficulties come along. Eventually after we have quit it becomes sidelined and sort of deactivated. We learn that we can cope with whatever life gives us without the drug.
However it only takes one puff of tobacco to reactivate the old wiring again. When we slip up we have a short time frame to get back on the wagon again but need to be very vigilant and determined to stay stopped. It took most of us many years to become hooked, it logically makes sense that its going to take sometime ( maybe years) to become truly free of this addiction. As long as we are not smoking and ingesting the thousands of known cancer causing chemicals ,what does it matter if we still use some form of NRT .I know the purists think like this, but the facts show that many people do fall off the wagon sometimes years after quitting tobacco, often with deadly results. I believe its better to take the long view. I do not wish to ever pick up a cigarette ever again. Some people seem to have been able to totally remove all forms of nicotine from their lives ,thats great ,good for you. However many people do need to continue with NRT ,be proud of the fact that you aren't smoking and slowly killing yourself. You have achieved a great accomplishment, you will now live longer and experience improved health. We are not all the same thank goodness. You are a precious and wonderful human being however you manage to break free of this terrible addiction.
And it does get easier and better I hardly ever think about smoking any more and do feel much stronger and more confident in my ability to stay stopped. However occasionally my crazy brain can still occasionally tell me just one puff would be nice. I aim too be totally nicotine free one day but im not in any hurry ,why should I be I have a wonderful life and mostly reasonable health and God willing ill be around for a long while yet. Happy tobacco free New Year all.

Profile image Nifty Fifty4 January, 2016

Awesome post Fagoff . Me and Mr are 550 days done and still have the gum at hand just in case. The nicodemon appears out of nowhere sometimes, even this far down the track . Smoking is not our future though, our health is far more important . Happy New Year to you !

Profile image clarence the cat4 January, 2016

Great blog Fagoff. Thank you

Profile image SusyQ4 January, 2016

Fantastic blog fagoff! I am absolutely of the opinion that NRT is an excellent tool in the quitting Arsenal. I used lozenges for 11 months. Those lozenges mixed with my will power were what kept me quit. NRT is not the only way, whether cold turkey, e-cigs, or frozen Tim Tams, use what works for you. And always celebrate your decision, and everyone else's decision, no matter what method you choose. It's always going to be the right one. Thanks again fagoff for posting this, and congrats on being unowot free.

Profile image yas014 January, 2016

Thanks fagoff, I still use lozenges and rung quitline for more today. I get the impressive from some I should be off them now, I have cut down but I know if. Didn't have any on hand I could easily freak out and slip.
Your blog has helped me today. Thank you

Profile image Nana224 January, 2016

Love this blog fagoff. Whatever it takes - for as long as it takes in my opinion.

Profile image Outandabout4 January, 2016

yas01, there is no 'should' when we quit, each of us needs to decide what works for us and then stick to it.
great post fagoff, makes us all reflect that it's a complex and powerful addiction, and there are no 1-stop options for success other than just not lighting up again. Whatever helps people to do that is their own business, I reckon.

Profile image Kimbo24 January, 2016

Fantatic blog and so true

Profile image Julia C4 January, 2016

I'm with Outandabout, sort of. For me it's whatever it takes to stay clean. Yes, I would gladly light up, but I know it would quickly bring me back to full-time smoking so I know I can never have "just 1". I am also well over a year nicotine free, and I have no wish to let that stuff back in my body, but I'd rather go to nicotine than return to smoking so for me it's lower case "no" while smoking is "NO" in bold caps

On the other hand fagoff, you are responsible for managing your quit and you need to follow the path that is right for you.

Best wishes & a happy new year

1Jan2016 By fagoff  |  Permalink  |  Report Support me - Follow my blogs

Stats Update: 496 days smokefree

Smokefree days: 496 days
Grams NOT smoked: 4960
Total savings: $6,640.00
My second New years day unowot free. Its a good feeling .Never believed I could stay off the dreaded unowots but here I am.If todays your first day then stick with it ,One day at a time .And Make NOPE your mantra. You will get all the support you need right here.. Happy New Year.

Profile image Ladylene1 January, 2016

Happy New Year to you Fagoff 😀

Profile image AXL1 January, 2016

4 more days mate! Happy New Year too fagoff😆

Profile image Nana221 January, 2016

Happy New Year fagoff. And another smokefree one. Fantastic!

Profile image clarence the cat1 January, 2016

So close to another lovely number. Well done Fagoff!!

Profile image Julia C1 January, 2016

Happy new year.

Profile image Thyme4me1 January, 2016

ow awesome achievement and only 4 sleeps to another huge milestone. Your savings are impressive, I hope there is a little bit to go into a special treat :) !!

30Dec2015 By fagoff  |  Permalink  |  Report Support me - Follow my blogs


I just found out recently that my sister whos not even fifty yet has that awful COPD disease. She is in and out of hospitals and it doesn't seem like she will last much longer. It makes me sad for her ,but grateful that I still have reasonable health ,especially since I abused my poor old bod with booze and drugs years ago,and have only recently managed to get off the dreaded unowots. Life is definitely not fair ,but I realised some time ago that no matter what cards im dealt its up too me how I play them. I can feel sorry for myself and moan about it and stay stuck or choose to see whats good about what I do have and make the most of whatever opportunities I do notice. Todays going to be a good day ( I decided) lets see what I can make of it.
The irony of the story is my sister never smoked in her life or drank much either.

Profile image Julia C30 December, 2015

It's sad when that happens. With a family connection it has to be so hard on you, especially as you look at her and think "It could so easily have been me"

Stay strong

Profile image Captain30 December, 2015

Its ironic that some people drink and smoke there whole lives and live till there 85/90 , others don't abuse there bodies eat healthy ,diet, stay fit and die of a heart attack at 40. You know yourself better than anybody and abusing your body has consequences maybe not now but later in life. To make a change is a way of thanking your body for all the s...t you have put it through. Play your card right and come out a winner.

Profile image Nana2230 December, 2015

I'm sorry to hear about your sister fagoff. Life isn't fair at times, but i guess some things we just have to accept.
When life gives us lemons.....we can choose to use them to make the best lemonade we can from them.
I think you will have a great day. Your positive attitude tells me that.

Profile image AXL30 December, 2015

Awww mate. I'm feeling sad after reading your post. I'm loving your attitude though fagoff. As you know my father died a few weeks ago. I could have smoked but what would have achieved. I would have felt even worse for doing so. Hang in the mate. Getting close to that 5 hundy😆

Profile image nanaturtle30 December, 2015

COPD is a blanket term for most/all things respiratory. Her condition may be exacerbated by other external influences. It happened to my Mum-she had a pneumonia&collapsed lung thru pregnancy, undiagnosed TB thru early teens& as a committed seamstress, minute fibres found there way into her lungs. Alas-she smoked too.
Support her fagoff & feel gratitude you Quit when you did. We may have dodged a bullet-I feel I have
Stay strong xo

Profile image Thunderbirds are go30 December, 2015

Thinking of you fagoff. xx
My niece's partner died of lung cancer and he smoked only 5 a day yet i smoked 25 - 30 and survived (so far). Dodged several bullets I think.
It could have been caused by any number of factors. I lived 15 yrs in a house with peeling asbestos. I have worked with solvents, so intense that I couldn't walk up the stairs to the staff-room. Leaded petrol. Sprays. Pollution. Who knows eh.
After watching my parents die I realized what a lonely time it can be for some people. If you can, spend all the time possible with her. (Even a text or card can make her feel loved if you're not able to be with her)

Profile image Ladylene31 December, 2015

Oh incredibly sad Fagoff .. thats a stink break after being smoke-free! What in incentive for you to stay smoke-free hey. My stepfather died of Emphysema and it was incredibly difficult for me to watch so I know how you feel. Thinking of you. Stay strong :)

29Dec2015 By fagoff  |  Permalink  |  Report Support me - Follow my blogs

Stats Update: 493 days smokefree

Smokefree days: 493 days
Grams NOT smoked: 4930
Total savings: $6,600.00
Still nope ,enjoying summer. only 7 days till 500 .wow howd that happen.(-:

Profile image nanaturtle29 December, 2015

How?? NOPE! Thats how-Awesome fagoff-Well done ★

Profile image Nana2229 December, 2015

It happened with all those ODAAT's fagoff - for 493 days!!!
Of course your strength and determination was and remains a huge part of it too.
Looking forward to your 500 my friend.
Remember to post it so we can celebrate with you!

Profile image Julia C29 December, 2015

Just 2 more oodats. Keep going fagoff.

20Dec2015 By fagoff  |  Permalink  |  Report Support me - Follow my blogs

Stats Update: 484 days smokefree

Smokefree days: 484 days
Grams NOT smoked: 4840
Total savings: $6,480.00
still nope. im enjoying the summer here in the coromandel.
health both physical and mental are much improved .Been doing more walking for fitness lately,we have some nice hill walks here just minutes from home.

Profile image Nana2220 December, 2015

Hey fagoff. The 5 Hundy is just around the corner now!
I bet you are enjoying the coromandel at the moment. It really is a beautiful part of the country. Good on you making the most of what's there to aid in your fitness. Great to have such great walks so close, which helps to make it a regular thing.
Very cool 484 days smokefree my friend. Can't wait till you hit the 5 Hundy!

Profile image AXL20 December, 2015

Geez mate. You're still 1 day ahead of me! I'll never catch you now. Well done fagoff☺

Profile image smokefreemep20 December, 2015

Nice fagoff.. blimin awesome

Profile image Ladylene20 December, 2015

Thanks for popping in Fagoff. Fantastic numbers .. Axl is waiting to catch you .. don't trip up now . .he will be all over you like a rash! Enjoy your Christmas :)

Profile image clarence the cat21 December, 2015

Good to hear from you Fagoff. Great stats. Have a wonderful SMOKEFREE Christmas.