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23Aug2015 By fagoff  |  Permalink  |  Report Support me - Follow my blogs

Stats Update: 365 days smokefree

Smokefree days: 365 days
Grams NOT smoked: 3650
Total savings: $4,880.00
Wow I made it. Prior to starting this quit I really didn't believe I was capable of not smoking, I have been making serious attempts since before 2010. I tried cold turkey usually lasted about half a day. Hypnotism ,lit up as I walked out the door. patches,gum and lozenges, I sometimes lasted nearly a day.Champix I managed 3 months with two or three slipups in between. When the big shakes started in Chch I eventually caved in again. Tried champix again and it seemed to have no positive affect apart from feeling stuffed up in the head. tried zyban and much the same as champix. Christmas 2013 I got pnieumonia ,went to hospital and was very sick. I did stop mostly for about three days.Then I managed to stick to 3 a day for a few days ,then bam ,full on again. July /August last year I started getting the same symptoms I had the prior Christmas and I just couldn't face the prospect of going back to hospital and struggling to breath again ,that was a scary time .I decided on the Saturday night ,this is it ive had enough,no more smokes.I wasn't sure how I was going to do it but I had my old ecig still in the cupboard from a previous attempt so sunday morning I got it out and somehow that's been enough.Eventually after doing lots of research, I got onto a US website and bought a much betther ecig and good quality ejuice to go in the ecig. A lot of what you buy in NZ is not very good especially the liquid that goes in the ecigs.
I decided that as I smoked for 40 years I should take my time with this quit business. So I havnt really thought about quiting the ecig yet .Now that ive got a year up off the dreaded unowots ,I might start looking at the ecig too in the near future.

Profile image fagoff5 days ago

It hasn't been an easy year at all , Ive changed jobs ,home and towns done some travelling. Had to deal with crippling anxiety at times .I still like the smell of people smoking ,I avoided that for a few months but now im ok.I have had all the usual thoughts of just one puff etc. but I have been able to remember where smoking lead me to ,really poor health.I couldn't even walk up a set of stairs without gasping for breath.
Its taken a while for my health to get better but now it is much better and I can do most of the things I used to do ,though I still have to take it easy.Early on I wondered if ive left it too late you know emphysema, copd etc, but touch wood I seem to be ok.
I have really enjoyed coming on this site and found it invaluable ,
A special thanks to nana,axl and Bruce you have helped me heaps I am also grateful to every ones comments , Even the challenges have been useful as I chose to think hard about what I was doing and became more determined in my resolve to keep doing what works for me.I have found what worked for me and its become automatic to just keep repeating it, that way I don't forget and each new smokefree day reinforces the last.Even in the last few days ive had the cunning thoughts of gee just one would be nice,but NOPE.NOPE,NOPE. Good to see so many newbies on here,Find what works stick to it and NOPE. (-:

Profile image AXL4 days ago

Congratulations fagoff on 1 year smokefree! Well, I'm still 1 day behind you mate. Let's keep it that way. Your family must be so proud of you and rightly so. Once again mate, congratulations!☺

Profile image smokefreemep4 days ago

Happy breathday fagoff.. yayyyy!!! Well done.. your awesome☺

Profile image fagoff4 days ago

Cheers mate we made it thanks for your support.Big congrats to you to for tomorrow its a big achievement.

Profile image Mr Lefty .4 days ago

Congratulations Fagoff . Well Done .

Profile image nanaturtle4 days ago

Living proof-it can be done! (or alive proof!') Fagoff-you rock! Congratulations on your1st Breathday, may there be many many more ★★★

Profile image Thunderbirds are go4 days ago

Happy Breathday fagoff. You did it! Such a marvelous achievement especially while facing all those challenges and it sounds like it was a very timely quit. Hope you're feeling pretty chuffed and getting yourself a big treat today :))

Profile image clarence the cat4 days ago

CONGRATULATIONS Fagoff!! You must be very proud of your achievement today. Well done!!

Profile image Bub444 days ago

Congratulations you have worked hard for this day to come
Happy breath day

Profile image Ganny4 days ago

Happy breathday! Your blog really helped me today.

Profile image Nana224 days ago

Fagoff, there is no way i could let this day pass without a massive congratulations to you. A very Happy Breathday to you my friend. I'm so happy and pleased for you. All that you have achieved this year is HUGE! So many life changes....and anxious or not, you've made them all work for you - and i know it hasn't been easy!
Thank you so much for the support you've given to me - it has meant so much.
Have a wonderful day and celebrate this amazing achievement. YOU DID IT!!!!!
This is the first of many more Breathdays to come.....FANTASTIC!

Profile image flower4 days ago

this is very low key for your breathday.You should at the very lest danced down Pollen street on the sunny side.all the best for all the smokefree years to come.

Profile image Maanu4 days ago

Happy breatheday quit buddy (((-8 It makes me very happy to read about your quit journey mostly cos it has such a happy ending or is it a happy beginning. Now you will be able to live a healthy live doing the things you enjoy without running out of breathe and have much more money and energy to pursue your interests. Ka pai have a great smoke free life you have earnt it.

Profile image fagoff4 days ago

Ive had a yum brunch of eggs bene with bacon and am having a feed of indian for tea with friends ,so I am celebrating. Im more grateful than excited today .nice to see you too Nana, hope your feeling better. I don't drink or smoke either now that's two out of three but with a bit of luck (kids don't listen) I might get a bit of the other later,hehe and whats even better I should be able to keep up too now, (-: you might laugh but 12 months ago I would get out of breath (for the wrong reasons) with even a little exertion shall we say. which doesn't exactly help the old libido. (-:. No stopping me now hehe

Profile image AXL4 days ago

You enjoy tonight mate. You deserve it☺

Profile image Thunderbirds are go4 days ago

Haha fagoff. Sounds like you have a fab day (and night) planned :))

Profile image Darren4 days ago

Hi fagoff, congratulations are in order for making it to a year! Enjoy the day. You've made it!!

Profile image aroha4 days ago

Congratulations, 1 year is an amazing achievement!

Profile image Ladylene4 days ago

Whoop whoop .... happy Breathday to you Fagoff .... Well done you! I'm looking forward to the day when you can dump that e-ciggie too

Profile image snail mover4 days ago

Hi a big congratulations.happy breathday to u.

Profile image jenstar4 days ago

Fagoff! Congratulations on your breathday what a fantastic achievement - hope you have had a fabulous day treating yourself today :-)

Profile image cjtwo4 days ago

Congratulations what an awesome achievement happy breathday you must feel so proud you should I'm sure everyone here feels proud of you too. Rock on !

Profile image Dadoftwo3 days ago

Brilliant news fagoff!!
1 full breathday. How awesome as well as inspirational. Well done. So very very excited and wrapped with you! !

Profile image Janet G3 days ago

Happy, Happy Breathday, Fagoff!! You have done sooooo well!!!! Congratulations! :) :) :)

Profile image aimee71 day ago

Congrats fagoff.

18Aug2015 By fagoff  |  Permalink  |  Report Support me - Follow my blogs

Stats Update: 360 days smokefree

Smokefree days: 360 days
Grams NOT smoked: 3600
Total savings: $4,800.00
Getting close to the big one year now. seems pretty amazing .
Still NOPE just keep putting one foot in front of the otherPretty simple really. Find what works and keep doing it. That way theres nothing to forget and it becomes automatic.Hope you all going good .

Profile image Thunderbirds are go18 August, 2015

Counting down with you fagoff. Hope you've got a big celebration planned in 5 day's time :)

Profile image Dadoftwo18 August, 2015

Wow countdown begins!! How awesome!! Not long to go huh?

Profile image jakethemuss18 August, 2015

Nice work fagoff

Profile image Bub4418 August, 2015

5 more sleeps whoop whoop your right find what works and you have done it :)

Profile image JohnnyRED18 August, 2015

That's really helpful advice thanks. Seems like yesterday you were posting every day your day 14 etc. My how time flies and not long now til you conquer smokefree mountain. With you all the way mate. You inspire us all. Well done.

Profile image jenstar18 August, 2015

Almost your breathday!! Countdown is on, well done fagoff :-)

Profile image smokefreemep18 August, 2015

Woww 5 more days.. nice work fagoff...

Profile image Doll196818 August, 2015

WOW great stats Fagoff. Awesome.

Profile image Tutu18 August, 2015

Ya for stats love me yours:) can't wait to be there myself:)

14Aug2015 By fagoff  |  Permalink  |  Report Support me - Follow my blogs

Stats Update: 356 days smokefree

Smokefree days: 356 days
Grams NOT smoked: 3560
Total savings: $4,760.00
Still NOPE getting close to a whole year off the unowots, hard to believe at times really. I just keep it simple .Seems to work.

Profile image flower14 August, 2015

put the peddle to the metal and strait ahead well done

Profile image Nana2214 August, 2015

Hey fagoff. Yep as flower said...straight run through to your Breathday now. Keeping it simple works a treat.
Have a good weekend. I guess you'll be working on the house? Stay cool.

Profile image Bub4414 August, 2015

Not long now exciting

Profile image Ladylene14 August, 2015

♫•*¨*•.¸¸♥Happy Breathday to You, ♫•*¨*•.¸¸♥ ¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪ Happy Breathday to You ♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸♥ ¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪ Happy Breathday dear Fagoff ♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸♥ ¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪ Happy Breathday to You ♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸♥ ¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪

Awesome job Fagoff :)

Profile image Ladylene14 August, 2015

I so thought that said 365 .... dumb brainfog lol Oh well .. thats probably a good thing in case I miss it in 9 days ... Good so good Fagoff .. it feels great hey :)

Profile image smokefreemep14 August, 2015

9 days fagoff.. so exciting! Lol @ lady.. she was just practising ☺

Profile image Mr Lefty .14 August, 2015

Good On Ya M8

Profile image Arria14 August, 2015

Awesome work there fagoff! Counting down those days to your breath day!

Profile image Dadoftwo14 August, 2015

Haha ladylene better to be 3 hours early ... than a minute too late :) great amazing fantastic work fagoff!! You should be so wrapped!

Profile image clarence the cat15 August, 2015

Awesome Fagoff. Looking forward to that breathday celebration!!

9Aug2015 By fagoff  |  Permalink  |  Report Support me - Follow my blogs

Stats Update: 351 days smokefree

Smokefree days: 351 days
Grams NOT smoked: 3510
Total savings: $4,680.00
Still NOPE, having a good weekend ,busy painting the new house.
Work has been much better lately.Ive been focussing on the positive and just getting on with life,feels good. Getting close to a year now .Pretty stoked about that.(-:

Profile image Bub4410 August, 2015

Not long now Fagoff and you have every reason to be stoked :)

Profile image clarence the cat10 August, 2015

Awesome Fagoff!!

Profile image Dadoftwo10 August, 2015

Well done fagoff you are doing so well and is awesome how you continue to stay off them smokes. Well done and keep it up!! Not long till the 1 year breathday. Woop woop

Profile image Nana2210 August, 2015

Very close to the year fagoff! and you have lots to do on your new house to help pass the time. Quite exciting making the house your own and putting your own mark on it.
Awesome job on 351 days my friend.....i'm so looking forward to your Breathday!

Profile image nanaturtle10 August, 2015

Awesome fagoff-super happy for you :-)

3Aug2015 By fagoff  |  Permalink  |  Report Support me - Follow my blogs

Stats Update: 345 days smokefree

Smokefree days: 345 days
Grams NOT smoked: 3450
Total savings: $4,600.00
Still NOPE. Coping with life a lot better lately and feeling more positive.
Im pleased and surprised that even when the going has been tuff ,picking up a unowot hasn't been an option.I guess its true that it does get easier.
Occasionally when I see someone smoking I think for a second ,one of those would be nice ,but its just a thought that I have control over.
Hope every ones going good.I don't blog so much now ,though I still come on for a nosy every other day.Havnt seen much of axl for a while hope your doing well mate. .Not long till our first year off unowots eh.Good to see a few familiar faces and new ones on here too

Profile image Dadoftwo3 August, 2015

Hey fagoff. Wow less than 3 weeks till your breathday . How incredible!!
I recall seeing you when I first jumped on and is so pleasing to see your stats and savings!
A real inspiration and glad you pop in from time to time.
Looking forward to seeing your breathday where there will be beers and champange; )

Profile image Megs613 August, 2015

Awesome stats fagoff,wow not long to your breathe day and thank you for your kind words on my blog :)

Profile image clarence the cat3 August, 2015

Well done Fagoff!! You have come a long way on your SMOKEFREE journey. I hope you're planning a super party for your 1st Breathday!!

Profile image Nana223 August, 2015

Good to hear from you fagoff. You have done amazingly my friend. You have always kept this journey real...good and bad which i have so related to. I am getting excited for you with your first smokefree year just around the corner. I do hope you post that day so we can all celebrate your achievement. I'm hoping Axl will post for his as well.
Keep on keeping on, and have a great NOPE day!

Profile image Ganny3 August, 2015

W00T - almost breathday - thanks for sharing the positive vibes; it's really soooo good to know it gets easier. :-D

Profile image smokefreemep3 August, 2015

Hi fagoff.. holy shi* its getting close now.. positive blog.. good stuff fagoff :)

Profile image jakethemuss3 August, 2015

Sweet numbers there fagoff

Profile image aimee73 August, 2015

Hi fagoff nice to see your post :) fabulous numbers my friend!!

Profile image nanaturtle3 August, 2015

Love the way you call it a 'unowot' like if it has a name, it has some power! Awesome-making unowots meaningless! Well done fagoff-stay strong ★

28Jul2015 By fagoff  |  Permalink  |  Report Support me - Follow my blogs

Stats Update: 339 days smokefree

Smokefree days: 339 days
Grams NOT smoked: 3390
Total savings: $4,520.00
Lifes been a bit tuffer going lately, anxiety levels off the scale a couple of times ,really had to practice ODAAT,there does seem to be light at the end of the tunnel so that's reassuring, and on the good side I havnt picked up a smoke so that's pretty amazing for me. Less than one month to go till its a whole year off the unowots. Still NOPE NOPE NOPE. (-:

Profile image Bub4428 July, 2015

Must feel great to be able to say in less than one month you will be one whole year smokefree..awesome..yes i know those smoking thoughts well done Fagoff.

Profile image Nana2228 July, 2015

There will always be those tough, anxiety provoking times fagoff. We had them as smokers too.Stand firm my friend and NOPE and ODAAT through it as you have been. You have much respect from me for the way you've travelled on your smokefree journey. 339 days smokefreedom is brilliant......and so, so, close to your Breathday! I'm getting excited for you!

Profile image smokefreemep28 July, 2015

Wow fagoff thats amazing.. you must feel so proud of yourself with less than a month to go my goodness!!! This is so exciting, your so strong.. well done fagoff. NOPE

Profile image Dadoftwo28 July, 2015

Wow great stats still fagoff!! Kicking it!!

Profile image Maanu28 July, 2015

I'm proud of you and happy for you and a little envious you must be feeling fantatstic after 339 daYs of smoke-freedom. I suffer from mild depression and anxiety at times and let me tell you smoking does not help one bit. I was much healthier and happier when I didn't smoke and can't wait to get back to it

Profile image Betsy10229 July, 2015

Awesme stats and insipirational. Thank you for sharing

20Jul2015 By fagoff  |  Permalink  |  Report Support me - Follow my blogs

Stats Update: 331 days smokefree

Smokefree days: 331 days
Grams NOT smoked: 3310
Total savings: $4,440.00
still nope ,been a bit up and down today and grumpy ,would be the same if I was smoking so no point smoking eh ,id have even more reason to feel crappy then .That's life ,the good and the not so good.non smokers have it ,so why should I expect to be different. still can laugh so not all bad news.

Profile image Bub4420 July, 2015

Great stats yep laughing is the best medicine :)

Profile image Nana2220 July, 2015

Yep life will carry on whether we're ready or not eh fagoff. Tomorrow is another day - hopefully a better one. Definitely no point smoking. You're right there.
Awesome stats my friend! Racing toward your Breathday! So exciting!

Profile image Dadoftwo20 July, 2015

Yep. Keep laughing. One thing not to laugh at is your stats! Brilliant work fagoff!! Cannot wait to be where you are! :)

Profile image smokefreemep20 July, 2015

Laughing is so good for your soul, its also beneficial to others :) nice stats fagoff your awesome!

Profile image Darren21 July, 2015

That's right fagoff, it's normal to have ups and downs, that's something I'm beggining to accept and deal with too.

16Jul2015 By fagoff  |  Permalink  |  Report Support me - Follow my blogs

Stats Update: 327 days smokefree

Smokefree days: 327 days
Grams NOT smoked: 3270
Total savings: $4,360.00
Still NOPE.I havnt been on for a while as we havnt had internet access at our new place till now. weve started renovating our house ,it certainly needs it but nothing we cant handle and it will be so nice to have it all new looking and clean .Im back at work slowly getting back into the swing of things.Some days are not so enjoyable then others are good .So gotta take it a day at a time. Was thinking today wow its nearly a year since I last had a puff or a ciggarete, that still amazes me as it took so long to get there. My health is way better but still not 100 % .I am grateful that life is so much better as a result of not smoking.It hasn't been easy but it has been worth it.Hope you all are doing ok.Remember the answer to nicodemons temptations is always NOPE. (-:

Profile image Nana2216 July, 2015

Hey fagoff and yes you're heading to the 1 year now! Even i still have to pinch myself sometimes. Haven't we done well ! Great to hear you getting back into everyday life again. I agree with you....NOPE is the only way. Congrats on 327 days of smokefreedom my friend. I'm so proud of you.

Profile image Bub4416 July, 2015

Awesome days stacking up there congrats...

Profile image josienz195816 July, 2015

NOPE is definitely the way to go - way to go Fagoff - looking good!

Profile image Dadoftwo16 July, 2015

Great work Fag!!
You rock and should feel proud :) nearly the breathday! Yah you

Profile image Betsy10217 July, 2015

Hi fagoff you are doing an amazing job, With no somoking your health is bound to improve no doubt about that. Thank you for the reminder to anwer that nicodemns with a nope, much appreiciate.

11Jul2015 By fagoff  |  Permalink  |  Report Support me - Follow my blogs

Stats Update: 322 days smokefree

Smokefree days: 322 days
Grams NOT smoked: 3220
Total savings: $4,320.00
Still NOPE.moved into our new place ,no furniture till truck arrives Monday hopefully,and back to work again. finding it difficult to get back into things really. feel quite lazy ,maybe jetlag ?.It will be good to begin to get back into a normalish lifestyle again.life has been pretty unormal for a few months now.hope eveyones going good. cold at nigfht but lovely and sunny now.

Profile image Blondene11 July, 2015

Nice enjoy your new place you will get back into it ☺☺

Profile image Nana2211 July, 2015

Ooh that's exciting moving into your new house fagoff!. Yep very common to feel a bit at sea after a good holiday. Takes a while to get back to real life mode even without jet-lag.
Love your numbers my friend. NOPE always and forever!

Profile image snail mover11 July, 2015

Keep those heels dug in and show the demon who will win...102 days now wow .well done blondene.

Profile image clarence the cat11 July, 2015

Gosh another first Breathday fast approaching. Start planning a treat for yourself as a celebration.

Profile image Gilly6011 July, 2015

Well done fagoff!!!!!! Be proud!

Profile image Betsy10212 July, 2015

Wow your stats are amazing. Congratulations on your stats and also in moving to your new home.

4Jul2015 By fagoff  |  Permalink  |  Report Support me - Follow my blogs

Stats Update: 315 days smokefree

Smokefree days: 315 days
Grams NOT smoked: 3150
Total savings: $4,200.00
Still NOPE. Taking a while to get back to normal, had a good normal sleep Thursday night then woke up today at 2 am ,gonna be a long day.
I don't have to pick up a smoke today that's a good thing.
Hope you all have a good day.

Profile image Bruce C4 July, 2015

You're doing well, and you've picked a great weekend for coming home. Nothing to do outside this weekend

Profile image Calmwaters4 July, 2015

Hope the Jet lag settles soon Fagoff.

Profile image clarence the cat4 July, 2015

Welcome home. It's a good weekend for doing nothing so relax and wait for the Jet lag to pass.

Profile image Nana224 July, 2015

Yep it can take a while to settle back in eh? Have an easy weekend and hopefully you'll feel better next week. When do you start back at work?
Love seeing your amazing stats fagoff!

Profile image Kiwikid4 July, 2015

Love your stats fagoff.

Profile image aimee74 July, 2015

Wicked stats fagoff, sorry I missed your 3 Hundy!! Congrats on that :)

Profile image Betsy1025 July, 2015

Wow this is impressive congratualtions