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1Sep2016 By clarence the cat  |  Permalink  |  Report Support me - Follow my blogs

I made it

Smokefree days: 2192 days
Cigarettes NOT smoked: 21920
Total savings: $12,056.00

I am feeling very proud. 6 years ago today I began my quit journey and I am so proud to say I have made it. It hasn’t been an easy journey and when I began I was very envious of those who reached their first breathday. I honestly didn’t think I would be strong enough to get that far.
I still get strong urges that I need a smoke, but they are easily pushed to the side nowadays. Fortunately it doesn’t happen often but the four D’s really do work and I still call them up if I need them.
I was considering my stats and thinking of all the advantages I have gained in six years. Because the price of a packet of smokes was only $11 six years ago, my total savings don’t look great but I know I am able to afford so many things that my smoking used to stop me from having.
I know becoming SMOKEFREE has slowed the progression of my COPD. That is a big plus.
I realize now that I smoked to give me confidence. I didn’t need to. I only needed to recover my self-esteem, which had lain hidden for so many years.
I figure that the number of cigarettes not smoked works out to 1096 packets of ciggies. Imagine those in a heap in your living room. Not to mention the amount of tar and gunk my lungs have been spared.
Life is good.
Thank you Quitline and the many friends on this blog who have supported me. I wouldn’t attempt to name you all, there are so many, but I treasure your support and encouragement.
Newbies, believe in yourself, be strong and focused and you will achieve your SMOKEFREE goal. If you slip up you haven’t failed, you have learnt from the experience and are now able to try again with renewed vigour.

Enjoy the rest of your SMOKEFREE day.

Profile image PokuruGirl1 September, 2016

Well done C the C. Someone bought a packet of 25s in front of me at the supermarket, and the checkout girl said "that will be $27.90". I just about fell over backwards! Congrats on six years of freedom. Well earned and well deserved.

Profile image PSPSP1 September, 2016

Congratulations seems an inadequate response to your mighty achievement Clarence. It would imply there was an element of luck about it.

There was nothing lucky in you getting to 6 years. You have achieved that by strength of will and recovery of your self confidence and self esteem.

So while saying congratulations may appear inadequate I am going to say it anyway-congratulations. Fully deserved and what a fantastic blog to read.

Profile image clarence the cat1 September, 2016

Thanks PokuruGirl. Golly as much as that these days. That would buy many little goodies or food. Thanks for the info.

Profile image PSPSP1 September, 2016

PS from PSPSP. PG and I are not writing in tandem. She is working on the other side of town. It speaks volumes about you Clarence that we both had the same thoughts about your 6 years at about the same time!

Profile image yas011 September, 2016

Hi Clarence.
Well done amazing stuff.
You have always been a huge supporter on here.
Thank you for you courage, positive stories and comments.
Well done xx

Profile image Saffron1 September, 2016

Dear Clarence - you were one of my favourite supporters when I first joined this site and it gives me great pleasure to join in the celebration of your admirable achievement. This quitting business isn't easy, but your success has been such an inspiration to me. Thank you. I hope your 6th Breathday holds many treats and treasures. Enjoy celebrating ☺x♥x☺

Profile image Blondene1 September, 2016

Thanks for sharing such inspirational numbers keeps it real way to go Clarence you're amazing 😊💪

Profile image Nana221 September, 2016

I was so eager not to miss this, that i got ahead of myself and posted yesterday on your blog by mistake!
Today Clarence i send you massive congratulations on your 6th Breathday! What an amazing achievement. It is people like you who give me hope and strength to believe that one day i can do it too.
I hope you're having a wonderful day - 6 years smokefree is a lot of determination, hard work, and absolute stickability.
Thank you so much for all your support Clarence.
You are a Quit Hero!
Lots of love & Hugs to you on this very special day! (((Clarence))) xx

Profile image Hollie1 September, 2016

Gosh a well earned celebration coming up. Congratulations.

I notice in your blog that you said you "treasure your support and encouragement". I think it fair to say that the boot should be on the other foot and we all treasure your support and encouragement.

Freedom is wonderful.

Have a great day.

Profile image Pop's1 September, 2016

Absolutely brilliant Clarence. One of my early Heros & 4 years later, you still are. Thank you for being you.

Profile image sunray1 September, 2016

Happy 6th breathday Clarence the cat. Awesome stats, congratulations. ⭐

Profile image smokefreemep1 September, 2016

CTC... 💕💕 OMGosh.. a huge congratulations on your 6 year achievement! Im so happy for you, im very inspired by you, im so proud of you. You are AMAZING. Sending you lots of love xx💞💞

Profile image Shewa1 September, 2016

Congratulations. That's awesome. And thankyou for your encouragement to me ;-)

Profile image Murphy50001 September, 2016

WOW that's just so cool, you should be so proud. Thanks for the encouragement for a 53 day newbie 😄😄🎉🎉🎉 awesome effort and huge congrats 😄

Profile image Gavin1 September, 2016


Profile image changing281 September, 2016

woohoo happy 6th breathday, congrats for keeping to the path. inspire me and others to aspire to achieve same goal

thank you

Profile image M-dog1 September, 2016

Glad I picked up on this one C. Well done, and thank you for all your help over the years!

Profile image smokefreemep1 September, 2016

:) so proud of you.

Profile image Felix2 September, 2016

Congratulations CTC ..... sorry missed the actual day, I had to blog when I saw this, you have always givien me a positive blog and been ther in the background, that's a lot of money AND smokes whew! .... For one cat to another "Meow" purrrrr ....

Profile image kezz2 September, 2016

Belated congratulations Clarence. You are truly inspirational. I hope you had a brill celebration. You deserve to be proud. Here's to the next 6 years & beyond. Cheers

Profile image nanaturtle3 September, 2016

A Quit hero to me too. Thank you Clarence the Cat, you allow me to loiter, cos You do too 😃
Forever Stay Strong 👍👏💐🍫🎂🍻

Profile image Brian Wang4 September, 2016

Amazing !

Profile image Kathry7 September, 2016

Congratulations - well done Clarence. Best wishes.

Profile image heironymus7 October, 2016

I just LOVE that you still blog, and you still comment. You are so special and such a kind soul. You were always there for me, especially in my early days when I fell over and over again. I am forever grateful to you and your love and support. (Belated) CONGRATULATIONS dear lady on your SIXTH anniversary of smokeFREEDOM. You are a true inspiration and a strength for so many. Much love to you, H ❤ 💗 💓 💕 💖

31May2016 By clarence the cat  |  Permalink  |  Report Support me - Follow my blogs

Stats Update: 2099 days smokefree

Smokefree days: 2099 days
Cigarettes NOT smoked: 20990
Total savings: $11,550.00

I would never have guessed 6 years ago that I would be putting up stats on a quitline blog. I was still a smoker and although I knew I had to
quit I was too afraid to try, in case I failed. But
my deteriorating health and a huge fright I gave
my family made me rethink, throw caution to
the wind and give it a go. I became
SMOKEFREE on 1st September 2010 and I
haven't regretted the decision once. Sure it
was difficult at first, but I know my life has
improved so much since then. Thank you
Quitline for your encouragement and support
and most of all thank you to everyone on the
blog. You were there with support when I
needed it most. If you are sitting on the edge of the pool, afraid to take the plunge, I say to you "just do it" You will be so pleased you did. Have a wonderful day.

Profile image robbie31 May, 2016

this is amazing well done !!!!!

Profile image smokefreemep31 May, 2016

Morning CTC, your are amazing.. much admiration xx 💖

Profile image Nana2231 May, 2016

I feel quite emotional reading your blog Clarence. Also very appreciative that you still take the time to lend your support here. Thank you.
Congratulations on your epic stats.
Love & hugs xx

Profile image Julia C31 May, 2016

Overcoming fear and every excuse the addiction threw up to stay quit for so long. You are totally a winner.

Profile image Lwray31 May, 2016

Wahoo! Nearly 6 years. That is fantastic! Thanks for sharing your amazing stats 😎

Profile image Bub4431 May, 2016


Profile image Saffron31 May, 2016

You're such an inspiration, dear clarence.
Thank you for your support and your comment to me.
To be nearly 6 years smokefree is fantastically awesome ☺♥☺

Profile image clarebear31 May, 2016

Love hearing from you.

Profile image cryuff31 May, 2016

So cool Clarence. Thank you for kind words of support in my early days. They've helped me achieve a life of true freedom.

Profile image Julz198131 May, 2016

Great to see you! You were such a big part of my journey - a true inspiration from the start - thank you x

Profile image Thyme4me31 May, 2016

Thank you CTC you are a legend ..what an inspiring post

Profile image nanaturtle31 May, 2016

Hero Legend Supporter 😊
Sincerely - Thank you

Profile image Kathry1 June, 2016

Awesome stats Clarence. Well done and thanks for all your support.

Profile image heironymus11 June, 2016

Totes amazeballs!!! You are so special to me Clarence and I can not thank you enough for the YEARS of support you have given me. You were among the first to comment and support me when I first joined here 5 years ago and I LOVE that you are still here, checking in and continuing to inspire us. Thank you. Love you. H ♥♥♥

Profile image Nana2222 June, 2016

Thanks for your lovely words Clarence. If i'm able to encourage others now....it is because i had a great example set by people such as your lovely self.
Your amazing support is always very much appreciated.
I hope you're keeping well, and keeping warm during these colder days.
Lots of love & hugs
(((Clarence))) xx

Profile image smokefreemep17 July, 2016

(((CTC))) 💗💕💞

Profile image Saffron14 August, 2016

Dear Clarence ♥ Your comment means the world to me, thank you.
You have a big smokefree Breathday coming up soon. I hope you have a treat in store and that you'll share your stats so we can celebrate with you :))
Love & hugs xox

Profile image Nana2231 August, 2016

Don't know if you intend to post Clarence.....and i really didn't want to let today pass without wishing you a massive congratulations on your 6th Breathday! That is such an impressive accomplishment - and one i still can hardly imagine. Thanks to people like you i know if i keep going i can achieve that too in the future.
Thank you so much for your wonderful support Clarence, and i hope you've had an awesome day!
You are a Quit Hero!!
Lots of love & hugs. (((Clarence))) xx

22Feb2016 By clarence the cat  |  Permalink  |  Report Support me - Follow my blogs

Stats Update: 2000 days smokefree

Smokefree days: 2000 days
Cigarettes NOT smoked: 20000
Total savings: $11,000.00

I am loving my numbers today. They are amazing. I never thought I could be SMOKEFREE, I was so chained to the habit. Welcome all the newbies and Hello to so many dear friends I have made through this page. Stay strong. Being SMOKEFREE is so worth It

Profile image Ehsan848322 February, 2016

Awesome figure.. I cant believe it. i am on 43rd days. Cant wait to reach that terrible 2000 days landmark but long way to go. Congrats. This is the most extraordinary achievement i have ever seen.

Profile image GaGa. 6822 February, 2016

Brilliant stats - I can see why you are loving what you have achieved. Congrats :)

Profile image nanaturtle22 February, 2016

WOW ... HUGE Ups to You Clarence!!! When we begin this journey we only think today, maybe 2mro. Well-you now have 1999 yesterdays & forevermore tomorrows!! Congratulations & Thank you for your support ★★★ Inspiring& Awesome

Profile image Shewa22 February, 2016

Fabulous!! Congratulations and thank you for your on going encouragement to all. ;-)

Profile image PSPSP22 February, 2016

What can I say Clarence? Your stats speak for themselves.

Congratulations doesn't really cut it-that suggests an element of luck whereas in fact getting to 2000 days is because of your perseverance and determination. Thanks for sharing.

Profile image Julia C22 February, 2016

Well done you.

Profile image cjtwo22 February, 2016

Inspirational. Well done on 2000 days

Profile image PokuruGirl22 February, 2016

Gah! I'll never catch up. Oh well, you can just continue to lead the way CtheC. Well done on a massive achievement!

Profile image Pop's22 February, 2016

Clarence. You were such a inspiration to me when i signed on here which now seems a lifetime ago. But what you & the Family have done is given me a extended lifelime.. Goodness knows where i would be today if it was not for the Blogs.

2 "Oldies." you & me. are.
I am older than you, Your stats are older than mine.You lead & i follow.

You did damn good Clarence.

Profile image DragonLips22 February, 2016

Oh Wow, Clarence! Glad I logged in by chance today and saw your awesome stats! Congratulations on your grand effort. Just fabulous xxx You set a brilliant example.

Profile image cath5722 February, 2016

Yep you did this .Cheers.

Profile image Hollie22 February, 2016

What fantastic stats. You will be extremely proud of your determination to remain smokefree and have freedom and more $$$

Profile image Arria22 February, 2016

simply awesome... people like you are my inspiration.

Profile image Bub4422 February, 2016

exceptional stats from a fantastic lady congratulations

Profile image Mr Lefty .22 February, 2016

Top Notch Clarence , 2000 days nicotine free , is just fantastic . a good example to the rest of us , Cheers , M .

Profile image Nana2222 February, 2016

I love your numbers too Clarence! They are outstanding!.
Thank you so much for your ongoing support to us....and for lighting the path ahead for us to follow.
Hope you've had an awesome smokefree day.
Love & hugs to you. xx

Profile image smokefreemep23 February, 2016

Well done CTC.. those stats are amazing! Fantastic! Im really impressed...

Profile image Saffron23 February, 2016

What a wonderful sight those stats are, Clarence. A fantastic achievement and something to be very proud of! Thank you for being a great inspiration to me. xox

Profile image Thunderbirds are go23 February, 2016

This is just so friggin' awesome!

Profile image jenstar23 February, 2016

Congrats Clarence what an awesome milestone!! Total inspiration :)

Profile image Kathry24 February, 2016

Well done Clarence and all the best.

Profile image Ladylene24 February, 2016

Woohoo Clarence .. well done you .. 2000 days! You have been a winner and held all the power for 2000 days. What can I say but 'awesome' ... you are an inspiration :)

Profile image tuivale1 April, 2016

Here I am...so sorry I'm late and hope you get to see this. Wonderful stats and a hero of mine.Thank you for doing it : ))

Profile image Nana2221 April, 2016

Thank you for your lovely words on my last post Clarence. I do love seeing your comments and the encouragement you give to so many.
Hope you are happy and well.
Love & hugs xx

Profile image nanaturtle12 May, 2016

Good Morning Clarence - just thought I'd pop in, in reply to a question from you regarding my health. Somedays are 2front, 1back. Autoimmune will be Mine forever(lucky me😔)
Every day needs to be faced with positivity and determination, not unlike Quitting. Just permanent now. Thank you for caring here for so long Clarence, I think you may be my influence in this also. Boy-what a ride it's been, eh?!! Look after Yourself 😃 See you in the Blogs 👌xo

24Dec2015 By clarence the cat  |  Permalink  |  Report Support me - Follow my blogs

Smokefree days 1940 days Cigarettes NOT smoked 19400 Money saved $10,670.00

Taking the plunge to become SMOKEFREE is a terrifying step. But taking it is something I will never regret doing.
When a pack of 20 cigarettes went up to $4 (somewhere in the mid 1980’s) I vowed to quit when they reached $5 a pack. It took me until a pack was $11 to gather enough courage to try. By then I had been chained to cigarettes for 49 years and my health was truly suffering. I took the plunge and I am so glad I did.
That was a little over 5 years ago and I feel so much better for becoming SMOKEFREE. My health has improved, my bank balance is healthier and I have found self confidence that I didn’t realize I had. Best of all I now have many friends through this blog.
There is no secret recipe to success on the quit journey. It is a personal thing that each of us must follow. Some go “cold turkey” others use patches or gum. Whatever works for you is the one to use.
There is no shame in failing the first time round. If the going gets tough, the support from everyone here is the best. Becoming SMOKEFREE is like learning to ride a bicycle. It may take many falls and despair often hovers overhead, but if you keep getting back up and trying again you will succeed and then it becomes second nature.

Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy SMOKEFREE 2016.

Profile image M-dog24 December, 2015


Well done Clarence, and thanks. You are a legend.

Profile image Emmy girl24 December, 2015

Amazing! Thanks for leading the way and giving hope to people like me! Merry Christmas!!

Profile image Nana2224 December, 2015

A fabulous blog Clarence. It is reading blogs like this that give us the motivation and inspiration to try.
Thank you so much for your support. Congratulations on your epic stats and a very Merry Xmas to you.
Love & hugs xx

Profile image Mr Lefty .24 December, 2015

Hey Clarence , Its been a pleasure to meet You . Your post says it all, those early days , the giving up thing seemed way too hard .
It took just a healthy dollop of determination , and when the time is right ,the time is right .
Yours & the support on this site has been outstanding ,Thank You .
Merry Christmas ,Mxx

Profile image nanaturtle24 December, 2015

Phenominal-clarence& every word is dead True. I too did the $5 give up thing-didn't happen. And it wasn't even the money thing either. Each to his own why&how.
Just 'do it' Absolutely No regrets& like the others- Thank you. You seriously helped me in my early days& now We pay it Forward
Total Legend
Best wishes to You&yours for a Safe& Happy Christmas Clarence xo
Looking forward to continuing my support here on Quitline in 2016
Smokefreedom Rocks!!!

Profile image Ladylene25 December, 2015

I cant find a word big enough ... So 'amazing' will just have to do i guess😀 So inspiring Clarence and I sure can relate to this post. I had great intentions for years too that never eventuated. Oh the money i wasted! It was my health that finally pushed me into quitting. It was worth it!!!!! merry Christmas to you Clarence xxx

Profile image Bub4425 December, 2015

Wonderful blog from a wonderful lady merry xmas.xx

Profile image Kathry25 December, 2015

Merry christmas Clarence and a wonderful blog! All the best to you and your family.

Profile image SuzyQ02 January, 2016

Hi Clarence. A friend of mine has just started talking to me about stopping their smoking. He asked how I did it.... well 3 years ago I stopped smoking and it was you and many others through this page that encouraged and motivated me. Your name especially sticks in my mind. You always said the right thing at the right time. I love my smoke-free life.

So thank you. Thank you for what you do. I thank you, my husband thanks you and my girls only know a smoke-free mummy, they thank you.

Profile image cath5714 February, 2016

Hi I read your blogging, its true I will always be a non smoker or smoker, no in between

1Sep2015 By clarence the cat  |  Permalink  |  Report Support me - Follow my blogs

5 Years and going strong

Smokefree days: 1826 days
Cigarettes NOT smoked: 18260
Total savings: $10,043.00
Five years ago today I made a major decision. I decided to break up my 49-year relationship with Nicodemon as he was slowly ruining my life. My health had begun to deteriorate, my friends were beginning to shun me, and I wasn’t welcome in school grounds or public places. We couldn’t sit through a film together, relax indoors after a meal, travel in a car and we certainly could not be around children together. By holding onto my relationship I was becoming a social outcast. I was feeling very sad. My dilemma was how do I abandon such an old friend? To do it gradually would have caused so much pain to me and I am sure I would have softened and let the relationship grow even stronger.
One morning I decided today is the day! I am walking away from the relationship and I swear never to return. I was terrified but I knew it was the right thing to do. I just hoped I was strong enough to see it through. I was so afraid I would fail. I told no-one of my plan - just did it!
The first week was hard. I missed my friend very much. I fidgeted, cried, ate snacks, drank gallons of water, had the tidiest house in my street, and a weed free garden. I was desperate to stay busy and not think about the friend I had so “cruelly” abandoned. I joined Quitline and made so many friends. The support I received was amazing. Gradually I became accustomed to being alone and started to see many benefits from the break I had made. My clothes and hair smelled nice and clean, I could go where I wanted without feeling I had to accommodate my wayward friend by excusing myself to spend time with him. My bank balance began to grow, my health improved, and I could cuddle my grandchildren without offending their delicate noses. I realized that life was sweet.
Five years on Nicodemon is a distant memory. Occasionally he pops into my mind, but I quickly shove him aside.
On the first day of my SMOKEFREE life I couldn’t imagine that I could remain so for 5 years. It seemed too ambitious. But I made it and I am so proud that I have done so.
To anyone considering making the break, give it a try. You won’t know what you can achieve until you do. There are so many ways to make the break and Quitline's support is outstanding.

Profile image Nana221 September, 2015

Massive congratulations to you Clarence on 5 years smokefree. You are definitely another of my Quit Heros,and thank you so much for your support, and this wonderful, inspirational blog.

Profile image Quitline1 September, 2015

Hi Clarence the Cat

Congratulations on making it to 5 years smokefree, way to go!

It's really nice to hear you are experiencing the benefits of being smokefree like; not smelling of smoke, being able to be close to your grandchildren, having more money and having your health improve. Thanks for taking the time to share your success.

Well done and best of luck for the future.

Kind regards
Quitline Online Advisor

Profile image Calmwaters1 September, 2015

Happy 5th Breathe Day Clarenence the Cat!!! Gosh what an amazing and inspiring blog to read. You have my vote for Blog of the year!! So very very happy for you :)

Profile image Singing Lady1 September, 2015

W.O.W. how inspirational....congratulations on 5 years of being smokefree !

Profile image Trekker1 September, 2015

Be proud Clarence. you are an inspiration. I remember well the support you gave on this site. Huge achievement!!!

Profile image Sharyn1 September, 2015


Helps to read such inspiring and spirited blogs, gives me strength to keep on plodding on.

Well done to you.

Profile image Sexymwahz1 September, 2015

Congratulations on your inspiring journey of 5 years and thank you for your wonderful support that you have offered over my smokefree journey.. Yes you are definately one of a kind Clarence the Cat and ii admire your wise words of truthful wisdom.. ~mw(",)h~

Profile image Trese1 September, 2015

WOW 5 years?!? That is fantastic. You are truly amazing and inspirational. 1 Sep is a special day for both you and I. I can't imagine that far ahead just yet but I'm working on it. :-) A very big congratulations to you.

Profile image PokuruGirl1 September, 2015

Hi Clarence. Huge congratulations on 5 years of freedom. You were one of the people who "led the way" when I first joined this site. Seeing such a long-term smoker quitting and quitting successfully seemed to make it more achievable for us to do the same, and we thank you for your valued support.

I hope you are celebrating your continued success with a little special summin' summin' - you've earned it - and keep pushing that demon back every time he shows his snout. He's a tricksy blighter but not unbeatable (as you've shown).

Profile image jenstar1 September, 2015

Congratulations Clarence! What a fantastic acheivement. I remember you being on the boards when i first tried to quit back in 2011 - well done to you, am very happy for you :)

Profile image Bub441 September, 2015


Profile image flower1 September, 2015

omg way to go

Profile image aroha1 September, 2015

Thanks for sharing, very inspiring and a big congratulations on 5 years that is amazing.

Profile image nanaturtle1 September, 2015

I think the new term for it is "Paying it Forward"? I may be wrong, I believe you would be the longer, most constant supporter here on the Quitline blogs&many of us Thank you for that early encouragement&support. Allowing us to believe a Quit is achievable-that is what we need in our early days when Nothing else exists!
I will never be able to catch U up, Clarence (unless Nicodemon has his way Lol!!) but with 4years under my belt in January, Im gonna damn well try. We dont need praise for our efforts-daily, we live the dream! Enjoy&know we are paving the way for the next generations- Awesome :-)

Profile image Blondene1 September, 2015

I can relate with everything you've just said. Wow massive congratulations you must feel so free now and you're an inspiration to myself and others well done!☺☺

Profile image Mr Lefty .1 September, 2015

Wow . Congratulations Clarence .
Now that Is Inspirational .

Profile image Hollie1 September, 2015

Clarence the Cat, Happy 5th Breath Day. Congratulations. You were an inspiration to me when I started on my journey some 960 plus days ago.

Freedom is wonderful even though the "break-up" is not easy.

Hope you having some wonderful treat today.

Take care.

Profile image Thunderbirds are go1 September, 2015

Happy 5th Breathday clarence the cat. What an amazing achievement and no wonder you feel so proud. We are all proud of you too and thank you for the insightful blog. I think many of us were scared when we first quit especially after smoking for so long (43 for me) but following people like you made all the difference. Life IS sweet.
Hope you are planning a massive celebration! After all, you so deserve it :))

Profile image SusyQ1 September, 2015

Nice one Clarence the cat! You have been someone who has been solid and inspiring in my quit! Thanks to you and a huge well done!

Profile image Kathry1 September, 2015

Well done Clarence ... Happy 5 years celebration. Thanks for all you have done and all the best.

Profile image Kevz11 September, 2015

Well done also from me, you are an inspiration. Your comments on other blogs are always encouraging, supportive and appreciated

Profile image Ladylene3 September, 2015

Wow Clarence ... Those might just be the biggest stats I have seen. I'm so incredibly impressed ... Goodness I hope you gave yourself the best ever reward!

Profile image Julz19813 September, 2015

Love this. Congratulations you!

Profile image aimee73 September, 2015

What a fine effort! Amazing. Well done

Profile image tuivale9 September, 2015

Well done and well said.You are one of my early heros.Thank you for your comments.

Profile image Ady18 September, 2015

Hi Clarence, Congrats on 5yrs matey, That is incredible isnt it.
Im sorry i missed your special day, I even miss my own too.
From here on staying quit is just too easy i think, Its great that you share your thoughts & experiences with everyone thru quitline, im sure it helps many ppl.
Keep up the good work Clarence.
Will call in for coffee again on my way thru, & Bobbie said Yes lets do a bakery trip again, lol (that was Yummy wasnt it)
You sure are an Inspiration to many Clarence.

Profile image Joybelle19 September, 2015

Hi there Clarence, well done I think of you heaps. sorry I missed your breath day.
Have recently moved to another smaller house, it has keep me really busy which is a good thing. all the best cheers

Profile image Darja22 November, 2015

You are awesome 😀 Always there to help others even after you left smoking way behind. A real inspiration! 😀

6Aug2015 By clarence the cat  |  Permalink  |  Report Support me - Follow my blogs

Stats Update: 1800 days smokefree

Smokefree days: 1800 days
Cigarettes NOT smoked: 18000
Total savings: $9,900.00

I love my numbers today.
In 25 days I will be 5 years SMOKEFREE. I can't believe I have done this.

Profile image smokefreemep6 August, 2015

Hi Clarence the cat. Wow!!! Im so so very impressed!!! Im just blown away by your stats. Thank you for sharing.. nearly 5 years omgosh amazing!!

Profile image sunray6 August, 2015

Wow!! Such awesome stats Clarence, we are all a lot stronger than we think. Congratulations on the success of your journey. Very inspiring. I hope you treat yourself for being super cool & smokefree...well done. ☺⭐

Profile image Bub446 August, 2015

Thankyou for sharing

Profile image Elevtheria6 August, 2015

Clarence... what can I say..... you're an inspiration :) xxx

Profile image flower6 August, 2015

you are one amazing strong person.

Profile image Brian Wang6 August, 2015

What an amazing number! 1800 days ! almost 5 year ! Well done !
Do you know that? You have commented on my very first blog in early 2011 when I was on my first attempt. If I did not fail my first attempt, I could have been smokefree for almost 5 years as well! Good on you ! admire you a lot ! 

Profile image Nana226 August, 2015

Morning Clarence. I'm so happy to see you post your stats! 1800 days!! I can still only imagine that. What a totally bindblowing achievement! You must be so very proud.
Thank you so much for the support you have given me over my time here. I hope you know how much i appreciate it.
You are an absolute quit hero! Thank you for sharing and inspiring.
Have a lovely day!
Love & Hugs (((Clarence))) xx

Profile image jordy916 August, 2015

WOW what amazing numbers. Im in such awe :-O!

Profile image nanaturtle6 August, 2015

BOOM! You have inspired many on this site Clarence-me included. Thank you. You deserve every accolade you receive today, continuing to support&inspire. From us all here a HUGE Thank You. (((Clarence the cat))) xo :))

Profile image DragonLips6 August, 2015

What wonderful stats you have clarence the cat! You are quite the inspiration. Well done xx

Profile image M-dog6 August, 2015

Awesome stats Clarence. You have been here since my very first attempt through this site, and you are still here now = amazing supportive person. Respect from me to you.

Profile image Hollie6 August, 2015

OMG nearly 5 years, so what are we doing to celebrate.

Absolutely amazing, well done you.

Take care. xxx

Profile image aufgehalten rauchen6 August, 2015

Well done, I'm coming up to 4 years next month as well. Don't miss it one bit

Profile image Felix6 August, 2015

wow !! ... a day for the big stats ... whewww ... very inspiring .... purr to another purr :)

Profile image Saffron6 August, 2015

What wonderful numbers, Clarence ☺ How clever of you ☺
Many congratulations - and I hope you're having fun planning how to celebrate your 5 years of smokefreeness. Love & hugs to you x♥o♥x

Profile image Arria6 August, 2015

Great numbers, great inspiration, congratulations :)

Profile image Mr Lefty .6 August, 2015

Thanks Clarence , This is positive motivation .

Profile image Kathry8 August, 2015

Fantastic numbers Clarence. Thanks for all your positive words too. All the best.

Profile image Ladylene10 August, 2015

Wow Clarence .. Almost five years .. thats amazing! Awesome job .. I love when people post huge numbers like this .. its really encouraging to see that people quit and never go back ...

Profile image Nana2227 August, 2015

Thanks for the lovely words you left on my blog Clarence. Your support means a lot. I will get better....and i will be back.
Hope you are keeping well and enjoying the early spring weather.

24Dec2014 By clarence the cat  |  Permalink  |  Report Support me - Follow my blogs

Stats Update: 1575 days smokefree

Smokefree days: 1575 days
Cigarettes NOT smoked: 15750
Total savings: $8,668.00

Seasons Greeting to you all. It has been such a busy year on this page. So many newbies and
all doing so well. The task ahead looks so
formidable when you are at day one, but
determination and keeping your eye on your
goal is a winner. NOPE, the four D's and ODAAT really do work. Wishing you all a Happy and prosperous SMOKEFREE 2015.

Profile image sunray24 December, 2014

Wonderful, brilliant inspiring stats Clarence the cat. Merry Christmas to you. ♥xx. ⭐

Profile image Nifty Fifty24 December, 2014

Wow Clarence, great stats ! I remember you spurring me on back in 2011, shame I didnt last the distance like you have . This time Im rocking it though :)
Have a happy Xmas and New year

Hugs Nifty x

Profile image Elevtheria24 December, 2014

Wow! Your stats are just totally amazing! Wish you a merry Christmas :) xxx

Profile image Nana2224 December, 2014

You are an absolute Quit Hero to me Clarence. Congratulations on over 4 years smokefree. Very inspiring and encouraging. Merry Christmas to you Clarence and a safe and Happy New Year.

Profile image AXL24 December, 2014

WOW. I don't know what else to say but WOW. Stunning stats☺

Profile image aimee724 December, 2014

I'm with Axl WOW! Merry Xmas to you and your family :)

Profile image Julia C24 December, 2014

Wonderful stats clarenceTC. Thank you for being one of the very few long-ago-quit that actually come here offering support to the more recently-smoke-free and not just 6 monthly visits to display stats. Merry xmas to you and yours

Profile image Calmwaters25 December, 2014

Merry Christmas ClarenceTC!

Profile image Saffron26 December, 2014

Love and best wishes, dear clarence. ♥xxx☺xxx♥

Profile image Kathry27 December, 2014

Hi Clarence, great to hear from you. Merry Christmas and happy new year. All the best.

Profile image Darja27 December, 2014

So awesome you still pop into see everyone and show us your awesome stats that help us believe we can do it to!! Thanks :-)

Profile image Worker27 December, 2014

Hi Clarence,, Hi Saffron, Hi Elevetheria - hope you all had an awesome day. So awesome to see you all.

Profile image maggie1 January, 2015

Hi Clarence great stats Happy New Year !!!!!

Profile image NZMum2Two20 January, 2015

Wow, you have always been an inspiration to my quitting! Keep up the great work!

Profile image franfree21 January, 2015

Wow you are awesome

Profile image Saffron1 February, 2015

Lovely of you to comment, clarence, thank you ☺
Funny man, he was! Sad too, really.
Yes, let's celebrate stubbornness!
Take care of your lovely self please ♥

Profile image sunray28 February, 2015

Sunny hugs to you (((((((clarence the cat)))))))) I hope you feel brighter soon xx. ⭐

Profile image Nana2219 March, 2015

Thank you so much Clarence for your support. It really does make a difference when the chips are down. I hope you are well, and again thank you so much. I wouldn't still be going without support from people like you. Take care.

Profile image nanaturtle31 March, 2015

Hey Clarence-wanted to sat Thank you for your early days support-you know crutches&all that. Hope you arr enjoying your smokefree year-Cheers :-)

Profile image Saffron11 May, 2015

Thank you, clarence the cat ☺♥
You've been such a great example and inspiration to me all along.
Take care of your lovely self xox

Profile image Nickers7626 June, 2015

Thank you for your comments CTC :-) your stats always inspire and keep me going, the goals are endless now :-) xx

21Nov2014 By clarence the cat  |  Permalink  |  Report Support me - Follow my blogs

Stats Update: 1542 days smokefree

Smokefree days: 1542 days
Cigarettes NOT smoked: 15420
Total savings: $8,481.00

Profile image Darren21 November, 2014

That's impressive!

Profile image Nana2221 November, 2014

Congratulations on your very inspiring stats Clarence. Thank you for posting them.

Profile image Marni21 November, 2014

Absolutely brilliant clarence! Great to see you posting. You were such an inspiration to me in the early days - now look at you - over 4 years - huge congratulations x

Profile image josienz195821 November, 2014

Great to see it CAN be done -thanks Clarence and congrats

Profile image Saffron21 November, 2014

Yay!! SO awesome, dear clarence the cat! Many congratulations ☺xx♥♥xx☺

Profile image Thunderbirds are go21 November, 2014

Love seeing stats like this. Congratulations clarence the cat :)

Profile image Nickers7621 November, 2014

WOW! This is fantastic! Thank you for sharing!!!! This is super inspirational :-)

Profile image Yorkshire Lass21 November, 2014

Super stats Clarence the Cat. Very inspirational, and proof to us all that this monster can be beaten. Thankyou so very much for all the support you give to me also. It is so very much appreciated. Enjoy your weekend.xxx

Profile image DragonLips21 November, 2014

What fantastic stats. Congratulations :)

Profile image Cheekyhua21 November, 2014

There is hope for me.. I have less than 10% of your stats... how inspiring :)

Profile image Janet G21 November, 2014

Awesomeness!!! And just think what the savings are at today's prices for smokes!
Congratulations :)

Profile image Nifty Fifty21 November, 2014

Wow congrats Clarence :) You were one of my mentors back in 2011, sorry I let you down sweetie, but im at 138 days now and this is the real deal .
have a great weekend

hugs xx

Profile image sunray21 November, 2014

Wow Clarence the cat inspiring stats congratulations and well done! ⭐

Profile image Ladylene21 November, 2014

Wow Clarence the Cat .. those are some wicked as stats! Congrats :)

Profile image nel22 November, 2014

Hi Clarence well done those stats are wicked!!!

Profile image hippychik8722 November, 2014

Wow what an inspiration! can't wait to get into quadruple digits.. well done!

Profile image Kathry27 November, 2014

Hi Clarence, great to hear from you. Congratulations on your wonderful achievements and all the best.

21Nov2014 By clarence the cat  |  Permalink  |  Report Support me - Follow my blogs

I wouldn't have believed it

A comment by Darren about second hand smoke on Elevtheria's post inspired me to write this blog.
I have been SMOKEFREE for almost 4 years and 3 months. I have COPD and physical exertion is quite difficult for me.
I have a boarder who smokes and because I didn't want to be a hard nosed "reformed smoker" I let him continue to smoke in some areas of the house when I quit. Recently he has decided to become SMOKEFREE and although it is only 8 weeks for him, the difference in the atmosphere inside the house and my ability to breathe is UNBELIEVABLE. I used to think the talk about second hand smoke was overdone, but I know now how true it is.
It is so encouraging to see how well everyone is doing. Keep up the good work. NOPE is definitely the word.

Profile image Darren21 November, 2014

I'm glad you get to live in a totally smokefree environment now, it really sucks living with smokers when you don't smoke.

Profile image Nana2221 November, 2014

I'm so pleased that you too are reaping rewards from your boarder quitting. Take care, and thank you so much for your comment on my blog. It is much appreciated.

Profile image josienz195821 November, 2014

Awesome - shame about the copd though - at least NOW you can make your home a smoke free environment - people wo smoke can go outdoors - your health is way too important to play russian roulette with.

Profile image Saffron21 November, 2014

Dear clarence, I commented on your brilliant stats on the post above before I saw this blog! How wonderful that your flatmate quitting has made such a difference to your breathing ☺ Congratulations to him on his 8 weeks! Take care of your lovely self please ♥

Profile image Thunderbirds are go21 November, 2014

I found your blog and Darren's comment quite shocking. Thanks for sharing because I didn't realize just how bad it could be. Like you, I thought it was overdone. Very happy to hear you now have a smokefree home Clarence and are able to breathe easier. x

Profile image Nickers7621 November, 2014

Wow good stuff! I am so pleased that house is now smokefree for you and so glad to hear that you are now able to breathe easier :-)

Profile image Maanu21 November, 2014

I'm sorry to hear you have contracted such a nasty illness. Like they say "there but for the grace of god go I" I'm very lucky to have gotten away with heavy smoking for 35 years and not caught any nasty diseases. It's great that you have stopped smoking and will now have q smoke-free home. I hope your health continues to improve

28Sep2014 By clarence the cat  |  Permalink  |  Report Support me - Follow my blogs

Stats Update: 1488 days smokefree

Smokefree days: 1488 days
Cigarettes NOT smoked: 14880
Total savings: $8,184.00

Today is my birthday. I have reached that grand old age of 70.
Four years and 28 days ago I was in hospital feeling very sorry for myself. I had just had surgery (relatively minor) but had almost come unstuck because I failed to breathe properly in recovery. I remember the frightened looks on the faces of my daughters and the lecture I received about giving up smoking from the surgeon and deciding maybe I really should try to stop. I was scared – afraid that I would fail and make a complete fool of myself. I was already feeling bad because I knew that my 49 years of heavy smoking was the main reason I had breathing problems and I thought that if I failed I would never live it down. Also, I didn’t really want to stop my habit and abandon my “friend” of 49 years. Fortunately common sense prevailed and I decided to try. I promised myself I would never smoke again. I told no one, just got on with it.
I decided to talk to Quitline on my 12th day, just to get re-assurance if nothing else. They were amazing. I will never forget feeling at ease and being able to express my thoughts to someone who was non judgmental and willing to listen to my silly excuses for wanting to remain a smoker.
I read some of the blogs and quickly realized I was not the only person who felt the way I did. This gave me the confidence to continue my smokefree quest.
At first every day was a milestone. I would look forward to bedtime so that I could put a line through another smokefree day. I remember completing my first smokefree month and thinking I would never get to 2 months. It took a long time for me to stop wanting a cigarette, but one day it dawned on me that I had gone several days without giving smokes a thought. That was a day for celebration. Then I started to go out and meet friends and it was so nice not to have to seek an opportunity to sneak off to have a puff.
The first smokefree year was exciting, then came the second and third and on the 1st September my fourth smokefree breathday. I still occasionally have a fleeting thought that a cigarette would be “nice”, but I do not for one minute regret my decision to quit.
I have made so many friends through Quitline. It is like a big family.
I feel for each “Newbie” who struggles over the first few days and weeks. I want to reach out and do it for them, but this is a battle that must be fought alone. I love to hear news of those who were new when I joined and I really enjoy hearing from those who were “old hands” when I joined. I was so in awe of them.
I may not have a bigger bank balance than 4 years ago, but my discretional spending has improved greatly. I can afford little luxuries when I feel like them.
I certainly have a bigger waistline, but I am slowly coming to terms with that. I bought new clothes and try to exercise as much as my COPD will allow.
Although my health is not perfect I feel I can look forward to living long enough to enjoy any great grand children that will happen now that my grandchildren are adult.
Life is so good now that I am SMOKEFREE and I will never go back on my promise to myself.

Profile image Shewa28 September, 2014

Congratulations and a very Happy Birthday ;-)

Profile image Yorkshire Lass28 September, 2014

Think this should get `Blogger of the Week` if Quit Line still do this. Totally awesome Clarence. And I`ll take this opportunity to thank you for all the support you have given me. You are certainly an inspiration to us all. Well Done.xxxx

Profile image Gilly6028 September, 2014

Wonderful blog! Inspiring. Thank you! And congratulations to you! :)

Profile image Gilly6028 September, 2014

I agree Yorkshire Lass. Blogger of the Week most definitely :)

Profile image SusyQ28 September, 2014

Clarence the cat! Happy birthday and well done! And well done 4 years and a month smoke free. What a huge achievement! You are a true inspiration! That feeling of fear is so big, fear of not being able to quit, but you did it! You have blown it out of the water. I congratulate you for your amazing achievement, and I hope you have been spoilt rotten today. Happy birthday.

Profile image Sexymwahz28 September, 2014

Absolutely beautiful Clarance the Cat.. Loved your journey. Happy 70th birthday and many blessings to you on this beautiful day and Congratz on your 4th breatheday.. A miracle ii can only dream of and am continuing to pursue.
Thank you for being more than an inspiration, for you are a leader paving the way for us to follow, learn and understand that thiiz journey can be achieved.

Profile image sparke28 September, 2014

Happy birthday and we'll done :)

Profile image AXL28 September, 2014

Wow. What am awesome blog. Happy 70th birthday☺

Profile image Selly28 September, 2014

This was the loveliest blog:) and inspiration,c0pd is difficult to deal with but you seem to just get out there and push through life I bet your daughter is very proud, I gave up a year ago as I wTched my mother with COPD:( thanks for the inspiring words x

Profile image Cheekyhua28 September, 2014

Whoa :) Happy 70th birthday that is amazing, simply inspirational :)

Profile image Yorkshire Lass28 September, 2014

Oops, Sorry Clarence, I was so blown away by your blog I forgot to wish you a Very Happy 70th Birthday. Hope you are having a lovely day.xxxx

Profile image Elevtheria28 September, 2014

Happy birthday lovely :) what an inspirational blog! Thank you for sharing and thank you for your support. Love xxxx

Profile image Hollie28 September, 2014

What a tremendous achievement. Happy 70th birthday.
Most definitely Blog of the Week. :) :)

Profile image Saffron28 September, 2014

Adding my vote for "Blogger of the Week" - so inspirational and beautiful.
Happy, Happy 70th Birthday, clarence the cat and Many Happy Returns!
Congratulations for that and for your incredible stats!
Enjoy celebrating and thank you so much for all your support.
Take care of your lovely self ♥xx♥

Profile image sunray28 September, 2014

Wow awesome inspiring stats you have Clarence the cat. A winner of a blog for "blogger of the week". A very Happy Birthday to you. Have a lovely afternoon. ⭐

Profile image Buddy28 September, 2014

Happy Birthday Clarence the cat, Love your blog, Congrats on the 4 years smokefree :)

Profile image M-dog28 September, 2014

Happy birthday and congrats Clarence.

You have been one of my inspirations in here, so thank you - you have helped.

Profile image PokuruGirl28 September, 2014

Happy 70th birthday C the C!! One of favourite bloggers and someone I've admired greatly ever since I took my first baby steps to smoke freedom. You're celebrational, inspirational and motivational (sing it to the Muppet theme song). Hope you're having a lovely day surrounded by family and friends, good food and love.

Profile image Thunderbirds are go28 September, 2014

WHOOP WHOOP Happy Birthday Clarence the cat. 70 years is certainly something to celebrate and WOW, that 1488 days smokefree is outstanding!

Profile image aimee728 September, 2014

What a wonderful truly inspiring post. Happy happy birthday. This is the type of blog that keeps me going. Fantastic :)))

Profile image FeFe28 September, 2014

Amazing, thank you for sharing your story. My 3rd attempt and I felt stink coming back on again, I thought people would laugh at me. But quit line is amazing like you.

Profile image Arria28 September, 2014

Happy Birthday and what a great achievement ! Three score and ten and smoke free. I hope you were / are surrounded with your loving family today. You are an inspiration to all. :)

Profile image thin-barbie28 September, 2014

How beautiful Clarence I hope u have some great grands I'd love great grands too! Happy 4th smokefree birthday xoxoxoxoxoxo

Profile image mooch :)28 September, 2014

well done and happy birthday to you :)xx

Profile image josienz195828 September, 2014

HAPPY BIRTHDAY Clarence the Cat and thanks for your lovely blog - I can relate to much of what you wrote. It is never too late to quit eh? Good for you and I am sure your children are so proud of you.

Profile image nga28 September, 2014

♬∴♪★HapPy birthday to you★♪∵♬Clarence the Cat♪♬★ツツ 4 years is wicked. Takecare.

Profile image Bicycle28 September, 2014

Best post of the day (or week) !! :)

Profile image Kathry1 October, 2014

Wonderful to hear from you Clarence. Thank you for all the support you give to others and congratulations on your fantastic achievement.

Profile image Captinhook1 October, 2014

And that is how it's done! Happy birthday! Still such an inspiration for me and the rest of us! Much love to ya! X

Profile image Quitline2 October, 2014

A belated Happy Birthday Clarence! And thank you for sharing some wonderful words.

We can hardly pass up the recommendations of so many bloggers to use this as our Blog of the Week, so with your permission we'd be happy to share this on our Facebook page and our Blog of the Week page.

Cheers and congratulations on all 1488 (now 1493?) days smokefree.

Communications Advisor

Profile image maggie2 October, 2014

Happy belated birthday Clarence xxxx

Profile image Darja3 October, 2014

Star!! :-)

Profile image aufgehalten rauchen5 October, 2014

Glad I saw this well done Clarence, fantastic blog

Profile image Thunderbirds are go5 October, 2014

Congrats on getting your blog on Quitline's Facebook page :)

Profile image Ady9 October, 2014

Hi Clarence, How you doing mate, Long time no see,
Im sorry i missed your 70th birthday, WOW you are doing well.
Damn it, i also missed your 3th breathday, heres me busy doing my own thing, not even thinking about tobacco, it just doesnt enter my brain anymore thats probly why i forgot your 4th breathday.
Congratulations Clarence, that is one Fabulous Achievement, a Milestone to be proud of.
I will call in for coffee when i travel to Auckland again.
Lots of ppl look up to you for inspiration so keep up the good work Clarence.

Profile image clarence the cat12 October, 2014

Good to hear from you Ady. I would love you to call in for a coffee sometime. Seems like all is well for you. Take care!!

Profile image tina2715 October, 2014

Awwww I am also so sorry I missed your Birthday so heres wishing you a happy belated birthday sending lots of love to you..
I agree with Ady you really are an Inspiration
Kia Kaha xoxo

Profile image clarence the cat17 October, 2014

Thank you Tina27. How are you? I hope life is being kind to you.

Profile image Joybelle21 October, 2014

Hi there Clarence, sorry I missed your birthday & breathday. I see from all those comments from everyone what a real inspiration you are. I have not been into this web site for a few months, have been very busy which is a good thing. All is well with me I was also 70 this year so we do have a lot to celebrate. I wish you all the best.

Profile image clarence the cat22 October, 2014

Joybelle it is so good to hear from you. I have often wondered how you were doing.

Profile image cjtwo4 November, 2014

Congratulations and happy birthday I remember you from way back you have done so well unlike me I broke many times was under another name back then. Its so great to hear that some of my friends back then are still going strong, maybe there is hope for me yet!!! Have a great day

Profile image clarence the cat6 November, 2014

There's always hope cjtwo. It is good to see you haven't given up the idea of becoming SMOKEFREE. You will succeed believe me.