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.
I have been trying to post a comment on Elevtheria's page, but I keep gettiing thrown out of Quitline to a page displaying "404 Page Not Found." "The page you required was not found."
It is most frustrating. Can anyone suggest what I am doing wrong? I quite often make a comment on a blog and it doesn't appear, this seems to happen if I select the like button first.
Quitline can you help.
Hope everyone is having an amazing SMOKEFREE day
Stats Update: 1249 days smokefree
Smokefree days: 1249 days
Cigarettes NOT smoked: 12490
Total savings: $6,875.00
Happy New Year Everyone
1214 days SMOKEFREE
12140 cigarettes not smoked
Wow! Reading those stats almost blew my socks off.
I’ll come clean now and say that the estimate of 10 per day that I was smoking when I began my quit journey was probably very light. I was cutting down and I think 10 per day would’ve been a very good day for me.
That is all in the past now and I have just read a blog which reflected all of my fears when I first began. I think my biggest fear was Failure. For this reason I chose not to tell anyone except my daughter and my boarder that I was finally, after 49and ½ years, going to quit. I could never have lived it down if I had failed.
Smoking was so much part of me, that even today, people who have known me for years find it hard to believe I am actually SMOKEFREE!!
I went cold turkey and was helped by the fact that I was in hospital for a few days. Each time I wanted a ciggy I would remind myself of the hassle involved to get myself out of bed and to a place where smoking was still permitted.
I joined this page about 12 days into my quit. I am so glad I did. The support from everyone was invaluable. It was especially good to know that I was not alone with my fears of failure.
At first I used to think I would never make my first month. When I reached that, I would look at the stats of people like Mintyfresh and Maggie and think I could never make their totals. It all seemed so daunting.
Three years and four months down the track, I very rarely think about smoking.
It is so good to be out and about without constantly wondering when I can have a smoke. My handbag has room for good things now that there are no packets of cigarettes filling it up. I know I don’t smell of stale smoke anymore. I have more money to spend each week; and I can actually save a little. Although I have COPD and my lungs don’t work well, I know that I have a better chance to live long enough to see my great grandchildren when the time comes. Sure I am carrying a bit more weight these days, but I bought some nice new clothes with the money I had saved.
I love to read the blogs and catch up with how everyone is going. It is so good to see this big family working so hard to help each other reach their SMOKEFREE goal.
Welcome all the Newbies. One Day At A Time (ODAAT) is the way to go.
Happy New Year everyone. Keep up the good work. May 2014 be a very good SMOKEFREE year
Three Years today
Smokefree days: 1096 days
Cigarettes NOT smoked: 10960
Total savings: $6,028.00
Amazing. I have done it. This goal was beyond my dreams and here I am.
Feeling all the benfits of SMOKEFREENESS.
Free from the chains of habit.
In a word Happier.
Thanks for all the support from everyone here.
Next goal 4 years SMOKEFREE
Stats Update: 1088 days smokefree
Smokefree days: 1088 days
Cigarettes NOT smoked: 10880
Total savings: $5,984.00
I have been so busy lately that I hadn’t realized until today, that in one week I will have completed yet another SMOKEFREE year. I didn’t believe at first that I could quit, but I DID IT and there is NO WAY I will ever smoke again. It is very hard at the beginning and so many times I wanted to say, “ That’s it! I can’t do it”, but I had promised myself that I would Quit and do my best to make the most of my life while I could, so I stuck with it.
I used to laugh at people who tried to warn me about the harm I was doing to myself, but if only I had listened I wouldn’t be struggling for every breath after I have climbed a few stairs, or sit on the beach wishing I could scramble over the rocks without being afraid I would venture too far and have trouble getting back onto level ground. Don’t get me wrong, I am not feeling sorry for myself, and I still attempt most things and make the most of every chance for adventure that comes along, I just regret that I refused to see the pitfalls ahead.
I had other health issues, not related to smoking, and these have finally been “sorted”, so I am finally getting out and about more, hence the reason for my absence from the Blogs. I have missed you all and often think about Rainbowfish, Proud Mumma, Yorkshire Lass, Worker, Ady, Yas01, Pops, Clematis, Heiro, Joybelle and so many others, and wonder how you are all doing.
I just checked up on some of the blogs and I see Heiro has had some exciting news. Hope all is good Heiro.
I often see young people smoking and I have to bite back the urge to shout at them “Don’t do it”. It is an insidious habit,and you’re hooked before you know it and then it is such a struggle to break free.
It is good to see so many Newbies joining the blogs too.
Keep up the good work all and enjoy your SMOKEFREE weekend.
Stats Update: 1003 days smokefree
Smokefree days: 1003 days
Cigarettes NOT smoked: 10030
Total savings: $5,522.00
Hello everyone. I've been away for almost a month. Had a fabulous holiday in Australia.
If I hadn't quit when I did I would not be well enough or financial enough to afford such a luxury. I'm so glad to be SMOKEFREE. Good to see so many doing so well on their quit journeys. To all the newbies, it seems so hard at first, but stick with it, cos it is so worth while. Happy SMOKEFREE day all.
Stats Update: 967 days smokefree
Smokefree days: 967 days
Cigarettes NOT smoked: 9670
Total savings: $5,324.00
Hello everyone. I cant wait to get to 1000 days SMOKEFREE now.
I will be away for a fortnight. I am going to Australia to visit my girlfriend. We have been friends since our Primary Schoool days, probably around 63 years. I cant wait to see her.
It is so good to watch the newbies making such great progress. I remember when I first began my journey I used to think I would never make it past the first couple of weeks, but if you keep beavering away it is possible. The bonus for me is the extra dollars in my savings account, and my health, although still not good is much better now that I am not filling my lungs with smoke every day. Take care all. See you in a fortnight.
My Lucky Number
I was so excited about writing a blog today because 8 is my lucky number and would you believe I have been SMOKEFREE for 888 days. I figure that's 3 times lucky.
However today got so busy with other things happening I have only just sat down to write. Just a quick flick through todays blogs and blow me down who should have called in but my old mate Ady. I always miss the goodies.
I still can't believe that 2 years and 3 months ago I was just embarking on this fabulous journey. As you all know it can be a hell of a roller coaster ride. There are days when you think this is too hard and want to throw it all away. Then something simple like being able to smell the perfume from a rose wafting through the window, or going into a room with the knowledge that people see you, before they smell the odour from the cigarette you hastily stubbed out before you made your entrance, makes you decide to hang in there and stay focused on becoming SMOKEFREE.
I never thought I would have the courage to say it but I am sure now that I will never smoke again.
Every newbie who joins gets a secret pat on the back from me. It is so brave to have made the decision to quit and I wish each one the very best on their journey. I know its hard work but it is so worthwhile.
I was in awe of the "old hands" when I joined. I remember thinking "holy cow" I will never get to a month , but it happened, then it continued until here I am today with stats that would have once seemed unattainable.
I have been 888 days smokefree, and saved $4,884 by not smoking 8880 cigarettes.
I am grateful for all the support I have received from everyone along the way. This is such a great place to be.
HAPPY NEW YEAR
I would like to wish everyone an amazing 2013 with lots of good fortune, love and laughter and above all SMOKEFREE happiness.
See you all next year xx