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.
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.
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.
Stats Update: 1542 days smokefree
Smokefree days: 1542 days
Cigarettes NOT smoked: 15420
Total savings: $8,481.00
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.
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