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.
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.
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
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.
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.