Still around and still going strong. good to see Rainbow, Yas, Clarence and Julz to name a few of the old hand when I started on a few blogs and the achievements everyone is making.
Regardless if its 1 day, 1 week, 1 month or 1 year each one is an achievement that deserves to be celebrated, the quitting journey is one of the hardest things we will do in our lives, and each and every day smokefree is an awesome achievement.
I remember all my slip ups in the past and at times it was easier just to start smoking again, its now I realise they were my training times and as with everything some of us need to train more than others before we take on the main event, but I can tell you once you arrive at the main event and beat it, its a real good feeling, it puts all that training in perspective.
All the best everyone, and always remember being smokefree is achievable.
I did it........................2 years
I have been waiting for today as on the 9th Sept 2011 I made a decision that was going to have a big effect on my life, I was going to stop smoking (again).
This time I did it a bit differently I used quitline and the blog site, I also threw all the excuses out the door of why I smoked..
I didnt make a big song and dance about it as I know people would have just gone 'here we go again'.
The people that were on here when I started out, helped keep me on track, and I knew what I was going thru wasnt just isolated to me.
It wasnt easy, as it was something I had been doing for quite a few years but now it is so worth it. A few tests were sent my way which I would have used in the past as an excuse, but my blog buddies helped me carry on and helped me realise if I smoked or not wouldnt change what had happened.
I have a few smoking friends and I try my best not to say anything unless they ask, as I always remembered being defensive, but I so wish I could tell them how much better it is now that I am not tied to a habit that was controlling my life.
I enjoy going out more and I am doing more.
To all those that supported me; thanks...to all starting the journey, good luck it is so worth it.
less than 1 month
Hi team, really great to see so many of you still doing well.
In less than a month I will have done 2 years, I know a few of you will feel that is miles away, I know this as I felt the same way back in Sept 2011.
Each achivement is a great feeling, but I think the 3 week mark was the major one for me, this is when I felt that I could really do this, and others started believing in me as well.
I feel really great, and its now I have noticed the savings, so off for another trip next month as well. The rewards just keep stacking up.
All the best to everyone. Kia Kaha, and thanks to my quit buddies who helped me get through.
Stats Update: 630 days smokefree
Smokefree days: 630 days
Cigarettes NOT smoked: 15750
Total savings: $10,584.00
Still here watching the achievements of everyone
Stats Update: 556 days smokefree
Smokefree days: 556 days
Cigarettes NOT smoked: 13900
Total savings: $9,340.80
Hi team, I was going to try and be on here for 555 days yesteday but was out celebrating St Paddys day.
Great to see some of the stas coming through, and to let you know I dont regret starting the journey. To all those that supported me and you know who you are-Thanks.
Watching the Achivements
Great feeling reading through the blogs and some of the achievements. Heiro almost at four months, and from what I read a real positive new outlook, awesome on the new hairdo. Rainbow counting the hours till her first breathday. That is only naming a few, everyone is going real well.
Lifes real good at the mo, cycled 55km with the missus Saturday, and getting things together yesterday for her new venture. its amazing the new look I have on life.
I finally stopped after so many attempts, couldnt have done it without you guys.
I cant believe I actually smoked for all those years, and struggled a bit with that fact as I have wasted a few years with stupid excuses on why I smoked, fortunately that is now behind.
Good luck to everyone that is on the start of the journey, its hard, but its so great further down the track. Its great to catch up on the blogs, but as time ticks by the need to blog lessens, but saying that I still view the blogs to see how everyone else is going as I still remember each struggle and achivement as if it was yesterday.
The old saying there is no gain without the pain, I can honestly say the pain was worth it, not too sure if I could have said it at the start tho.
Blogging out for a bit
Hi team just letting you know I wont be on as much.
You all still have my support 100% and with determination you will become smokefree.
I just find I dont need to check in as much as I did, when I finally quit we were all going through the same struggles and the support that I received got me to where I am now.
I am now over 500 days and I am getting out there enjoying myself, I will stop by to view the blogs but comments will be minimal as I have concerns that new quitters may see 500 days as unobtainable and a long way off. As I remember my focus and struggles, 100 days seemed so far away and when someone posted stats that were in the 500's or even further I started 2nd guessing myself a wee bit as it seemed so far away.
Now 100 days doesnt seem so hard at all, but I can say that as I have passed it.
All I can say is that the other side is so much better, I am glad of what I went through to get here as it has made me determined to never go back. Thanks to all that offered advice and kept me on track, I believe I have a better life in front of me because of you.
Stats Update: 500 days smokefree
Smokefree days: 500 days
Cigarettes NOT smoked: 12500
Total savings: $8,400.00
I cant belive that I have been able to achieve what I have, 500 days without a ciggie. I never thought I would ever stop after so many years and attempts.
When I started on this journey, I had a focus and I was detemined much like the other attempts, but fellow bloggers helped me get over the rough patches this time, they let me know it was hard but others had done it and I wasnt alone in this attempt. So thank you all. They helped me realise there is no magic remedy I needed to do this for myself and I did. I think it is because of this I can be very direct with some blogs, but I also believe you can't sugar coat it, its best to be straight up, this journey is not easy but it is achievable, there will be moments when you start second guessing yourself, but each time that happens people from this site who are going through the same or have; are there to offer support.
To all the ones starting on their journey, each milestone is as good as the last one, 500 days feels as good as 100 days. I remember concentrating on each one like it was a goal, 3 days, 1 week, 3 weeks etc.
I know a few will be saying 500 seems so far away, I know this because I did too not that long ago; but hang in there it is a great feeling.
Thanks everyone, I'm really enjoying the new smokefree me.
Hi team, back from the holidays, had a great time at the beach. Boating, fishing, drinks, catching up with friends.
I always have a bit of a worry after smoking for so long, that when I really have a chance to relax I may be tempted to have just one.
I can safely say that I shouldnt have worried, there were a few smokers with us and the tempting smell has gone, no cravings or being irritable and not once did I judge them.
Its been a while since I have blogged and its really great to see the newbies using this excellent tool to help them become smokefree.
I smoked for over a quarter of a century, averaging 25 a day, and I thought for so long that I would never be able to quit, that changed when I found this site and very soon I will be able to tick off 500 days smokefree.
Good luck to you all for 2013, and even tho I dont blog so much, I do constantly think how everyone is going.
Smokefree days: 493 days
Cigarettes NOT smoked: 12325
Total savings: $8,282.40
Have a great Xmas
Hi Team, sorry been a bit slack but have to travel quite a bit with work.
Last day today until the middle of Jan, so praying to weather gods.
To you all have a great Xmas, thanks for helping me achieve smokefree, really enjoying the new life.
Remember one of the best presents we have given our families is to be non-smokers so enjoy the moment.
All the best