Stats Update: 840 days smokefree
Smokefree days: 840 days
Cigarettes NOT smoked: 12600
Total savings: $10,647.00
Still chugging along. Mr JK must be nearly 2 years quit now too. Is still one of my proudest achievements, quitting smoking. Is not something we think about anymore really and certainly dont miss it. In fact watching people smoke, it just looks bizarre. We can happily be around other smokers and drink and not worry about smoking. I used to think I could never do it, Id never beat this terrible terrible addiction. I would beat myself up after every failed attempt and be miserable for ages while I smoked and tried to get the courage to attempt quitting again. I know it takes an incredible amount of courage. Dont let anyone tell you any different. I know there are people who say its easy, no offence, but those people are freaks (I say in love) and its ok if you are finding it tough. IT IS NOT A SIGN OF WEAKNESS, ITS A SIGN OF A TERRIBLE DRUG CALLED NICOTINE. Keep keep trying. because that next attempt could be the one. One day I tried again and by miracle of miracles I just kept on not smoking and now 840 days later not one puff.
If I could offer some insights: Cravings - You will be gong along feeling great finally and then one day out of the blue for absolutley no reason a craving as large as a tsunami will rise up and smack you upside the head and you will worry that you have gone backwards. You havent. Rejoice that this is yet another milestone of withdrawl. It seems to come in stages and the only explanation I have is there must be different stages to chemical withdrawl. YOU HAVE NOT GONE BACKWARDS!
You will have weird far out dreams, body sensations, food cravings (nicotine is a mild laxative and a mild antidepressant) and your brain is having a hard time adjusting to having the feel good chemicals. Its not you, its withdrawl. It will pass.
Constipation, acne, flatulence, eating like youve been starved a month, insomnia, and then sudden fatigue, sudden crying and mood swings irritation, etc ARE ALL NORMAL! Please dont equal "good" daays with you are on the right track. You will have awful days and you are still most definatley on the right track.
You will put on weight. So what. You quit smoking you sure as can take on a bit of fat.
Your gums may bleed. You may find that you actually had gum disease and smoking masked it. Have a dental check up.
Eat well when you can, Youre body is working hard to recover and repair.
Take care of yourself, be gentle, treat yourself, take baths, movie days, lay in bed all day sometimes. Nicotine is more addictive than heroine and they have rehabs for that.
You will smell better, you will breathe better, you will be so much more confident, you will speak your mind easier (Im sure nicotine was a dumbing down drug), you will sleep better, you will feel better. It just takes time.
You can do it!!
Stats Update: 777 days smokefree
Smokefree days: 777 days
Cigarettes NOT smoked: 11655
Total savings: $9,852.70
Stats Update: 758 days smokefree
Smokefree days: 758 days
Cigarettes NOT smoked: 11370
Total savings: $9,616.10
Blast from the past! Here is my post from day 70 :)
70 Days :)
10 weeks :)
Wow, where did that go! We decide to stay in last night and I saw the new year in pouring over blogs, reading peoples journeys. Was so inspiring and had me captivated. I was laughing, giggling, cheering people on, getting teary. A couple of things that stood out for me on my own journey and that of others. It is a journey and it is not linear. You will have good days and bad days, the bad days DO NOT mean you have gone backwards. There are lots of firsts to experience, first social gathering as a non smoker, first drive in the car as a non smoker, first argument as a non smoker etc.. You will grow as a person, and you will hold onto the things that make you you.
You will be going along nicely and then out of nowhere, fo no reason, the nicodemon will tell you you want a smoke. IT IS LYING!!!!! IT IS TRICKERY!!!!! It will try to do this by quietly whispering through to telling you your life sucks through to throwing an almighty temper tantrum. It will come randomly, sometimes persistently, (and it may not) IT IS STILL LYING!!!! :) It is a clever beast and and seductive, know it for what it is and it will slink off with its tail between its legs and you will be left almighty triumphant!! You have everything you need. You have your determinatin and your goal!! Hold your sword to the ready! And BLOG BLOG BLOG BLOG!!!!!!!!! Everyone is here to help, there are no stupid questions! You have made the right decision and your body and your wallet will love you for it!!!!!! trust yourself! Youre awesome!!!
2 years smokefree
Smokefree days: 730 days
Cigarettes NOT smoked: 10950
Total savings: $9,261.20
2 years!!!! Wowza!!! Never ever thought I could get here. 1 day at at a time. Keep it up guys, you can do it!!
700 days smokefree
Have to say, it was the hardest thing I have ever ever done. I truly believe I was a drug addict. I cried, tantrumed, raged, hid out, got angry, weepy, emotional,and never mind the physical symptoms......break outs, bleeding gums, terrible constipation,sleeplessness, achy muscles vivid dreams, eat until my stomach hurt.....oh man!!! But I didnt smoke!! I even quit coffee after a while too. I am much stronger than I thought I was and now know I can do anything. If I can do it you can do it!! I smoked since I was 12 years old and I was a heavy smoker. I didnt go anywhere with out my smokes. I couldnt imagine in a million years I could ever be smokefree let alone not obsess about it. Now I dont think about smoking and I can be around smokers without a second thought (other than thank goodness I dont smoke)
Keep going, one day at a time, one hour at a time, one minute at a time. Whatever it takes..just dont smoke! Youre awesome, you can do it!!
Smokefree days: 700 days
Cigarettes NOT smoked: 10500
Total savings: $8,872.50
Stats Update: 696 days smokefree
Smokefree days: 696 days
Cigarettes NOT smoked: 10440
Total savings: $8,821.80
663 days smokefree
Smokefree days: 663 days
Cigarettes NOT smoked: 9945
Total savings: $8,416.20
Stats Update: 651 days smokefree
Smokefree days: 651 days
Cigarettes NOT smoked: 9765
Total savings: $8,264.10
Wow, seems longer lol! in about 3 months I will be 2 years quit. Never thought I could do it. I tried that many times! Even made it to the 3 month mark a few times before falling off the wagon. And then one day I realised it wasnt going to get any easier and by sheer determination pushed through kicking and screaming and here I am. The kicking and screaming stopped a while ago thank goodness and these days the thought of smoking barely passes me. In fact in the freezing cold of winter in CHCH my partner and I have said a few times "thank god we dont smoke" as we see people outside in the freezing cold having a fag. Certainly not a lot richer for having quit but the bills are getting paid and we have extra in the bank, have been on a big holiday to Gold Coast and the kids have all they need and more so definately has made a difference financially. And we certainly eat well. (I laugh as my belly jiggles) I had a lot of side effects quitting, including insomnia, rage, being certain I was surrounded by idiots, uncontrollable random weeping, mouth ulcers, terrible constipation, breakouts, bloating, weight gain, headaches, depression, boredom, fidgety, loss of concentration and foggy head, achy muscles, bleeding gums (then got diagnosed with gum disease that had previously been missed as doesnt always show as a smoker). All glamorous stuff, and all totally worth it. It does come to an end eventually. One day at a time, or one hour at a time, or one minute at a time. Whatever it takes. Just dont smoke. And one day you will pop your head up and it will be 651 days! :) P.S Youre awesome! And dont you forget it!
Stats Update: 605 days smokefree
Smokefree days: 605 days
Cigarettes NOT smoked: 9075
Total savings: $7,672.60
I no longer think about smoking or overeating. My weight has settled. Im 3 kg over my ideal, but pfffttt whats 3 kg.
Stats Update: 599 days smokefree
Smokefree days: 599 days
Cigarettes NOT smoked: 8985
Total savings: $7,605.00
oooooohhhhh nearly 6 hundy!!!!!!