3months or 84 days whatever its all the same
I have been on here for only 3 days, and all supporting bloggers are basically saying the same thing. This is my 2nd time around, 1st time was for over 2and a half years. I smoked again for nearly a year, today, I am 3 months smokefree again. I am seeing there are a lot of regulars on here doing their darndest to support one others, and help them through various emotions. There are a lot of people beating themselves up with guilt, but may I say, that FAILURE, is a good thing, because it means that at least you've given it a go, further to that there are 2 kinds of failure:
FAILURE BACKWARDS: Is when someone falls or fails, but never gets back up again, ever!
FAILURE FORWARD: Is when we fail, but learn the lesson and move on or forward
Need to ask yourself what category do you fall or fail under.
A life time habit
Hi Im from Opotiki, I am a grandmother of 14, I am Maori, I started smoking when I was 19, and back in the day that was quite old, i only ever started smoking because my bestie said to me, 'gee you're the only Maori I know that doesn't smoke....the rest is history, for the next 31 years I smoked. In 2009 I read a book called 'Easy way to give up smoking' by Allen Carr, the good thing about that book, was that you actually smoke, while you give up, it only took me one whole weekend to read it, and so for over 2 and a half years i was smokefree. It was like saying goodbye to what I thought was my very good friend. In 2011 I decided to have just '1 puff ' at a friends place, although I was extremely disappointed in myself, I decided to continue to have the odd sneaky puff here and there, and before long I was fully addicted, smoking in the open, and basically not giving a hoot who saw me. I am also a teacher, and joined all the other smoking teachers at break, as we blatantly smoked, knowing full well that we were in full view of students. I am on day 81 now and my partner is also smokefree for 83 days. He is a type 1 diabetic, and I tried and tried to help him to get off the fagz, but it seems hes ready now. I gave up this time round because I was forever sick and could not get rid of a horrible cough, I also teach waiata at school, and could not for the life of me reach any notes. By the way I don't have that cough anymore, and have not been sick again since. I have learnt numerous lessons on my journey, the number one being, NEVER EVER! to test myself ever again. I have spent the day reading everyones trials and tribulations, and I can say hand on heart, I can relate to each and everyone of you. Guilt! is a big one for some, don't even go there with that one, it is a wasted emotion...move on. Craves is another one...they pass...maybe 8-10mins and they're gone. Moods...that's a biggie, walk away from those in your space, because they don't deserve the 'ire of your wrath', even though they claim to understand, it is still hurtful...come to this page instead, anyone of us can take it...in fact do your darndest! go for a walk, feel the wind on your face. Im happy to be smokefree, I'm even happier that my partner has also decided to join me, BUT I am doubly happy that one of the teachers at school has also hopped on board, she is nearly 4 weeks. Anyway I'm never going to say it's easy, or I can't offer an easy solution, only to say I will support anyone that wants to be smokefree/auahi kore....Good luck to you all....kia ora ra kia tatou katoa!
New bee to quitline
My second attempt at giving up the nicotine. Gave up from 2008 for over 2 years. I smoked for 31 years before then. Had 'just one puff' sometime in 2010. Remained fully addicted again for over 1 year, and now I am battling the addiction again. I have now been smokefree for 81 days and am finding it much harder than the 1st time i gave up. I'm glad my partner is also rowing the same waka as me, he was a smoker for over 40 years and he is now 83 days off the cigz. I was using chewing gum everyday, but have cut that back to maybe one every week. I still have those horrible craves, but the good thing is I KNOW they do pass within maybe 5-8 maybe 10 minutes. My kids are fully grown and have children of their own. I am also a teacher. While it's true that I am doing this for myself I am also doing it for my grandchildren and my students