Quit Blog of the Week
Sharing stories, challenges and successes can be a great help when quitting, and an excellent reminder that you're not doing this alone. Quitline helps thousands of New Zealanders quit every year, many of whom share their stories on our Quit Blogs.
Here are just some examples of the inspirational posts from our blogging community. You can find many more, and also share your own story, by signing up to the Quit Blogs.
It's been 21 days since I had a ciggy. The patches and lozenges are helping a lot. I've smoked for 30 years and loved using smoking as my 'get outta the house, my time' excuse. I loved using smoking as a smokescreen for doing 'something for me' even though I was killing myself. I loved using smoking as an excuse to walking out instead of listening, I loved using smoking instead of eating. Smoking has been my best mate.
I could blame my son's asthma as a medical issue that had nothing to do with my smoking, and ignore the fact that 2 of my aunties died of lung cancer and be sorry for a friend who has stuffed up lungs through smoking because smoking has made me ignorant, selfish and stupid, but I am healing now. I am learning as a child does to sleep through the night cause now I can breathe, I am discovering that I've got good skin and my breath is quite nice, I can taste everything and smell everything (not nice when you have males in the house).
I think I am unlocking the door to freedom, not there yet but this time I'm so much more hopeful. I am getting stronger as each day passes. I went to an all night party without drinking or smoking last weekend, a first time ever for me as I drank as much as I smoked aswell...no smoking and no drinking.
I'm not sure who I am anymore but that's what new is suppose to bring.
- Gee Gee
Today marks 3 weeks from quitting. I don’t want to sound like a douche, but I have found it rather easy, and this may be due to a health scare I had around the time of giving up, but I haven’t battled with quitting as hard as others.
I decided to do away with the patches, I didn’t like what they done to my body, and have found it to be the best move I made in my journey. I have also purchased the Allen Carr book to quit smoking, and whilst I found at times I had a craving, there are points in there which cement your decision. It’s a great purchase for you out there who need some reassurance. I also had my first drink as a non smoker, and needed to change my behavior because if I got bored with conversation then I just simply said I was going for a "smoke" and now I can’t say that :).
This journey has been tough, rewarding, educational and emotional all in 1, I have found that I literally can’t hide behind a cloud of smoke and must find/ discover/ create new things in life to fill the gap that smoking has occupied for such a long time, this is both scary and exciting all at the same time!! Arohanui to one and all that are on their journey!!
I just looked up what NOPE is....I was reading a blog before with this in and have had replys with it in and had no idea what it actually meant...
Even 1 puff for me means a whole pack.
Earlier I was looking for any excuse to feel better about giving in so I could give in. I was thinking of reasons why it would be better for me if I just gave in...Then I realised how needy and not myself I was sounding.
I never thought my addiction was so bad. I was always one to say I could give up if I wanted to - "I've done it before, it's easy"
I'm flicking back and forth from my work to this site, hungry for the affirmations, the success stories and the sheer determination to succeed.
I'm looking forward to the times I can say 'no' with ease or not even have to think about saying no.
Right when I needed it, I found the NOPE meaning, got a supportive call from my fiancé and read positive comments on my earlier blog...
The universe is on my side
I can so do this!
"Life is 10% what happens to us and 90% how we react to it'
Good quote and with this addiction, I would change my behaviour and actions to ensure smoking a cig or three was part of the reaction. Doh.
All good - Feeling a lot more grounded & productive and my partner is loving and responding to the positivity.
Hope everyone gets through their day.
- GT Dave
It still amazes me I quit smoking. I was a "real" smoker.
Practically every moment of the day was in some way about smoking. I've def been changing as a person.
I was the kind of person who avoided the mall probably because I couldn't smoke in there. I was in and out. Yesterday I spent like an hour just in one store.
When I smoked I rushed for my coffee right away. I needed it. I still get my coffee but at a much slower pace.
I feel as though I can do almost anything now. I know those things sound minor and dumb to you lol but my patience for other things is so much better. Whereas before I had zero patience.
I look at the world more clearly. It sounds crazy I know but quitting that dirty nasty habit is the best thing I've accomplished in my life.
Addiction is so insane.
Dont be a slave to the addiction of smoking any longer. Life is full of freedom when 'we want to' instead of when 'we have to'
Smokefree days: 1090 days
Nearly 3 years quit! I wondered how long it had been so have randomly logged in. I can't even imagine being a smoker these days. Amazing how life changes. I can def say I never looked back after quitting. I wouldn't dream of wasting money on those rediculous things now which is a big change to 3 years ago when i would have spent any amount on them. With time you look back and go what the hell was I thinking. Especially now, I have a friend who still smokes and said it was 70 odd dollars for a 50 gram. That's a tank of petrol for some or a meal out at a restaurant or a new item of clothing or new ps4 game for my son. I would way rather have those things than a pack of smokes. Keep on keeping on quitters it's worth it down the track and I promise you'll look back and call yourself an idiot for ever smoking. You will hit that stage one day if you keep trying to let go. It's never going to get more affordable either.
Stats Update: 100 days smokefree
most favourable attempt has taken me to club 100 (hundy) so proud,the journey just got easier and the mountain just got smaller.
for those who have conquered their mountain I thank you for sharing as it has helped me stay on track and keep moving forward.
- changing 28
It isn't a special day or even an interesting number like 666 or 888 but to me it is almost two years quit and to finally be free of the nicotine nasty is worth every hour I fretted and cried, every day I bit my fingernails and avoided the dairy - worth every weekend I never got out of my pyjamas for fear of buying ciggies.
No more trying to hide the stinky after smell - no more looking for a door to sneak out for a ciggy - no more feeling like a leper - no more feeling like a loser.
Quitline and all the bloggers on here have given me a new lease on life - hang in there all the newbies - you can totally do this.
I'm feeling good today - my mind is in a really space at the moment and I'm loving it :)
Had a good night with the man last night - I had a few things that were bothering me so got them off my chest quickly, had a chat and then we got on with it - had a reasonably good dinner and then watched some tv, was a nice night :)
Had a crazy busy dream last night so woke up and it felt like it was Monday which was a bit crazy but it's kind of good cos it seems to be making the day pass a bit quicker!
Did my pretend smoking again yesterday and it helped whatever situation my brain was getting itself into! I think it really is just the breathing mainly that is helping but even still it is a bit of a comfort that I still have my e ciggy which is nicotine free so that if things got really bad I can puff on that and not something else!
It's my back up plain - I do miss it but it's not worth it for my health and my pocket to start again! Gotta make it to that hundy club and then to my PB which is almost 200 - I know I can do this, I just need to stay strong though and strong is what I shall stay :)
Have a great day all :)
Smokefree days: 2084 days
I have shared this before and I will continue to share it in the hope that it helps you become smoke free too!
Nearly six years ago I was a 20+ a day smoker and since Christmas day 2009 I have been happily smoke free!
I tried quitting so many times; from reading books, to hypnotherapy, but what eventually changed me was my father! Watching him suffer on life support from a huge heart attack which the doctors told me would have never happened had he not been a smoker! I was told that if he woke up and continued to smoke he would only live for 5-6 months but if he woke up and quit he would have the opportunity to live for another 20 years! I am proud to say that he did wake up and it has been nearly 5 and a half years without a cigarette for both of us!
10 days are now complete and now getting some excellent feedback and support from my family :) whereas before, I was met with derision and skepticism due to my numerous attempts, this is the first time my family is actually looking at this being “the one”.. :)
I see a lot of calculators out there to show “how much you’ll save” if you stop, as one of the primary motivators for stopping is the cost savings. I did a small exercise of how much I’ve spent already on smoking.
Making some small assumptions around the average cost of a smoke (taking into account interest, travel costs, eftpos/cc fees, etc), and the cost of a packet (given that it has been increasing steadily over the last 20 years), and my smoking behaviours (in terms of moving from a 20 a day to a 25 pack per day etc)…
I calculated roughly, that my smoking habit has cost approximately $130,000 - $160,000 so far!!!!!
That is pure cost and doesn’t take into account any interest earned etc. Pure money that i have effectively given away in exchange for an unhealthy life. Its also money I’ve given away that would have otherwise gone to my family for their future well being.
We work everyday to provide for ourselves and our family.. and yet think little of spending that amount of money to cater for a crazy short term “good” feeling? It doesn’t make sense, does it?
I can understand folks indulging now and then in luxury items like going out and having fun.. but this is not a luxury item.. smoking became a necessity just like eating and sleeping. Now that I think about it, we’re bloody idiots going back to throwing our childrens money away every day to cover a daily craving for something that will eventually make our time in this world limited.
We all have regrets, and make mistakes.. but I’m looking at this as motivation to ensure that I have none when I eventually get to my death bed.. and looking at the money lost so far.. is definitely a regret.. and something I never want to repeat.
I write this blog to go back and read whenever I feel the craving to remind myself of the reasons why I'll never ever go back to the past.. some folks may not agree, but this is for myself, and my family..
Pulled a card out of my freedom packet. Here goes:
- Singing Lady
Smokefree days: 365 days
Hi there follow non smokers. Just checking in. It's DAY 5 today and feeling pretty chuffed with myself. Thank you to all the regulars on the blog - you are inspiring and also thanks to those that responded to my Day 3 panic blog !!
Smokefree days: 265 days
Grams NOT smoked: 2608
Total savings: $3,710.00
I woke early this morning (5am) and as consciousness came I immediately remembered … “It’s my breathday. Wow I can’t believe I have conquered an entire year without a smoke”
The thought was like a delightful little melody tinkling around in my head, and as I allowed it to linger there, a huge, toothy grin splashed itself onto my face and it’s been there ever since. No amount of showering could wash it away. I must confess its hard to eat when you are grinning like a Cheshire cat and I might have dribbled a little bit on the bench at breakfast. I’m so chuffed, that I’ve even had a chuckle or two bubble up and escape for no apparent reason. Yup to say I feel proud would be an understatement for sure.
What a rollercoaster ride it was. After 41 years smoking, I was diagnosed late 2013 with early stage emphysema (which has since been rediagnosed as an auto immune disease). This was my initial motivation. I first quit in Jan and mastered 19 days before a camping trigger did me in and I reset. Then in Feb I managed 23 days before falling off the wagon. I reset again. I set off on my third quit in March and managed 6 days before my Husband decided he didn’t want to take care of a sick wife anymore and threw my world into a spin. I decided to take a little time-out to regroup, find somewhere to live and get settled before finally coming back on 13th May for my fourth attempt. This time I came armed with my NOPE shield (not one puff ever) held firmly in front of me. That ol’ nicodemon continued to throw everything at me, depression, chronic sickness, pain, torn ligaments, tooth abscesses, crashed car, kitchen fire where I badly burned my hands .. I won’t go on ... you get the general gist … it was one of the hardest years of my life.
As I trekked through the withdrawals wearing (as the lovely Calmwaters would say) ‘My Big Girl Panties’ I discovered the journey was not about feelings, it was about making a decision and sticking to it no matter how I felt, not matter how unpleasant it was. I learned (particularly in the early days) that this journey is about one foot in front of the other, baby steps, minute by minute until the minutes become hours, days, weeks and months. I learned not to think too far ahead. I learned that my battle was not with myself, my battle was with an addiction, that it actually wasn’t me who wanted to smoke! I learned that many of the sacrifices I needed to make in order to be successful were temporary, and that the more I resisted the weaker that addiction became, until 'not smoking' became the ‘norm’. As time progressed I grew into those 'big girl panties' quite nicely, putting on a (much needed) 14 kgs .. they could possibly be more aptly named my ‘small girl panties’ now.
But more importantly, I uncovered some valuable lessons about myself. I learned that I’m a fighter, Yup .. all 5 foot 4 (and a quarter) inches of me, and that when squished up against the wall I have what it takes, not only to take the punches, but to get back up, over and over again. I learned that although abandoned by my husband I am not ‘unlovable’. I am valuable to God and to others. I learned that even in chronic illness, I can take care of myself. I discovered that the harder the battle became, the more fierce my determination to succeed, and believe me, no-one was more surprised by that resolve and determination than I was because, truth be told, I came into this battle expecting to fail.
It was this new-found knowledge of how valuable and how strong I truly am, that gave me the ability to continually say “NO .. I will not do this to myself any longer. I will no longer abuse myself by filling by body with poison. I am worth so much more than this. And I will no longer be this kind of role model for my grandchildren”
What a great gift to take from this whole process hey I couldn’t ask for a better Breathday present.
So here I am standing on top of that One Year Mountain ... (Lady beats her chest ceremoniously) shouting to the world ‘I AM A SMOKE-FREE LADY …. And I LOVE IT’. (Okay I’m climbing down now coz my blood pressure has been up and I feel a little whoozy)
To my wonderful support team (you are too many to mention individually), thank you for your fabulous support. I am eternally grateful to you all. Your encouragement has been immeasurable … it truly has. You believed in me when I could not believe in myself. You saw strength in me before I ever did. And a huge thank you to QUITLINE too … what a blessing you are! How wonderful to go to sleep at night, knowing that you are helping to set people free.
And to the ‘new quitters’ … hold tight to your decision to be smoke-free. Don’t let it go for anything. You will have to fight for it but you are up for it! Know that you are stronger than you think. When that strength arises in you .. be proud. Recognise your enemy for what it is – an addiction that wants to kill you. Hold up your NOPE shield and just concentrate on one step at a time. If you don’t feed that monster, it will die and you will be free. You can do this! You deserve to be smoke-free and its a goal well worth fighting for!
Smokefree days: 365 days
1 year down. I still have cravings, usually from a memory or stress. They don’t last long.
Every time i have left you,we both knew i would come back. Well this time its different i fell in love with breathing easy, smelling nice and the glorius freedom. You can torment my days and invade my nights with memories of us having coffee together each morning, drinking wine together on the beach watching the sun go down. But this time its over for good my coffee tastes better without you, my car is nice and warm and the fish and chips are really good watching the sunset. So listen carefully its over for good i no longer love you or want you in my life and my hope is you never find anyone else.
To freedom happy quiting everyone.
Smokefree days: 365 days
This summit, for so many years, seemed impossible to reach, so much so that I firmly believed I was one of a handful of addicts for whom recovery was hopelessly unachievable.
I’d watched smoking destroy my Mother, robbing her of her health, then her life, at 58 years of age. This was such a huge loss for me, the grief over losing my best friend and soul mate was overwhelming. I felt angry that she had not tried harder to quit smoking, to be there for me, for my son, who had lost his loving, devoted Nan, and that my unborn baby would never get to meet her or know her huge capacity to love.
It was not long after the birth of my second son that I joined this blogging community – I was desperate, lost and felt so alone. I’d realised that it wasn’t a matter of “trying harder” to quit smoking. It was a battle of wills – and the addict in me was clearly in charge. Here I found solace, I wasn’t alone! Here I found inspiration, following the journeys and successes of others just like me. Here I received the most amazing, unwavering, non-judgemental support.
I don’t know how many attempts there were. How many times I fell and struggled to get back up. ALWAYS, my quit family stood by me, picked me up and dusted off my bum. Time and time again, year after year.
My quit family believed in me when I had lost all hope, you supported me through some terrifyingly dark days, you refused to give up on me even though I had given up on myself. I made friends here, cyber friends, but friends in the true sense of the word. I only wish I had friends like these out here in the real word – oh, what I could achieve!
Still, this milestone, these stats, is my biggest achievement ever (even tops delivering my second son, all by myself, at home, after an incredibly quick labour!). Mum’s passing and the emptiness that she left behind was the catalyst for me to keep trying but I could never have done it without you guys.
Now, I stand here absolutely bursting with pride, having planted MY flag in this new territory – no longer chained to smoking. I am FREE. I DID IT!!!
And believe me when I say, if I can do it, you can too! NEVER STOP BELIEVING!
Feeling mighty proud 2 years. Wow. What a ride that was.
Have a fantastic day.
Smokefree days: 730 days
Its day 9 today!!
I just wanted to write a little something for those who have just started or are thinking of stopping over NYS.
Thinking about stopping and the first couple of months are the hardest. It is such a scary thought to never have a puff again. Believe me when I say, it won't seem so scary after awhile.
While I don't think the "three weeks" and then you are sweet is true. I think that everyone has their own date of when the cravings start to ease.
And the realistic thing for me is.. they have never fully gone away. I still want a cig when drinking or if I am overly stressed. YET it is easy to 'stick to your guns'
I don't want that to scare people, I just want people to realise that it isn't just some switch that turns off. Once you are addicted to something like smoking, it doesn't just go away. I for one am glad in a way. It makes me realise that I can never smoke again. BUT it does get much easier. It will not be on your mind in the same way. A cig will not be a morning essential or a must have for the drive or the perfect way to end an a meal. You will barely consider it. You will be so happy, have so much more energy and smell good.
Most of all stopping smoking has given me a feeling of great accomplishment.
So start small, don't scare yourself or make it seem impossible, it really is possible. If you try and fail, you are not weak, just try again. To get to where I am now took about 10 failed attempts.
Remember when life seems so stressful and all you want to do is buy a pack of smokes, remember that you have one amazing accomplishment... you are smoke free!
Today I have officially completed my quit programme ... I can't believe where the time has gone. It has happened so fast.... my journey has been recorded on here from day one. I have revisit some of what I've blogged at times to remind me how far I've come.... I've not had a cigarette, not even a puff from one. I don't do things by halves, all or nothing and that has worked well for me.
First time blogger (on this site or any other).
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.
- Clarence the Cat
Smokefree days: 100 days
The Nicodemon slithered into the room, gasping and looking worried. “Oh no, she has made the decision, she is going to quit” he rasped. His friend smirked and with a wheezy voice said “She won’t managed to do it Boss. She has been chuffin away for more than 41 years now. Her odds are very low”
Nicodemon blinked his beady eyes in an effort to rid himself of the yellow, nicotine gunk oozing from them. “But she has support this time … she has joined up with that enemy of mine .. Quitline. And worse still, she is blogging. This is NOT a good sign. This will increase her chances of success.”
“Don’t fret yourself boss, I will take care of it, she may look strong but its only day One, I will break her down. Watch me do my thing. I have weapons at the ready, I have many things planned. Don’t you worry, she will reach for that pack before too long”
Ladylene logged onto quitline. Today was her Hundredth Day .. Today she was officially in the Hundy Club .. She was so excited. She was battle worn and weary, and she bore some incredibly painful scars (some of which were far from healed). The enemy had thrown much at her in the past 3 1/2 months. Her husband had left her. He had bought himself a shiny Harley Bike and just last week had turned up to her church on it and then paraded around a young single girl from church on the back for the afternoon. Her protest had seen her church friends desert her and her pastor tell her not to return. She had suffered injuries which still saw her limping slightly and doing physio, but still, here she was … 100 days and smoke-free. She smiled to herself and proceeded to blog.
Nicodemons friend was reluctant to enter the room because he knew he had failed. He knew his Boss would be livid. And he was right. Nicodemons face was red with fury, he paced back and forth along the floor, his breath coming in raspy, jagged gasps. Yellow slime oozed out from the side of his mouth and the stench of stale nicotine permeated the air.
“But I did have weapons Boss, I threw everything at her. Her husband left her, he continues to taunt her to the point where she has to leave her family and her home town to start again. She has had to start everything over, find somewhere to live and set up again. She has stressed about income and spent many sleepless nights. She is still limping from the torn ligament and damaged cartilage in her knee, and is still doing physio. She has been abandoned by her church and most of her friends. I have increased her fibromyalgia pain, and for a while, her depression was out of control and suicide was definitely an option. She has crashed her car, suffered a tooth abscess and then a dry socket which saw her chew painkillers for weeks. I threw everything at her Boss .. but I couldn’t do anything about Quitline, couldn’t stop her blogging. I tried Boss I really did”.
Ladylene finished typing and a huge grin broke out on her face. She knew her blogging friends would respond to her post with nothing but encouragement. They had been the most amazing support and she was thankful for them, and thankful for God, for His strength. She knew the battle was far from over and that this battle with the Nicodemon would always be there. It would wane in its intensity, but it would always be there. She wondered some days if she would ever be strong enough to ‘not’ blog, but for now it was empowering. She had made some wonderful friends and hopefully she had been a support to others in this journey too. Life had been hard, and her past may have been traumatic, but she still had the future, and she was smoke free. Ladylene smiled again and hit the send button.
730 days = 2 years. Not one single puff for two years!
For the newbies who don’t know my story, this time two years ago I was at the start of day one after 45 years of smoking. I’d had a winter virus and the cough and chest infection was lingering, but the diagnosis of Emphysema I received that day was terrifying. Previously, I’d had no desire to give up smoking, but the thought of being unable to breathe was so dreadful that I quit, cold turkey, that very day.
A smoke to me was a comfort/treat/reward in many situations and the thought of being unable to have one ever again left me grief-stricken! I knew I couldn’t smoke any more, but wasn’t at all sure I could manage without them, so I joined the “quit family” here and found a wonderfully supportive group of fellow-quitters, without whom I’m sure I wouldn’t have succeeded.
Although the GP says my lungs are damaged, my breathing has recovered much to my relief. Only very occasionally do I feel symptoms and I haven’t needed to use inhalers I was given for a long time.
I want to say a heartfelt thank you to everyone for sharing your struggles and successes and for the unconditional support so generously given
Letting go of nicotine has been a bit harder than I thought it would be but definitely nowhere near as hard as quitting smoking was (this is my first attempt after all, whereas quitting tobacco required multiple attempts!). I think that the fact I’ve been using lozenges as a replacement for cigarettes, indulgently going through a tray a day for the past five months, has made this process more painful that it needed to be.
Still, I am happy to be here, sitting with the discomfort of not scratching that itch. I know I just have to push through those occasional fits of bad temperament, the times where I really crave a lozenge (no longer a cigarette!), those moments where it feels as though “something’s missing”. I know if I don’t feed it, it will die.
Writing this, seeing my stats, I am amazed at myself, pinching myself that I have FINALLY done it… I am finally truly FREE from nicotine! (But am now creating a peppermint addiction, sucking and parking Curiously Strong mints! Argh! LOL).
I love milestones.. I have reached quite a few with my not smoking. Just reached my half a hundy.. next milestone is my relapse day.. of 77 days; I am going to beat that day and can't wait. Today I reached another milestone.. and that was with my running. I have only been running 2 mins then walking a min.. but today I did continous running for 10 mins. Super happy I acheived that milestone.. seems so small at the time; but they are milestones and help condition your mind to beleiving that anything is possible. It most certainly is. What was even better I could breathe properly from not smoking; it is alot harder to run when you have been smoking; it just doesn't really work. I have missed running; I used to be soo good at it when I was younger and fitter; so I am aiming to improve my fitness so I can do more. Love my milestones!
Enjoy your weekend everyone!
Hi to my quit family I have been 2 days and suddenly realised I have not had a craving blessed be!! and then POW like a bolt of lightening it hit. So here I am blogging. I know now that this addiction is entrenched in my beliefs pretty deep. At first I beleived I could not ride my motorbike without ciggies for it would not be fun well bullocks to that I have and I can haha nico demon /then I believed I could not study without ciggies I actually believed they make me more intelligent what a joke I got my last grade on a paper 45/50 take that nico demon. Then I believed I could not go on holiday and have a good time for it was smoking that made holidays great yet the bush and the ocean time with my man were really what I was craving and needed I had a couple of really intense cravings but I pushed through thank you tooth picks . I now do an out loud WooHoo to the universe each time I change a belief. Each time I win a tiny battle on my way to freedom of the MIND SOUL AND BODY. I am no fool I know there will be many more battles in this war on the nico demon but no surrender ae guys!!I must remember that it is all in my head . One step at a time for today I am so bloody pleased to say I am a non smoker even I do not believe that I have made 3 weeks insane. this blog is a little ray of sunshine it has helped me way beyond the words I type/ for I know I am not alone I am sharing this journey with my quit family of valiant warriors!! here's to each day we fight and conquer!!
I'm 62 and have been quit for 61 days I think... or thereabouts. Just keep at it you people. It IS NOT easy but.... the benefits are great. A few months ago when I KNEW I had to do something..... my ankles were purple colour... plus my hands..... I looked at myself in mirror and thought, oh dear... I am grey, my eyes are colourless..... my teeth are so yellow and I feel like an ugly OLD person at 62. I felt so powerless... I had panic attacks constantly..... 61 days on and I feel so good. It isn't ALL okay... my nights are pretty hard with dreams.... but overall.... life is getting better... just keep trying you younger ones .... it will improve and get better!
Hi quit family.
I am sooooo happy. I have reached the gold card age (65) and smoke free for just 5 days off 1 year . I am happy because I could not afford to smoke on a pension . I do not smell, I have saved over $2,600.00,I have bought a ipad and a smart phone. I have not put on weight and my stoke level risk has dropped down to 2 per cent which is great. There are so many pluses for stopping smoking and I wish ever one who is trying to stop is to not give up. I started smoking at about 16 years and quit at 64 years and 10 days.
Thank you every one who supported me. It has not being easy as my husband had to have a hip replacement and my 40.year old son had heart attack at the same time. I would not smoke. I worked through it and I feel proud of my self. GOOD LUCK EVERY ONE . GO WITH IT. NOPE. Not one puff ever.
12 months ago today I was heading up to the hospital in an ambulance, struggling to breathe. A month before I'd had a collapsed lung, been treated and come home, now it had happened again and this time it was way more serious. My lung collapsed because of the damage I had done through 40 years of smoking.
So today is Day 12 for me and even though I get really bad cravings often I feel so amazing. Yes I have had a lot of ups and down along my journey to date but I am finding as everyday goes by that my body is changing for the better. I feel so much lighter, I have sooooooo much energy that some times I just want to start running for no reason what's so ever lol (far from normal) my skins so much softer and clearer, the really bad stains on my fingers have completely gone, my teeth appear to be getting a little whiter and I just feel so much more confident and like I could take on the world. I never ever thought this was possible I didn't believe I was strong enough to do this and I strongly believe it is because of all the strength and belief you have all given me. I can imagine there will be a lot more downers to come but I now know I can never turn back no matter how hard it gets. I finally gave away my tobacco today which I thought would be a lot harder than what it was. It really strengthened that that chapter of my life has been closed and that I choose a healthy happy journey for my future. Thank you so much for believing in me when I didn't believe in myself you are all amazing and I wish you all the strength in your journeys as well. Xo
Smokefree days: 644 days
Sunday night and my first 7 days are over. Done and Dusted. Never to be repeated ever again.
i just wana say thankyou, i was just about done talking myself into going out and getting a pack....just to have a puff when things got to much..thats what i was telling myself anyway, but jumped on here instead,just reading all the bloggs has got me on track again THANK YOU xoxoxoxo
- Buzzy mummy
Folks you don’t want to miss this one … get ready for the race of the century … it’s what you’ve all been waiting for .. it’s the Ladies Pink Bicycle Race. We're starting out here on this fine day of 29th January. Make your way on over to the betting window and place your bets.
A much less smelly body
Hi all, hope you are all enjoying 2014 and welcome to the new bloggers.
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Smokefree days: 600 days
9.45pm New Years Eve 2012 I smoked my last cigarette, after smoking for the last 38 years. Still had smokes left in my pack of Horizon.
- Yorkshire Lass
I just rung quit line for some reassurance that I am normal and its OK to be feeling like I do.
Still here on having a look around this morning i know hardly anyone but they are all on the same journey as i have been today i am 1623 days smokefree .Its been an easy one for me my time was right and i will never regret giving up .xxxx