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30Apr2017 By Lwray  |  Permalink  |  Report Support me - Follow my blogs

Here I am!

I'm still around. Thanks for the shoutout Nanaturtle! Life is so busy and I don't know where the days go, they just keep disappearing on me! I've just had two weeks off polytechnic and it felt like two days! Did have a wee break away for a few days to go stay with my mum. She has been really sick with a cold that she just can't shake. I've finally managed to get her to make an appointment with her dr next week. She is a heavy smoker of about 50 years and I'm really worried about the damage she has done to herself. Hearing her awful cough and struggle breathe with it was really upsetting for me. I would so love her to give up the smokes but she doesn't believe she can after all this time. I wish I could get her to come on here so she could read about all the inspirational people who never thought they could give up, but have. I know that there are quite a few people here who have given up after around 50 years and more. But she's just not interested. It's sad to say, but I think she will die a smoker. I have already lost my dad to cancer at the young age of 61 and I really don't want to lose my mum as well. Watching her go outside for a smoke as she struggled to stop coughing broke my heart. I think she is proud of me for quitting but I'm not really sure because she won't talk about that either. She has never once said anything positive or given me praise for stopping smoking and that hurts too.
Oh what a sad sack I am! On a positive note, today marks 290 days smoke free for me. Getting closer to my first breathe day! Yippee. Thanks for listening quit family and for your amazing support. Thanks again Nanaturtle, it's nice to know I'm still thought about and cared for even when I do go missing in action for a while!

Profile image Pop's1 hour ago

Good work. Well done on your success. 290 days is huge.

Show this to your Mum. i gave up smoking at 70. I did it "Cold Turkey" . I will be 75 in July My Health now is far better than what it was 5 years ago.

Profile image Murphy500017 minutes ago

Going well lwrayπŸ˜„ Hope you manage to convince your mum to join us πŸ‘

30Apr2017 By nanaturtle  |  Permalink  |  Report Support me - Follow my blogs

"Calling all lurking Lwrays"

If You're out there-come in please πŸ‘‹
It's getting cold out there 😞
& You're missed,
Lots πŸ’•

Profile image GTMI3 hours ago

I will let her know your looking for her on Facebook Nanaturtle πŸ˜ƒ

Profile image Blondene3 hours ago

...and what's happened to Gavin??

Profile image Murphy50002 hours ago

And woodsie!

Profile image Lwray2 hours ago

Hi Nanaturtle, here I lurk! Lol

30Apr2017 By Vie  |  Permalink  |  Report Support me - Follow my blogs

Stats Update: 116 days smokefree

Smokefree days: 116 days
Grams NOT smoked: 829
Total savings: $1,445.00. THIS WEEK HAS BEEN HARD !PUSHING THROUGH

Profile image GTMI3 hours ago

Great stats Vie, hang in there πŸ™‚

Profile image Blondene3 hours ago

awesome days keep pushing on thru!!😊πŸ’ͺπŸ’ͺ

Profile image Lwray2 hours ago

Awesome! The week has been hard but you have survived! You are getting stronger with every day that passes and 116 days is a massive achievement! Well done πŸ˜€

30Apr2017 By Kataraina  |  Permalink  |  Report Support me - Follow my blogs

First day of quitting smoking.

So today is the day where i have decided to finally quit smoking, I was up at 6am by 9am i had baked a batch of chocolate chip cupcakes, cleaned my pantry and fridge out, cleaned the entire house and now trying to figure out what else i can do to keep busy and not be temepted to go for a cigarette. The temptation is so hard but I will not give in.

Profile image Ponytail4 hours ago

haha, you are using the strategies to distract yourself by keeping busy, busy, busy!
Good girl, keep reminding yourself of all the reasons you want to quit. Write them down somewhere.
You have made the first big step, now keep walking towards a smoke free future.
Go for a walk, read, write, talk.....
Keep it up Kataraina.

Profile image GTMI3 hours ago

Just get through 1 min at a time today, do whatever it takes to keep yourself busy, sipping away on a water bottle really does help, and remember NOPE(not 1 puff ever) if you live by that you cannot fail and each day will just get better and better πŸ˜ƒ

Profile image Blondene3 hours ago

yum I want some...keeping busy is a great distraction..keep going nearly thru the dreaded day 1 woohoo!!!😊πŸ’ͺπŸ’ͺ

Profile image Sallyfk2 hours ago

Great Kataraina the 1st day is the hardest. Busy, busy is what gets you through. Hang in there you can do it. πŸ’

Profile image Lwray1 hour ago

You are doing all the right things, keep it up. Remember all the reasons why you don't want to smoke anymore and that will give you strength to carry on. It is a tough thing to do and the early days are the hardest. Keep checking in here and you will receive support by the truckload! πŸ˜€

Profile image jakethemuss1 hour ago

one day at a time and Nope not one puff ever
keep blogging these things will help

Profile image Murphy500013 minutes ago

Keep busy, and remember the 4 D's. I got the knitting needles out at the start of my quit.
You can do this πŸ‘πŸ˜„

30Apr2017 By Maanu  |  Permalink  |  Report Support me - Follow my blogs

The real name of bangkok

In Thai, it is often called Krung Thep Maka Nakhon, or just Krung Thep. However, the full name is β€œKrung Thep Mahanakhon Amon Rattanakosin Mahinthara Ayuthaya Mahadilok Phop Noppharat Ratchathani Burirom Udomratchaniwet Mahasathan Amon Piman Awatan Sathit Sakkathattiya Witsanukam Prasit.

How does this relate to smoking? If your craving a smoke Say the full name of bangkok 10 times and see if you still feel like a smoke. If you do say it again another ten times. You will probably not feel like a smoke before long and you will learn to say the full name if bangkok which most Thai people can not remember. Imagine getting into a taxi and rattling it off.

Profile image nanaturtle5 hours ago

Haha! I dare You πŸ˜ƒπŸ‘ lol!!

Profile image Lwray1 hour ago

Wow, that sure is a mouthful! You are right, saying that over and over will certainly not leave any room in your mouth for a cigarette!

30Apr2017 By Blondene  |  Permalink  |  Report Support me - Follow my blogs

Stats Update: 761 days smokefree

Smokefree days: 761 days
Grams NOT smoked: 6523
Total savings: $10,028.00

getting closer to the big 800...that's 800 days of no smoking...unfortunately I'm still using nicotine again..I've set my quit date for when I fall pregnant and in the meantime I'm going to try and quit before then..12mg really is too strong..I can hardly inhale but it's like when I smoked I'm constantly reminded about the harmful chemicals that could be in the vape...and they haven't been safely tested...lots of reasons to quit just got to hurry up and take the plunge!

Profile image nanaturtle4 hours ago

Maybe try alternating 12mgs& 0mgs?
Confuse the damn demon!
Just a πŸ’­ thought
Being strong is Your thing Blondene
You CAN do it πŸ‘ 🌟

Profile image Maanu4 hours ago

Good luck with the vape quit. You will know when the time us right. If you do it when you fall pregnant you could blame the food cravings and mood swings on the pregnancy and your hubby would have to put up with it lol.

Profile image Sallyfk2 hours ago

Good luck Blondene with vap quit. How wonderful that you are 761 smoke free days. Isn't it great to see the money saved mount up? Take care & enjoy the rest of your day. 🌼🌞⭐️

Profile image Lwray1 hour ago

Wahoo, 761 days is absolutely fabulous! You rock. Keep it up and you will know the right time to throw away the vap.

30Apr2017 By Sallyfk  |  Permalink  |  Report Support me - Follow my blogs

Day 6 πŸ˜€

Smokefree days: 6 days
Cigarettes NOT smoked: 90
Total savings: $125.00

Feelng so much better today, not grumpy & the sun is shining. No cravings for a smoke. Taking my granddaughter out shortly, she has been on her iPad most of yesterday. Thank you everyone for your wonderful support.

Profile image sez1235 hours ago

Well done you are braving the worst and now coming out the other side.

Profile image GaGa. 684 hours ago

Keep up the good work you can do this 😊Keep positive and keep going πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

Profile image Ponytail4 hours ago

well done Sally, every day will get easier and you will be walking tall and feeling proud.
Yay for you. Also you are setting a good example for your grand daughter. My three and a half year old grandson used to say,,...oooohhh yuck, that stinks. So glad I have stopped, 29 days now :)

Profile image Murphy50002 hours ago

You'll be in double digits before you know it πŸ‘πŸ˜„

Profile image Sallyfk2 hours ago

Thanks all for your support. l honestly can't believe l have got this far. Have tried before but always failed after day 2.

Profile image Lwray1 hour ago

Great going! Keeping busy with the grandkids is a great distraction. I'm sure your family will all be so proud of you for doing this!πŸ˜€

30Apr2017 By Darren  |  Permalink  |  Report Support me - Follow my blogs

Stats Update: 70 days smokefree

10 weeks today, went out had too much to drink during the week and I did for a second think about smoking but I didn't I think that really proved to me this is it. I'm sick today though but really is better being sick off cigarettes then being on them for one I don't have a cough.

Profile image sez1235 hours ago

Had my first drink since quitting last night and like you fleetingly thought about a smoke, but the thought passed and I felt heaps stronger. 70 days is something to be proud of well done you!

Profile image Darren1 hour ago

Yea for many that can be a big deal and smoking and drinking can often go hand in hand for people. Having the thought is fine, that's the nicodemon, it's not going through with it that counts! Good luck

Profile image Lwray1 hour ago

Congrats on your 70 well earned smoke free days!

Profile image BillabongJon1 hour ago

You did good Daren a real inspo. I'm going to follow your journey with interest.

30Apr2017 By Maanu  |  Permalink  |  Report Support me - Follow my blogs

Sent to the dungeon.

Sunday is supposes to be a godly day but I have been bad (using a vape) so I have been sent to the dungeon. I have to crawl under a house to install a cable. Its a dirty and very difficult job but someone has to do it. There are 3 other people around but they are all over 70 so they're sending in the young man. I'm not really being punished for using my vape but its an entertaining story so I an sticking to it.

Thanks for all your comments yesterday. The amount of nicotine I ingested was very small but still very silly. I stopped again yesterday but I'm making my official vape quit day tomorrow the 1st of may which is 256 of smoke freedom or 100 days in hexadecimal.

Kashi I will write to you on your blog to answer your queries. I will do it after work I am due to be sent to the dungeon now.

If your not into maths skip the next paragraph

Hexadecimal is base 16. The digits for our decimal system (base 10) are 0123456789
The digits for hexadecimal are 0123456789ABCDEF. The reason we all used hexadecimal back in the 70's is because it converts very easily to binary. Each hexadecimal digit converts into a four digit binary number.
I.e. AA becomes 1010 1010
4F becomes 0100 1111

We used to program computers in machine language which is basically writing code in binary but using hexadecimal. Ah those were the days. We didn't even have CD ROM or even floppy or hard disks we used a tape deck and cassette tapes to record data. We learnt to programme on a trs-80 which had 4k of memory.

Smokefree days: 255 days
Cigarettes NOT smoked: 6375
Total savings: $7,905.00l

Profile image sez1236 hours ago

You'll get there with your vape but you really need to get rid of it, having it lying around is like butts in an ashtray, you know it's disgusting but in a weak moment you'll roll those buts up into a foul butt roll. Just my thoughts anyway.

Like the math, but my numbers are economics not programming, always admire people that can program it is a real art form.

Profile image Lwray1 hour ago

Omg you totally lost me with that maths! Definitely not my strong point. I failed maths miserably at school. I agree with sez, getting rid of the vape once and for all will remove the temptation totally. If it's not there, you can't use it. Great going on your smoke free days though πŸ˜€Still being smoke free is the main thing. πŸ™ƒ

30Apr2017 By Leisaclare  |  Permalink  |  Report Support me - Follow my blogs

Day 7 - One Week being "Auahi Kore"

Kia ora koutou - Hello everyone

I am happy to be at my FIRST WEEK of being "Auahi Kore" - "Smokefree"

I have achieved so much this first week, it really is amazing. I have purposely choosen to address my fears within the scope of smoking, with a passion for the things that are really dear to me. We all have personal passions and each person will pursue those as they feel the need. I certainly have to thank all those people cheering me on this week. Thank you all so much, I really do appreciate it.

So I will hang tough and stay committed to my "Auahi Kore" journey. You all have a great good and stay with your goal of NOPE - Not one puff ever.

Profile image BillabongJon9 hours ago

I can't believe you're at a whole week already. You're doing oh so well. I look forward to catching up to you soon.

Profile image Leisaclare9 hours ago

thanks a million.

Profile image Sammyy8 hours ago

Fantastic work leisaclare. I found the first week the hardest and it was such a great feeling to get to one week smokefree. I hope you are feeling very proud as you should be! And a treat wouldn't go amiss either celebrate and reward yourself for these milestones! Well done πŸ˜ŠπŸ‘πŸŒŸ

Profile image GTMI7 hours ago

Congratulations on your first week Leisaclare, you have just done amazingly well, be proud and don't forget to treat yourself for your effortsπŸ˜ƒ

Profile image Sallyfk6 hours ago

Hi Leisaclare well done on achieving your first week, what a wonderful milestone for you. Have a absolutely wonderful smoke free day. Hugs Sally 🌹🌹🌹

Profile image sez1236 hours ago

Congratulations, well done and live by NOPE my last 3 quits failed after a long periods of time (8 months, and two stints of about a year) because I stupidly thought one wouldn't hurt. Your quit will become easier and easier but never let your guard down. Thanks for sharing your journey it has been great to read.

Profile image Maanu4 hours ago

Ka pai your doing very well and doing it in style. Keep up the good work. Hopefully it will get easier from now in but be prepared for the odd wave of craving to pop up out of the blue.

Profile image Leisaclare3 hours ago

Yeah and Ka pai you too Maanu thanks for your kind words. Yes craving and trails of temptations are running rampant today. Its all the drama and lingering head games that go with this addiction. Never mind it will get to point where doing what is right as opposed to what the norms are.

Profile image Leisaclare3 hours ago

Thank you everyone for being my cheer leaders I have had a cool but hard week.