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10Dec2016 By MissKiwi  |  Permalink  |  Report Support me - Follow my blogs

Christmas party..

Smokefree days: 50 days
Cigarettes NOT smoked: 1000
Total savings: $1,230.00

In taxi on the way to my hubbies xmas party...bit worried as there are lots of smokers going and plenty of booze ! I'm equipped with 5 packets of bubblegum....arrh! I'll log on later if it gets too much

Wish me luck !

Profile image Julia C4 hours ago

No, not luck, but I will wish you the strength to resist.

Absolute worst case scenario (Which hopefully won't happen) is if you do make a stupid mistake, minimise the damage by immediately throwing the thing away; whatever you do, don't decide that one puff means you have to finish the thing or that one thing means you need to buy a pack.

Profile image MissKiwi3 hours ago

Thanks Julia , so far so good 😉

Profile image MissKiwi1 hour ago

Still smokefree TG! Go Joseph Parker 💪

10Dec2016 By fred dagg  |  Permalink  |  Report Support me - Follow my blogs

Stats Update: 979 days smokefree

Smokefree days: 979 days
Cigarettes NOT smoked: 19580
Total savings: $15,468.20

10Dec2016 By Redumbrella  |  Permalink  |  Report Support me - Follow my blogs

Day 1

So 10 days after joining Quitline I have finally gone smoke free! I think I'm doing well, I'm using patches and gum. Work was good this morning, after lunch and shopping I did get really tired as I slept not quite enough and the cravings came on really strong. But I stayed strong.

Looking forward to saving money!

I do have an invite to a birthday party at a bar tonight. I don't drink, but I'm still worried about being around smokers. I might beg a cig. I probably shouldn't go but I feel bad because my friend is a really lovely person. I don't know her that well though, I'm sure they wouldn't miss me too much!

Profile image Sammyy7 hours ago

Welcome ☺ glad to hear day one is going ok for you! Hopefully the NRT will help with those cravings remember distraction and drink water when things get a bit rough it does help. Some people find they get tired in the early days others have more energy. Just go with it use the energy to keep busy or sleep if you find you're more the other way.

Do what you feel is best for you re friends party. Give it a miss if you feel like you really would smoke if around other smokers. Remember this isn't forever you just need to protect yourself in the early days then it will get easier to be around smokers. Good luck ☺

Profile image nanaturtle7 hours ago

Let your friend know you are early in your Quit. Excuse Yourself this once. This is not the best day to socialise, it will come tho, the one day when You will know you're strong enough to resist-doing great Redumbrella
Protect Your Quit
Stay strong 😃

Profile image Redumbrella2 hours ago

Thanks guys, I decided not to go and watched a Movie at home with family so it was still a nice night and I'm feeling positive I can stick at it after a couple of false starts recently. Drinking plenty of water.

Profile image Sammyy2 hours ago

That's the way ☺ well done. First day down 🌟🌟🌟

10Dec2016 By Blondene  |  Permalink  |  Report Support me - Follow my blogs

Stats Update: 620 days smokefree

Smokefree days: 620 days
Grams NOT smoked: 5315
Total savings: $8,188.00

30 more days till I hit 650 and I'm real proud of each smokefree day. well I never thought I'd be sitting on the car while my mate was smoking and I wasn't and did I want one way I've come to far in my quit to go back now. Also hubby has been smokefree for over a month till today he had two I told him he would regret it and I was right he didn't enjoy them anyway I'm still super happy for him and his smokefree acheivements.

Profile image Bub448 hours ago

Hey lovely lady its just like the good ole days seeing you post so proud of you and your stats..its a wonderful feeling being smokefree enjoy and have a wonderfully wonderful xmas.xo

Profile image Sammyy7 hours ago

Great stats thanks for sharing, you should be proud. Well done ☺☺☺

Profile image nanaturtle7 hours ago

Chuffed for You hubby has figured this out!! Super Proud for You Blondene, you worked hard for this, just posting this feels like a Treat
Guard up, Stay strong 👏👏 great work!!

Profile image Julia C4 hours ago

So glad for you. Staying strong. You are a winner.

10Dec2016 By Kitty13  |  Permalink  |  Report Support me - Follow my blogs

Stats Update: 40 days smokefree

Smokefree days: 40 days
Grams NOT smoked: 515
Total savings: $810.00

Yes I'm still smokefree been working feeling great but sometimes i get the should I but then I walk away yes I'm talking about sugar red bulls and vs my now new demon I just want cake my diet is going well but in craving the sweet stuff I keep wondering if not smoking is behind it but hey I rather have my war with sugar then nicotine but I'm so much more fitter and I can breathe blood test after Christmas can't wait to hear the results cause I think I'm better I feel great

Well have a good smokefree day off to work soon milk some cows 🐄

Profile image Sammyy7 hours ago

Well done kitty 40 days now! Soon we will be enjoying Christmas healthy and smokefree. Plus plenty of opportunities to feed the sugar demon lol. I also have one ☺ you're doing amazing 👍🌟🌞🌹

Profile image Redumbrella2 hours ago

It's all a bit of a balance, I think it does make you crave junk food!

10Dec2016 By Vampchiq  |  Permalink  |  Report Support me - Follow my blogs


It's going to get better soon.........right?

Profile image Julia C13 hours ago

It gradually gets better & then for unknown reasons it suddenly spikes then it drops to an even lover level.

Day 3 is notorious as one of the Icky threes, the physical addiction one

"The first three days of smoking cessation are intense for most ex-smokers.

"Often, the first day or two are fueled by the 'excitement' of taking the initial plunge into quitting, but by the third day, reality is setting in and so are the discomforts of physical withdrawal from nicotine."

Stay strong, it will pass and then it will be relatively easy for the next 2 1/2 weeks.

Profile image Kitty1313 hours ago

It does get better but you have to go through the bad to get to the good the bad is the nicotine trying to call you out and light that CIG don't give in let it leave your body fight it you can do it maybe reading some of your supporters day 3s can help I even found sleeping on some days the best thing too.. You will get through it

Profile image Murphy500012 hours ago

Day 3 was a tough one for me too so do lots of breathing, walking, cleaning whatever it takes just keep yourself very busy and once you have got through the day you will so much stronger. Dig deep you can do this and it does get easier 😄👍

Profile image clarence the cat11 hours ago

Day three is tough for so many. I think it's because your body suddenly realises that you are serious about being SMOKEFREE and tries to fight back. Be strong. Keep distracting your thoughts from smoking. You will get through it.

Profile image nanaturtle9 hours ago

$2 shop-stress ball. The emoji ones look hilarious 😂 distorted-try it
Stay strong -best things in life, shouldn't be too easy, Breathe & Believe. Yes 😃

Profile image Sammyy7 hours ago

YES it will get better! It's not easy to see it now but this is one of the toughest days you just need to hang in there and it will definitely get better. You can do it stay strong 👍

10Dec2016 By Lila26  |  Permalink  |  Report Support me - Follow my blogs

Stats Update: 235 days smokefree

Smokefree days: 235 days
Cigarettes NOT smoked: 2350
Total savings: $2,926.40

Wow - so proud of myself - life is good in every way - best thing I have ever done - no longer a slave to smoking - freedom!!!

Profile image Sammyy7 hours ago

Well done ☺ enjoy Christmas being smokefree a new way to celebrate and enjoy life without cigarettes! Amazing numbers go you 🌟🌟🌟

9Dec2016 By Cherie  |  Permalink  |  Report Support me - Follow my blogs

Hard work

Well, I made it til 7pm...then gave in. I've had 3 cigarettes today. The first one and the feelings that went with it physically and mentally were terrible.

Still going to try again and sticking with cold turkey, even though I was grumpy today. Got to be stronger when those cravings kick in. Tomorrow is another bright new day full of hope.

Thank you for all your support.

Profile image Bub4419 hours ago

today is another day...i admire those who go cold turkey...if at first you don't succeed try try again and you will.

Profile image Lila2615 hours ago

Keep trying it really is worth it in every way - your family- your health - the most important things in your life are being compromised by smoking. I never thought after smoking for 30 years that I would be able to say I have been smoke free for 8 months now. Yep it was hard at the start, the mind and the addiction is powerful - dig really deep and you will find the willpower to quit. I loved smoking, my days were planned around being able to have a smoke. I can tell you truthfully that as time goes by the addiction goes, smoking may cross your mind but it's no longer the terrible strong craving, merely a thought that flits in and out and something you don't have the urge to act on. Once you have made the decision to quit your last cigarette must be your last, you can't just have one or a sneaky puff as this is what keeps you locked in - you have to make your last the last and stay smoke free. I know that if I have even one puff that would be enough to get me started so I will never ever take another puff again. If I can do this you can to - Br strong and try hard, you will be so proud of yourself

Profile image Sammyy7 hours ago

Distraction and drinking water absolutely helps during those strong cravings. I know everyone says it but it's really true. I quickly figured out in the early days my cravings last as long as it takes me to reorganise my linen cupboard. That was my distraction. And water gives you something to do and kind of makes you feel a bit full so I guess that's how that helps. You will find what works for you and then there'll be no stopping you!! Of course you can do this and good on you for picking yourself back up. Stay strong 👍👍👍

9Dec2016 By Vannah  |  Permalink  |  Report Support me - Follow my blogs

Day 3

Well honestly today i feel like ive failed
Fighting with my brain as i had three smokes today
And honestly im so disapointed un myself
Im very very determined to give up most certainly but i think my down fall id distraction.
Trying to find a game to downliad that will distract me untill my cravings have faded.
Looking for a hobby or something its so hard at times that the voice keeps saying have a smoke and its anoying now.
And honestly i had a smoke earlier and started to feel unwell and was vomiting
Ive never had this before during the times ive tried quiting
These a new symptoms for me and im not sure if i should be worried or if my bidy is rejecting this awfull nicotine but im determined to quit .

Profile image Cherie1 day ago

It's really tough eh. I feel for you. Finding some new habit to replace the cigs is what I'm working on as well. A good idea. Best of luck.

Profile image Marni16 hours ago

When I first stopped, I downloaded 'the jigsaw puzzles' - they're great also Big Fish Games I found they helped, I also went to the movies, went to non-smoking areas eg garden centres. Also, I spent $$$$ saved on treats like facials, massages and manicures. It's time that you can't smoke and afterwards the urge to smoke isn't there. Worth a try. Good luck, you'll get there.

Profile image Vampchiq14 hours ago

I totally feel your pain, I'm day 3 as well and I want to kill!!
Instead in eating chocolate and sulking in my office at work.
I'm sure it'll get better soon, don't give up, we can do this!!

Profile image Sammyy7 hours ago

Don't be too hard on yourself, this is normal. The early days are the hardest and plenty of us have had lots of attempts. I lost track of how many times I couldn't even get through day one. Are you using NRT? If you smoke with nrt it will likely make you sick. I used to vomit after a cigarette if I was wearing a patch.

It sounds like you're really determined to quit so keep trying. I used to have days (in the early days) where I'd keep myself super busy and then other days that were just write offs where I wouldn't get anything done. Know that everything you're going through now is a) all for giving up smoking and is therefore not a waste b) absolutely worth it and c) will definitely get better. It won't always be this hard, there is a light at the end of tunnel ☺ hang in there and stay strong 🌟🌟🌟

Profile image Vannah15 minutes ago

Im not on patches but using extra chewing gum and most times it works and then the stress kicks in

9Dec2016 By Julia C  |  Permalink  |  Report Support me - Follow my blogs

At hospital

Some of you will remember me talking about my wife Tessa who I then referred to as "Wifi Wifie"

I took her down to the hospital today for a knee replacement. I stayed with her in the waiting room until they took her away for the op, In all I was there for 2½ hours and it was great being able to devote my time to her without worrying about the hike to the road and back again for a smoke. I'll be back there when she gets moved into the ward.

This is one of the great hidden benefits of quitting. You can be there for your nearest & dearest.

Profile image smokefreemep1 day ago

Hey Julia. Gosh.. that is truly an amazing benefit to quitting smoking!! There is nothing more important than our time and devotion to ve there for our loved ones! Fantastic! Im so proud of you and blimin happy that you are right there by Tessas side. Great stuff. Im glad I was able to spend the last precious moments with my sister before she died, I stayed with no need for breaks, I treasure those moments and still think about our last conversations, smiles, looking into her eyes as she woke etc. Hope Wifi wifie is doing alright after the op. Take care Julia xx

Profile image Janet G1 day ago

Oh yes, and also the benefit of not smelling of smoke if you were sneaking out for a smoke!! Everything about quitting smoking is a win/win!! I hope wi-fi wife recovers well 😘😀

Profile image Julia C1 day ago

Thanks Ladies.

She's recovering. A lot of exercise & healing to come but everything looks good.

Profile image MissKiwi1 day ago

I love your attitude during what must be a stressful time for you both. I think any hospital visit is really hard and seeing the benefit of not smoking in the midst of that it so positive. Hope your wife will recover well Julia, well done 😀

Profile image nanaturtle19 hours ago

My only regret was not Quitting earlier. Sneaking out while Dad was stuck in his bed, he couldn't get away & his shoulder shrug& disdain on his face, said it all 😢 It forced me to HATE smoking. That was the final straw.
Hoping wifey recovers quickly + Well.
Have a Great weekend 🌟 Smokefree of course

Profile image Julia C14 hours ago

Thanks MissKiwi. It's "Elective" (i.e. scheduled not emergency) surgery & she's been looking forward to it for over a year so we've had plenty of time to prepare. This has to be easier than if it were an emergency. Not sure I would have felt the same under those circumstances.

Thanks nanaturtle: yes, my Dad disliked smoking too. A shame that I gave up so long after he died

Profile image Blondene8 hours ago

sending out some healing vibes to your wife ..isn't it great being smokefree

Profile image Sammyy7 hours ago

Wishing your wife a good recovery ☺ I remember being in hospital with my son when he was very small and after 13 hours I left his side because I was losing my lolly after going without a cigarette for so long. Felt so bad. It's good when you don't have to worry about feeding the addiction in those situations anymore you can just be wherever for however long you need to be ☺