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Hi Quit Whanau!

We wanted you to be the first to know that in the next couple of weeks we are going to launch a new Quitline website including an updated blogs experience.

Firstly, don't panic: all your old blogs, supporters and badges will remain the same. However, the pages will look slightly different, so it might take some time to get used to.

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The exact timing of this new website launch is not known yet, but we expect it to be very early in June. We'll try and update you closer to the time.

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27Mar2017 By Ray  |  Permalink  |  Report Support me - Follow my blogs

Stats Update: 23 days smokefree

Smokefree days: 23 days
Cigarettes NOT smoked: 460
Total savings: $609.50

Wow time sure does fly by fast!
Looking forward to that 1 month and beyond!
Wasn't a bad weekend, had a few drinks and was surrounded my smokers, to be honest I was on the brink of grabbing a cig off a few people, but my drunk self managed to stay strong and just walk away haha!
After that night I have been getting the cravings again, maybe from all the second hand smoke?
But this time in it for the long run, ain't falling off the horse again!
Bless to all who read this, and remember if you just quit today, don't give up!

Profile image nanaturtle27 March, 2017

Never quit Quitting Ray
All things going to plan & You wont be facing day 24 ever again! ODAAT
NOPE this works-great stuff resistingπŸ‘
Stay Strong πŸ˜ƒ

Profile image Gavin27 March, 2017

Good stuff Ray. Just be wary going to booze ups or parties. A lot of us stay right away for a while till we're way safer.

Profile image GTMI27 March, 2017

Well done on your 23days, like Gavin said, be careful around alcohol, it's very tempting to grab a ciggy while under the influence lol πŸ˜ƒ

Profile image Blondene27 March, 2017

you're doing it...and conquering little milestones along the way ..great stuff!😊😊

Profile image smokefreemep28 March, 2017

Fantastic Ray. Doing well πŸ‘πŸ’–

21Mar2017 By Ray  |  Permalink  |  Report Support me - Follow my blogs

Stats Update: 17 days smokefree

Smokefree days: 17 days
Cigarettes NOT smoked: 340
Total savings: $450.50

Don't blog everyday, but glad to say I've stayed smoke free and don't have any cravings.
I see there are a few new people who have started their quit journey, my advice to you is, don't give up. Once you get past that first week, the journey only gets easier.

I was on the nicotine gum for the first week personally, but while taking it, my blood pressure would fall and I'd get a dizzy feeling. Since stopping the gum though non of that has happened, I just replaced it with standard gum and think to myself it's the nicotine gum, great placebo haha!
Anyways good luck to all!
Have a blessed day!

Profile image nana g21 March, 2017

Good for you on day 17 Ray. Well done. I went cold turkey when I quit,but I did have the first week in hospital. They offered me nicotine replacement, but decided to try cold turkey and here I am. Have a great day.

Profile image Blondene21 March, 2017

Congrats well on the way..good on you!!😊😊

Profile image Nana2221 March, 2017

You're doing great Ray - and have an awesome attitude.
Well done on 17 days smokefree.

19Mar2017 By Ray  |  Permalink  |  Report Support me - Follow my blogs

Stats Update: 15 days smokefree

Smokefree days: 15 days
Cigarettes NOT smoked: 300
Total savings: $397.50

Wow been 2 weeks and 1 day :)
Can say I'm happy with myself.
I've actually stopped taking nicotine gum due to it giving me dizzy spells through out the day.
Had the odd craving but nothing that makes me want to go buy a pack. Going strong! Bring on that 1 month!

Profile image Gavin19 March, 2017

Wow that's gone quick! Good stuff Ray.

Profile image Nana2219 March, 2017

Well done Ray! Sounds like fighting talk to me. Nicodemon doesn't stand a chance.

Profile image nana g19 March, 2017

Good for you Ray, it seemed to get a bit easier for me after a month. Well done, keep up the good work.

Profile image smokefreemep20 March, 2017

Yep.. be very happy with yourself.. you have a good reason to be happy! Awesome!

16Mar2017 By Ray  |  Permalink  |  Report Support me - Follow my blogs

Stats Update: 12 days smokefree

Smokefree days: 12 days
Cigarettes NOT smoked: 240
Total savings: $318.00

Coming up to that 2 week mark!
Feeling great today. It's as if I've been reborn.
Went for a 20min run on the treadmill last night and wasn't puffed at all! But after I coughed up all the gunk stuck in my lungs and felt rejuvenated! Onwards and upwards!

Profile image Blondene16 March, 2017

ew...I don't miss those days..feeling more alive? ..awesome keep up the good fight!😊😊

Profile image Ponytail16 March, 2017

Well done...
I am also coughing up gunk. I joined a local walking group and am enjoying walking and talking with non smokers. On track... Keep it up Ray.

15Mar2017 By Ray  |  Permalink  |  Report Support me - Follow my blogs

Stats Update: 11 days smokefree

Smokefree days: 11 days
Cigarettes NOT smoked: 220
Total savings: $291.50

Going good so far!
this time round I think I'm staying off the smokes for good.
No more smelly clothes or smelly or stinky breath! Feels great! Stay strong to those that have only gave up for a few days, keep your head up! Bless to all who read this!

Profile image Gavin15 March, 2017

Go Ray

Profile image hamdog15 March, 2017

Hey I gave up drinking and drugs now time to give up smokes

Profile image Ray15 March, 2017

I was smoking pot almost daily too, but have given that up because that was one of the triggers for me. Have a couple cones and light up a smoke. Right now I feel great having stopped both! Good luck on your quit journey hamdog!

13Mar2017 By Ray  |  Permalink  |  Report Support me - Follow my blogs

Stats Update: 9 days smokefree

Smokefree days: 9 days
Cigarettes NOT smoked: 180
Total savings: $238.50

Oh man this money sure adds up quick!

Profile image nanaturtle14 March, 2017

πŸ‘ going Great Ray
This battle is Worth the tough times πŸ‘Œ
Enjoy your day
Stay Strong πŸ˜ƒ

Profile image Gavin14 March, 2017

isn't it amazing Ray huh, the cash we wasted. I find that now I am even more frugal and don't want spend anything if I don't need have to lol.

Profile image Woodsie14 March, 2017

All that extra money is like getting a pay rise. Well to keep that new pay rate the rules are you can't smoke. Nice and simple. Keep at it

Profile image Gavin14 March, 2017

Love the rules Woodsie!

12Mar2017 By Ray  |  Permalink  |  Report Support me - Follow my blogs

Onto my 8th day..

Hey guys didn't post anything yesterday.
But 8 days without the smokes!
Yesterday was really rough, went out to the cinemas with my brother to watch the Logan movie, was happy as because we were waiting all week to go.
So the movie starts and 15minutes in, I start getting really uncomfortable, my heart starts racing and I didn't feel good at all. Went outside for a breather and felt a bit better, came back into the cinema and it just got worse, i actually thought I was having a heart attack..,
Fast forward an hour later and I'm in the emergency room, and they are telling me I'm having a panic attack, doctors checked my heart and lungs and everything was healthy..
but wow, I have never experienced that in my whole life.

Searched up on google and it looks like there are people who have had similar symptoms while coming off the smokes, but seriously that was such a bad experience.

Profile image Vie12 March, 2017

Hopefully your feeling better,congratulations on your first week.

Profile image Gavin12 March, 2017

Passed a week free, that's a huge milestone.
Well done.

Profile image clarebear12 March, 2017

Yikes!! Its a complicated thing; panic attacks, maybe because of quitting, you are forgetting to take slow deep breaths (which a lot of smoking is about)? Glad you got thru it. Scary but I bet you learn from it. Go well.

Profile image Murphy500012 March, 2017

Ray that's scary, keep strong and work through those episodes I am sure they will pass. Make sure you do lots of deep breathing, walking and listening to calming music. Smoking won't help ! You can do this πŸ‘

Profile image Kylie12 March, 2017

They are awful to go through! I had a major one a few years back due to a bad reaction from medication anded up in a&e to, I kept experiencing anxiety issues for a while and still get the odd belt of it, breath through it distract yourself

10Mar2017 By Ray  |  Permalink  |  Report Support me - Follow my blogs

Stats Update: 6 days smokefree

Smokefree days: 6 days
Cigarettes NOT smoked: 120
Total savings: $159.00

Almost at the 1 week mark, feeling proud!
Went back to the gym last night after 2 weeks of not going and felt great!
Haven't even had the urge to smoke at all!

Profile image smokefreemep10 March, 2017

Well done ray. Im happy for you. Stay strong

Profile image Gavin10 March, 2017

That's excellent Ray.

Profile image GTMI10 March, 2017

Yay your doing great πŸ‘

9Mar2017 By Ray  |  Permalink  |  Report Support me - Follow my blogs

Day 5 off the smokes..

Not feeling too bad today, kind of get a weird feeling in my lungs when I breathe deep at times, don't know if it's normal or not? Kind of worried.. looking it up on google it says it's a common symptom when you stop, anyone experience anything similar?

Don't even have cravings, each time I think about it I get a sick feeling!

Profile image Gavin9 March, 2017

When I was in and took a sheep intake of breath it made me stop and cough. Now I just keep on inhaling, it's great! No cough.

Profile image Gavin9 March, 2017

When still smoking , that should say, my words disappeared.

Profile image GTMI9 March, 2017

Your doing great on 5days, your first week is almost over πŸ˜ƒ

Profile image smokefreemep9 March, 2017

Nice ray.. your doing it!!!πŸ‘πŸ’•

8Mar2017 By Ray  |  Permalink  |  Report Support me - Follow my blogs

Day 4.. no smoke, no poison!

Haven't even thought about a smoke, i have started to call it poison, because each time I say it, the thought of it makes me cringe,
I can feel the difference already, waking up in the mornings not rushing out to smoke, can breathe more comfortably.
I am getting the odd dizziness, but I don't know if it's from the nicotine gum or not having a cig.. anyone else experience this?
Have a blessed day to all who read this!

Profile image Ponytail8 March, 2017

I like the word poison, yes it is. I am still struggling..... so desperately want to give up. Yes i have been a non-smoker before... five years was my longest lovely smokefree period. Want to get back there again. I am still experiencing the dizziness.

Profile image Debbie708 March, 2017

Good on ya RayπŸ‘

Profile image smokefreemep8 March, 2017

Nice Ray. All of the benefits of being a non smoker will present themselves to you and will pay off ten fold. Well done on your 4 days. Awesome!πŸ’•

Profile image Gavin8 March, 2017

Well we all know it IS poison, great way to look at it. Keep it up.