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21May2017 By Calmwaters  |  Permalink  |  Report Support me - Follow my blogs

Stats Update: 20 days smokefree

Smokefree days: 20 days
Cigarettes NOT smoked: 300
Total savings: $360.00

Don't buy those smokes" they said

It's ok to be grumpy" they said.

I"m leaving you" my boyfriend said.

Thanks guys... Pearla advice 👍

20 days was a good effort. Catch you next time I'm nuts enough to try this smokefree life

Profile image Janet G6 days ago

Aww CW so sorry to hear you're going through this heartbreak.
Of course I know nothing of the circumstances but I'm totally in your camp!! Your ex bf wasn't man enough to stand by you during quitting smoking.
So focus on you. As I've said to you before - when you are ready for the smokefree journey you will succeed. Gather your strength, make your plans, and we will welcome you back on board when the time is right for you.

Profile image Julia C6 days ago

Y'all come back now ... when you're ready.

One day the time will be right and you'll manage to quit forever.

Profile image Mr Lefty .6 days ago

Heck Miss Kitty there is life after Boyfriend , His loss Not Yours Hun , 😜.
Think New life smoke free , now thats Class . M xxx

Profile image Blondene6 days ago

Be ready and waiting...wishing you lots of strength!!😊💕💪

Profile image clarebear5 days ago

Come back soon. There is a Callmwaters somewhere in there who CAN quit even thru shyte like that. xx

Profile image Nana225 days ago

Oh CW. My heart aches for you.
Never give up on quitting.
There IS a Smokefree CW in your future!
Love & hugs xoxo

19May2017 By Calmwaters  |  Permalink  |  Report Support me - Follow my blogs

Day 19

Wowsers I am seriously considering stopping in at the dairy on my way home from work and buy a packet of smokes. In my wisdom I thought it prudent I blog instead. Good idea perhaps? I am strong but some of these waves of cravings are whoppers!

NOPE and ODAAT arghhhhh

Profile image Blondene19 May, 2017

do yourself a favour and forget that corner stop shop....you've come too far with this quit and you would lose too much...don't give into the crave its not worth it..remember the more you fight and resist the weaker he gets...hang in there!😊💪💪

Profile image Nana2219 May, 2017

Oh no you don't CW. Your first instinct to blog is so much better.
Those cravings might be whoppers.....but you've already proved that you are stronger, and have what it takes. Remember that first week?
You need to shut this down. Right here. Right now. Fill your head with whatever else.....but do NOT start negotiating with the nicodemon.
You drive right on past the dairy, and start planning what you're going to do this weekend.
You got this Hun. And we've got your back.
Stay strong. NOPE, ODAAT, 4D's. That's what's needed.

Profile image Leisaclare19 May, 2017

Have a coffee instead. You wont die if you dont have a smoke. Nothing bad will happen if you dont smoke.

Profile image nanaturtle19 May, 2017

Go the long way round& LAUGH out loud, at nicodemon! This is NOT an option anymore
NOPE all the time, everyday!
Stay strong Hun,
You done Good blogging 👍
NO IS A COMPLETE SENTENCE!!

Profile image clarebear19 May, 2017

NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE

Good on ya for riding the crave wave.

Profile image GTMI19 May, 2017

These guys have it covered CW, if we are ever to beat this addiction we must live by NOPE, don't waste those hard earned days, I know that you want to be smokefree.

Profile image Calmwaters19 May, 2017

Just to clarify I didn't buy any I'm still grumpy but still smokefree xx tanks for support today

Profile image GTMI19 May, 2017

Good girl ❤️ You can be as grumpy as you like so long as your smokefree xx

Profile image nanaturtle19 May, 2017

👍 be Proud!
Done Good today 😃

Profile image Ahhh that's better19 May, 2017

Y'know what really helps us - go to youtube and search for a doco ..any doco ..on " Big Tobacco " - watch one of those babies and you'll find not giving $$$ to those rsoles REALLY easy

Profile image Leisaclare20 May, 2017

Yay you did it. Well done and yep you can be grumpy just dont hit no one.

Profile image clarence the cat20 May, 2017

Well done Calmwaters. As Nanturtle says, go the long way round. Smokes are no longer an option for you.

Profile image Mr Lefty .20 May, 2017

NO ,,,,, Is a complete sentence ! 😘

Profile image nanaturtle20 May, 2017

KaPow!!! .... MR. Lefty has sent advice!!
Good Advice-Stay strong girl, Don't need them anymore!! NO!!

Profile image Julia C20 May, 2017

Congratulations on resisting.

14May2017 By Calmwaters  |  Permalink  |  Report Support me - Follow my blogs

Stats Update: 13 days smokefree

Smokefree days: 13 days
Cigarettes NOT smoked: 195
Total savings: $240.00

Strong cravings again today whew eeeee it's been rough just really really tough. Not constant all day long but periods of very intense longing for the stupid gross nasty smokes.

I fought my way through and as I look back I can see it was more good than bad. My kids were amazing treating me like royalty all day and I got to spend a lot of the day spending time with my mum too. My partner got me flowers and the kids got me a reading lamp as my old one broke when we moved house a couple of moths back. Im so thankful for my family!

As I finish up day 14 and head into week 3 tomorrow I feel confident. I don't think I will need to continue to blog each day as I have needed to the past few weeks so if I am a bit quiet don't worry I am OK.

4's, ODAAT and NOPE.

Profile image nanaturtle14 May, 2017

You know You have the Power, Calmwaters 😃
I'm glad Your day was good & ND was not sated! You done Good👍
Stay strong NOPE!

Profile image smokefreemep15 May, 2017

Awesome CW.. im so happy for you my friend.. i bet your family are equally thankful for yoy too.. =royalty xx fantastic

Profile image Maanu15 May, 2017

Congrats two weeks down. I would count this as two and a bit weeks now and start week four next week. Week three is supposed to be hard but my technique skips week three lol

Profile image Julia C15 May, 2017

You're a genius Maanu.

Best wishes for the radio silence Calmwaters. Looking forward to hearing from you when week 3/4 is done and dusted.

Profile image Nana2218 May, 2017

You are doing so great CW.
Keep fighting the good fight.
Love & hugs xoxo

13May2017 By Calmwaters  |  Permalink  |  Report Support me - Follow my blogs

Stats Update: 12 days smokefree

Smokefree days: 12 days
Cigarettes NOT smoked: 180
Total savings: $216.00

Had a good day, had some massive cravings which really knocked me this afternoon, but chewed gum til I got hiccups and then I came right. I was feeling happy, the sun was shining and I wanted to top everything off with a nice smoke or two.

I wanted to be smokefree MORE so I was ok.

We got our puppy, he is amazing though much sleepier than I ever imagined, he plays for about 15 mins then sleeps for an hour. He is doing fab with toilet training, no accidents yet!

Stay quit safe everyone xx

Profile image Leisaclare14 May, 2017

Your awesome. Well done and keep on going. You can do it!

Profile image Ladylene14 May, 2017

Awesome Nicola ... have everything crossed for you xx hic

Profile image Julia C14 May, 2017

Great going. Week 2 nearly done.

Week 3 coming up. You remember that? You also remember getting through it so you know you can again.

Best wishes.

Profile image clarence the cat14 May, 2017

Great progress Nicola. The puppy sounds cute. He won't stay sleepy forever I'm sure.

Profile image clarebear14 May, 2017

Nice and steady........ go you!

12May2017 By Calmwaters  |  Permalink  |  Report Support me - Follow my blogs

Stats Update: 11 days smokefree

Smokefree days: 11 days
Cigarettes NOT smoked: 165
Total savings: $216.00

Day 12 today and everything is good. We are going to collect our beautiful new fur baby tomorrow morning and so I went shopping before work and after work to get all the bits and peices we need for him. Talk about exciting! We have named him Jasper and he is a little sh*tzu (sorry about spelling. Blogs wouldn't let me spell his breed correctly lol) He is 8 weeks old tomorrow and the waiting is finally over. So good to be able to put this smoking money to some good use.

Profile image clarebear12 May, 2017

Naww....

*nods at "put smoking money to some good use.

:-)

Profile image Sammyy12 May, 2017

Hahaha sorry it's funny you can't spell his breed as the big think it's swearing. They are the cutest little dogs! Bet he is simply adorable. He will be a wonderful addition to your family. Enjoy and congrats on your 11 smokefree days! 🐕🐕🐕

Profile image Maanu12 May, 2017

I never knew you were an animal lover. You should go to the motueka zoo.Its only got one dog in it

Profile image Maanu12 May, 2017

Its a sh*tzu

Profile image trouty13 May, 2017

my fur baby is a lovely kitten. shes 4 months old now so nearly ready to be desexed. dont want the ugly mongel cats coming around that were when her mother was here. im surprised shes a nice looking kitten. black and white little ball of cuteness

Profile image GTMI13 May, 2017

How exciting for you, I saw the photos of your pup on FB sooooo cute 😃

11May2017 By Calmwaters  |  Permalink  |  Report Support me - Follow my blogs

Stats Update: 10 days smokefree

Smokefree days: 10 days
Cigarettes NOT smoked: 150
Total savings: $192.00

Day 11 has been a breeze. Did have a bit of a moment this afternoon where I was a bit grumpy but overall I have been fine.

I came to the realization that I have my moments when I get grumpy even when I am a smoker. I also get moments when I get sad or anxious too. It's not because I am quitting that I am feeling these things, it's just a part of being who I am, a complex individual who has good moments and not so good moments. Thankfully more good than bad :)

Smoking never fixes anything!

Profile image Sammyy11 May, 2017

Well done CW. You are one determined cookie. It's great that you can recognise the things that are part of you and not because you have quit smoking. You're right we all tend to think quitting makes us anxious/stressed/grumpy but we can get like that anyway it's just we're far more aware of these feelings when we're quitting and it's hard. Thanks for sharing. Always believing in you 💕

Profile image Julia C11 May, 2017

You're right that being grumpy can happen any time, but it's amazing how the addiction wants to make it about itself. You deserve to be proud of yourself for resisting.

Profile image clarence the cat12 May, 2017

You're on track CW. Well done!!

10May2017 By Calmwaters  |  Permalink  |  Report Support me - Follow my blogs

Stats Update: 9 days smokefree

Smokefree days: 9 days
Cigarettes NOT smoked: 135
Total savings: $168.00

Had a good day again today. Cravings a fairly few and far between.

So I began a new job at the beginning of March and today for the first time I ran the office all by myself. I didn't take a break because it was just so flat out BUT I did it, I didn't stuff any thing up and in fact I would go so far as to say I did great!

Pat on the back for me, day ten almost over and a big challenge achieved too yay!

Profile image GTMI10 May, 2017

Double digits is awesome CW, I'm really proud of you, time for a treat 😊

Profile image Leisaclare10 May, 2017

Yeha. Thats fantastic and a great achievement. We know what it takes to do this quitiing thing so well done.

Profile image clarebear10 May, 2017

Will ya look at those days just quietly adding up?! :-)

Profile image turtle10 May, 2017

Fantastic!!

Profile image Sammyy10 May, 2017

Well done CW you're doing brilliantly 🌞🌞🌞

Profile image nanaturtle11 May, 2017

Back in Double digits! Onwards& Upward 👆
Proud of You Calmwaters 😊💕

9May2017 By Calmwaters  |  Permalink  |  Report Support me - Follow my blogs

Stats Update: 8 days smokefree

Smokefree days: 8 days
Cigarettes NOT smoked: 120
Total savings: $144.00

Here we go day 9 now. Made sure I am patched up, have enough caffeine in my system and I plan to be more consistent with my gum.

It will be a good day. Thanks for all the kind words of encouragement, it means heaps x

Profile image GTMI9 May, 2017

Double digits tomorrow CW, you have been amazing, you got this 😃

Profile image Calmwaters9 May, 2017

Day nine done. Much easier day today. Yay. Day 10 tomorrow

Profile image Julia C10 May, 2017

You deserve this victory. This time you will have it.

Profile image Lisajane10 May, 2017

You can do it!

Profile image Nana2210 May, 2017

I haven't been here for a while.....and it has warmed the cockles of my heart to see you back and doing so well. Proud of you!

8May2017 By Calmwaters  |  Permalink  |  Report Support me - Follow my blogs

Stats Update: 7 days smokefree

Smokefree days: 7 days
Cigarettes NOT smoked: 105
Total savings: $144.00

Week one finished at 7 am this morning so now I'm starting up my 2nd week.

I really wish I could say I won't smoke again but I have been 8 months smokefree before and still been dumb enough to relapse. 6 months another time and 3 months on my last attempt. Countless other attempts too (sheesh I feel like a real Plonker!)

Full of doubt I have to remain positive that I am in control of my smokefree destiny. I actually CAN do this if I remain ODAAT and NOPE

Profile image nanaturtle8 May, 2017

Hi CW 👋 someone recently said about mind-set & how our wording can alter that. When I first took the idea of Quitting seriously, I was saying 'if I Quit' That went on for almost 2years until I realised it was the 'if' that was my backstop! Deep thinking followed-am I gunna do this or what? When that epiphany slapped me on the upside-it quickly became 'when I Quit' That became my vocal commitment. My family were taking secret bets-oh, she won't do it! That served to strengthen my resolve. Then an overseas trip presented itself-Wow!
Then my Daddy died 😢 My announcement was made less than 30minutes later.
This is about altering our Mindset.
CW- you CAN and You WILL put these stink sticks in the 🚮 bin. Repeat- I am a non-smoker, I have the Power, I AM Worthy of being FREE.
No more 'ifs' just 'whens' 👍
I Believe in You-You are Strong! 😉
1st week done-happy Monday Calmwaters xo

Profile image Leisaclare8 May, 2017

Today and right now is the most important. You cant take back the past but you can know that right now your smokefree. You can do it.

Profile image sez1238 May, 2017

This is my fourth quit and like you I am full of self doubt as I have made it over a year before and still failed. But this time my primary motivation is money and I really need the money both for my own teeth and braces for my son, if I don't quit I'll end up losing my teeth and my son will live his life with seriously crooked teeth and that simply can't happen. ODAAT and NOPE it is possible to quit for good! Plenty of people have done it before us we will do it too!

Profile image clarebear8 May, 2017

I reckon it takes practice, practice, and more practice to shut up our internal negative thoughts and doubts. Its like a muscle - the more you challenge those thoughts, the stronger you will get. In the meantime ODAAT, or one hour at a time. Its real early days yet, your confidence will return in time. And yes, I have a few longish quits behind me too, but that was then and this is now.
Its a hard thing you are doing so be kind and gentle with yourself. You deserve it.
I believe in you too CW. Just hang on for now, and challenge each negative thought. xx

Profile image clarence the cat8 May, 2017

Calmwaters, don't convince yourself you will fail. Turn the page and tell yourself you will win and you are not going to slip back. You are doing well. So pleased to see your progress.ODAAT

Profile image Calmwaters8 May, 2017

Horrible day I was so busy at work I didn't make a coffee to get me going when I arrived kept making mistakes and realized after about 3 hours I hadn't had any gum either. Silly me. Have been chewing furiously ever since in a bid to catch up and ward of the grumpy but it doesn't seem to be helping. Gah what a train wreck day 8 had been! Time to cook tea and hopefully grab another early night.

Profile image nanaturtle8 May, 2017

Chill CW - bed is often s great place😃
Better day 2mro

Profile image Julia C9 May, 2017

Take it a gently as you can. Remember your nickname and stay calm. We're all behind you.

7May2017 By Calmwaters  |  Permalink  |  Report Support me - Follow my blogs

Stats Update: 6 days smokefree

Smokefree days: 6 days
Cigarettes NOT smoked: 90
Total savings: $120.00

Day 7 now. Feeling good feeling proud to be back on track.

Profile image Julia C7 May, 2017

You are doing it. You are quitting.

Profile image smokefreemep7 May, 2017

Well done on completing your first week CW xx💞

Profile image Bluetui7 May, 2017

yep doing great. Keep it up. Keep on track.

Profile image Leisaclare7 May, 2017

Yeah you quitting. Awesome. Yay.

Profile image Sammyy7 May, 2017

A week smokefree tomorrow! The days will quickly pile up cw and soon they'll be flying by. You're doing great 🌞🌞🌞

Profile image GTMI7 May, 2017

Your doing great CW, 1 week done and dusted, now on with week 2 😀

Profile image Calmwaters7 May, 2017

Yay Day 7/ week one now done. Must admit today was rough. Just felt sad and grumpy most of the afternoon. Seems a waste of a Sunday to feel this awful but trying to keep positive and to keep my eyes on the bigger picture here