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28Jun2017 By Anna  |  Permalink  |  Report Support me - Follow my blogs

Stats Update: 33 days smokefree

Smokefree days: 33 days
Cigarettes NOT smoked: 330
Total savings: $457.30

Omg look how much money I've saved in just over a month! That is scary!! I never used to monitor how much I was spending. I knew it would be a lot but I didn't want to face the reality of it. I love seeing on here now. Aside from saving my health, I'm also saving cash! I've actually set up an automatic payment to a savings account for all the dollars I'm saving from not smoking.

I'm feeling so much healthier. My way of coping was to cut out sugar, eat better in general and exercise. Now I'm not a fan of exercise but it has been a great distraction from smoking. I figured if I can quit smoking, I can do anything, so why not cut out other junk from my life at the same time.

To anyone who is reading this who is just starting out on their journey - you CAN get through it. I didn't believe that I could; I thought my addiction would rule me for life. But I'm a month through :) I still think about smoking nearly every day but not necessarily as a craving. And those thoughts are becoming fewer and far between. It's no longer my first thought when I wake up in the morning, nor the last thought before I go to sleep. One day at a time. Sometimes one hour at a time. But it is so possible.

Thanks to anyone reading this and replying. Your support has helped me get through :)

Profile image GTMI19 hours ago

Wow great savings Anna 😊

Profile image Heatherb17 hours ago

Well done Anna,you will be very proud of yourself as well as feeling so much healthier. Stay strong and smokefree and watch those dollars grow

Profile image GaGa. 688 hours ago

Well done - being smokefree is great and so are your 33 smokefree days 😊

Profile image sez1236 hours ago

It's amazing how those savings mount up I am shocked at the amount of money I was spending to kill myself. Well done to u and keep up the good work!

Profile image smokefreemep3 hours ago

Well done Anna keep up the awesome work!!

Profile image Nana222 hours ago

Congrats on your great progress Anna. You certainly have a winning attitude. Well done!

Profile image moodz1 hour ago

Well done you. What an inspiration.

19Jun2017 By Anna  |  Permalink  |  Report Support me - Follow my blogs

Stats Update: 24 days smokefree

Smokefree days: 24 days
Cigarettes NOT smoked: 240
Total savings: $322.80

Over 3 weeks! I didn't think I could do it. I probably couldn't have done it without this quitline support.

Today was a rough day and I so badly wanted to buy some smokes this morning. But deep breathes, drinking water and remembering how far I've come already, I couldn't.

I honestly feel like if I can do this, anyone can! I'm on a fitness buzz at the moment too. Eating clean and exercising. If I can quit smoking, I can do anything :)

Thanks everyone for the support this far. Has certainly helped me in my journey and hopefully my posts might help someone else.

Profile image Murphy500019 June, 2017

Great work Anna you will get stronger and more determined as the days tick by. 1sr month looming that's awesome πŸ‘πŸ˜„

Profile image Murphy500019 June, 2017

That's was supposed to be 1st month ! Sorry I've been super busy lately so have missed your other blogs, over last winter in the initial months of my quit I got out the knitting needles - it really helped with those evenings ! You are doing really well it's NOPE everyday πŸ’ͺπŸ‘πŸ˜„

Profile image GTMI20 June, 2017

Fantastic effort Anna, stay strong πŸ˜ƒ

Profile image Nana2220 June, 2017

Good for you Anna! You are finding strategies that help so much through the tough bits.
Well done on 24 days.
Keep fighting the good fight!

11Jun2017 By Anna  |  Permalink  |  Report Support me - Follow my blogs

Stats Update: 16 days smokefree

Smokefree days: 16 days
Cigarettes NOT smoked: 160
Total savings: $215.20

Over 2 weeks smoke free!! Some days (and just hours) are super hard but I feel like it's getting a little easier. I've even started exercising and feeling good about it. Yay :)

Profile image Kiwikid11 June, 2017

Well done Anna. Your body will be loving not having poison put into it and being exercised.

Profile image Blondene11 June, 2017

that's awesome way to go...you will feel all the benefits of your workouts go you!πŸ˜ŠπŸ˜†πŸ’ͺ

Profile image GTMI11 June, 2017

16days is fantastic Anna, some days are super hard but before you know it the good days well outweigh the bad, hang in there πŸ™‚

Profile image nanaturtle12 June, 2017

Stay strong Anna & You will never have to repeat this process
ODAAT & NOPE
Doing Great πŸ‘πŸ˜ƒ

Profile image smokefreemep12 June, 2017

Heyy Anna, great stuff. Doesnt that exercise make you feel so good about life, good about yourself, good about doing good for you? Im so happy for you. Well done on 16 Days.. and for your positivity!! πŸ‘πŸ’–

Profile image clarebear12 June, 2017

Heading for 3 weeks next, Anna. Bit by bit, day by day, it gets easier. Well done.

7Jun2017 By Anna  |  Permalink  |  Report Support me - Follow my blogs

Stats Update: 12 days smokefree

Smokefree days: 12 days
Cigarettes NOT smoked: 120
Total savings: $161.40

I've had several dreams about smoking. Is this normal?

Some days feel much harder than others. Today is one of those days. Am taking deep breaths and trying to get through each hour.

Can't believe I've lasted this long. As much as I want to smoke today I won't, am too committed now :)

Profile image Nic7 June, 2017

Well done! keep going.. think of the amount of money your spending and the damage its doing to your health

Profile image Blondene7 June, 2017

Totally normal to have strong vivid smoking dreams...unsure why it happens it just does...some hate them some love them

Profile image Sammyy7 June, 2017

Well done nearly two weeks smokefree now... it might still be a little tough for a while but stay strong and committed you have come this far so you know you can do it. I had smoking dreams for at least the first month. They do go away eventually ☺

Profile image Sammie19797 June, 2017

Yes I am having the dreams too

Profile image Thyme4me7 June, 2017

Anna be proud 12 days is brilliant and dreams are really common.I remember walking up feeling so gutted I had smoked it took me a good 5 minutes to realise it was a dream. Have faith you are winning. Stay strong

Profile image smokefreemep7 June, 2017

Love those dreams! Well done on your 12 days. Fantastic

2Jun2017 By Anna  |  Permalink  |  Report Support me - Follow my blogs

Stats Update: 7 days smokefree

Smokefree days: 7 days
Cigarettes NOT smoked: 70
Total savings: $107.60

Is it normal to still be struggling quite a lot at this stage? I've quit cold turkey and still find myself thinking about smoking all the time. Am trying to use the 4 Ds but it's still really hard.

Profile image Sammyy2 June, 2017

Hi Anna you've done incredibly well to achieve 7 days smokefree cold turkey. I tried cold turkey several times and it was very very hard so think you're amazing. And even using quit smoking aids it is still tough at 7 days. It will take a while for it to get easier. But don't look too far ahead, concentrate on the day you're in. Get to the end of today without having a smoke. Then do the same tomorrow and so forth. One day you'll realise it got easier without you even noticing. If you've done the first 7days you can definitely keep going as I think you've got through the hardest part. Hang in there stay strong you are doing fantastic 🌟🌟🌟

Profile image Blondene2 June, 2017

it varies with everyone...but even now I still suffer cravings from time to time

Profile image Brian Wang2 June, 2017

7 days could turkey, well done. i quit it with same way. i still remember my early days, i set up small goals like " lets see if i can do 21days without a smoke " , "lets do 33 days then" .... one small target at a time. you will find its getting easier and easier.

Profile image Woodsie2 June, 2017

Every day gets a little bit easier, and then days become weeks and months. I'm at 150 plus days and still have the wee twinge occasionally but then it goes just as quickly. Find a page on Facebook called Turkeyville or go to Whyquit.com. Really, really helpful for us cold turkey quitters. A bit americanised but you can get past that.

Profile image GTMI2 June, 2017

The answer to your question is Yes it can be still a struggle at this stage, I'm a cold turkey quitter to, and although you now have no nicotine in your system you still have the physiological side of the quit to deal with, that takes time, I'm 115days today and believe me I still have moments, it's part of our journey so keep blogging and reading blogs, ODAAT, it does get easier day by day

Profile image Leisaclare2 June, 2017

Hang in there coz your doing great. Dont give up on your quit. I am 40 days quit and still feel like a right mess at times. However, I will not go and get smokes NOPE im committed to the quit.

29May2017 By Anna  |  Permalink  |  Report Support me - Follow my blogs

Nearly a week...

It's been 3 and a half days with no cigarettes. It's all I can think about. Does anyone have any distraction techniques? It's taking all my self control not to go and buy a pack. Please tell me this will get easier :(

Profile image smokefreemep29 May, 2017

Hiya.. use the 4 Ds, chsnge your routine, take up a new hobby and in my experience I can say it got easier for me, for many but not the case for everyone. Drink lots of water, take plenty of deep breaths because it does help, delay and do something else and distract your attention away from smoking and on to a positive change. You can do this your doing so well.. carry on πŸ–’

Profile image Nana2229 May, 2017

Fabulous start Anna. In the early days distraction is definitely the way forward.
For me it was many walks - doesn't have to be long. Even 10 minutes will help. I caught up on all the jobs around the house that i had always put off. Reading, gardening, watching funny movies, knitting, baking (of course then there was eating!) crosswords, word puzzles etc. It really soesn't matter what you do.....as long as you do something!
Also get yourself a bottle of water and make it your new best friend. Sip away when the going is tough. Maybe make a list of small rewards to give yourself at regular times too, to celebrate what you're achieving.
You've made a great start. Stay strong and keep pushing through.
It absolutely will get easier......until then it's just ODAAT (1 day at a time). Or minute by minute, hour by hour. Every hour you're not smoking is a victory.
Great blogging for support too. That shows just how much you want this.
You can do it!

Profile image Madhatter29 May, 2017

It is quite normal to be thinking about it. Yes it will definitely get easier!! Hang in there!! They say get past 3 days, 3 weeks, 3months etc. Keep busy, stay positive. You know its the right positive path. Smoking has no benefits!!

Profile image clarebear29 May, 2017

Hang on in there, Anna. Yep, it is a bit grim in the first days (daze) but just let the hours, the days, add up, at this stage. Its crap, but it doesnt last. For me. walking was the best distraction (nico-demon hates exercise).

Profile image Janet G29 May, 2017

Absolutely your best defence is the four D's.
Then walking, clean your teeth, tidy your wardrobe, some gardening.... Also washing clothes and curtains that may have smoke smell on them?? Lol... all of this is a delay and distraction 😁😁 to get you through the next hours so you can be super excited and proud of yourself for achieving another healthy smokefree day!!!
Remember N.O.P.E. Not One Puff Ever!!! Stay strong. 🌸🌺🌸🌺🌸