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I've been smoke free for two years (and a couple of days). I haven't been here since around the 9 month mark and I wanted to come back and say thank you to a community that helped me through the hardest period of quitting.
I also encourage any new people here to read the experiences of your peers and share your story. Something as simple as leaving a word of encouragement on another persons po...
Today is seven months without a smoke and I must say that it snuck up on me.
A colleague today asked if I still felt like having a smoke and I told them "Absolutely". However I told them I need to treat it like Heroin. They gave me a puzzled look, a look which I'm sure people reading this now have.
The way I see it is if I wanted to, I could do either, I could smoke or put a needle in my a...
Whenever I would leave the house, I'd make sure that I'd have everything before going. I would say to myself "Wallet, phone, keys, smokes, lighter" They were the 5 things I needed with me at all times, everything else didn't matter.
NOW, 200+ days later, I still say "Wallet, phone, keys, smokes, lighter" for the life of me I can't get out of the habit.
Maybe it's a metaphor for the idea th...
I am at day 200 at the moment.
In the last 100 days the focus has shifted off of my smoking and onto my overall health. It took me a long time to get into it and I am currently doing pretty well.
I am on a strict diet, exercising 5 days a week and to date have lost 11 kilos. I'm getting fitter every day and I'm working towards a healthy life/image that I've only dreamed of.
This isn't t...
I celebrated 6 months yesterday. I'm extremely pleased with the progress that I've made and have grown significantly over the last six months. I am not the same person that I was then and that is extremely liberating. It has encouraged me to illicit change elsewhere in my life and given me the strength to know that I can do (almost)anything.
Played golf for the first time as a non smoker. Played with a buddy who still smokes and found the experience the same. Previously I could smoke anywhere between 6-12 cigarettes over a 3-4 hour period. It was another positive association with smoking that I was concerned about how quitting will affect it.
As with most things, it didn't change. I still enjoyed it, I'm still a horrible golfer an...
I've finally found the rhythm that I've always wanted to with diet and exercise. A lot of people get right into it when they quit and it took me over 5 months before I was able to get into a good routine.
It's been 4 weeks of clean eating, exercising 5 days a week and lots and lots of running. I've been steadily losing 1.5kg a week and I'm determined to hit a weight that I've only dreamed abo...
Today is five months without a smoke. It's an exceptional length of time and the longest I've ever gone without a cigarette since I was 16. Sometimes I feel sad because I won't have the same "old times" like I did when I was smoking, however I remind myself that I just need to make new positive memories as a non-smoker and it will all be okay.
For anyone who is starting out, be prepared for a...
At the time of writing this it is exactly 4 months smoke free.
$3,416 dollars saved.
3,050 cigarettes not smoked.
21,350 mg of tar avoided.
6kg of weight gained (oops).
2,810,880 un-laboured breaths.
32 whiter teeth.
10 unstained fingers.
The title of "ex smoker".
Remember everything you stand to gain by quitting and everything you stand to lose by starting again.
I keep having this recurring dream where I am smoking. It's not always the exact time/place/circumstance but it's always me smoking for a bit (and it's always indoors, I NEVER smoked indoors), realising I shouldn't be smoking because I've quit and then saying "it's okay" because I've been so good in my quit attempt so far. Eventually in the dream someone comes in and I have to hide it...
104 Days smoke free!
A lot of the techniques I used to quit smoking were directly influenced by my decision to quit gambling in late 2012. I had struggled with that addiction for almost 6 years and without a cent to my name made the decision to turn my life around.
The techniques were the same. I made the decision to quit and set myself simple goals. 1 day, 1 week, 3 weeks, 1 month and 3 mo...
Today I'm over three months free of smoking (I had planned to write this at exactly three months but life got in the way).
I never thought that I'd make it this long and it still feels surreal. I will have dreams where I am smoking and I wake up wondering if I've really even quit.
But I have, my clothes are cleaner, my teeth a whiter, my breath is fresh. Everyone loves this new me, my frien...
I've always loved the smell of cigarette smoke, since I was young, around 12 or so I remember walking on the street behind a smoker and enjoying the scent that wafted into my nostrils.
Early in my quit attempt I would deliberately place myself in the position to smell second hand smoke as a means of getting through a craving. I felt as though I'd always enjoy the smell of cigarette sm...
It's currently day 54 and I just went through an extremely difficult week in my professional and personal life. I was pushed to the brink in both areas and when the thought turned to smoking as a means of dealing with the pressure, I was met with the realisation that even if I picked up a smoke, it would offer me no solace, it would have no positive effect. It would only add to the despair that I...
I am currently 42 days smoke free after smoking almost a pack a day for ten years. The week leading up to my quit date (March 1st) I made an attempt to cut down my cigarettes to less than 10 a day. This drove me nuts and made me nervous about actually quitting.
February 29th I smoked an entire pack and worried about quitting cold turkey the next day. March 1st was difficult and I constantly ...
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