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  • PV
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    600 Days

    Posted in Staying quit 26 Jan 2021
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    Im not sure I could imagine getting to 600 days when I started or how it would feel. It of course feels amazing. I rarely even think about smoking anymore and can easily be around smokers without getting tempted. Over $17k saved. If I can, you can. Trust me when I say the grass IS greener on the other side of the fence! Join me and come and see.

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    1 Year

    Posted in Staying quit 7 Jun 2020
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    365 days smoke free $10,670 saved 6,600 cigarettes not smoked Feel amazing. Lots more energy. Wife says I rarely snore anymore. Finally deciding to give up was one of the best decisions of my life. If youve just started on your journey then I wish you well and encourage you to stay strong. Theres a better life on the other side of smoking

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    300 Days

    Posted in Staying quit 1 Apr 2020
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    300 days today! Feeling very proud of myself right now. I was going to say I was lucky I quit when I did, but it wasnt luck. It took a lot of willpower and strength. Its better to say I was fortunate with the timing due to Covid 19 and all. Not just dropping out of a high risk category, but money wise with what is happening with economies at the moment. Things are going well. I may occasionally...

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    200 Days

    Posted in Staying quit 23 Dec 2019
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    A nice early Xmas present. 200 days nicotine free!! :-) $5,803 saved. I still have the odd moment or two every now and then when I have a mental craving, but it quickly passes. I can be next to someone smoking and not feel like I'll give in and ask for one. Reading back over my early posts the thing that strikes me is the fear. Fear about quiting. Fear of cravings Fear of the experience. ...

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    Day 108

    Posted in Staying quit 23 Sep 2019
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    Was planning to post on Day 100 (much better title) but missed it, so going with Day 108 instead. Haven't posted in here for awhile but things are going well. Still completely smoke/nicotine free since the start. Just shy of 3k saved. Still get thoughts about having one which is annoying but theyre easily dismissed compared to first few days/weeks. A question for those much further into the j...

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    2 months

    Posted in Quit experiences 7 Aug 2019
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    Hit another milestone today. 2 whole months!! Feeling very happy. Nothing much changed since last update. Still have thoughts about smoking (about 4 or 5 a day) but pass after a few seconds. None have come close to making me relapse. Still no Zyban, but doubt Ill use it now anyway since all "cravings" are mental rather than physical. If youve just started then I urge you to keep going and ...

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    45 Days

    Posted in Quit experiences 23 Jul 2019
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    Isnt that a title of a movie? Anyway 45 days...today is 46...and going well. Ive had a few urges last 2 days (definitely more than usual) which has surprised me. Nothing major and easily battered away after a few moments, but coming at an increased frequency than other weeks. Saved over 1.2k now. How the *deleted* did I ever afford this stupid habit?!?

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    Zyban Shortage

    Posted in Quit experiences 11 Jul 2019
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    I live in Perth and apparently theres no Zyban to be had anywhere. All Chemists are out and not expecting anymore till end of July. Luckily, Ive got past that initial cravings phase so I should be ok, but could be a real problem for people just starting or coming off their 1st short prescription. Is it the same in other states?

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    1 month

    Posted in Quit experiences 7 Jul 2019
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    1 whole month! Very happy to be here. Smell, taste, fitness, breath, bank balance, breathing....all noticeable improvements. According to the app Ive saved $819, which is just ridiculous when you think about it. I was willingly paying that money to reduce my sense of smell, taste and fitness. Make it difficult to breathe and have stinky breath. So happy I finally took the plunge and gave it aw...

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    3 weeks

    Posted in Quit experiences 28 Jun 2019
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    Hit the 3 week mark today! Had another first in my quit experience 2 days ago.....getting off an airplane. The wife and I flew to Melbourne for a short stay, and normally upon arrival it would see me scampering outside for a smoke while she wited at baggage claim. Had a bit of an urge but no real craving. Watched others heading out the door for one. Another first...staying at a hotel. Non smoki...

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    2 weeks

    Posted in Quit experiences 21 Jun 2019
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    2 weeks! Feeling good. Last couple of days have been easier than the few days before it in terms of cravings. Ive gone long periods of the day without even thinking about smoking, but when I eventually do, its around my usual habit times like after meals, having coffee etc. Still dont think my taste is back 100%, or maybe Im just overestimating what it should be. All in all its going well. For ...

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    Day 10

    Posted in Quit experiences 17 Jun 2019
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    Pretty happy to have reached double figures today. Feels like its taken me ages to get here however. Is it possible to say it feels like its taken me 20 days to reach 10? Things are going well, but probably had more urges these last couple of days than I had in the first week. Theyre easily dismissed after a few seconds and usually come around old habit times as expected, but the frequency of t...

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    Day 4

    Posted in Getting started 11 Jun 2019
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    Well technically 3 days 17hrs smoke free, but just finishing up Day 4. This was the 1st day I was worrying about, since I was back at work. I do a lot of work related driving and usually spend my days smoking while out and about. Before my quit day I practiced a few times driving to places without lighting up to show myself I could do it. Think it helped becuse I got through today quite essily ...

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    I start tomorrow.

    Posted in Getting started 7 Jun 2019
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    Im 44. Ive smoked for 24 years, but its now time. Ive quit once before, around 16 years ago, lasted for about 7 months. Have been planning for a few weeks for my quit date. Im using Zyban and have been on it for 6 days with 1 tablet, but tomorrow I start taking 2. I used Zyban last time and no physical cravings(only mental ones) but it does have side effects. Difficult to explain, but I can do i...

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