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Steve01
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6 MONTHS TODAY!!!

Posted in Quit experiences 20 Jan 2017
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Well, I can barely believe it myself as I gaze at the calendar today!

I've had numerous failed attempts over the years but this time I can truly see light at the end of the tunnel. I survived xmas and new years festivities with plenty of smokers around me and now 6 months quit while my wife continues smoking. I only wish she could understand joy of the freedom I now feel without sounding like one of those annoying ex-smoker types.. I am so conscious of not becoming that.

And still knowing that out on the back table there is always an open box of death sticks available to me that now bothers me less and less with each passing month and even on stressful days, I don't feel the insatiable urge to have one as I once did... what a great place to be! So yes, as everyone has said to me, it does get easier and you can do it.

Being free of the seemingly unending daily cravings and even finding the scent of a nearby burning cigarette quite offensive. Oh my apologies to all those out there who suffered in silence with my horrid habit for so many years.

But I'm still well aware that I am not out of the woods yet and of how easily I could slip back into the chains and shackles of smoking drudgery and misery as I have done that before and it's really depressing particularly when you get left behind as others who quit with you continued on successfully.. some of whom sadly no longer post on this site anymore.

Anyhow, thanks everyone for sharing your stories and motivation ..it really does help.

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  • jenno211058 January 20, 2017 | 18:06
    Hi Steve01, great work on completing 6 months of hard perseverance in your quest of being a smoker who don't smoke no more...
    But who is very aware of the What I refer to as the Nicotine Devil sitting on my shoulder just waiting for me to slip up and for it to take control of my life again...
    Oh how many times I have told myself off....not to give in but stay strong...cause I want to be in control when the...want to have a smoke urge kicks in..
    Yes its a shame your wife didn't join you on your journey, it would of been good for the pair of you to share your journey together.....maybe she wasn't mind set ready....
    But you are here at the 6 month mark....so many hi 5s to you.
    Thank you for sharing, and well done.
  • Tinker January 20, 2017 | 20:24
    Well done, am 68 Days into non smoking now, and is the best thing I have done, it was so difficult in the first weeks, but now I love waking up in the mornings and not smoking, and am so pleased that my daughter does not see my smoking which is my greatest inspiration, good luck on your journey:)
  • Cranky76 January 20, 2017 | 20:34
    Excellent job Steve! It's so nice to rock the quit hey? Too true in what you say about the nicotine devil, I too will always remain vigilant. A huge pat on the back to you..
  • Steve01 January 21, 2017 | 13:55
    Thanks for the encouraging and confirmation responses Jenno, Tinker and Cranky. It's nice to be in shared company on the journey.
  • Johnnie, South Eastern Sydney January 21, 2017 | 16:07
    Good onya Steve .....we head and neck mate... Don't fall back because i hope i don't. Cheers.
  • debbieuk January 21, 2017 | 21:50
    Well done on 6 months smoke free. You must be so proud of yourself. congrats congrats congrats
  • Steve01 January 21, 2017 | 22:49
    Thanks Johnnie & Debbie 😁
  • JPL , Sydney January 22, 2017 | 23:56
    Tomorrows the start
  • Steve01 January 23, 2017 | 10:50
    Good luck to you JPL
  • jenno211058 January 23, 2017 | 18:44
    Hi Steve01, great work on completing 6 months of hard perseverance in your quest of being a smoker who don't smoke no more...
    But who is very aware of the What I refer to as the Nicotine Devil sitting on my shoulder just waiting for me to slip up and for it to take control of my life again...
    Oh how many times I have told myself off....not to give in but stay strong...cause I want to be in control when the...want to have a smoke urge kicks in..
    Yes its a shame your wife didn't join you on your journey, it would of been good for the pair of you to share your journey together.....maybe she wasn't mind set ready....
    But you are here at the 6 month mark....so many hi 5s to you.
    Thank you for sharing, and well done.
  • storm, Murrumbidgee January 23, 2017 | 22:36
    Hi Steve, congratulations like you I live with a smoker, and I find it incredible how focused and strong willed we can be when we want to.
  • Steve01 January 24, 2017 | 0:19
    Thanks Storm. I have read your posts and progress..you're an inspiration.
  • Judes January 24, 2017 | 11:45
    Well done, six months is fantastic. I can't wait to be able to say that. Only day 3 for me but still I'm very happy so far. Hardest time is at home after work but I got through that last night. Sleep is fitful, could be the champix, not sure, so feeling pretty tired by the end of the day.
  • Steve01 January 24, 2017 | 12:14
    That's great you're at day 3 Judes and you're feeling happy especially. Yes, down time (after hours) is always a tough time... that's why walking, or doing something different to what you're used to is always helpful. The first 2 weeks is probably the hardest so just focus on that goal knowing that it will start to get easier after this time. Will be keeping an eye on your future post progress
  • Crasher January 24, 2017 | 14:34
    Hi Steve,

    I'll be 5 months on Saturday and I hear every word you 'say'...

    My partner still smokes too and his smokes are always in my reach. Some days I struggle more with this than others - but we must remain forever vigilant. I too refuse to be a nagging ex-smoker - quitting smoking will be my partner's choice - I cant quit for him - but it's still there - you know what I mean by this (even though I cant find the words for 'it')

    Congrats to your 6 months :o)
  • Steve01 January 24, 2017 | 14:51
    Hi Crasher .... thanks for your message. Yeah, it's really tough living with a smoker when you're trying to quit hey!?!? Aside from making a stupid decision to have one in past quits, I'm pretty sure I might have succeeded had there not been cigarettes open and staring back at me on the back table. While my wife was pretty helpful in the first few weeks in hiding them and related items like ashtrays and lighters, she got slacker as the weeks past and now is so used to me not smoking, just leaves them around everywhere. I'm glad I have the strength to not be so tempted now but yeah... they could still be a bit more considerate.

    Hey congrats on 5 months... you are definitely outside the prison walls now. :-)
  • Clare026, Hunter New England January 29, 2017 | 13:01
    So proud of you on your 6 month milestone. I'm only on my second day, I've locked myself in the house because I know my neighbour will be out there smoking and we often chat while we have a smoke. The shop is just around the corner and I'm scared I'll make a quick visit and buy a pack. My mind is playing with me too, it keeps saying " Why don't you just cut down first, why don't you just have one a day and keep the pack at the neighbours house, just have one"
    When I fell pregnant with my two babies I gave up straight away and didn't smoke while breastfeeding but as soon as that stopped I was on them again. I didn't have any cravings when I gave up those times, I guess it's just all in my head.
    I have had so many signs of late, one was a poor man 35 yrs of age who used to be a heavy smoker that died of a massive heart attack and left behind two little ones 2 and 4 years old.
  • Steve01 January 29, 2017 | 15:46
    Hi Clare... thanks for saying hi and the comment.
    Yeah, day 2 is a tough one as are most of the early days within the first week in particular but trust when I say, you can get through it. Crikey... if I could anyone can. It is just about our mental approach to the withdrawals. Realising that there is going to be some pain for the gain so just treat every day you stay smoke-free as a major victory. Congratulate yourself before you shut your eyes for the night knowing you've beaten the habit for another day and plan how you will be changing your morning routine so that you're not afraid to face the new day. Think on all the good you're doing your lungs by not smoking and how wonderful it is your taste and smell is improving.

    That sad about the fella 35 passing away from a heart attack... waaaay too young. I think for some it's in their genes but definitely we all need to do what we can to avoid making things worse for ourselves by paying good money to purposefully suffocate and poison ourselves.

    Stay strong.. hope you make it through the day and do write of your progress on the forum. There are some good regular posters quite willing to help others in our little quitting community. :-)

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