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Six Months, Eight Days

Posted in Quit experiences 27 Feb 2017

4,705 cigarettes not smoked and $1,587.96 USD saved. Out of the past 188 days, I would have spent 10 of those days with a cigarette in my hand. I STILL crave when I'm stressed or angry. I still want to get in my car, run to the gas station, and buy a pack. What keeps me from doing that? I remember what it was like when my heart rate was 105 at rest. My heart rate is now between 66-78 at rest. I remember how bad my white blood cells were, my body in a complete state of inflammation and stress. My skin had a grayish hue to it - now my skin is bright and shiny and looks vibrant. These days, I can work for hours non-stop. I mean, non-stop - I don't need to break because I'm tired (which is amazing considering the fact that I have a serious auto-immune condition. I don't need to break because I'm out of breath. I don't need to break because the need to smoke is so unreal that I couldn't possibly work one more moment without a cigarette. I go for hours and hours without stopping. Yes, I still crave when I'm having a bad day. I still want to smoke, but I'm far more interested in avoiding the consequences that come with smoking than I am in puffing away on poison.

For those of you who are new, keep coming here to read these stories. If you think you are alone in having a tough time, find someone who has been quit for a while, go to the archives and read their stories. You're likely to find a story quite similar to your own.

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  • Cesca February 27, 2017 | 18:19
    Great to read your post. I'm just starting day two and wish I could leap ahead to six months! There's no easy way out of this one but as you say reading others experiences really is amazingly helpful. Well done you've done brilliantly!
  • Lia February 28, 2017 | 0:40
    Hi WendyOhNo. Totally agree. Newbies come and go. Mostly go. Sad but true. After over 630 days, I have seen so many stories. Too many simply disappear. Meanwhile, the reast of us wonder when they have gone... It has been such an incredibly journey. Every day, I hope it won't be a failure. Always on guard.
  • Khalid February 28, 2017 | 5:29
    Hi Windy, i had been practised your feeling towards quiting this deadly love of smoking cigar
  • Johnnie, South Eastern Sydney February 28, 2017 | 15:29
    Hi Wendy, nice to see you posting again. Really enjoy your posts they are very inspiring. After 7mths quit i too saved in vicinity of $6000 (australian). Urges are very very rare it is the habit i find difficult as i cannot change my daily routine. However i try hard to ignore the fact that something is missing from between my fingers and it gradually gets better. Healthwise, more wheezing , no more coughing ....just need to be careful with apetite....Anyway all the best to you and all the quitters on this site. Cheers.
  • Dobbin February 28, 2017 | 20:37
    Hi WendyOhno well done on have your 188 days : Great to see you seem to have got through the worst and being very diligent with remembering your heart rate when the cravings come on : Great to hear from you

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