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300 DAYS !!!

Posted in Staying quit 20 May 2017

Well here I am at 300 days. I never thought I'd be here and be able to say it out loud !!!! Yes 300 days and without one sly smoke on the side that in past attempts I used to try and sweep under the rug like it never happened.

Now it seems those nagging craves that haunt us throughout the first six months are definitely in the past. However as a muso, the associations of a smoke in hand with a drink while laying a tune down can still creep up on me particularly after a few drinks. I somehow still feel incomplete or rather the experience of playing feels incomplete but I know this is an illusion from years of past association...the habit, and the reward thing. So I still have to be on guard and ready to throw any unrealistic thought like that out the door before it takes hold.

It's just a stupid habit that will take a lot more time to de-program yet.

Stay strong's really worthwhile

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  • Mike1972 May 20, 2017 | 7:16
    Way to go Steve. 300 is great your almost at that 1 Year mark. Congrats anr
  • Mike1972 May 20, 2017 | 7:18
    And have a great day. Sorry I have a dumb phone.
  • Steve01 May 20, 2017 | 11:53
    Thanks Mike... yeah, my phone's a bit "how ya goin" when trying to write / edit on this site too.
  • Flora May 20, 2017 | 16:45
    That's awesome Steve, congrats and well done.
    Cheers :D
  • Kim26 May 20, 2017 | 20:21
    Fantastic effort Steve and I love how you've given a very descriptive story of what it's been like for you. I think it's like that for many but hey like you, I'm going to continue learning and staying smoke free. Wow you're a muso!!! I used to play the guitar and sing. Music is good for the soul!!
  • Ivan24 May 20, 2017 | 22:47
    Hi Steve,

    Congratulations on your huge achievement!

    I am 11 months smoke free and as you said every time i go out and drink a couple of beers the craving hits me with full power :D. But again drinking without smoking is more enjoyable, something that i would never even imagine as when i was a smoker!

    Keep up the good work!!!
  • Steve01 May 21, 2017 | 1:33
    Thanks Flora, Kim and Ivan...the comments are greatly appreciated:-)
  • Kim26 May 21, 2017 | 11:42
    You're welcome and I'm so looking forward to you posting your one year!! Yeahhhh
  • Steve01 May 21, 2017 | 20:47
    Thanks too 😊
  • jellycake August 21, 2017 | 13:27
    I am thoroughly enjoying reading about your success and feel inspired about my new quit day, Wednesday. I have decided not to beat myself up about failing today.

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