Stories & experiences


400 DAYS !!!

Posted in Staying quit 27 Aug 2017

Hi all

Well I'm well in to day 400 today and still surviving fine. I have to admit there have been a few cravings since passing the 1 year mark but not overwhelming like in the first 5 months. In fact I am going through one now but I know it's manageable and am writing off the thought as a type.

I know my brother blew it at around this time and since I will be heading overseas next week and visiting countries where smoking is far more acceptable, I'll have to keep a stronger than usual self discipline particularly when having a few nice beers.

It's been great reading all the other postings from those still succeeding on their journeys. A few appear to have dropped by the wayside... I hope that's just because they are still successful and no longer feel a need to share their progress. For me... well, I smoked 30 a day (sometimes more) for 37 years so the habit was pretty well ingrained into my mind.

Knowing that I felt a need..., still even at this stage to pop in and write a few words about how I was feeling shows that this great little forum still provides support whether you think you need it or not. I guess we will always have to be on guard.

Report abuse


Showing newest to oldest. Swap comments order
  • Steve01 October 20, 2017 | 13:11
    G'day Ron, Thanks for checking on me mate.... yeah, I'm still going strong. Some times if I'm having a real nice ice cold german beer in the arvo I can get a craving moment but it passes as you know.
    Wow, day 35... you're doing really well. I know how exciting passing 30 days was for me. Now you'll be passing the weeks with a bit more ease... I reckon you're definitely past the worst of it.
  • ronryan65, Western NSW October 19, 2017 | 22:49
    Hi Steve, Hope you're still going strong Day 35 for me and going strong. Ron
  • ronryan65, Western NSW October 11, 2017 | 17:41
    Well done Steve, your an Inspiration to us all, I just hope I can make the Big 4 one day and live to tell about it thanks for all your hard work, all you guys out there other wise I wouldn't be here today.
  • Steve01 August 30, 2017 | 10:02
    Thanks Lia.., it's always good knowing that you and a few of the other long time quitters are still travelling the I Can Quit journey with us. :-)
  • Lia August 29, 2017 | 21:19
    Hi Steve. Stay there for the ride with us long term quitters. Congratulations on your accomplishment so far. Do not look back. Who would want to go through day 1 ever again. How scary! How lost one felt! Just know you have attracted the attention of fellow quitters. After such a long road suddenly it is so good. Am sure you realise you are fortunate to have discovered time this community and those who kept you going, including very importantly, YOURSELF. Go Steve.
  • Steve01 August 29, 2017 | 11:30
    Thanks everyone for the encouraging words. Even though everyone's experiences are different I think its important to share how we're feeling even after a year of successful quit. Yes, the heavy craves are gone thank goodness and weeks can go by now with a thought about it, but, they do still happen. I guess I'm looking forward to the time they won't ever pester me again. May be that is after 2 years.

    G'day Johnnie, great to hear from you mate and good to know your'e still travelling successfully smoke free too given our close quit dates. :-) Yeah.. I'll be on guard overseas for sure.
  • Johnnie, South Eastern Sydney August 29, 2017 | 8:14
    Hey Steve, well done buddy. I am about 8 days ahead of you and mate believe me i do not get cravings hardly. The habit has subsided and i do things without thinking of smokes. I actually feel embarassed in my own mind when i smell smokes and wonder what people may have thought when i smoked. Good luck overseas where dmoking is very liberated. I can say that from my experience. Just enjoy yourself and get the kicks from things other than smoking. Bye mate.
  • JDKeys August 29, 2017 | 7:34
    Great job on your quit! I've nearly made three weeks I get a craving out of the blue now which is manageable for me too
  • jenno211058 August 29, 2017 | 0:12
    What an awesome personal achievement.
  • Bsack August 28, 2017 | 23:24
    On my 4th day, using the patch. Reading this helps in that I know there may always be triggers-a year past as you are. I've smoked 35 years and it becomes your identity in a way, part of you. The odd part is that I'm most afraid of the person I will be-different, not the me I've known all these years. Longest I've quit was 3 months about 10 years ago.
    Had a cancer scare (tonsil), benign just few weeks ago.
    For me, it was like God was shaking me up to say "I'm showing you what's going to happen..stop!"
    Your story far you've come and knowing I'll still need to prepare for those triggers long from now.
  • Steve01 August 28, 2017 | 11:03
    Thanks for the comments Flora and Fullofhope. You've both done so well also and seeing you pop in now and then really does help remind us all that progress is continuing out there and continuing moving forward is the only to go. :-)
  • Fullofhope, South Eastern Sydney August 27, 2017 | 23:59
    Hi Steve, I get that the habit of smoking is ingrained in your mind. It is the habit rather than the smoking that is hardest to kick. I smoked 25 or so cigarettes every day for around the same length, 37 years. It defined me to an extent. So, small wonder that we have to be on guard. You are doing just fine. Good luck with the overseas travel.
  • Flora August 27, 2017 | 17:08
    Hi Steve and well done!! I'm perhaps one of the people here who as you say ' have dropped by the wayside' but I still pop in from time to time to see where I'm at stat wise and to read a little.....I just don't report like I used to. Happy to say I'm at 471 days smoke free, no cravings there's no looking back. You have done wonderfully well, keep it up.

    Cheers :D

You need to register or log in to leave a comment.