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Cravings do diminish

Posted in Quit experiences 21 Oct 2017

After 53 years of smoking I finally decided to quit. No nicotine now for 775 days and reading some stories from those just quit I can empathise. I knew deep down at aged 67 that this could be my last opportunity to quit but the initial cravings seemed unbearable. I drank copious amounts of strong sweet coffee ☕️ and ate chocolate eclairs to ease the pain. This worked for me as I went cold turkey 🦃. The first few months were a roller coaster ride of crazy 😜 emotions but I stuck with it. There were and are people here who helped me on my way. The cravings did diminish and now there are none. Looking back I now realise the main reason for the current success is total determination. Without this I believe nothing will work. Having said that the support of others on this site has been without doubt a tremendous help knowing that they had been on similar journeys.

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  • Ivan24 October 22, 2017 | 2:32
    Hi Dobbin,

    First congratulations on your 2years + SMOKE FREE!!!

    I can say only one thing:
    If you can quit after smoking for 53 years then nobody can make excuses when it comes about quitting!

    I am 1 year and 4months smoke free and i can tell that quitting smoking affected every aspect of my life positively: health, self-esteem, relation-ships everything...

    There's no magic pill for qutting, you just have to keep trying and learn something from every failed attempt.

    Keep up the amazing work Dobbin,

  • KingKelz , Western Sydney October 23, 2017 | 0:49
    Well done!!! 🎉🎉🎉
    Unfortunately I'm only starting today after MANY failed attempts! Please tell me it's worth it in the end? And the changes people talk about are true! 😩😔😓
  • Steely07 , South Eastern Sydney October 24, 2017 | 11:53
    They are true KingKelz I just haven't started feeling them yet. :(. I'm approaching 6 weeks it's been hard but to return to smoking is no longer an option. I know the promises will come true kingKelz including massive savings. I'm taking myself to the theatre this weekend on some of the money saved. I smell good too.
  • Dobbin October 29, 2017 | 9:09
    Hi Kingkelz. The bonuses of giving up are many and some surprising. Just to be able to wear a shirt all day and evening and not stinking is a bonus. Realizing that I am no longer a slave to nicotine. Saving thousands of pounds. ( or dollars ). Being able to sleep without the rasping cough. Buying expensive presents for myself. Knowing I will probably live longer. No smelly breath. Feeling in much better health. Respect of my family. Whiter teeth. No chest infections. Not getting out of breath. Feeling a real sense of achievement. That will do for now.
  • ronryan65 , Western NSW November 11, 2017 | 2:18
    Well done Dobbin, I can relate to that, I didn't even realize how much it stank until after I give up and had the experience of one of my friends Lighting up in front of me for the first time it was Horrible then I got to thinking my Wife doesn't smoke and shes put up with me smoking for years and never uttered a word about it, my breathing is a lot better and I don't get as sick anymore and we have a bit more money to spend on ourselves and the Grandkids where going away at Xmas this year we havent been away in years it will be good to see the nippers and now they will see a lot more of us for a lot longer I should have done this years ago.

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