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trish k
Central Coast

Still going strong...never look back

Posted in Staying quit 23 Feb 2018

I just heard the *Icanquit* ad on the radio and thought to myself, hey, I use to go in there everyday when I first tried to give up smoking...well that was 2240 days ago just over 6 years and I'm still as strong if not stronger in my determination to stay quit. I've had a few tests along the way but I never gave in. To everyone trying, try not to focus on the cigarettes, each time you do, get up go for a walk, talk to someone, what every it takes. I smoked about 40 a day from the age of 16 until I turned 54, that's a long time, I use to think the only way I'd give up is if they locked me up in some rehab unit on top of a mountain....I never got to those extremes, I did sit and cry many nights because I knew what it was doing to me, and how I'd end up...but I gave it a go and I've never looked back. You can be like me too, just take baby steps and before you realize, your going to turn around and be a non-smoker, and I can assure you that is the best feeling. GOOD LUCK EVERYONE

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  • Unbe, Hunter New England February 23, 2018 | 16:27
  • Flamenco February 23, 2018 | 18:39
    Thank you so much for your encouragement. Just read all of your stories, it is great to read from someone that is living proof it can be done. It’s been almost 4 months since I quit, and somedays the thought is still there.
    In your experience, when do you really stop thinking about cigarrets?
  • Lia February 23, 2018 | 22:48
    Hi Trish K. Ditto to all you have said. Just reached 1000 days. What a hoot...
  • colloquial February 25, 2018 | 6:58
    Wow Trish K after all this time and you revisited this site,just goes to show it is a handy to have it at our disposal and how powerful it actually is.Well done on your quitting.Very inspiring,Thank You.
  • LizaRokka, Northern Sydney February 25, 2018 | 21:56
    It's great to hear a success story. It really helps.
  • Mrsbrown, Nepean Blue Mountains February 26, 2018 | 7:12
    Congratulations 2 u on beating this evil drug. I've smoked 4 34yrs & 2day I'm off 2 give the champix a go as unfortunately I'm not strong enough 2 go cold turkey like some. My strategy is 2 cut down gradually as I smoke an average of 18 to 20 per day. Yesterday was perhaps my best achievement so far as I only smoked 7all day. Still not good but an improvement all the same. I'm hoping the champix will put me on the straight & narrow. Again congratulations & it's nice 2 hear a success story. That's what keeps us motivated 2 beat these horrid smokes.
  • Ol lady February 27, 2018 | 13:39
  • Rocky1947 March 20, 2018 | 14:46
    I am 24 year old and I smoked 10 to 12 cigg for 2 years, I am on my 156th day but m coughing lots of phlegm at alternate of day or night for 2 month...that make me worry
    Is that common as sign of withdrawal??
  • Mrs mac, Northern NSW April 19, 2018 | 5:56
    Thanks for your great story! It is so helpful to read of someone’s success, and thanks for visiting the site again to share it. You have been amazing.

  • Ann 123 April 20, 2018 | 11:46
    Amazing to you'll. Been 4 days for me.
    I'm trying my best to quit. Little voicekeep trying to temp me go buy ciggette.
    One day at a time I keep saying.
  • DanielPurity May 01, 2018 | 0:58
    Well done I’m starting tomorrow and I’m really going to do it this time
    For me cold turkey is best straight away I’ve stopped before for about 7 months I ate everything thing smoking kills your appetite I was looking for anything reason any excuse and put on weight but it was muscle and have promised my girls I would so that is added motivation plus I’m tired of being a slave to this nasty addiction my check point is 35 days which is 5 weeks my start date may 1st hope to here from anyone bit of encouragement will be good all the best to everyone
  • Lsisb1 May 08, 2018 | 12:11
    Wow! You are amazing. Thank you for coming back and sharing your success. We need the encouragement and hope. Congrats!
  • Lsisb1 May 08, 2018 | 12:12
    Wow! You are amazing. Thank you for coming back and sharing your success. We need the encouragement and hope. Congrats!
  • Lsisb1 May 08, 2018 | 12:12
    Wow! You are amazing. Thank you for coming back and sharing your success. We need the encouragement and hope. Congrats!
  • Skull Duggery May 11, 2018 | 16:39
    It's encouraging to read positive stories. Me? Well I've only been off them for 16 days. Went cold turkey after a lifetime of around 15-20 per day. Yep coughing is still severe, but apparently normal. Strange that I'm not having withdrawal symptoms, but it's the old habits that my brain is still coming to terms with. Had breakfast - light up now! Nope ain't gonna happen. 1st coffee of the day. Brain says: "Where's my damn ciggy"? Not listening to that either. So the niggling is still present, but I'm told they disappear over time. Hopefully by then I'll be better able to shut off those thoughts. Stay strong folks - if nothing else works, think of the money you're saving!!!!
  • Puffer May 20, 2018 | 12:16
    I love your comments. So encouraging! I can relate to so much of what you have said also! I thought I would die a smoker also but have since begun the journey of being a non smoker. It is nearing 6 months for me and I couldn't be prouder of myself!

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