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Posted in Staying quit 14 May 2018

Today I am on day 75 smoke free. When the urge to smoke used to hit me, I think of a friend who battles to breath every time she has to walk up the stairs or when she rushes around out of breath... since I quit slowly I can feel the difference with mouth freshness, body odour, no mucus build up, no nasal congestion and so many other smaller things that we take for granted as smokers. It sure does feel good to be smoke free.

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  • Red-67 May 15, 2018 | 3:31
    Big CONGRATS, on 75 days ! Don't look back.. You got this :)
    And, you are so right. It does feel good :)
  • Kesaree May 15, 2018 | 16:46
    Dear Red-67 thank you kindly for your comments and well wishes. It is people like you that just makes this world a better place, thank you for your support. Yes I surely feel like I got this, but there are times when amongst friends I feel like the outsider now opposed to before. Like for instance they will all chill on the balcony coz they are smoking and for me it is still difficult to be mingling while they smoke around me... having said that I am now looking to reach my 100 days... May I ask how long you quit?
  • Red-67 May 16, 2018 | 7:35
    Hey Kesaree; Sorry for the time delay, I'm in the States, and been busy. :)
    I quit, Feb 16 2016, and have not even really been tempted. If you can really, make up your mind, you don't WANT one, ever again, it can be easy., Sure, the first few weeks, cold turkey for me, were miserable, but I did not WANT to smoke any more. We can choose to become a non smoker, not a smoker that can't have one. Then there's no temptation, or triggers, to worry about.. True freedom from them, forever :) You can mingle, and rejoice in your freedom, even feel sorry for those poor slaves.. At times, I even find the smell pleasant, but not even a thought of having one. I have to bite my tong, to keep from yelling,,, PUT THOSE STUPID THINGS DOWN !! Unless they start the conversation, they are not ready, and can't see past the smoke cloud in the brain.. :)
    BTW,, you can click on anyone's name, to see their past stories :)
  • Kesaree May 17, 2018 | 16:37
    Hi Red-67 - yep the time difference is a thing, I am in South Africa. Thank you for sharing and wow you have just had you 2nd anniversary, I am just so chaffed for you. I didn't have the power to do it cold turkey, you are strong. I to chose to quit as I didn't want to do it anymore, the smell of it though right now doesn't go down to well with me, it has this stale smell (if you know what I mean) that is so horrid. I am glad I don't smoke and I just cannot wait for my day 100 on 8 June 2018, a great birthday gift to myself. Yes, I do read past stories of other and all their battles and tribulations ... I hope you have a wonderful and blessed day.
  • Red-67 May 18, 2018 | 3:00
    Hey Kesaree :) My bad.. That was supposed to be 2017..
    I had my one year celebration 3 months ago :) I will have to check time zones for South Africa, I was assuming, you know what they say about that, you were in Australia.. That is a 15 hr. difference. Often, already tomorrow there :)
    And yes, isn't it nice, not to live our life around our next smoke ! ! !
  • Kesaree May 21, 2018 | 16:50
    15 months wow... that is just wow!!! Hey I too will get there in time, one day at a time. I fully agree, we are smoke free and it feels just awesome... have a lovely day / night dear friend, take care. I am at work now, it is 8:50 am here in Durban.
  • Red-67 May 22, 2018 | 3:49
    Hey you :) You got this, and you will see that year, before you know it :)
    I did check, and you are 7hrs. ahead of me. Not too bad. It is a small world now :) I chat, and play, with a friend in France, also 7hrs.. We have a little chat box at,,, ,,, If you are interested, need to vent, or whatever, I can give you my e-mail address there ?
  • Kesaree May 29, 2018 | 17:05
    Hey you Red-67 :) my apologies for not chatting I was away for a few days... anyway my friend the time difference makes no difference to me we can still chat. Your email address would actually be fantastic, I am a woman after all and I do vent !!!. Anyway I hope you are well and happy and I look forward to hearing from you soon.

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