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Just do it

Posted in Hints and tips 19 Jul 2018

1045 days free of nicotine and rarely think of cigarettes other than those poor people having to sneak out for a “ fix “. After 53 years of smoking I finally quit. For me I was just sick of the whole habit. I had half tried to quit a few times but this time I knew enough was enough. I took a selfie of me smoking my last cigarette , took a deep breath , and made a decision to face whatever came at me and went cold turkey. The difference this time was “ I really wanted to quit “. I don’t feel smug just lucky. I stuck close to this forum and posted often. For me in the early days I ate chocolate eclairs and drank really strong sweet coffees when the urges came on. What I do know is that one cigarette would send me straight back. ( snakes and ladders ).

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  • Robn July 19, 2018 | 11:00
    Dobbin, thank you for staying on this site to give us inspiration. And you are an inspiration, it is such a boost for all of us to hear the stories of people who have made it out of the slavery. Well done to you and I know your life is so much better now than it ever was as a smoker. I am only 71 days into this journey, but this quit is very different, I know I will never smoke again because smoking gives me nothing but slavery to the smoke. Thanks again Dobbin.
  • Reesie July 19, 2018 | 11:42
    That is so fantastic! What a great story. I'm hoping to keep strong and never have one again! 19 days and feeling proud 😊
  • Kim26 July 20, 2018 | 9:23
    Huge congratulations to you Dobbin!!!

    I am almost half the way through of what you have achieved. Good on you!!
  • Lia July 20, 2018 | 22:21
    Hi Dobbin. Always knew you would be there for the long haul. Just did the sums. You are only 50 days away from 3 years. Power to you. I am still free from the habit and therefore 100 days "ahead" of you. We both know it is not a race. All quitters are winners. And it is no easy sprint either. We know staying quit will take "forever".
  • Dobbin July 21, 2018 | 4:06
    Hi Lia. Great to hear from you and well past your 3 years. Thanks again for all your help and others we don’t hear from now ( trust they are ok). Had a quote for teeth repair ( £6000 ) but hey I can afford it now. Lost two teeth eating chocolate eclairs in the early days plus years of nicotine abuse. Stay with us and enjoy the ride. Hope all is well with you.
  • Steve01 July 25, 2018 | 12:59
    I just replied to an earlier post Dobbin but see you're now at over 1000 days... fantastic! Mate, I think you'll be up for a milestone of most posts soon too :-) Cheers
  • jenno211058 July 25, 2018 | 21:05
    You are doing great Dobbin.
    I am biting at the 3 year mark also 26 Sept,
    Been a long soul searching journey, but well worth it,
  • WendyOhNo August 01, 2018 | 8:36
    Dobbin! Hugssss! You look great!
  • joanne4514 August 27, 2018 | 8:59
    thank you for coming back on here to let us know how do able it is! I'm so looking forward to kicking this habit and i'm soaking it all it! i need to hear more of these success stories ..been smoking for over yrs, time to let it go!
  • Lia September 06, 2018 | 22:28
    Hi Dobbin. So are congratulations in order - 3 years of freedom? Hope so.

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