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Posted in Quit experiences 26 Sep 2018

On this day 3 years ago was the start of a new way of living without smokes, a new journey without being controlled by smokes, which i tell myself they were/are false friends.they were always there for me but for all the wrong reasons, but when i was a smoker, they were there for the right ones..

For my 3 years i have saved and stashed away $20,280...

I dont smell of an ashtray, my house or car now smells lovely, dont have to make sure i have enough smokes or lighter when i leave the house... no thoughts of these now when i grab my keys of purse...

Never thought it was possible for me to achieve where i am at today to say or put into print

3 years without a smoke to my what a personal journey, the ups n downs..

There are moments i still have to keep myself in check, but mostly its a passing pang, which i still give myself a stern talking

Self discovery, having the confidence in myself to let go of a drug and habit and survive...not being dependant on smokes didn't kill me, being positive, even being selfish at times..had to be, this was my greatest chance to succeed, i wanted to be the winner and here i am to say...

I am a smoker that has chosen not to smoke no more


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  • joanne4514 September 26, 2018 | 22:15
    wow, amazing! thanks for that! it can be done!:)
  • Aniruddha September 27, 2018 | 3:44
  • Robn September 27, 2018 | 12:02
    Congrats to you Jenno, you should be very proud.....what an achievement.
  • Lia September 27, 2018 | 22:47
    Hi Jenno211058. 3 years nicotine free is a huge milestone. Congratulations to you. Makes one wonder why we ever started. Your last line sums it up. Once a smoker, always a smoker, just some of us choose not to light up. Not easy and we remain vigilant knowing how easy it would be to reverse that success. May we always remember how torturous those first few minutes, hours, days etc were.
  • debbieuk September 29, 2018 | 8:20
    WOW, well done you did it. You are the winner in the cigarette battle.
  • NotThisTime September 30, 2018 | 5:18
    Congratulations Jenno! Three years is amazing! I remember always thinking of the big 3's at the start of my quit. 3 days, 3 weeks and 3 months. You've now hit the fourth 3 with 3 years. Next up, 30 years! I hope you remember to reward yourself with something special to mark the occasion.

    Lia, you are absolutely right in saying "may we always remember how torturous those first few minutes, hours, days etc were". I rarely get cravings now (almost 2 years quit), but the first thing I try to think about is one night in particular when I was approximately 6 months quit. I remember I had to go to bed extremely early so as not to have to deal with the craving. That sucked and I never want to have to take such drastic measures again over something as stupid as a cigarette.
  • Reesie September 30, 2018 | 16:45
    Wow!!! That's fantastic! Inspiring.
    I am 91 days..and I have resisted that lil voice inside so far.. and intend to keep on the path of not ever having one again! Congratulations 😊
  • Leon, Northern NSW October 03, 2018 | 10:10
    Hardcore! wow 20 grand... Dont make the mistake i did and start again.. i Thought I could just have 1 or 2 a day...Then you just cant stop and its back to 2 packs a day withing weeks...Its harder quitting the 2nd time around so whatever you do.. STAY QUIT !!!!
  • storm, Murrumbidgee October 06, 2018 | 12:22
    Hi Jenno211058 Congrats on three years, it was great to see your post, I haven't been back for a while and it is always great to see those names that helped me so much in the beginning you are such an inspiration
  • Jencat October 11, 2018 | 16:38
    Wow thats great. I hope I make it to 3 years. Well Done!!!
  • Kylie1979 October 14, 2018 | 17:36
    Wow u r a inspiration 😊well done 👍😊
  • Steve01 October 31, 2018 | 1:42
    Fantastic achievement Lia, you've been inspirational on my quilt journey too. I passed my 800 days a month ago and I didn't even realise it. 😊
  • jenno211058 October 31, 2018 | 20:45
    Thank you to one n all on your words encouragement, its these words that help make the The Quit journey easier...
    Who would of though i could achieve this goal after 45ish years of puffing away.
    Learning to let go and having the confidence in ones self.
    Thank you.
  • Happiness November 21, 2018 | 6:54

    Congratulations on your great success. May we all have that determination, control and belief that we too can become an inspiration to others!
  • jenno211058 November 22, 2018 | 21:10
    Thank you for your the continuation of positive comments.
  • Red-67 May 22, 2019 | 7:40
    Hi :)
    I'm hoping your email notification is on..
    I used the Report Abuse tab, on IcanQuit's last post, to ask them directly, if they are even paying attention. I got the same blank response, that they were going to try this for a couple weeks. DUH.. By then, we will be tired of complaining, and they will think it is ok. I really hate the new paging system, more than the TopStories.. Rather than messing with post here, and disturbing new quitters, If you agree with me, and just want it back like it was, tell them here,,
    prevention AT

    Maybe then they will listen, if enough of us complain.. :)

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