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Illawarra Shoalhaven

You are now a non smoker

Posted in Staying quit 17 Nov 2018

Hi Gus and Girls , 6 years now . Feeling great , 2187 days $55,000 dollars . Good food , good wine , good regular holidays , good hobbies . Growing old gracefully not coughing my guts up . You will be amazed how quick the cough goes . Life is short , don’t let cigarettes rob you

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  • Aniruddha November 17, 2018 | 23:26
    Wow! I am 106 days quit and the sheer positivity of this message wants me to keep myself smoke free
  • Lia November 17, 2018 | 23:54
    Hi cough cough... Thanks for returning to remind us how good life can be without the habit. Also, you are probably battling to spend the money you could have wasted on cigarettes. I am saving $250 a week and it is quite an effort to send this amount. I can't. So it languishes in the bank book... Spent or unspent, it is always better than what we were doing with it reducing it to ash. Just know you will continue to enjoy the ride.
  • Roseanne , Northern NSW November 22, 2018 | 12:25
    I am nearly (15 days to go) 1000 days SF. Lia, I spent what I saved, firstly on a divorce Lawyer 🤠. Then I bought a camper-van. Next year me and my camper are heading off into the sunsets around Aus for an undetermined time 🚐🏝😎
  • DAB57 November 29, 2018 | 0:57
    I was looking forward to the first week of quit then the first month etc, etc. I have now made 159 days or 5 Months & 1 week. I feel like I have successfully climbed one of the toughest mountains of my life. I am proud of myself in doing what I thought was beyond my reach..But I have to say the fear of stopping was harder than actually stopping. There were some unpleasant experiences but they were short lived and I came through the other end. Well done to all on this site.
  • Nuts January 12, 2019 | 13:14
    Cant wait to be where you all are. Well done
  • Llisaaa , Northern Sydney January 19, 2019 | 12:16
    Hey guys! I have been a smoker for 10 years and a half. I am now on my 3d day without a cigarette. I have tried so many times to quit but always failed. The longest time I didn’t smoke was a week or so. I have read many posts here and it inspired me to try again. I am using lozenges Nicabate but it doesn’t seem to work. I still have cravings for a cigarette especially in the morning with a cup of coffee or in the evening after a few glasses of wine. But I always keep in mind how bad it is for me and how much chemicals and poison in there. Please guys tell me if any of you quit with patches, gum, lozenges etc...what would you recommend?
  • Happiness January 20, 2019 | 2:06
    Hi Llisaaa. First off i would recommend that you share your own story so that we are better able to answer any questions. You will recieve an e-mail on your page which is why i love this awesome community. You can actually keep in touch unlike other forums.
    Regardless you method of choice, the most challenging part of the quit is the breaking of the habit of smoking. Find something healthy to take its place after meal, coffee etc so that you don't feel that void.
    I quit smart turkey, but if i were you, i would take enough nicotine as not to be craving and miserable whilst learning how to live as a non-smoker. A few cravings and putting them off with using the 4 D's is great practice for later when you come off the Nrt. Worry about that later, as it is quick and no harder than cravings you experience now.

    Many people, although wanting to quit smoking and have the benefits, just can't seem to wrap their heads around the thought of never having a cigarette again. Strange but true. Here to quit, but scared to. Then they make it harder than it has to be by missing the addiction rather than rejoicing that those little urges we can cravings, are the nicotine monster dying.
    So get comfortable for this journey with your nrt. Learn to live life as a non-smoker. When you feel your head is in the mindset, and you are actually eager to take the final step, cut down and go smart turkey. Why prolong the inevitable? When you are ready , you are ready. Just make sure your heart is in it. It will be over, and then you will not crave something you don't want.

    Remember that a we only smoke a cigarette to remedy the side-effect it gives us in the first place. Once the cycle is broken we never have to be its slave again as long as we remember NOPE (Not One Puff Ever). One puff is all it takes to set you back to nicotine addiction once free of it.

    Anyone can do this. It is as easy as you make it.
  • Happiness January 20, 2019 | 2:08
    by the way cough, cough
    An excellent story. Now hidden away like a buried treasure. Why not share again? Truly inspiring!
  • Kathy Karban January 27, 2019 | 10:52
  • cough cough cough , Illawarra Shoalhaven May 23, 2019 | 11:47
    Its good to come on every now and again and see how everyone is

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