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Posted in Staying quit 21 Jan 2019

Hi everyone

Well I checked my Quit Buddy phone app today and it reports that I have been smoke free now for 911 days and I have saved $31,421 dollars (in the cost of cigarettes back at the time I quit) so by now would be quite a bit more than what the app reports. I highly recommend the Quit Buddy app along with this great website in tandem, both of which were key to my successful quit once and for all.

There are only a few old mates still here that I've noticed who (like me) pop in to give a quick update on their continued success with the hope it'll encourage others starting out or early in their journey that there truly is a rainbow on the horizon. Well, I can tell you it is possible and I consider myself one of the tragic smokers who tried and tried and tried again and thought I would never be able to kick the habit. Always angry at myself when I failed, I would pick myself up and have another go and I am so glad I did. I remember when Lia was marking 900 and a thousand days... I thought..., my goodness, I can't ever imagine I would be able to say that too and here I am.  I love being able to sit at a dinner table for hours now chatting and drinking without plotting in my head some feable excuse to duck outside. I love that I can still hang around smokers and not feeling the slightest bit tempted. I feel good I've not become one of those greatly disliked ex-smoker lecturering types so can still enjoy the company of many long time (still smoking) friends.

Keep going all of you and the very best of luck. You will do it. And, hi to any of the old crew still checking in..., I hope you're all continuing in success and happiness in life without the slavery of disgusting, expensive cigarettes. :-)

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  • Aniruddha January 21, 2019 | 22:27
    Wow !!

    I want to grow up and be 911 days quit !
  • jojo77, Southern NSW January 21, 2019 | 22:35
    I've been 21 days smoke free..
  • Happiness January 22, 2019 | 6:40
    Yes, isn't it grand to be free! Congrats on a job well done!
  • Debbie317 January 22, 2019 | 12:58
    Well if you can do it so can I. :) Winners Circle to all that want in.
  • Safe2017 January 22, 2019 | 16:05
    That’s awesome Steve01. Congrats. Being able to hang out with old friends who still smoke and not wanting to smoke yourself is an added benefit. I can relate to that. Personally I don’t even mind the smell of cigs but if smokers get to close while talking and I can smell their breath coming straight out of their lungs I do get a bit grossed out. Hard to believe that we probably smelled pretty bad ourselves.
    Not one puff ever - Nope
  • rmayers January 23, 2019 | 0:05
    Happy to hear that Steve! I haven`t smoked for 3 years and must say it was a big step for me. My wife helped me a lot and I thank her for this. Wish you all the best and will share with you guys the educational article with some tips which I have found very useful for myself when I was quitting))
  • Steve01 January 23, 2019 | 16:44
    Thanks for the feedback and positive comments everyone :-)
  • Lia January 23, 2019 | 21:25
    HI Steve01. So good to see one of the old gang are still smoke free and enjoying the perks. We don't stink. We can engage in extended conversations when socialising. We also enjoy a pay rise in excess of $200 per week and $10000 per annum. And we continue to support each other and to applaud each others successes. So important because only an ex smoker truly appreciates how difficult this journey can be and we don't want to see anyone fail. Me, I wouldn't dare. Too much support over 3 1/2 years. I owe big time and am truly grateful.
  • WendyOhNo January 25, 2019 | 11:58
    Hey Steve -another one from the wayback gang checking in. According to my calendar, I’m at 855 days. I remember when Lia passed 800 days. I never thought I’d get to 800 days. Hey Lia, congrats on still being our benchmark :).
  • WendyOhNo January 25, 2019 | 11:59
    Hey Steve -another one from the wayback gang checking in. According to my calendar, I’m at 855 days. I remember when Lia passed 800 days. I never thought I’d get to 800 days. Hey Lia, congrats on still being our benchmark :).
  • Steve01 January 25, 2019 | 19:12
    Hi Lia and Wendy ... yep, you're so right Lia... the money we're (especially if one lives in Oz) is amazing. Great to hear you're still going strong Wendy... it was a battle for us all but we made it over the mountains in the end. :-)
  • NotThisTime February 04, 2019 | 22:56
    Hi Steve01

    Hearing you reference Lia at 900 and then 1000 days (I imagine you were around 400-500 days at that point, gives me encouragement) Although I have to admit, the thought of smoking continues to enter my mind, there is only a slight tiny little recognition to consider it as a possibility. The thought doesn't stick long and is quickly replaced with, I know I wouldn't enjoy it, why would I want to do that? As the time piles up, the memories of relying on that old crutch really do disappear. It is nice seeing Lia and WendyOhNo checking in and commenting on your quit progress. I will make it more of a commitment to start posting and supporters the newbie's on their quit journey. This group was a huge support for me in my first year. If I can be that deciding factor for just one time or for one persons quit deciding point that would be wonderful.

  • Steve01 February 05, 2019 | 10:18
    Hi "NotThisTime" and thanks for commenting also. Yes, it looks like you've done really well having passed the 2 year mark. It's pretty easy from here on. Thoughts of smoking, so long as they stay just a thought and pass us by is ok. I had one the other day momentarily "oh right at this moment I wouldn't mind a smoke" but this is quite rare now and like you said, the thought doesn't stick around long and that's the beauty of having been quit so long now. We still have to be vigilant however because we'll always be just a puff away from taking up the habit again.

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