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29 months, 2 days.....

Posted in Quit experiences 25 Jan 2019

I don’t do the math much anymore these days. My phone app stopped working and only my brainiac numbers friend keeps sa running tally in his head.

I’d say I think about a cigarette once a month, if that. I’m sure by now, there has been at least a full month or two that has passsed when I didn’t think about smoking at all. I’m still struggling with Lupus and so I still spend a substantial amount of tiem in hospital emergency rooms. I remember, when as a smoker, I could not even make it through an hour or two in a hospital bay wihtout needing to run out to smoke. Now, I am in there for hours and the the thought of a cigarette never comes up.

For those of you who are just starting your quit, give yourself the chance to get over the difficult period. Allow yourself to feel uncomfortable and see that you can survive it. The plasticity of our brains that allows us to form new beliefs and learn new ways of behavior is very capable of re-routing itself to not need to cigarettes.

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  • Robn January 25, 2019 | 16:55
    Wendyohno, you have done an incredible job, well done to you. Sorry the Lupus is still a struggle for you, but you know that in giving up the terrible smoking habit, you have done a great service to your health. You should be very proud of your struggles as everyday you get through is another reminder of the brave and strong person that you are. Stay strong and proud....because that is who you are.
  • Debbie317 January 25, 2019 | 19:37
    Great advise thanks wishing you all the best with your health.
  • Happiness January 26, 2019 | 1:44
    A wonderful job and great advice from you Wendyohno. May we all take example of your courage, strength and wisdom.
    Anyone can become a non-smoker if you truly want to put the time and effort into yourself.
  • Dobbin January 26, 2019 | 19:28
    Hi Wendy. Great to see you again on here and going really strong. I remember both our early days and hoping just hoping we could hang on in there. Well, I’m sure you will agree it’s worth it. I am 1237 days away now and the only thoughts about cigarettes are about how pleased I am I’ve quit. Thanks to this site and quitters like yourself we made it through. However. I am fully aware one puff will send more back on the fast train.
  • Red-67 January 27, 2019 | 4:43
    Hey Wendy :)
    Good to hear from you :)
    I have never been big on counting days, but I am right behind you. Come February, I will be 2 years, a free non smoker :) Ain't it great, to be free ! ?

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