Stories & experiences

Peter Stevenson

Just DO IT!!!

Posted in Reasons to quit 18 Jun 2019

It took a while for me to realise just how selfish i was being

I am retired but my wife still works and works long hours

she said while ever i smoked it would stop her retiring too because we would not be able to afford to live a decent life if i still smoked

finally it sunk in and i stopped:)))

My 9 year grand son said to me yesterday how proud of me he was for quitting!

That almost had me in tears

Screw smokes!!!!!

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  • Nuts June 18, 2019 | 9:52
    Good for you. Smoking is a very selfish habit. I am sure you have made your wife very happy. For your part, breaking that hold that the smokes had on you will benefit you in so many ways. Stay strong. With determination , and the right mindset , you will do it
  • softly40, Mid North Coast June 18, 2019 | 10:06
    Actually I never really thought it was selfish. I started in an era that had smokers in restaurants, movies, trains, even my Doctor smoked this was our role models in those days. It was considered tres chic (modern for women) to smoke. Still, now the message is out there for all of our Children and Grandchildren to see and knowledge is a critical ingredient so there is no excuses today. In your situation it does not help your partner or you for that matter, one bit, so I hope you post again when you have reached your 100 Peterstever
  • Aniruddha June 18, 2019 | 10:35
    Congratulations! Always feels good to hear about quit stories like yours. Thanks for sharing
  • Safe2017 June 18, 2019 | 12:54
  • Broncor, Mid North Coast June 18, 2019 | 19:06
    Congratulations peterstevenson and welcome, it does help when people acknowledge and compliment your accomplishment, like your wife and grandchild, and this site, you will get a wealth of information and advice. May you and your wife have a long healthy, wealthy, happy life in retirement, now you are smoke free.
  • Lia June 18, 2019 | 21:10
    Hi Peterstevenson. You are right. So incredibly selfish to be burning $'s earned by your wife. Glad you woke up before the smoke consumed you completely. You working wife has now a pay rise depending where you live or maybe hundreds of dollars a month not to mention a week. Better than any employer will give. Hope you and your wife plan how to enjoy your windfall as if you had not made this choice hundreds of thousands of $'s would be going up in smoke. I know. I have rescued $32 000 from the ash tray in four years...
  • Happiness June 18, 2019 | 23:48
    Well Hello Peterstevenson. I quit smoking after quitting my job and decided that i didn't have to go back. Retirement is great even if hubby is still working for another year til 65. He always maintained that he would work until at least 70 but i think it was because of finances. Now that he too has quit smoking, it is quite possible that he may decide to enjoy retirement next year. If he does, then maybe do some traveling or rent a trailer on the lake in summers.......

    Thanks for your unique story and giving us another great reason to quit or remain quit! Please keep in touch and keep that grandson proud of you!
  • Peterstevenson June 19, 2019 | 7:16
    Hi All
    Thank you very much, I love all your comments and welcome the advice.

    It has been easy so far, I have heard all the horror stories about giving up but so far I have not been cranky or starving hungry, just quietly pleased with myself.
    Lia said my wife just got a pay rise, She sure did!! Around $1000.00 a month!!!!

    Does not take a genius to work just how dumb I have been over the years but just how smart I am now:)))
  • Peterstevenson June 19, 2019 | 7:17
    And Oh YES!!! How what my grand son said to me has made me so bloody determined to succeed!!
  • weewillem June 20, 2019 | 9:53
    I keep reminding myself "it's a no brainer"
  • Peterstevenson June 20, 2019 | 10:02
    Yes your right!!! It is a no brainer!!
    It will take a while for me to forgive myself for being so bloody selfish!
    My wife said to me many times you have to stop so we can live a good life and she can retire.
    Just took me way longer for that to sink in then it should have!!!
    She tells me everyday now how proud of me she is and we are starting today to plan our trip of a lifetime next year to celebrate her 60th birthday and our 43rd wedding anniversary!
    London, Paris and Rome here we come!!!
    Paid for by NOT smoking!!:)))))))
  • Nuts June 20, 2019 | 12:57
    We can all beat ourselves up over the money we wasted by smoking, but it will not get us any where. Dont look back, we cant change the past. Look forward. Be proud of yourself and stay strong. Every time you feel like a smoke, think of your wifes growing bank balance. She worked hard for it and doesnt want you to burn it. That holiday is a reward for you and your long suffering wife
  • Peterstevenson June 21, 2019 | 12:57
    yep your right mate
    it is day 6 and I am just getting stronger and more determined every day
    I will not allow myself to go back.
  • Peterstevenson June 22, 2019 | 7:00
    Day 7:)) Made it without to much difficulty
    Bring on the next 7 days:)
  • Nuts June 22, 2019 | 11:33
    Yay you have made it through the first and hardest week. Good for you mate. It gets easier every day. Stay strong and be proud of yourself🤗👍
  • Peterstevenson June 26, 2019 | 13:55
    Yes today is day 10 and I am going strong. Gave myself a little reward and bought a new phone:)))
    Galaxy 10 Plus, awesome phone and paid for by NOT smoking:)))
  • Peterstevenson July 02, 2019 | 10:27
    Day 16 and going even stronger!!!
    The will to win has kicked in and I am loving being smoke free.
  • Peterstevenson July 05, 2019 | 7:19
    Day 18 and still going strong
  • Peterstevenson July 16, 2019 | 9:02
    Day 30:)))))
    Just starting to believe I can be the hero of my own story and believe I am stronger then even I realise!

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