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No thank you

Posted in Quit experiences 28 Aug 2019

I didn't intend to post again until I hit the 2 week mark but I feel like a couple of you have truly taken me under your wing and I'm so grateful for that and wanted you to know that I'm still succeeding thanks to your help. So here it is...

Today I did my groceries it's the first time I've been to a retailer that sells cigarettes since I quit. I paid for my groceries and the lady behind the smoke counter was just standing there waiting for me (I'm a creature of habit and routine and that would normally have been my next stop) she made eye contact so I said hello, she told me that her husband got his promotion and I congratulated her, I told her that I had to get going, she had the smokes already rung up and waiting on the counter, I said to her, no thank you I don't smoke anymore, and I left.

I won't lie I was tempted, but I said no. I didn't believe you all when you said it gets easier but it truly does. I have had a couple of really good days in a row now and that sense of pride and accomplishment is really starting to seep in. I love that when people stand close I'm not worrying about how I smell and I've noticed my kids don't get as out of hand behaviourally because I'm always there to diffuse the situation before it becomes a catastrophic disaster.

Thanks every one. I can't wait to hit my 2 week mark. ❤️

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  • softly40, Mid North Coast August 28, 2019 | 20:44
    I am so glad you posted Kirk88. Its a great thrill to hear of your sucess at that tempting moment. We are creatures of habit and when you realize you have just broken that nasty habit you do feel a sense of pride in yourself. This will grow too and believe me when I say that pride and self esteem shows in your face and posture. I had many remarks on how well I looked.
    You have done so well and I am so so proud of you.
  • Happiness August 28, 2019 | 23:41
    Well Thank You for Sharing. I think you have turned the corner because your post is starting to ring with happy notes. I am glad you are reaping benefits that make you happy and give you reason to continue on this mission that you were once unsure that you could do. That is the difference between success and failure, easy and hard. You are past the worst and have proven to yourself that you can do this and so you will.
  • Safe2017 August 29, 2019 | 6:28
    Kirk88, That's a real accomplishment to turn down smokes when your desire for smokes is still there. Well done. You definitely ought to reward yourself.
  • Nuts August 29, 2019 | 16:51
    2 weeks, fantastic. Well done. I remember the first time i went to the shops after quitting. The temptation was there and i came out feeling so proud that i didnt give in. Be very proud of yourself. Stay strong
  • Robn August 29, 2019 | 17:22
    Kirk, you are doing an amazing job on your journey to freedom. Do yourself a favour...look back over your previous posts, you will see how far you have come, more positive and already reaping the rewards. It does get easier and easier. You are not being deprived of chose a path and you are walking it every day proudly. Good on you
  • DAB57 August 29, 2019 | 17:46
    Isn't it a great feeling to just ignore the cigarette counter. It used to be our best friend and we used to embrace it, now, just as you did, you treated it as your enemy and turned your back on it. That is so great. You have this my friend. You should feel very proud and rightfully so.
  • Joze, Murrumbidgee September 04, 2019 | 16:34
    Well done. Thank you for your story. I find it greatly encouraging.
  • penelopejane September 19, 2019 | 18:00
    Amazing job at the cigarette counter. I can afford foods like bananas, avocados and mangos. When my husband and I shared a small packet of rolling tobacco every two or three days I couldn't afford anything but rolled oats and brown rice. I am now healthy enough to walk to our shop with a big backpack.

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