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Posted in Quit experiences 01 Jan 2020

I weaned myself from smoking. I smoked 55 a day. It worked out that I cut down by an average of two cigarettes a day, each year. I was after a lifestyle change. It may have seemed slow, but it was solid, secure progress. Although it took decades to quit it has been achieved. I am beginning to feel comfortable in my own skin. It is too much effort to smoke. I am tired of trying to control how many I have. I no longer cough phlegm, have a wheeze on my chest, have swollen ankles and puffed feet, smell of acrid sweat. My hair smelled of smoke. I still have triggers. The thoughts of smoking are persistent. I don't give in, and I am not giving up on myself yet.

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  • Happiness January 01, 2020 | 15:43
    Hi Penelopejane. Why would you give up at all after all of this time. You arew doing GREAT!!! I had no idea that you had been on your quit for this long. You are now reaping the benefits, and you can get out into your garden and play with Bobby. I know you love the money saved to enjoy fresh fruits and others things. Your health has improved so much in the past year that I have gotten to know you.

    I know you had your own path marked out, and I wonder if you ever did read the Allen Carr book that we recommend to make the journey easier. It is not too late to read it. In fact, everyone at all stages should read it to get to know about themselves and about nicotine. Understanding gives us the power to fight back and know that we can win!

    Never give in and go back Penelopejane. You have won over nicotine and just have a few adjustment left to make to accept life as a non-smoker. Remember to check in often and remember that we are always here for you.
  • Happiness January 02, 2020 | 0:21
    You are so strong and inspirational Penelope. You saw a vision and you stuck with it for a long time. I doubt that many people have the courage and stamina to do what you did. While every quit is different, staying quit is also a part of the plan of staying quit. I am so proud of you. I hope that you will read or perhaps to re-read Allan Carr's book to keep your resolve to stay quit.
    While I quit in quite a different way, and was free of nicotine before i had a chance to read the book, it nevertheless was a bolster to my belief in myself and the knowledge that we could regain control of our lives.

    Please read the book everyone, and this time I will remember to post the link. Should you lose track of where you found it, click on my name and search my stories for it. Enjoy, and yes it is totally 100% free. Get reading!
  • penelopejane January 02, 2020 | 1:51
    I have read that book. I believe it has helped thousands of people. I use N.R.T. Because I have schizophrenia I have a different relationship with dopamine and nicotine than other people. I will eventually be able to give up the nicotine lozenges. It wouldn't actually matter if I never gave them up, so long as I don't smoke. I have smoking thoughts daily. I imagine what it would be like to have a cigarette. I imagine being revulsed by the tasted offended by the smell on me. Then I think I would become nauseous and gag, trying not to vomit. Then I go dizzy. So, I don't do it.
  • Happiness January 02, 2020 | 2:18
    How awful for you. I hope that what ever means you do take do make some improvement in your life to enjoy. Do other things that you enjoy doing Penelopejane. We make our own happiness in different ways. Thank you for taking the time to support others. We are all worth the effort to quit smoking and be free.
  • Pisces24, Central Coast January 02, 2020 | 7:39
    You're very brave and courageous Penelopejane.
    Treat yourself with little rewards or go out for lunch or dinner.
    New shoes. New dress or movie date night with your husband.
    Youre a champion🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆
    Dont forget to be happy and proud of yourself.
    You are winner. Your Dr will be pleased with you too. YOU ARE WORTH IT!!!
    Im proud of you. Go Girl! You are helping others who want to QUIT
  • softly40, Mid North Coast January 02, 2020 | 10:01
    A well deserved Happy New Year penelopejane, Keep it going, now that you are free of all that Nicotine, you just have to check in here to keep you on the path you have chosen. Choice is the strongest motivator, Choose to reward yourself, look after yourself, and love every minute of every day you are without those cigarettes, your Doctors and family must be so proud of you.
  • Lia January 04, 2020 | 22:23
    Hi penelopejane. Recognise from the past. Know you have struggled but returned to this community, nevertheless. You have battled so hard and appear to have turned a corner and are on the straight and narrow. Keep posting because no doubt your determination will inspire others especially if they err along the way.

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