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John W
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Wish me luck

Posted in Getting started 29 Jan 2020
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Hi all,

I'm new to this, but I thought that after 43 day without smoking I needed to try something to keep me going. I'm 60 years old and have smoked since conception, since my mother smoked during pregnancy, and my dad smoked all the while I was going up. I took my 1st puff (not second hand) at age 6. Started smoking everyday at the rate of a pack a day when I was 16. I have tried to quit many time thru the years, but always had to have that one at a moment of weakness.

This time will be different! what helped me was turning 60. I looked on line at a longevity calculator, and found that I could keep smoking and live another 10 years, or quit smoking and maybe live another 25. would be nice to meet my grandchildren! I just have to remember that with any addition, just one, is one too many. It's getting easier with everyday that passes, but there are times that I could die for just one, and I guess that's what I would be doing!

Wish me luck, John W

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  • Aniruddha January 29, 2020 | 10:01
    Wish you luck John! You can inspire others to quit. You have a great story to tell
  • Lando, Hunter New England January 29, 2020 | 10:18
    43 days isn't luck John. It's reward for effort. Well done!!! And I'm not going to wish you luck for the next 43, because you don't need it. You've got this! No matter what you are facing, a smoke won't help. It will change nothing, and after 43 days free of them will no doubt make you feel sick. And the self-pride you most certainly will be feeling right now will probably do a 360.
    The milestones in life are powerful motivators. My 50th was my turning point, and the imminent arrival of my first grandbaby. You have already proven your strength to make it this far, and you have the motivation to stay there. Good on you.
  • Red-67 January 29, 2020 | 10:24
    Hi John, and Welcome :)
    I was 67 when I quit, but it was the only time I tried to quit, and that was near 3 years ago. If you are at 43 days, you have beaten the addiction, Now it is just a matter of letting go of thinking like a smoker. Embrace becoming a non smoker, and there is no need or want for that, just one. Make a smoke something you simply never WANT again, not something you can't have, or feel like you are missing. Let yourself understand, that there never was anything good about smoking, and that we were just slaves to a tube of tobacco. There is only one successful QUIT. and you can do it too :)
  • Red-67 January 29, 2020 | 10:26
    OH, and LUCK has nothing to do with it. It is just a matter of taking control of your own mind, away from the addiction to smoking. :)
  • Happiness January 29, 2020 | 10:47
    my sedimnts exactly Red. the truth will set you free; read and learn.you can make it stick
  • Jill67 January 29, 2020 | 13:18
    You are well on your way- that is fantastic!!
    Be careful not to romanticize about “having the one”! There is no such thing...they travel in packs remember. To have “the one” is to have the same addiction back full force and all the nastiness with it. You are soooo over that!! When you feel like that, take a couple of deep breaths and think about your future grandchildren!!
  • John W January 30, 2020 | 0:23
    Thanks all, your encouragement really helps. When I get toughs feelings, like I just can't take it anymore, I just rea d your comments, and by the time i'm done the craving is mostly gone.
  • John W January 30, 2020 | 1:03
    I can't believe how bad people that smoke smell! I can't stop thinking that , this is how I use to smell. My truck doesn't smell like an ashtray anymore, and isn't littered with ashes on the floor and empty packs of butts. My mouth does't taste like @#$% anymore and I don't wake up coughing. This quieting thing isn't so bad!
  • Jill67 January 30, 2020 | 2:17
    Yes they do...and yes we did😂
  • Nuts January 30, 2020 | 10:34
    You say that there are times when you would die for ' just one '. Guess what. You will die if you have ' just one '. Because it will lead to one more and so on. You are right about the smell of smokers. Cant believe that we smelled like that. It helped to keep me on track in the early days of my quit. I didnt want to smell like that again. Well done mate 👍💕
  • Pisces24, Central Coast January 30, 2020 | 14:30
    Good on you John. I've quit after 47 years. Almost 2 months. The nicodemon will always be there. I'm scared of that. Some people have been quit for 3 years and restart smoking again. You have to remember that I guess. That is what scares me. Keep on. It is a dirty filthy expensive killer. Not worth it🐟🐟🐟
  • Jo Mary January 30, 2020 | 20:44
    Hi I’m new to this, I have just turned 60 , have 6 grandchildren and want to be around for them. John reading your journey has really inspired me. I too have been smoking for over 40 years I have given up a few times but not for long. I really want to get rid of this filthy habit. Will need help along the way but I do want to beat the cigarette
  • John W January 31, 2020 | 1:46
    I thought I'd share some more with you all. At the time of my quit date I was 6' 8" tall at 300lbs. My blood pressure was 195 over 98. I decided to go on a 2000 cal low sodium diet at the same time that I quit smoking. Talk about self inflicted pain! Counting calories helps distract my cravings for cigs, and my taste buds are coming back so food tastes alright without salt as well. Last week at the doctor, my blood pressure was 120 over 80, and I lost 10 lbs. Not bad!
  • John W January 31, 2020 | 2:59
    I thought I'd share some more with you all. At the time of my quit date I was 6' 8" tall at 300lbs. My blood pressure was 195 over 98. I decided to go on a 2000 cal low sodium diet at the same time that I quit smoking. Talk about self inflicted pain! Counting calories helps distract my cravings for cigs, and my taste buds are coming back so food tastes alright without salt as well. Last week at the doctor, my blood pressure was 120 over 80, and I lost 10 lbs. Not bad!
  • DebraAnne20 February 04, 2020 | 8:21
    I keep thinking - 'my name is Debra and I am a smoke-aholic' and take it one day at a time. There is no such thing as just one puff.

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