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Des Rafter

My quit journey

Posted in Staying quit 26 Aug 2020

So here is my story to date. I began to feel like I was visiting a drug dealer for a fix when buying cigarettes, so after 40 years of smoking a pack a day I decided to set my birthday of 15th February 2020 as quit day which was six weeks ahead.

The big idea was to cut down to maybe five cigarettes a day before finally quitting the dreaded weed, but as the days went by one by one I started to dread arriving at the 15th and having to suddenly give up, thus 19 days early on 28th January at 9.45am I smoked my last cigarette having decided it was easier to just give up then drag it out so to speak.

Having bought nicotine gum which was a great help during the first three weeks, but after reading Alan Carr’s giving up smoking book I came to realise that I was not addicted to smoking cigarettes but in fact I was addicted to the drug- nicotine which was a great help to stop the gum as well.

Its being an interesting journey so far and I can hardly believe that it is nearly seven months since my last cigarette.

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  • PuffNoMore, Southern NSW August 27, 2020 | 20:49
    A self belief of knowing you've had your last Puff is a great MINDSET.
  • jessfreeof, Northern NSW August 27, 2020 | 19:35
    Thanks for sharing that Des rafter it gives me lots of hope. Im at day 30 with a slip up on day 19 and would love to be able to one day say im nearly 7 months smoke free. Well done and congrats
  • Happiness August 27, 2020 | 14:05
    Seven months is a great start to a lifetime of freedom of smoking ahead. Congratulations to you for continuing rather than letting fear get the upperhand.
    I also jumped my quit date as you did. Cutting down is hard while a learning curve to self control, I still think the proper mindset will accelerate the process while making it easier. I did not read Allan Carr until after I quit cold turkey, vut find that understanding his straight forward logical way of thinking helps to change your way of thinking of smoking and should keep you free of the addiction. Forums like this who also support and share feelings and ecperiences make one not only wish they could quit ut also give one a velief that they too CAN quit.
  • PuffNoMore, Southern NSW August 27, 2020 | 0:16
    Good on ya Mr Rafter. I smoked my last one on the 6 of February and closing in on my 7 month's. Yippee. I also found the key while reading Allen Carrs best selling book too!
    I also acknowledge the team here with assistance, guidance and support from members i regard as friends.
    Having some failed attempts and slip-ups paved the way for having the experience to know what not to do.
    And that is, not having one puff Ever!

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