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Special K
South Eastern Sydney

1 year smoke free anniversary!

Posted in Quit experiences 04 Jan 2021

Couple of days, on 6 January 2021 will be one year since quitting smoking for me and gaining the freedom of becoming a non-smoker.

Despite 2020 being one of the most difficult years for many, including myself, my father also unexpectedly passed away. There were many times I felt like folding but I didn’t... I didn’t post here this time last year, but I read through some of the posts of people that had been quit for one year and it really inspired me to stick with it, I thought wow that could be me posting my 12 month smoke free anniversary on and here I am. It is well worth the struggle, I feel great.. be warned it will be tough but keep going as the pay off is incalculable.

There is no right or wrong way, and like others say, you will have those moments where you may miss the habit and feel like one, but it will get easier, just keep going.. I used nicotine gum for the first month (about 25 pieces in total) just whenever I was having a bad craving I would chew away until I thought less and less about wanting the gum. I had smoked for 25 years. I feel so much better, I am thinking of quitting alcohol next too... drink water, go for a walk, exercise, meditation is also amazing, especially for the emotional/mental capacity of losing your friend in the cigarette, incredible the emotions you don’t realise you avoid by smoking.. remembering why you quit in the first place will continue to spur you on too, mine was the feeling of freedom that I did not have as a smoker, I felt I needed a job just to support my habit.. so, it’s the feeling of freedom, emotional and financial freedom where my gratitude lies for being a non smoker and this thought keeps me quit. Keep coming back here too if you’re struggling.

All the best everyone, best decision you will make! Stay strong 💪 be gentle with yourself on those tough days too.

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  • New chapter January 04, 2021 | 17:00
    Congratulations Special k on being a year smoke free,you should be really proud of yourself,I know I will be when I reach that goal,well done and have a fantastic smoke free day 👏👏
  • Happiness January 05, 2021 | 0:59
    Wonderful to have you join us and help spur others on! I am sorry to hear you had a bad year and terrible loss, but you managed to struggle on and are all the stronger for it. Quitting smoking is incalculable as you say. What price tag do you put on health, freedom and self-love? Quitting leads to other, bigger, better things.....
    A BIG Congratulations and we will be here to celebrate all your wonderful milestones!
  • softly40 , Mid North Coast January 05, 2021 | 8:12
    Great post specialK I am so glad you have found your emotional responses to certain situations, I think this is so necessary in our undertaking and committment to continue. So sorry to hear of your father passing, that was a difficult time, you deserve many congratulations on being smoke free for one year. Well done.
  • PuffNoMore , Southern NSW January 08, 2021 | 15:51
    Congratulations on surpassing one whole year smoke free!
    I like how you mentioned the benefits for Quitting the smokes or your "pay off" are incalculable! But when you joined this site a year ago, I hope you started your counter? I love it how it keeps our record each day of our money saved so far......
  • Bej January 10, 2021 | 7:49
    I loved your story, (sorry to hear About your dad). I have made it a favourite because I think you have some superb points. Thank you for sharing.
  • Mia88 , Hunter New England January 14, 2021 | 20:12
    I loved your story! reading all the stories inspires me knowing im not the only one and im not alone. I tried to do cold turkey months ago but i slipped up and started smoking again.. It's only now i got a prescription for champix as i just needed some type of help and i also know i have to push myself not to have the urge to want to even on very stressful times i need to find other ways to cope and deal because it is a struggle. Im very sorry for your loss but very proud your doing so great! Good on you! :)

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