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1 year

Posted in Quit experiences 26 May 2021

Hi guys, so proud and happy to announce I have achieved 1 year smoke free life.. It's hard to believe, that I was able to manage to stay smoke free even all circumstances called life.. But I did it and I do not regret anything, I’m just happy and I learnt a lot during this way.. Learnt about myself, how to live peacefully, easy and recognise just important things in my life and focus on them.. I promise to myself to share how I did 1 year, what helped me on the beginnings and during whole way.. Maybe someone would find it useful..

My story:

Prior I have quitted, I started write a 1. daily diary and count from -8 days to quit date to be able 2. read Allen Carrs – Easy way how to quit smoking book.. The diary was about how was the day, about my feelings and thoughts.. I have started also brush my teeth everyday twice, eat fruits and vegetables, do not eat sweets, do not spent time on mobile webs about celebrities, started exercising, learn English by read English webs and 3. do everyday tracker of them by putting score of each item.. 4. I downloaded 2 apps to see my progress (EasyQuit stop smoking & Smoke free) , 5. I didn’t tell anybody that I going to quit smoking.. I have postponed quit for 1 day and on second day of quit I started smoking again.. 6. But I didn’t allow to myself smoke my favorite ciggies, but those one of my mother in law what I do not like.. And started to search for some quit smoking buddy, who will be mine support and I would be his.. 7. And I found this site ICANQUIT and started reading stories, the strongest one was from STEAVE01 – it was for me wau effect, he has done it and he had had it much more worse circumstances as I had.. So the second day of smoking was my last day of smoking, I was ready to start once again.. Important note, I didn’t stop write daily diary and everyday tracker.. First week was quite OK, the second week was the worst, others like on rollercoaster, day 50 was day I understood and feel I won and it was going to be much easier, I stopped write daily diary, after 100 days I got days when I didn’t thing about smoking and now at 365 days, I still hardly can believe that I have done it.. I beat dependence on nicotine and on smoking as habit.. I will never return to smoking, even I can, but I don’t want never ever..

I do not live life as I thought I will when I will stop smoking, but I’m happy and I enjoy all benefits of it.. What is the more important, I do not regret and missing anything.. I can live my life as I want..

Thank you all in this community ICANQUIT, every story, comment was helpful during my way.. Without you, I won’t be able to achieve it..

And remember, matik_one is in the one year club from now on, forever.. 😊

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  • Rocko04 , Central Coast May 26, 2021 | 17:48
    Congratulations well done
  • Rocko04 , Central Coast May 26, 2021 | 17:48
    Congratulations well done
  • PuffNoMore , Southern NSW May 26, 2021 | 19:48
    Congrats Matik_One.
    Proud of you for the BIG 365 days.
    Those Big 3 milestones 3 days, 3 weeks and 3 month's need be passed on our way.
    We dont smoke - No matter what happens
  • Happiness May 26, 2021 | 20:14
    Awesome job Matik. One year milestone is just the beginning of a new era my friend. Do stay with us on a regular basis and help others find the belief in themselves. We can quit smoking and stay quit when we understand the addiction and value the freedom we have gained by beating it. We are stronger than nicotine. We are proof.👍 Life is great!❤
  • Gemma23 May 26, 2021 | 21:14
    Well done matik
    You should be very proud of yourself
  • softly40 , Mid North Coast May 27, 2021 | 7:37
    Hey Matik, so well done and a great post for everyone to see. Yes we can stay strong even if life throws us curve balls, at these times we do learn so much about ourselves and we also learn not to sweat the small stuff. Life is a partnership, we usually take for granted, Lets give thanks to the Universe or our Spiritual connection. We are willing to make our life happier and share in our good fortune together. Congratulations on one year, a great milestone.
  • Poco , Mid North Coast May 27, 2021 | 14:46
    Congrats! I'm 6 months and encouraging words to help me get there too!
  • matik_one May 29, 2021 | 6:49
    Thank you guys for your comments, they mean a lot for me..
  • Lia May 29, 2021 | 21:19
    Hi Matik_one. 1 year, 12 months, 52 weeks, 365 days, they all sound so good. Good to be able to translate your success into so many numbers, all different but the same. Hope you have enjoyed your "pay rise". Keep setting goals and relish the thought of reaching them. Enjoy your freedom.
  • jojo77 , Southern NSW August 27, 2021 | 21:24
    I would of been 1 YEAR smoke free 4 days ago but 3 months ago I went to the servo and picked myself a packet of smokes ,Parker and Simpson just short of $30 bucks , pack of 20..As a result I have never felt so sick for about a week after smoking. I learnt my lesson my smoking days have come to an end. Had a chest XRAY last week and blood test, as I was coughing up and it had blood in the grey junk coming up from my chest. Thankfully all clear at moment ,not Covid as I had a test as a result of being a close contact ,negative. I am a single mum and the effect my smoking was having on my sons life.. well just say ain't proud. But turning my life around and giving it a second chance has surprised and enlightened my family and the larger community around me. If I can quit and there is more to my journey then I can say everyone should give it a red hot go to be smoke free...
  • Chellie , Central Coast October 17, 2021 | 22:45
    How's it going jojo
  • matik_one October 19, 2021 | 7:03
    Hi Chellie, thx for ask.. yeah, my twin boys had 3 year on 17th of Oct. so we enjoyed this time.. after whole day celebration we went sleep and they fell asleep next to me from each side.. I was very proud that I didn't smell and could be with them without any reproach.. Yes, life without smoke is the best you can do for yourself and for your loved ones.. Just don't be afraid to take first and next steps, not easy, but very worthy..

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