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There is never a better time than today to quit

Posted in Getting started 30 Jun 2021

I'm feeling extremely inspired by all the struggle and success stories I am reading on this site.

Today is day 3 of my quit journey and I am pleased to say that I am feeling relatively good. Yes, I have all the cravings with the devil on my shoulder telling me to have just one but I keep repeating the mantra NOPE (not one puff ever) - thank you for sharing this. That's really the long and the short of it. Just know that you will never put another cigarette in your mouth again because it gives you nothing in return.

I started smoking when I was 14 and am now 44. Although I managed to quit with each pregnancy, I started smoking as soon as all my babies were born! With each subsequent attempt to quit (and there have been a few over the years), I found myself thinking about future places and situations I would be where I "knew" that I would "want" to smoke. It was fear that was driving my decision to quit for good.

Having read many of the posts on this site I realised that that fear is unwarranted and it's the continuation of smoking that will maintain this fear. Quitting will actually release me from this fear.

So I am at the beginning of my journey but am grateful to have found this site and will continue to read the great posts from others who have shared their stories.

On a very positive note, I've been walking every day and can already feel the difference in my lungs and it's only day 3!

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  • Jessfreeof , Northern NSW June 30, 2021 | 16:51
    Congratulations nena77 on day 3 smoke free 🙌 your lungs sound like they are thanking you for not putting smoke into them. Enjoy 😊❤️
  • PuffNoMore , Southern NSW June 30, 2021 | 23:33
    Quitting today isn't as good as quitting yesterday. .... Eh Hey?

    Keep it away., Eventually you wont regret it!
  • PuffNoMore , Southern NSW June 30, 2021 | 23:41
    .When I Quit, I knew I had my last.
    I knew when my time was up..
    With those suckers/
  • softly40 , Mid North Coast July 01, 2021 | 8:12
    Welcome Nena, so glad you have worked things out in your mind as the first step, and that you want to maintain your quit, with the practice of NOPE (not one puff ever) it is a simple Mantra that works, if you keep it up for all time.

    It is so easy to fall back into the trap of the Nicotine drug, which does not want you to be successful. Keep reading and post when you like, we are here to support not to judge. Congratulations
  • Happiness July 01, 2021 | 21:03
    Great start and Great Attitude!
  • Nena77 , Western Sydney July 05, 2021 | 13:26
    Just to update everyone, it's day 8 and I am still smoke free. YAY!!! It is getting a little easier with the cravings. When they come on strong, I take deep breaths, I repeat the mantra NOPE (Not One Puff Ever) and I remind myself that "I" made the decision to quit smoking. I can smoke but I CHOOSE NOT TO smoke. That has made all the difference for me this time compared to my previous attempts.
  • Nena77 , Western Sydney July 05, 2021 | 13:28
    And thank you to everyone who posted support - It truly does make a difference and I am very grateful.
  • Jessfreeof , Northern NSW July 05, 2021 | 18:05
    A big CONGRATULATIONS on day 8 smoke free. Awesome awesome awesome 👍❤️😊
  • Jessfreeof , Northern NSW July 05, 2021 | 18:18
    Hey nena77 just letting you know that if you post something in the comments on your own story most people don't get to see it because they don't keep going through people's stories. You need to repost a whole new story I hope that makes sense.😊❤️
  • Jessfreeof , Northern NSW July 05, 2021 | 18:21
    You press the button that says "share your story" and do a new share there. I hope I haven't confused you 😊❤️
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