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Jumping on the wagon

Posted in Getting started 31 Aug 2021

Hi Everyone.

I've been here before over a year ago.

Quit and started and quit and started again.

I had enough arguments with myself about this and give myself a break.

I've had some time to have a plan set for this next quit.

I no what I need to do and to get through triggers.

I'm about to smoke my last one and jump on the wagon again.

Well done to all you non smokers and people who are just quitting.

We can do this. 👍👍

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  • Leeann , Central Coast August 31, 2021 | 22:01
    Welcome back Gemma23, great to hear you are not accepting being a smoker as your fate!!

    Focus on 1 day at a time, and get excited about all of the benefits that will come your way, by freeing yourself.

    I am still a newbie 6wks in, but its a start, I feel like a winner. Stay close to the forum, post and read often to affirm your committment. This community has so many wonderful pple on here who will let you know, you are not alone, you are stronger than you think, and you can do it. We all believe in you, so back yourself and committ🙌👍
  • Gemma23 August 31, 2021 | 22:09
    Thanks leeann
    I do like what you said about backing myself and comment
    It's true we are stronger than nicotine
  • Red-67 September 01, 2021 | 7:15
    Gemma; Doing it again.
    Do you enjoy torturing yourself ? Stopping, and starting, and having to stop again. I say stop, because there is only one real, successful QUIT. You have to make up your mind. Do you want to smoke, or not. Notice, I did not say want to quit. There is a big difference. Make up your mind that you do NOT WANT to smoke. You have beaten the nicotine before, but you never stopped thinking, like, or being a smoker. The real addiction is smoking. Nicotine is the small part of it. Once you truly quit, and make a smoke something you simply never want again, there is no worry of, just one, or just one puff, and no need for NOPE..
    This does not HAVE to be a journey, and you do not HAVE to STAY quit. You just have to really QUIT once.. I like to say that my quit was fairly easy, after 45+ years as a stupid smoker, I only tried to quit once. The key was, I had made up my mind to not be that slave, and I would never want to smoke again.. Sure, there was 3 miserable weeks of physical, and mental withdrawal, and I sure as H-ll would not want to do that again :) It really can be as easy as you make it. Do it once, and set yourself free :)
  • Jessfreeof, Northern NSW September 01, 2021 | 7:36
    Hi gemma23 i always love crossing paths with you on our quit journeys ❤️ keep with us and remember not one single puff 😊🙏👯🙌
  • Gemma23 September 01, 2021 | 8:37
    Hi and no I do not want to jump off and on all the time I get fed up of it.
    But thanks for the comments and wise words.
  • softly40, Mid North Coast September 01, 2021 | 9:21
    Hello again Gemma, you just need to learn more about your own determination this time around, your top reasons should remain with you daily, and as for starting again after some time, I thought I had the desire to begin with, I learned one thing that I lacked....this was a strong belief in myself. The next thing was NOPE (not one puff ever) spoken loudly or quietly every day, after 3 years, I still say this to myself every day. Please post again I am with you on this one.
  • NOPE-2021 September 01, 2021 | 9:37
    Hello Gemma23. I am fairly new (just over 4 weeks) and I have read some of your past posts. You have done remarkably well at times!!! You can do it again!! Leeann, Jess and softly40 have great advise, but I think Red has summed it up in a nutshell. YOU can do it if you WANT it and you are torturing yourself by stop / starting all the time. You really are. I am very familiar with the stop / start and I can admit, it is needless torcher until I finally said, I am serious, THIS IS IT!!! There is no easy button, but you can make things easier for yourself by coming to terms with the situation. YOU have the key to your future. Either you can be a druggie, bowing down to the nicotine addiction, or you can be strong and FIGHT it. You just have to really QUIT once!! I was in your shoes and I know if I can do it, YOU can do it.

    I will be passing on positive vibes your way. Keep up the good work and continue one hour, one day at a time. As softly always says: NOPE (Not One Puff Ever)!!!
  • Gemma23 September 01, 2021 | 11:23
    Thanks everyone
    And yea I am fed up starting and stopping as I no the 1st week is always tough and I sure do not want to keep repeating that 1st week over and over again..
    I'm backing myself on this 1 and keeping strong.
    Thanks for all yoir support and words
  • Happiness September 01, 2021 | 21:01
    You are a fighter Gemma. You will win with that kind of determination.

    Welcome back! You are a pro at quitting the nicotine addiction, but still think of the cigarettes fondly. When your friend lights up you want one. You really should feel sorry for them and grateful that you have made the decision to quit. Or feel nothing at all. I still went out on breaks with my smoking buddies. I don't judge but they did not induce me to smoke. Rather, they kind of looked wistfullly at hubby and I, wanting to quit too.

    I know you can do this Gemma. We are all cheering for you!
  • Robn September 02, 2021 | 9:25
    Hi Gemma, this is your last quit....never again. Believe that and believe in yourself.
    You can do know you can.
    Go girl

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