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Moving On

Posted in Staying quit 03 Dec 2021

So it has been a while since I have contributed to this group. I celebrated 4 years smoke free on 1st December. Now 1463 days smoke free and a saving of, get this: $28,523 and it is probably more than that because I bet smokes have gone up in the last 4 years! My journey has been rewarding in that I can breathe so much easier! I am not constantly looking for somewhere to hide so I can have a smoke (I do not miss that!). I hardly see anyone else smoking these days. We travel the countryside and stay at caravan parks. We were parked up next to a couple smoking (the only time in 3 years of travel). It blew into our ensuite so I just closed the window. The smell is not very pleasant. I would never complain because I was there once. I loved this site as every time I felt the urge in the early days I would come on here and by the time I had finished writing or reading the urge was gone and I could then get on with it. So to all you people out there struggling. I get it. I will never be an anti smoker like so many ex smokers are. You have your journey and only you alone can make the change. Keep at it. I smoked for 40 years. Never once did I go a day without until I gave up. I always knew if I could just go one day without it would be game on! I did it and the rest is now history. My lungs are thanking me for it and yours will too when you get there. You are all champions because you are trying and that is the start!

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  • Robn December 03, 2021 | 17:39
    Hi Puffer, well said. Congrats to you on your fantastic achievement. For those of us who smoked 40+ is such a blast to know that there is life after smoking.....and it is so much better. I think fear is the biggest hurdle....I know it was for me.....just could never picture my life with out the habit. But if we face our fears we realise there really is nothing to fear at all. Anyone can quit....they just have to want to 100%. Happy days ahead....we travel around a lot too and smoking is definitely on the way out...thank goodness.
  • Jessfreeof , Northern NSW December 04, 2021 | 7:20
    Totally awesome puffer CONGRATS on your 4 years 🙌😊❤️
  • Aniruddha December 04, 2021 | 11:14
    Felt good reading this. Thanks for posting and congrats!!
  • Happiness December 05, 2021 | 3:01
    A wonderful milestone Puffer. Thanks for sharing and encouraging others. It does get easier with time and acceptance. I love being a non-smoker and the freedom, extra cash and health benefits. Enjoy your status, I do!
  • NOPE-2021 December 05, 2021 | 10:10
    Hello Puffer and congratulations for being free for over 4 years! I took the opportunity to read all your prior posts.... Man,... you certainly have gone a long way!!! I was very inspired by your journey. Your posts are well written and loaded with encouragement. Thanks for your post(S)....

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