I do come back here from time to time because there is no-one in my immediate life who smoked and so no-one who quite knows what it is like to give up. That's why I celebrate half a year here.
First up, it is sooooooooo much better than when I first quit. When, occasionally, I have an urge for a cigarette, I am dismayed because that urge still exists. But then I remember how it pounced and pounced every hour of every day in the beginning. And it certainly doesn't so that now.
I remember asking a dear friend, who had been a heavy smoker, how he did it and he said, unhelpfully, at the time, I thought, 'Just grin and bear it'. I now know that is pretty much the way it works. Each day gets better and each time I resist builds strength. But there are times when the only thing that has gotten me through is a dogged determination that I WILL NOT HAVE A CIGGIE.
Thanks again to the gang that saw me through the early days - Shasha, Nanette, Lia, Dave, Nodrah, Joji and Feather. I know what we have in common is that we are all going to beat it - eventually and in our own individual ways.
As I said once, temptation remains a clear and present danger. This site has made the temptation further removed and less compelling.
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