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Miss lizzy

Day 161 as a non smoker

Posted in Staying quit 29 Oct 2016

So today is 161days cigarette free, which is 23 weeks👏 woohoo me. I am struggling to deal with the extra weight I have gained since quitting? But I keep telling myself "you can always loose weight, but you cannot loose a lung!" It hasn't been easy, especially with an mental illness but it is so worth it, and it even helps me to deal with my illness better now,as a non smoker. And it is so good not to have to deal with overwhelming guilt and shame, from everytime I either had a cigarette or bought another bloody packet, how quickly I forgot how horrible I used to feel doing that? And how horrible I used to feel physically from smoking? So onwards and upwards, one day at a time, I am a non smoker 🙌 😎

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  • WendyOhNo October 30, 2016 | 3:32
    Hi izzy,

    According to my quit meter, in 68 days, I would have bought 85 packets of cigarettes. That's just unreal! Thank you for your advice on my post. It's so difficult struggling with PTSD and anxiety. I got tired of hearing most folks say that what I was going through couldn't realistically happen. I'm glad i found a kindred spirit in you! Congrats on your quit. I'm only quitting until I'm 80. I'm picking the habit back up then! 😁
  • Jano, Sydney October 30, 2016 | 16:31
    Hi Miss Lizzy,
    Congratulations on your 161 days you should be so proud of yourself as I am of you and everyone else on this site. No matter how difficult it gets just remember that life is so much better without the smoke. The smokes did not solve our problems it only masked them for little while.
    I know what you mean about the extra weight I'm trying pilates now to strengthen & tighten my muscles as at 53 years I need it.
  • Gaby'sQuitting, Sydney October 30, 2016 | 18:38
    Hey Lizzy, well done on quiting for 23 weeks! You have come so far already and you have inspired me to stay strong and determined to quit for good.

    I feel exactly the same way as you describe every time I have a cigarette or when I cave in and buy a pack. I quit for 6 weeks recently and the anxiety was so bad I had a relapse. But again, i am starting from day 1and hoping this time I will be stronger and able to deal with it differently. I'm glad I have found this page for support, tips and others stories.

    Look forward to hearing more about your journey.
  • Fullofhope, South Eastern Sydney October 30, 2016 | 23:01
    Congratulations on your 161 days. That is an amazing achievement and you just have to stop yourself and pat yourself on the back. Don't worry about the weight. At about 11 months I took myself off to a dietitian (costs about the same as one and a half packs of cigs) and slowly it has come off with nowhere near the angst of giving up smoking. Well done and remember that you have done a great thing.
  • Bootsscooter, Hunter New England November 02, 2016 | 19:02
    Hey Lizzy, I can totally relate with the shame and guilt, it's great not to have 20 waves of shame a day :) great job with your almost half a year 👊💗👊

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