Just celebrated 4 years smoke free (Sept. 1st). To celebrate it my husband and I walked the Mackinaw Bridge on Labor Day. This is something I would never have done as a smoker (it took 1 1/2 hours to walk it and since you can't smoke during the walk, I wouldn't have done it). Still loving my quit, and have not once since I quit been tempted to start smoking. Quitting is doable. You just have to want it, and stop making excuses as to why you can't. Nothing feels better to be smoke free!
So excited my sister is finally going to quit! She got her prescription for Chantix and will quit smoking on my Mom's birthday (May 31st). I already gave her my book by Allen Carr, and she has read it. I also sent her the link to this page so I'm hoping she joins for all the great advise and tips....and of course I will help her as much as I can. So...today is a good day!
Amazing it's going on 3 years and 8 months of being smoke free! After smoking as long as I did, I'm still thrilled each time I knock off another year! Unfortunately I've been dealing with some terrible news. It hasn't threatened my quit at all, but has strengthened it. A couple weeks ago my Mom was diagnosed with terminal cancer and given 3-6 months. I just don't know how to deal with this. She suffered a major stroke going on 11 years ago now (in a wheelchair and paralyzed on her left side) and cancer was the last thing any of us kids thought would take her. She's my strength and I don't know what I'll do without her.
So...advise I would give? Don't quit quitting. Hang in there and take it one day at a time. Your life is worth so much more than those cigarettes. Make no excuses why you can't quit today. The freedom is worth it. Smoking does nothing for you.
I'm a housewife and the human mother of 3. We have both a boy and a girl dog (Melvin 6, and Mable 2) and a cat named Suni (16). Unfortunately I wasn't able to have children which was one of the biggest heartbreaks of my life. I'm married and have been with my husband since 1989. I love to do all sorts of things. I love to paint, design cakes, do crafts and read. I like to think I have a sense of humor.
Back to give an update! Well, today I celebrate 3 YEARS smoke free! At times I still can't believe it! It's been a great 3 years! Am so happy I found this site which helped me in my smoke-free journey! The advice I would like to give is is to just take it one day at a time....and educate yourself. It helps to know that smoking is more than a habit (like I used to think it was). It was when I learned it was an actual ADDICTION that I realized what the hold was. It was addiction holding onto me...not the habit. The "habit" was really no problem. I would like to thank all my cheerleaders here who helped with words of encouragement...and links to reading materials that helped in my education! Believe me when I say if I can do this, anyone can!
3 years smoke-free and here's to a lifetime of being smoke-free!
I thought I would pop back in and say hi! I'm still smoke free, and still love my freedom...and don't miss being a slave to cigarettes!
I was thinking the other day that I kind of miss my first days (weeks, months) of my journey to becoming a non-smoker. All was so new then...so exciting. I was fortunate that I really didn't have strong cravings...just little urges that passed quickly. I loved that every experience was new...like riding in a car for the first time in 30+ years and not smoking, and on and on! It was so exciting! I had more confidence than I had ever had in my life! I felt (as a smoker) that people looked down on me because I smoked...now I don't have that. I still have that confidence...don't get me wrong! I'm the happiest I have ever been in my life. I never realized how much smoking drug me down into the pit of despare!
Smoking is now a thing of the past, something I'll never do again. The smell walking past a person smoking still doesn't bother me, doesn't even phase me, but WOW smelling it ON someone (their cloths).....ewwww!! I just encourage everyone to just hang in there if they're struggling. Being a non-smoker is so worth it. The freedom is priceless, and the money you save is amazing! Stop making excusing as to why you can't quit today, just do it!!
908 Days smoke free, and looking forward to a smoke free tomorrow!
Wow! It's been a while! I just want to say that I'm still here! Still smoke free! Still loving the freedom! I"ve been really busy and have been rather lazy in getting on the computer and on to this site to let others know that I'm still doing great! Smoking is a distant memory, and when I come across old pictures of myself with a cigarrette in hand, I hardly reconize that person!
I'm sooooooo proud of myself! 2 years smoke free and still going strong. I can finally say that "I got this"! Smoking seems so foreign to me now! I can honestly say that if you want this bad enough....anyone can quit. You just have to take it one day at a time...and make no excuses. There is no benefit to smoking. It does NOTHING for you. It's not a stress reliever...and it doesn't lift your spirits if you're down. If you're happy, it doesn't make you happier. All it does is makes you smell, takes money from your wallet, increases your chances of dieases, and takes your breath away.
When you want this...the excuses will stop! Hang in there...you can do this!
2 years smoke free, and looking forward to another smoke free year"
I'm so excited! I'm in my countdown for my 2 year smoke free mark! I'm still so much happier being a non-smoker! Even beyond the money saved (sometimes I smoked up to 2 packs a day) it's the freedom that still has me stoked! I love that I'm not always in a hurry to leave places so I can smoke, or always wondering if this place to that place will have a place to smoke....ot if it will even be allowed.
For me, quitting this time wasn't as hard as times before (I did use Chantix and also read Allan Carr's book) and I think in combination it was what it took to make it stick this time. The Chantix helped with any cravings I had (and for being a smoker for 34 plus years I expected hard cravings...which i ended up not having thank God!) and the book helped with the understanding part of being addicted to nicotine. I had it in my head that grabbing that smoke when I was in an emotional state (mad, sad, happy,....etc.) helped with that emotion. What I learned in reading the book was that that was B.S.! Smoking a cigarette did nothing to help with any of those emotions. To me, that was what it took.
Advice I can give? Educate yourself on nicotine addiction. Reading Allan Carr's book should be a part of anyone's "quit smoking" plan. Also stop making excuses. We all have had hard times, but it's up to you how to handle it. In my time of being quit, I've lost a beloved fur baby I had for 16 years (was within 2 months of my quit) and lost my step-dad. I didn't reach for a cigarette in either instance as I know that it wouldn't have helped with my mourning, and in fact probably would have made me feel worse had I smoked.
If you want it, you can do it! Just take it one day at a time...relax, and breath! Don't beat yourself up, but don't make excuses either! Embrace everyday you have smoke free and celebrate that! Reward yourself at every milestone! I rewarded myself with a little gift every week up until I hit a month, then every month until I hit a year! Now I'll just celebrate every year smoke free!
709 days smoke free, and looking forward to a smoke free tomorrow!
Just wanted to touch base and let everyone know that I'm still smoke free and doing great! Been busy with work and home life! Quitting is still the best thing I've ever done for myself, and don't miss it at all. That's not to say that I never think of cigarettes because I do (no...not to smoke them) but just in general. Just more of remembering that was something that I used to do! I still want to lose more weight, and once I do that I'm good to go!
My advice to those just starting your quit is to hang in there. Take one day at a time...it does get easier. Read Allen Carr's book because so many things will make sense. My biggest take-a-way from that book was that smoking a cigarette will not benefit you in any way. Meaning if you go for a smoke because your sad, you're still going to be sad after you smoke it. Smoking it doesn't change the situation...and that goes for any emotion (sad, angry, depressed...etc).
I wish everyone quitting success!
634 days smoke free, and looking forward to a smoke free tomorrow!
Yes. Still smoke free! I've been having a tough time lately. Not with struggling and wanting a smoke. Nothing like that...I'm still 110% commited to my quit. I lost my step dad a couple of months ago, and am still struggling with the loss. I can be fine one minute, and in tears the next. What got me going tonight was a message from my step sister asking if I can take my Mom to a function her and my step dad had been invited to later this summer. I just hate feeling like this. I know I have to go through it...but it just hurts...a lot. The upside is that even though my heart is aching...I have no desire to smoke. I know it won't solve anything...and honestly is the last thing on my mind.
I just feel lost right now...and feel the need to share my feelings.
569 days smoke free and looking forward to a smoke free tomorrow.
I'm sitting here a little bored so I thought I would read through a few of the first blogs that I wrote. Wow! That was me? I think I started out in the right mind set. Maybe that's what made this quit last. I went in knowing this "was the one" and that I was going to do everything in my power to quit and stay that way! I wasn't going to make excuses. I've lost loved ones (first loss was about a month into my quit, and the other this past week) and just about every other emotion we all go through, and used none of them as a reason or excuse to light up. You don't have to. If you're having a crappy day and decide to light up because of that, quess what? Once that cigarette is out, your day will still be crappy....and maybe even more so because you lost your quit. Just KNOW you can do it, and believe in yourself. If you start thinking about smoking, re-direct your thoughts...get up and move...do whatever it is you have to to get your mind off it. It's not always easy...but oh so worth it!
506 days smoke free and looking forward to a smoke free tomorrow and hope you are too!
Been a hard week. Lost my step-dad last Sunday and has been a long, sad week. I've been busy with making cakes and working as well. Beyond the sadness of losing a wonderful man, all else has been going good. Still smoke free (at 504 days) and haven't had any issues. The smell of a burning cigarette still doesn't bother me if I walk past someone smoking, but the smell of smoke on someone is kind of nasty. I'm still so ahppy I quit, and plan on never smoking again. For those thinking of quitting or are in the 1st stages of quitting...hang in there. It gets easier. If you want it bad enough, you can do it. Take it slow and one day at a time!