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Jun 17 14 1:51 AM
Thanks Doc and Cindy for the Spring congrats!
Jun 17 14 2:15 AM
My quit counter gave me a rose today and told me that it's been 32 months since I became nicotine-free! Yay! I'm so happy and grateful. I thought I'd pop in to say hello and write a little.
Since I quit, an enormous amount of energy was freed up for me to move forward with my life goals, and last Saturday, I graduated with my first degree (an Associate in Arts on the road to a Bachelor's) and finished up my term as student government president. Pretty wonderful. Life has its ups and downs, but they are SO much more doable without the complication of an active nicotine addiction. It's been a very stressful but good school year--full of things that I could not have accomplished if I were still smoking. Which reminds me, one of the biggest myths that I believed while I was a smoker is that smoking helped me deal with stress and that I needed it somehow for that. That belief kept me stuck in my addiction for a LONG time. WHAT A CROCK. Now I know from first-hand experience that the truth is smoking makes dealing with stress so much worse. Joel's video about this topic was a revelation to me. To anyone out there still struggling with an active addiction, take heart! Quitting is doable and more worth it than you can even imagine. The hard part DOES end, and then the joy of being free keeps getting better and better. Just one simple rule: No Nicotine Today. :)
Blessings to All,
- Free and Healing for Two Years, Eight Months, 20 Hours and 34 Minutes, while extending my life expectancy 67 Days and 16 Hours, by avoiding the use of 19497 nicotine delivery devices that would have cost me $9,581.39.
Jun 17 14 1:14 PM
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Oct 17 14 1:57 AM
Today marks three years since I quit putting nicotine into my body. I'm not sure how to adequately express just how overjoyed and grateful I am about that. Arresting my addiction was one of the most difficult and very best things I have ever done, and I continue to grow, heal, and reap new benefits as time goes on. Yay!!!
Another round of thanks and warm thoughts to all who make this site and WhyQuit.com what it is! The knowledge and support I gained here enlightened and empowered me like nothing else ever had--and here I am!
I don't associate myself with smoking or being a smoker at all any more, even if I am standing right next to someone smoking. It nearly feels as though I never smoked. Yet still I know that I'm one puff away from a pack a day, so I'll stay the heck away! :)
Free and Healing for Three Years, 20 Hours and 16 Minutes, while extending my life expectancy 76 Days and 4 Hours, by avoiding the use of 21937 nicotine delivery devices that would have cost me $10,835.28.
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Apr 17 16 12:06 AM
Wow; it's really been a long time since I checked in. I am thrilled to say that
today marks 4.5 YEARS since I took my last puff...4.5 years of Freedom from
Once again, I must express how grateful I am for the knowledge and support I
gained here and on WhyQuit.com. Thanks to that knowledge, I am FREE! That first
year of climbing the rope, of getting through that first cycle of the seasons
without ingesting any nicotine as I consciously went through the triggers,
continues to pay dividends every day. Not only do I NOT miss smoking at all
(something I previously did not believe was possible), not only am I rid of
that persistent, nagging sense of feeling bad about myself because of smoking,
but I actually frequently get to do a little inner tap dance of joy that I am
no longer beholden to nicotine. This occurs when I am reminded of smoking; for
example, when a coworker has to regularly stop what they/we are doing and feed
their addiction, or when I pass a group of smokers partaking in the fumes, or
when I catch a whiff of the smell of cigarette butts.
When one of these sorts of things happens, I remember. I remember how absolutely
controlled I was by my need to maintain the level of nicotine in my
bloodstream, how my life revolved around smoking, how I was constantly asking
friends and coworkers to stop or wait until I smoked a cigarette, how I would
get angry and irritable if I had to go longer than about an hour without
smoking, how I couldn't laugh at all without triggering a racking bout of
smoker's cough, how I would spend my last dime on cigarettes instead of food or
some other necessity, how I stank like an ashtray, how my car WAS a stinking
ashtray...and perhaps worse, how I believed that I had to smoke to be able to
deal with stressful life situations, that there was something wrong with me
that made me unable to quit, that I would never be able to live happily without
smoking. I remember how hard, how very, very hard that first while after
quitting was for me. Every day was a battle for me at first. I only got
through it by Never Taking Another Puff just One Day At a Time, sometimes one
hour at a time. (To be clear, that is how it was for me, but everyone is
different, so it might not be like that for you.) I remember the months when my body was working on remembering how to balance its chemicals without nicotine.
GONE. ALL OF THAT IS LONG GONE. Instead, I am left with the persistent joy of
being free, and I get to experience this joy every time I remember these things.
I remain aware that I might very occasionally experience the rare triggers--the
ones that can take you by surprise if you don't know that it's normal to have
them every once in a while when you're first doing something you haven't done
since you quit smoking (though even those haven't happened to me in ages). I
keep an eye out for signs of complacency. It's pretty hard to feel complacent,
though, when I keep getting all of these daily benefits from being nicotine
free. And, still I know that I'm one puff away from a pack a day, so I'll
stay the heck away! :)
When you quit, you receive a treasure chest that keeps growing larger and larger. Never, never, never give up!
Emma - Free and Healing for Four Years, Six Months, 18 Hours and 19 Minutes, while extending my life expectancy 114 Days and 5 Hours, by avoiding the use of 32895 nicotine delivery devices that would have cost me $16,624.99 (!).
Apr 17 16 12:26 AM
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