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Freedom '16   Quit Buddies Unite

Started 2/3/16 by ModAndrea; 789837 views.
Triff (breathefree)

From: Triff (breathefree)

2/4/16

Congratulations on 5 weeks I hit my one month yesterday .Although time stood still I think it flew as well.I didnt dare count the days but just the weeks.Some remember when they stopped to the minute and I have a rough idea and all I really want is not to smoke again(and then the Demon tells me to have another puff)

The reading is addictive too and does help.

I saw lots of people signed up in January and wonder if that's because New Year is a traditional time to give up or make a resolution .I did stop then but slipped although I only had 1 each day then it was time to jump off again and I am surprised I am still quit.

I havent figured out who is on this side of the world yet and it seems when I get up everyone has gone to bed 

Right now its 12.30pm Friday 5th

VIV691 (NOSMOKING3)

From: VIV691 (NOSMOKING3)

2/4/16

Hi Anne-Marie,   Unfortunately the Southern Hemisphere NOPE petered out.  I see you are in Queensland.  I was born and raised in Western Qld.   at Chinchilla. How far are you into your quit.   I am two weeks going into three.....Doesn't sound like much but the starting out is "much" - and it is good to have the first weeks behind.

See you around our new home.

Vivienne

Triff (breathefree)

From: Triff (breathefree)

2/4/16

I beg to differ Viv 2 weeks going into 3 is a great accomplishment when we have had slips along the way.

It seems the nicotine is gone and now its just re educating that demon to Pee off and go somewhere else .smile

I think you are just 2-3 hours behind me so we should be around at the same time .Its 1.45pm Fri 4th here .

You are doing well so lets hope neither of us are going to slip just head off on the journey to be NOPERS FOREVER

I sort of lost my cool the last few days due to health,stress etc but then I spent time hunting out a star so I have something to guard and protect .

VIV691 (NOSMOKING3)

From: VIV691 (NOSMOKING3)

2/4/16

One thing I find which others have the opposite problem.   None of my friends smoke and so it is easy to socialise.   Some people have the opposite problem where all their friends smoke.   My time of most temptation is when I am alone.  It was always just me and the stick.  Thanks for your support.  Where do you live?

Moving forward with you.

Vivienne

Triff (breathefree)

From: Triff (breathefree)

2/5/16

Yes being alone is one temptation but often for me when I am in pain I would allow myself to smoke too.

I live where the sun gets up early just below you in the big Island and am probably the one who sees it first on the forum too.NZ

ModDee

From: ModDee

2/5/16

What nice new digs you have here. I want one of those pools Mod Andrea had delivered.

I just want you to know that I am so very proud of you and very happy for you too.  Deciding to take back your life was a huge decision for you and the work that you’re doing is not easy. This is an awesome and a wonderful gift to not only you, but to those that love and care about you.  Never take it for granted.

What a great job you all are doing with your quits!  As I dropped in from time to time in your welcome thread and here I am especially proud of the display of  genuine camaraderie and support that you are giving one another. 

Congratulations to each of you as you approach your 1st month of freedom!

Keep on being there for each other with the traditional non-judgmental support that our forum is famous for.  When you have time reach back and pay it forward to the newbies in the February group and others around the forum.  I promise you that the reward of doing so not only increases your own resolve to retain your freedom, but has the additional results of making a positive impact on someone who may be having a roller coaster of a day,  and just a "How are you today"?  from you could make a tremendous difference in a decision to continue their journey.

Best wishes for your continued success in this life saving journey. 

(((Hugs to all))) 

Dee
 

  • Edited February 5, 2016 8:43 am  by  ModDee
ModSue (VentasSue)

From: ModSue (VentasSue)

2/5/16

Hey Dee

It's so good to see you caring about us Freedom '16'ers.  I'm really enjoying our new home (and the wonderful pool Andrea's given us).  I feel very blessed to be part of this Forumily and to have been given the opportunity of learning from everyone here.  Today is my 26th day without smoking and I still find it hard to believe.  It's not been easy but, the last couple of days,  I've been thinking a lot about the many ways I have been fortunate in the circumstances surrounding my decision to quit and the support I've been given in carrying that decision out.   Despite the length of time I smoked and the amount I smoked, in some ways, I think I've had an easy ride compared to others but it's still been very tough.  So, a day at a time, I shall not smoke. 

This morning we discovered we had a leak in the house (it's a really ancient Spanish farmhouse in the middle of nowhere).  My husband's a builder so he and his workmates started looking for the leak - a few hours later they found it but not before digging up my beautiful tiled floor right from the outside porch through the hall, sitting room and into the downstairs bathroom.  As you can imagine, apart from the damage, there is dust everywhere.  One bit of me wanted to cry but the other (sensible) bit just thought 'thank goodness this didn't happen three weeks ago or even last week as I'm not sure I could have coped with it'.  So, progress is obviously being made as I don't feel too stressed about it all and can actually see that it isn't too important.  (I quite fancy some new floor tiles, anyway!!)  Hopefully, I'll still be feeling as laid back about it in the next week or so when all the new pipes are being laid but, if not, I know where I can come to have a rant and scream. 

Anyway, I just want to say how grateful I am for finding you all here and to thank everyone again for all the help and support I'm receiving.  I know I couldn't have quit without you all so I plan to stick around for a long, long time.  I truly am loving being a non-smoker and, although my body and mind are still reacting in some pretty weird ways to the lack of cigarettes, my heart does not want to smoke and is very happy with the 'new me'.  So, I'm going to make d--n sure that it's my heart that wins this battle!

Sue 

Michy D

From: Michy D

2/5/16

Hi Dee,

I always love reading your inspirational and kind posts.  I also love your Maya Angelou quotes.  Absolutely love her work and read some of her works in my more calm moments.  I love our pool too.  I can't say enough about the people who are helping me through this journey and I hope that I am helping others as well.  It is true empathy here and am grateful to have found this forum.  Wishing you good health and happiness.

Best wishes,

Michelle

Michy D

From: Michy D

2/5/16

Hi Sue,

I loved what you said about the heart being happy.  I feel the same way.  I realize that each day I don't smoke it can do the job of keeping me alive to enjoy all of my blessings.  I am not an overly religious person, but massively spiritual.  It is so wonderful not to be hurting myself anymore.  I, too, go through some withdrawals, but am getting a little better at redirecting.  I pop gum in my mouth and drink water.  I have even started relaxing with a cup of Green Tea.  It is nice.  I am not a tea drinker, but for some reason I enjoy this kind.  Well, good luck with the pipes and the tiles. 

Regards,

Michelle

Thanks for the pool.  I love it!  21 days for me!  It's been an up and down roller coaster ride!  Still getting bad dreams....... :(   Thank you all for your posts, they help me a lot just to read them, but I don't have much to say.

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