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14 years smoke-free today :)   One Year and Beyond Milestones

Started Jul-24 by Liv2day; 1155 views.

From: Lyney


Wow 14 years seems like a lifetime, congratulations! Thanks for coming to support us with your message of hope, it's really inspiring for people like me. I'm on day 27 which is very early in my quit, and I'm taking it one day at a time. Thanks!

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From: Liv2day


Thank you all for your posts, that was very kind of you. :)

A special note to Lyney....

a big congrats to you on 27 days... That is huge accomplishment!
Just remember.... from the very moment you quit, you have given yourself a very precious gift..... and it will continue to become even more precious as you add more time. I’m not sure if I can word this right to get my point across, but I really want you to know that your 27 day quit is as Complete as my 14 years.... The only difference is time.... and time is just that... time. Does that make sense?
So, keep doing what you have been doing, take to heart the N.O.P.E. Pledge... which is a very powerful, yet simple tool.... if we don’t ever take that “one” puff, we never have to concern ourselves with packs, cartons or becoming addicted all over again. Take it from someone that made that mistake a long time ago.
You should be very proud of what you have accomplished... just think, your first month milestone is just around the corner! :)


From: Lubbercat


My quit is going slowly, one day at a time!  LOL  But, for today, I am on my 21st day and determined, in the midst of highly stressful times in my life, to continue through today (week 3) and start on week 4 tomorrow!


From: Liv2day


Hi Lubbercat

congrats on completing your 3rd week!  The early days are certainly the toughest times, so give yourself some big “YAY ME’s!” :).  Our bodies & brains go through so many changes at the beginning, it can be very difficult at times... Especially, if you have other stressors going on in your life. Keep in mind though, that you are going to look back on this someday & really feel the pride of quitting at what seemed like the most difficult time to do so. That will make your quit feel even more cherished :)  Keep up the good fight Lubbercat...it truly IS worth it. Keep your focus on making the right choices moment to moment, and soon they will add up to some very impressive numbers :)

A journey of a thousand miles starts with one single step.



From: arlcruise


Stress when early into the quit is a bummer. I live in a seaside village and have 4 cats who roam the lands. Day 4, one of my cats walked in the house looking like a monster, her right side of her face was swollen like a balloon. I had not seen her for a couple of days, and when I saw her I jumped and my heart sank. Taking her to a vet and the ensuing process stretched my strength chords to the breaking points I tell ya. A couple mantra things I repeat are "will the cigarette help the problem", no. "will I start smoking again if I give in to just one" guaranteed yes. What I have seen here that boggles my mind, is those who have quit, and stay quit, while living with a smoker! That is astonishing. Absolutely mind melting.

14 years, that's AMAZING! Thank you for the encouragement!

One question for you: how long did it /really/ take you to be fully free and clear and healed from nicotine and quitting it? I've heard 14, 16, and 18 months, and I'm hungry for more data. Please help me build a more accurate picture!


From: Molly010


Congrats on 14 years!  I hit 2 years today and it feels great.  So glad I did it.  Thanks for coming back and inspiring us.  :)


From: Liv2day


That’s quite the question Meredith :)

I wish I could give you a definitive timeline

, but there really isn’t a one-size-fits-all answer. Everybody is different in their healing times, both in the physical & emotional. Lots of factors come into play, such as how long a person smoked, how much, their general physical health, age, etc, etc. The good news is, our bodies have remarkable healing abilities, and the healing process begins the moment we stop putting all those poisons into our body. Imo, the physical & emotional healing times are different... the body can be free of the nicotine, but the brain can still crave or romanticize about smoking. These, of course, become fewer & less intense over time... there are people that totally get over any & all thoughts of smoking, and others that can experience occasional thoughts of wanting a smoke. Again, it’s different for all of us. For me, although I don’t have any cravings or inclination to smoke, I do have to keep vigilant of my thoughts... I have had a tendency in the past (which led to losing a 2-3 year quit) of romanticizing about smoking, so I always have to watch my thoughts.... if I notice that I am having a thought about smoking, I immediately switch off that line of thinking.   I think we heal in increments... a few months into the quit, a person can feel new freedoms... like having long stints of no smoking thoughts, feeling that first deep breath in years, or tasting the full flavours of food... there’s lots of positive things in store for you Meredith as you progress in your quit.

Knowledge is power... educate yourself as much as you can on the information for successful quitting... it makes a huge difference.

As I was saying, everybody’s quit is different & so is our timeline of feeling the freedom from smoking. For me, being a closet smoker for 8 years, I felt immediate freedom from the shame & guilt the moment I quit.

I hope that in some way I was able to answer your question. Keep up the great work! :)


From: Liv2day


A big congratulations to you on your 2nd year milestone Molly!

I bet you’re feeling very comfortable in your quit... it’s a great feeling, isn’t it? :)
As we reach new milestones, I think it’s important to reflect on how far we have come & to humbly thank ourselves for taking that big step & staying the course.

I hope you take the time to really celebrate your special day! :)

Thank you for all of that, Liv! 

But no, you hadn't answered my question. Let me give that to you again:

How long did it /really/ take you to be fully free and clear and healed from nicotine and quitting it?