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

Started Jul-24 by Liv2day; 1156 views.

From: Liv2day


Thank you so much for your reply Debbie :)

Hey, you ain’t no sissy either lol... you’ve got a big milestone of 7 years coming up soon! It’s really a great feeling to be free of that addiction, isn’t it? :)

It truly is The Best Feeling! 

My family never ever thought I would quit but once I became a grandma I certainly didn't want to stink of stale icky cigarettes and it just looks so gross when old people smoke. It isn't a pretty thing at all. Our lungs were never meant to inhale poisonous smoke and we made ourselves tolerate it till we got totally hooked like the true drug addict. But, this forum and especially the old About.com smoking forum were the extra inspiration to help us both get free for life. I am forever grateful to this forum. All new quitters need to know that this is a painfully slow journey but they must hang in there like we did. Freedom feels awesome!

"Quitting isn't for Sissies!" I quit poisoning myself Sept. 27, 2013


From: slowblumer


Hi Liv,

Congratulations and what an inspiring message.  Keeping our quits green is so important.

I hope you celebrated yesterday.   What a milestone!.




From: Liv2day


Hi Marge & thank you so much for your well-wishes.
Grateful reflection seems to be how I now celebrate these milestones, which for me, deepens my commitment to stay on course.

Have yourself a great weekend :)


From: arlcruise


So good to hear. The light that IS at the end of the tunnel.... Thanks,,,,,


From: Jatchat


Wow! Congratulations! 14 years that's great, thanks for popping in and sharing, it really does break down to minute by minute and then adding them together especially in the early stages.

Kind regards



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!

In reply toRe: msg 11

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.