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February 2021 Ex-Smokers - Start Here!   Quit Buddies Unite

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KatieKat84

From: KatieKat84

Mar-22

Hi Suzy,

Congratulations on 2 weeks smoke free!! Those weeks are hard work - I salute your achievement :) How are you finding it compared with when you started?

That’s lovely you’ve found yourself branching out into more philosophical discussions with your bubble buddy. My brain feels like such a jelly these days I worry what my chat will be like when I start socialising again ha ha! And I totally know what you mean about lockdown having its pluses too - having no pressure to do anything and no guilt about staying in has been really nice. And just appreciating our immediate area, the park, buying a coffee on the weekend.

How exciting you’ve bought a boat - and from Bodge (I laughed out loud)! What sort of boat is it? My dad’s into sailing so I’ve done bits and bobs growing up. I’m sure you’ll have plenty of adventures.

My daughter was able to go back to nursery today and I managed to catch up on some work. I felt relieved she was going in, then immediately very guilty, then spent the whole day missing her! I think she had a fun day though - she was super happy when she came home and wanted to do lots of roly-polies! 
 

You’re right, kindness is so very important. I hope my daughter will grow up to be kind, but also not a doormat. I suppose it’s about being kind to oneself too. 
 

Right, time for dinner. Big well done again Suzy - now onto week 3!

Speak soon,

Katie

Quit 4th March 2017

KatieKat84

From: KatieKat84

Mar-22

Hi Anthony,

How are you doing? Yes it was the Wales v France rugby game. Poor Wales looked like they had it in the bag but France pinched it from them in overtime. Good for watching though!

Great you will have the extra support of your quit smoking counsellor this week - and that you’ll have good work to show :) 

Your salmon supper of the other night sounds tasty. We had Spanish chicken and rice tonight - one of my husband’s signature dishes :) 

Sorry it’s been flooding out your way. Here it’s a lovely time of year, beginning of spring, daffodils and warm sunshine today.

Take care Anthony,

Katie

Quit 4th March 2017

Suzy2018

From: Suzy2018

Mar-22

Thanks Katie - I'm very pleased to be at two weeks (and relieved too, because there were some nasty cravings today for some reason).  Generally, though, I'm feeling very determined and strong.  Talking to you and everyone else on here really helps!

Yes, it's been lovely to get to know the local area better during lockdown - in fact I can't believe how much of it we missed when we were busy driving here there and everywhere.  It's been a good lesson to slow down and just be.  Although in the first lockdown we took 'just being' a bit too far - not sure if I've told you this already, my brain is a jelly too - and found ourselves watching Netflix in our dressing gowns at 11am and having ice-cream and crisps for breakfast.

The boat IS very exciting.  It's a Westerly Pageant and is almost as old as I am, and what I really like about it is that it's slow and safe.  We're looking forward to pottering about in it next summer, catching fish for lunch maybe, and anchoring somewhere and going for a swim.  Well, that's how I see it in my head.  The reality might be getting cold and wet and stressed and divorced, but I hope not.

Your daughter going back to nursery must feel like a real milestone in getting back to normal, and how lovely that she came back happy and full of beans.   I don't think you should feel guilty about being relieved she was going - you've got stuff you've got to get on with too, and I don't think there's a parent in the land who hasn't been a bit relieved at schools reopening.  Some of my friends have literally been counting down the days...   It sounds as if nursery was good for her, and good for you too - kind to both of you, if you like.   And I agree with you about doormats, but I'm sure you don't need to worry.

Thanks again for the congratulations and support - I really do appreciate it.

Suzy

CindiS319

From: CindiS319

Mar-22

Hi Sue!  You and Marge and all my quit buddies were instrumental in my success.  I just had 3 years quit 2 weeks ago.  So glad to see you post (I don't as often as I would like either) and just wanted to let you know how you've touched my life for the better and helped me conquer this addiction.  All the Mods and my buddies were amazing through my hard times.  Thanks for still coming back to inspire others.  I try to do so too but its hard to find the right words.  Congratulations on 5 years!  That's incredible!

Jatchat

From: Jatchat

Mar-23

Congratulations Suzy  on two weeks, my how time flies, it just seems like yesterday you were making those at first tentative steps towards freedom, but you handled it like a professional. I am sure long term success awaits you.

I have just got back from some trauma counselling and like wow it was just great, I have never felt so relaxed. Anyway that's another story.

I can't wait for the rain to stop here we've had over a week non stop, I am itching to go for a walk, my wet weather gear is not the best

Another pic from when the weather was kinder

Nope62

From: Nope62

Mar-23

 HI! Congratulations on a job well done!

I've known that you could do this! Keep up that positive attitude and the sky is the limit!

I watch people come and go on this quit smoking forum. It seems that the ones that are successful are almost always happy about their quit. You seem like you are happy about quitting, and that makes it so much easier than being sad because you feel like you lost your best friend. You can do this!

Jeff

boylant22

From: boylant22

Mar-23

Suzy, happy two weeks!!!  So happy to log on here and see all of my fellow no smokers staying strong. I track my progress on the QuitNow app and am amazed at the following stats...as one might say, what a bloody revelation or what a wake up smack in the face!  Here’s to carrying on and never going back to that deep hole again

Since March 1, 2021:
21 days smoke free,
767 cigarettes down,
$277 and 3d, 04:42 saved!

boylant22

From: boylant22

Mar-23

Anthony, your photography is so beautiful. How marvelous it must be to add the smells of nature to your gorgeous eye for it now that your senses are coming back sharper with not smoking. Congratulations on continuing to be strong!  What an amazing group of people we have here with such determination. 

Jatchat

From: Jatchat

Mar-23

Thanks Boylan,

Indeed we are blessed to be in such good company... makes the journey so much more pleasant... 

Loreficent

From: Loreficent

Mar-23

Yes, much more pleasant! So very happy you are carrying on Anthony. 
Have you found some things in that book helping? I think it helps me to really accept and understand that I am ONE PUFF away from undoing so much even at this point. Biggest mistake is to stop thinking about what we didn’t like about smoking. I mean really did not like. Human nature does tend to forget the negative things with time and let them go; it is a necessary thing for us to survive and not live with PTSD all the time about a lot of things. Stay aware of that natural instinct when it comes to smoking. It is not a protective instinct in that regard. I need to stay vigilant with this as it can be easy in moments to say to myself “oh, it wasn’t that bad and I know I can stop now, so just have one”. Well, it was that bad and stopping sucked, and truthfully, there are moments it still does. They are definitely fewer and far between. Now it is much easier also to recognize that call, name it, and carry on. I will always be an EX. I think understanding that addiction is for life is important. It took a bit to not be down about that. It is what it is. I can’t undo the fact I started years ago, but I can really use the awareness I have now of what addiction and recovery mean to keep me going. We all can. 
Stay in recovery with me Anthony. Life is better here. blush

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