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

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Suzy2018

From: Suzy2018

Feb-14

Hi everyone,

I'm Suzy, from the UK.  I've been here a few times before - 2008, 2010, a brief flirtation in 2013, and then 2018, where I really thought I'd made it.  But I didn't - I thought I could control it and had 'just one'. 

I'm aiming NOT to make that mistake again, and I'd just like to say that it wasn't from lack of support on this forum. This place is awesome, and will look after you through thick and thin.  If you let it.  But I stopped reading the articles, I didn't 'keep my quit green', as they say. I thought I knew better.  And so here I am, coughing and wheezing, just stubbed out my last cigarette, and looking forward to meeting you all.  

Suzy

Cazza2468

From: Cazza2468

Feb-14

Well Miz Suzy so lovely to see you here.  Welcome welcome welcome.  Hope you can stay awhile. Ms Denim just organised the best party for me. There was so much food and great cocktails and incredible music and she will be so pleased to see you here too

Caz

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Suzy2018

From: Suzy2018

Feb-14

Thank you, Missis Caz and Denim.  I'm looking forward to being less stupid this time. So glad you had a lovely party, Caz - you deserve it. xx

  • Edited February 14, 2021 10:41 pm  by  Suzy2018
Nope62

From: Nope62

Feb-14

Welcome Back! I hope that everything works out for you this time.

Make this your sticky quit!

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crystal181

From: crystal181

Feb-15

Hi everyone! Today is day number 4 for me. Yesterday was really hard as was this morning. I’m hoping this time to quit for good. I had a successful quit of almost 3 years several years ago. I’m in a better place mentally now so hoping I can stay quit this time. I’m already on oxygen at night and while exercising. I also have a lot of other health problems. I’ll be 42 next week. I’ve been smoking at least a pack a day since I was 14. I’ve been reading a lot on this site and it is helping. Good luck to everyone. 

Suzy2018

From: Suzy2018

Feb-15

Thank you, Nope62!

Suzy2018

From: Suzy2018

Feb-15

Hi Crystal,

Good luck to you too.  I think it's great that you've quit before for nearly three years - you know it's doable, even if it feels a bit miserable at the moment.  

Suzy

Cazza2468

From: Cazza2468

Feb-18

Hey Missuz

how is it all going. Hope you are still hanging in there. Cheering from the side.

Caz

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Hello February quitters. I thought I would drop a few kind words of support to all of you taking on this Huge Challenge. 

Quitting isnt for Sissies has been my motto throughout my own quit which started back in 2013. Staying stubborn and committed was my way through it. I refused to lose! I decided I would handle anything this addiction was going to throw at me and was determined to end my drug addiction once and for all. It was extremely frustrating at times as it is a painfully slow process.

As Smokers we have nicotine receptors that need to shut down and they don't like it so we get those wicked withdrawal symptoms. They will shut down in stages and you'll notice by around 4 months that the symptoms are not as strong and every few months more and more receptors will shut down, I found I had to stay super busy and I started exercising and going for long walks. Distraction is key to changing our constant thinking of cigarettes. This will also slowly fade away too.

I found by 14 months I was finally feeling free. I joined a gym as I gained 40 pounds with my quit. But, I decided to end my addiction and once I felt strong in my quit only then I was able to take on another challenge. I got strong and lost all the weight. I quit at age 58 and by age 62 I completed 3 5ks and climbed the CN Tower 1776 steps 146 floors. I started weight training and am healthier and stronger now at 65 than I've been my whole life. No one in my family ever thought I would quit but I showed them that I could do it and now I'm healthier and stronger than them. I just want everyone to know that no matter what age you are that quitting cigarettes is one of the biggest and best accomplishments you could do. I continue to challenge myself and I've done many more exciting things since quitting like learning to snorkel and I went skydiving. Life is to be lived and cigarettes just don't have a place in my life ever again and you don't need them in your life too. 

Good luck to all of you. relaxed

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

Jatchat

From: Jatchat

Feb-21

Hi Debbie,

Thanks for your timeless wisdom, yet again I embark on a quit, I  am doing all the right things diet wise and exercise yet can't seem to go much further than a month quit without curiosity killing my quit. I guess your example is how we can all achieve lasting success, an obstinate refusal to give in to temptation. I have my reasons typed out hanging on my desk to be reminded of  every time I sit in front of this computer, I am using two patches at the moment to kick off this quit, I still have my quit counselor who  I can access via text when I need her, The Quitline is also close by, just a phone call away, I have spent this last year quit more than I have smoked, just can't string all these quits together into a meaningful length of time... How do you kill this curiosity to have just one when to all good purposes you are committed to abstinence, I guess you have to dig deep, like you say it takes courage to face your demons. Congratulations on your quit and thanks for sticking around and supporting us 

Kind regards

Anthony

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