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4 years today!   One Year and Beyond Milestones

Started Mar-4 by KatieKat84; 688 views.
KatieKat84

From: KatieKat84

Mar-4

Just wanted to check in today as it's been exactly 4 years since I quit smoking! This forum was such a help through the first year. For everyone battling to get free from this awful addiction - KEEP GOING! It is HARD but more worth it than you can possibly imagine while you're in the grips of old nic.

Whenever I felt like I might cave I told myself:

ANY thought that says it's a good idea to smoke is junky thinking.

The ONLY reason I want a cigarette is because I am addicted to nicotine.

Also, someone on this forum once said: some days it's enough that you just don't smoke.

Keep on noping - you can get free!

Katie

4th March 2017

Eve1973

From: Eve1973

Mar-4

Hi Katie, thanx for coming back to share!

It definitely is a rough and tumble road to freedom! I’m a little over a year right now, smoke free and I definitely DO NOT ever want to go back.....but still having the junkie thinking and occasionally craves! Just wondering if you remember when it goes away? 
 

Congratulations on 4 great years! And continued success!

Eve 1/30/2020

  • Edited March 4, 2021 12:03 pm  by  Eve1973
Anne2020

From: Anne2020

Mar-4

Hi Eve, not to break in but, from what I've seen and read - even those with years of quit behind them,  still pick it back up.  I think the junkie chat and odd crave stays with you for life.  I have a friend who quite well over 20 years ago and he still misses his after dinner smoke.  So, I think we just have to get used to the fact that we will never be pure and totally rid of having been a smoker.  In other words, we are always an x-smoker which means we are always vulnerable to caving into a crave.

But we can be pure of spirit and carry on without giving in for the rest of our lives, if we so chose.  

Cheers!

Eve1973

From: Eve1973

Mar-4

My thoughts......that SUCKS! Lol, but makes sense thanks!

KatieKat84

From: KatieKat84

Mar-5

Hi Eve, good to hear from you! Congratulations on your quit :-)

I agree that once you have been a smoker you can never let your guard down. But for me, after about 2 years of my quit I really felt a shift and like I wasn't being deprived any more. Even over the third year things were changing, improving - really it just keeps getting better! So I would say don't be disheartened if you still miss it. Sometimes it takes a long time for our brains to let go of the illusion that smoking was doing something for us. 

I found it helped to observe anyone I saw smoking - they never look like they're having a particularly nice time. The reality of smoking does not live up to images we build around our addiction.

All the best,

Katie

Eve1973

From: Eve1973

Mar-5

Katie 
 

Thanx for your insight! And I will definitely take it day by day, but know that one day it will subside! 
 

I did this to myself for approximately 30 years so my brain definitely needs to get with the program....lol. 
 

Thanx again! Eve

KatieKat84

From: KatieKat84

Mar-5

Wow Eve, congratulations on your quit after 30 years in the trap! I smoked for 15 years. It definitely does take time to cut all those old associations. Make sure you do something special for your 2 year anniversary. I bought myself a vintage ring as a physical symbol to celebrate. 
 

It’s a long process getting free - you’re well on the path and it does get better and better .

best wishes,

Katie

4th March 2017

gkim

From: gkim

Mar-5

I saw this post right after I posted saying today is my four months (3/5/21) quit and how  excited I am. You have four years! You must be four times more excited than me, well you know what I mean. Congratulations. I hope to reach four years, too!

davidz1965

From: davidz1965

Mar-22

congrats Katie!   "some days it's enough that you just don't smoke."   I like this.   I have had some days like that and I am always glad at the end of the day that I just didn't light a cigarette.

David Z

Wow nice job! Hitting your 4 year milestone is pure joy. You are another successful quitter. Be proud to have cigarettes no longer control you. I always found this pay it forward experience the best way to just keep going forward one day at a time. Onto year 5 for you. blush

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

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