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January Bravehearts 2019   Quit Buddies Unite

Started 1/31/19 by ModAndrea; 609347 views.
spartanfan

From: spartanfan

10/23/20

Hey Jean!  So happy to hear from you!!  We are hanging in there, IL is up and down with Covid--I think our governor has done a pretty good job trying to keep us safe but there are plenty who disagree.  Sad that it's become such a political thing.  We're in the same county as Chicago but when you look at the positivity rate for just my town, we're only at like 1%.  My son started 6th grade this year (junior high here) and is in person 100%.  Lilly is a sophomore and her school JUST moved to a hyrbrid model (half the alphabet in the am, the other half in the pm, alternating days) though several teachers are teaching from home so in some classes it's just kids sitting at a desk zooming.  She's doing really well without being in school so we decided to just let her continue to work from home, and thankfully she was able to have an abbreviated swim season.  It was weird, but it worked.   Bottom line both kids are happy and healthy!

Husband has been working from home since March--that hasn't been great but it's nowhere near what it was like when he lost his job just after I quit smoking!  Glad we have a big enough house for me to have my own space when I need it.  And very glad he has a job.  Scary times for so many around the country--counting my blessings every night. 

Watching the nightly news now and they're updating the fires in CO...I can't believe how awful they are.  I hope you're not in any danger.  My sister lives near Sacramento and the air quality there in August was just horrible.  Please write back to let me know how you're doing!

Had a another great non-smoking milestone a couple of weeks ago--my best friend came in for a week from Michigan.  I haven't seen her since before I quit and she still smokes.  I was able to sit outside with her while she smoked and never once felt the desire to smoke with her--that was huge!  I was so happy to finally see her but at the same time so nervous that it would be a horrible visit just smelling it on her.  I think maybe enough time has passed, finally.  Will be 2 years in 2 1/2 weeks!

Please say hi to Robin and Andrea next time you touch base with them!!

Jules

Robin212

From: Robin212

11/20/20

Congratulations Julie!!!

Amazing job on this treacherous, emotional rollercoaster. Longer life, renewed lungs, more money, better skin, no more ball and chain etc etc ...

Well done!

Hope everyone else in our group is safe and well!

In celebration   ,

Robin xo

spartanfan

From: spartanfan

11/20/20

So good to “ see” you, Robin!! You will forever be a part of my quit story!
IainZAR

From: IainZAR

2/5/21

Hey and Wow, a huge happy 2 years quit.

How can the time have gone by, what was for me the 5th Jan 2019. Congrats to everyone and hope everyone is happy and smoke-free. Stronger for quiting!

Anne2020

From: Anne2020

2/8/21

Right on and well done!  I made it one year one month and hoping for two years and life long.  Any hints about how to refrain from losing such a long quit.  Do you still have cravings or just mild momentary thoughts about smoking?  Do you miss smoking at all?

Just wanted to say congratulations and experience between year one and two.

Cheers!!

icandothis79

From: icandothis79

3/12/21

Hello everyone! Haven't stopped by in a while but I know a lot of you have hit 2 years and just wanted to say,  congratulations!! I'm almost there 2 months to go! 

I hope everyone is well and staying smoke free!! relaxed

Robin212

From: Robin212

3/13/21

Hello!!

Two years and counting! Hope all is well amidst this craziness. This thread is verrrry quiet. I hope that means people have gotten on with their lives as non smokers and don't require the support as much.  For me..the smell disgusts me and if not for that and the social awkwardness I may still be lighting up!  All else is good here. Miss everyone! 

Happy 2 years +++

Robin xo

  • Edited March 13, 2021 10:33 am  by  Robin212
Robin212

From: Robin212

3/13/21

Happy 2+ years! Thread is quiet.  

Hope you and your son are well!

All good here,

Best,

Robin

icandothis79

From: icandothis79

3/13/21

Happy to hear you are doing well! I miss you guys and I could not have done this without you..... man going back and reading the beginning posts lol I was posting every 5 min!! I too hope everyone is still smoke free and has concurred their demons in their own way.  

I still fantasize about smoking sometimes but yes the smell disgusts me and I'm so happy with my health benefits.  ?

IainZAR

From: IainZAR

3/13/21

Hi Anne, thanks for the message. Interesting, but I wanted and counted every day to the first year anniversary. Had to remind myself of the second. I have very few cravings ever, but I miss smoking all the time. Like an old long lost friend, crazy, but that's junkie thinking.

It was much easier when I I mentally switched my coping, rewards, good times and down times, relaxing, stress with things other than smoking. Shedding the associations is key.

Congrats on the year and welp done. You are amazing and so strong. It gets easier 

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