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Sparrow1975
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11 months ago 0 Sparrow1975 175 logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo
Hey im new and want extra support

Congratulations on the pregnancy!! What an awesome motivator to quit smoking.  Making something for the baby is a great idea to keep your hands busy. Dont be too hard on yourself ...its not an easy thing to do but it doesnt have to be as hard as you fear either. Its a matter of the brain receiving the message that this means no more. Youre off to a good start. Keeping my mind occupied has been important for me in these early days. Keep us posted.
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11 months ago 0 Sparrow1975 175 logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo
June quitter

Ohhh Stella thats just awesome...a goal that you deep down believed wasnt possible has been achieved. And how good do you feel to finally be totally free of ALL addiction. Its honestly one of the best things a person can do for themselves. You give me hope because l feel exactly like you described....that l will never be free of the nagging feeling that l miss smoking. Its a wonderful morale booster to hear you say you have accomploshed that goal...maybe it IS possible for me after all. Im so glad youve posted your quit journey on here because you have a gift at describing feelings and events and its so helpful to newbies.
Im sooo happy for you girl. I know all too well the monster that addiction is and the wonderful, liberating gift it is to conquer. It feels strange to me that its even possible to get to a place where you no longer think of smoking so to hear you say you got there is amazing.
You must feel over the moon about achieving the goal that you set yourself (without much hope) just a couple of seasons ago. I love a story with a happy ending. In fact lm going to read your thread again for inspiration. Well done for all the hard work you put in....you made it sister! 
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11 months ago 0 Sparrow1975 175 logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo
June quitter

Ohhh Stella thats just awesome...a goal that you deep down believed wasnt possible has been achieved. And how good do you feel to finally be totally free of ALL addiction. Its honestly one of the best things a person can do for themselves. You give me hope because l feel exactly like you described....that l will never be free of the nagging feeling that l miss smoking. Its a wonderful morale booster to hear you say you have accomploshed that goal...maybe it IS possible for me after all. Im so glad youve posted your quit journey on here because you have a gift at describing feelings and events and its so helpful to newbies.
Im sooo happy for you girl. I know all too well the monster that addiction is and the wonderful, liberating gift it is to conquer. It feels strange to me that its even possible to get to a place where you no longer think of smoking so to hear you say you got there is amazing.
You must feel over the moon about achieving the goal that you set yourself (without much hope) just a couple of seasons ago. I love a story with a happy ending. In fact lm going to read your thread again for inspiration. Well done for all the hard work you put in....you made it sister! 
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11 months ago 0 Sparrow1975 175 logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo
Quitting tomorrow

Day 13
 
Pappy - thanks Pappy. It is nice to be sharing this journey with you and so true....all we have is our future and the option to make better choices with it. I just feel relieved that lm not punishing my body anymore.
 
Tim- yes it did take A LOT of attempts for me. Im so glad l didnt give up giving up. I think thats the key for some ppl...they just need to keep trying. It certainly was for me and lm far from out of the woods yet but so happy with how far lve come. Deep down l thought l was incapable of doing it. Thanks for reminding me that even though l feel mentally stuck l am still healing physically and so there is always change occuring. I actually did forget to think of the physical side of things. I still feel a little stuck mentally so its such a comfort to know time is not wasted....my body is repairing damage as you said.
 
Stella - thanks for being excited about my quit. So you noticed a "tonal shift" in my post...thats so nice to hear because l feel kind of stagnant. Yes l want things to change 'lickety-split' (haha) but lm telling myself that my brain IS rewiring....l just dont notice the changes unless l look back to 10 days ago, then l definitely feel the difference.  So l guess in two weeks l'll look back to now and see the change.
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11 months ago 0 Sparrow1975 175 logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo
Tomorrows Big Challenge

Way to go Pappy! I find leaving the house is my biggest trigger and certainly long drives and visiting people. The last time l quit l went on a short trip and busted. This time lm avoiding long trips until lm strong enough. So you conquered this challenge,  now you dont have to fear it anymore. Well done Comrade!
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11 months ago 0 Sparrow1975 175 logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo
Quitting tomorrow

Yessssss!! I made it to week 2. I used to dream about making it 2 weeks (l thought if l could make a fortnight ld certainly continue) but l had so many failed attempts that l began to think l just wasnt cut for it and ld never achieve quitting. The idea of and more so the act of quitting was soooo hard for me and yet here l am 14 days in and counting. I feel pretty safe now going about my daily business and this is the freedom l was craving....just to be able to do my thing without thoughts of smoking plaguing me. I still think about smoking several times a day....maybe 5-6 times a day but the thought passes easily enough. Im by no means complacent though because l still feel like if something out of the norm happened it could bring me undone. For example l like to get away to the countryside occassionally but l associate travel with smoking so much that l dont think it would work. Another one is if a tragic event happened in my life or something majorly stressful....that could unhinge me. Ive been able to keep things around here very normal so that lm not triggered, even not leaving the house as much. However life cant stay like that. It throws things at you when you least expect it and lm just not ready for those things. So l guess lm walking on eggshells a little. My hope is that time is strengthening me (even though it doesnt feel like it) and one day l will know that l can handle any challenge without smoking. For now l'll celebrate the small wins  
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11 months ago 0 Sparrow1975 175 logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo
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Wow nearly 10 months....thats just awesome. Your time has flown by (for me that is -haha).
I was reading your thread again and it is so good to literally see you change over time. You started out quite flat and uncertain, your mood gradually picks up more and more and about the 2 month mark something lifted from you and you start to feel truly liberated. It gives me hope that freedom is achievable even though the early days are wonky. 
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11 months ago 0 Sparrow1975 175 logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo
Quitting tomorrow

I feel wonderful thanks Pappy. Now lm wondering why it took me so long to do this. Its like this time around something just clicked in me which didnt happen the other times l tried to quit. Im so happy l didnt quit trying. To reward myself?? I dont know...maybe try out a nice vegan restaurant which l havent done before because theyre all far from where l live or maybe buy myself something nice. 
Thanks so much for all your support and morale boosting guys  lt means tons. 
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11 months ago 0 Sparrow1975 175 logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo
Tomorrows Big Challenge

Thats so true. People who have never had a smoking addiction dont understand how challenging it is. If l had a dollar for every person whos ever said to me "well just quit" - haha. Like you lm also so thankful for this place. Stella and Tim are wonderful supporters and you and l are quit-buddys....literally facing the challenges at the same time. It always makes me happy to come on here and read that you're still going great guns. There are so many one-show people coming through here....and you never hear from them again. It reminds me how hard quitting actually is. The fantastic thing is that you and l have done the hardest part...its done and dusted...behind us forever. Now we just keep going until we have put this nico-monster to bed. Youre right it sure IS nice to go about your business without hanging out for a smoke which was unimaginable in just the recent past. You must be nearly in your third week. Do you still think about smoking? Do you have any cravings? I think about it several times a day but the thought passes quickly. My cravings are occassional and not usually intense.  Its great to share this journey with you.
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11 months ago 0 Sparrow1975 175 logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo
Tomorrows Big Challenge

Im going into the colder months here in australia so its going to be nice to not have to go outside i the freezing weather . You guys will have an amazing Spring season smoke free.