My Journey- My Story / Keeping the Quit

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Smobered UpNov 23, 2017 @ 6:19 AM
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Well said Treepeo!
I can certainly identify with "quit and slipped" segment of your post. Each time I relapsed, it. was emotionally and mentally a huge downer The  irony is that I knew when I took that cigarette, that I was setting myself up for another 2 or 3 weeks of crave and withdrawal symptoms that come with the addiction territory. I wouldn't wish that on anyone.  When I think of all the lies that I told myself!  OY!!!
The good news is, it finally stuck!  I wish it had been sooner because I put myself through the throes of withdrawal so many times I was starting to think that I must be mentally defective to keep putting myself through such distasteful and sometimes agonizing mental and physical distress. The other irony is that I not only put myself through it but continued to drag my poor friends and family into the fray. I am so grateful that they never gave up on me.......each time I quit, they continued to cheer lead me through the early days of each quit.  I was shameful with each relapse because although they didn't chastise me, I could feel and see the disappointment of my supporters.  I don't know where I got the nerve!!!   
Thanks for the reminder.  I don't want to feel any of the above again.  It's easier now that I have over a year in, but my no means am I safe from relapse.
Your quitter pal,
Smobered Up
I am an addict aspiring to lifelong smobriety.  

My Milage:

My Quit Date: 10/15/2016
Smoke-Free Days: 404
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 10,100
Amount Saved: $4,545.00
Life Gained:
Days: 50 Hrs: 5 Mins: 2 Seconds: 44

The buck stops HERE!

JeyanNov 22, 2017 @ 11:16 AM
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You're correct Treepeo!! I NEVER EVER WANT TO put myself through HELL again as well!!! I am better the way I am, and I can deal with daily issues life throw at me without hiding behind the smokes. Cigarettes are addictive, and they use additives to keep us addicted so they can suck our life savings out of us, moreover, it cannot be a solution to our life problems, rather it's a barrier to us finding solutions for those problems.

My Milage:

My Quit Date: 10/16/2016
Smoke-Free Days: 402
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 4,020
Amount Saved: $2,412.00
Life Gained:
Days: 59 Hrs: 3 Mins: 36 Seconds: 35

wimporswimNov 22, 2017 @ 10:56 AM
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Nice post Treepeo! & I'm with you 100%. KTQ-NOPE! KTQ-NOPE! KTQ-NOPE! KTQ-NOPE! KTQ-NOPE! KTQ-NOPE! Congratulations to YOU for Keeping the Quit! & Thank You for all the support YOU provide for so many on this site. "A quit well done!"

My Milage:

My Quit Date: 1/3/2017
Smoke-Free Days: 323
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 9,690
Amount Saved: $3,953.52
Life Gained:
Days: 65 Hrs: 3 Mins: 42 Seconds: 35

Vix1976Nov 21, 2017 @ 9:46 PM
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Great post treepeo my friend! Your words are so true and NOPE it is!

My Milage:

My Quit Date: 9/13/2017
Smoke-Free Days: 70
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 1,050
Amount Saved: $756.00
Life Gained:
Days: 6 Hrs: 11 Mins: 42 Seconds: 49

Linda, Quit CoachNov 21, 2017 @ 3:56 PM
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Joined: Dec 06, 2014 (11:31 AM)

Hi Treepeo,

Thank you for giving hope and encouragement to all of us. The quitting process can be challenging and temptations can be everywhere. So, having a slip is quite common. It is a part of the quitting process and it is also a learning experience. Usually, on every quit attempt, we are building new skills, we are getting stronger and better at quitting. Like you said you will have learned things from your first quit that will help you in your current attempt to quit smoking. It’s not easy but with persistence, hard work and courage, we can conquer this “addiction” and become a non-smoker.

Thank you for sharing your journey with us and congratulations for your achievement – 326 smoke-free days is a great success! Keep going strong and keep celebrating each step of the way.

Linda, Quit Coach

TreepeoNov 20, 2017 @ 10:46 PM
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I was just thinking about those who have quit and slipped. Some had relatively short quits, and some have quit for years and then started again.  Either way, it just goes to show how strong this addiction is.  I'm not sure that the pull ever goes away completely.
I have been tempted to smoke in the past, and will continue to be tempted in the future, there is no doubt about that.  Which is why I realize that I can NEVER allow myself to become complacent.  The first month of my quit was one of the most difficult times of my life.  Really and truly.  And I realize that I NEVER, EVER want to go through that hell again.  Not ever.  So no matter how I am feeling at times, I tell myself, I have to stick to Not One Puff Ever.  If I don't have even one puff, I will be okay, and I will stay the course.  If I allowed myself even one puff, I would be a full blown smoker within a half hour.  That is for sure.
So for those of you who have quit and slipped and are trying again, my heart goes out to you.  It takes courage and guts to get back on the wagon and try again, and I applaud your efforts.  And hopefully you will have learned things from your first quit that will help you in your current attempt to quit smoking.
And for those of you who have so far managed to keep your quit, hold onto it with everything you've got, because you never want to go through the worst of this process again if you don't have to.  And all you have to do is say N.O.P.E. 

My Milage:

My Quit Date: 12/29/2016
Smoke-Free Days: 326
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 8,150
Amount Saved: $978.00
Life Gained:
Days: 45 Hrs: 0 Mins: 7 Seconds: 18