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206 Days

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  1. efreeman75
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    It has been 206 days since I quit smoking, or nearly 7 months.  I love counting months, and can't wait to count years!  I quit cold turkey on Family Day weekend without any prior planning.  It has been a battle of the mind and spirit to beat this addiction.  There have been a lot of highs and lows, but with perseverance and the help offered on this site, I can confidently say that I have quit smoking for good.  I can never let my guard down, but there is no reason to return to smoking.  I have lost 30 pounds, I can run longer than my teenage children, I have energy!  I just bought a new car and am so excited that it will not smell like cigarettes.  This week threw a unique challenge to my quit - my right arm is sore and swollen, turns out I have a blood clot near my shoulder.  It was so nice to be able to answer to the doctors that I am not a smoker when asked, and to know that smoking did not and will not contribute to the blood clot.  The working theory for the clot is that I am working out and running too much without proper hydration - I'll have to watch that.  But, I would much rather have this problem than to keep gambling with all the other health risks of smoking.  

    To those who are thinking of quitting, who have just quit, or are struggling to keep the quit, please, please, please do everything you can to not smoke.  It is within all of us to beat this addiction.  

    E.
  2. jeyan
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    efreeman great accomplishment!!! 222220000066666 days is amazing!! you're correct that it's within us to win this battle.  The minute we get this feeling I need to quit, it's an indication that our mind and body is tired of this nasty habit and ready to cleanse it.  we just need to follow what our mind and body tells us.   We can do this!!
    Last modified on 14 Sep 2018 10:07 by jeyan
  3. linda, quit coach
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    Hi efreeman75,

    Congratulations for reaching your 206 smoke-free days milestone – it’s a wonderful achievement! Your hard work and perseverance is something to be really proud of – way to go!

    We are so happy to hear that you are taking different steps to be healthier and you have lost 30 pounds! It’s amazing! Keep going strong, keep celebrating each step of the way and continued success!

    Thank you for being such a great inspiration!
    Last modified on 15 Sep 2018 11:20 by linda, quit coach
  4. eagerquit
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    Hi efreeman75,

    Congratulations on 206 days and shaving off those 30 pounds. I am sorry to hear about the blood clot. I keep a bottle of water handy while working out at the gym as do many others. A new car is such a fantastic reward for your dedication. Enjoy that new car smell!

    Eagerquit
  5. efreeman75
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    Thanks for the support everyone, it's awesome not having to fight this addiction alone.

    E
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