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  1. atp
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    31 Dec 2018
    01 Jan 2020
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    Last smoke I had was just minutes before midnight on December 31, 2018. 

    What a journey this past year has been. Struggling not to smoke those first few months, then learning how to be a non-smoker, to feeling like a non-smoker. 

    Quitting smoking seemed so impossible to me for so many years, yet here I am today a non-smoker with one year under my belt. I feel so much better today. I breathe better, have more energy, I can literally smell the roses!

    The last real craving I had was probably 4 or 5 months ago. I really have no desire to smoke. My quit is worth way more than a crummy smoke ever will be. 

    Thanks to: 
    -my wife - who put up with my smoking all these years and then listened to me as I blabbered on and on during those first weeks as I kept convincing myself to keep my quit going. 
    -Smokers Helpline - the texts, emails and the quit plan really helped. 
    -the people who have posted their struggles/successes here over the years - reading their stories really motivated me,
    -those who offered words of advice in response to my posts  
    -and those that I was hopefully able to help as well - as it kept me motivated. 

    365 Days, 8030 cigarettes not smoked, $5,139.20 saved, 61 days 8 hours 10 minutes of life saved

    Waking up every day and being thankful for finally quitting, and all the benefits that go with that, has been my biggest reward.

    Happy New Year everyone. And here's to a smoke free 2020!

    Last modified on 01 Jan 2020 10:37 by atp
  2. me_n_freedom
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    14 Sep 2018
    01 Jan 2020 in reply to atp
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    Congrats Andy,

    The road was not easy but you made it. I look up to you troopers who have quit longer than me for inspiration and a sign that's it's possible.

    Thank you for all you post and sharing of your journey!

    Enjoy this New Year with this time being smoke free already!!

    So what's the resolution this year as this one got knocked off the list for real?
  3. justfortoday
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    12 Aug 2019
    01 Jan 2020 in reply to atp
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    So proud of you!!! I can't wait to post stats like yours!

    And thank you for being here for me, for all of us, atp. Your journey is a true inspiration.

    My best wishes to you, and your family for 2020!!
  4. mari_m
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    03 Jan 2019
    03 Jan 2020
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    Hi atp and good for you for your accomplishment! That is really awesome. Heres hoping for a great New Year to one and all. This past year has had its moments, to say the least, and we made it!! Congratulations!!  - m
  5. efreeman75
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    02 Apr 2018
    04 Jan 2020
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    Hi atp.

    I am so happy for you.  You made the decision to quit and followed through.  It is quite an exciting journey, with so many ups and downs.  It is so liberating when you truly realize all the benefits of being a non-smoker.  You've been so helpful to so many - you deserve to be proud.

  6. treepeo1
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    06 Feb 2020
    07 Feb 2020
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    Hi Andy,

    I am finally back online and saw this post.  A huge congratulations to you!  You should be so proud of yourself.  What a tremendous accomplishment.

    You struggled and suffered, but you persevered.  And now you are truly a non-smoker.  Isn't it wonderful?  No more bad breath,  stinky clothes, skulking around outside looking for a place to light up.  And just wait until you travel.  You will be able to wait at an airport without suffering terrible cravings.  Oh, the freedom is terrific.

    Good for you, Andy!  Enjoy every moment!
  7. atp
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    31 Dec 2018
    07 Feb 2020 in reply to treepeo1
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    And so good to hear from you. Missed your posts.....
  8. wandam
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    18 Feb 2020
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    Hi Andy,

    I knows this reply is super late, sorry! Wow Andy huge congratulations in being one year quit & now of course in your second year as a non smoker! Awesome job! 
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