08 Mar 2018
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I am nearing 3.5 years quit or 1244 days - soooooo grateful!
I would say this could be added to one of my great accomplishments in life.....but in this arena it is good to remain humble. I was lucky (and determined) to escape the grip of nicotine, but this habit was so difficult to break, and with one puff I could be back there.
SO - my motto is NOPE - not one puff ever. This is how I got to this point, that, and a lot of hard work and determination. But I also had support on my side, like this site. If you have no other supporters, this site is here, and it helped me.
That, and drinking water, deep breathing, distractions, NRT, flower remedies, celebrating successes, and at times, just getting through it. It was not easy and I sometimes think in a second, I could be there.
I rarely think about smoking. I do not have cravings. Just from time to time, I see someone, or am in a situation that may have been familiar at one time, and it reminds me. My mind says "how about just one puff? Remember how good that could be?" The mind still does those tricks, from time to time. and I say NOPE
and one day has turned to 1244
Keep going everyone! you can do this! I smoked for 35 plus years, quit more than 15 or 20 times, and the last time I thought I was never going to be able to quit. BUT I DID and so far, I'm winning and ever so grateful.