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7 years as a non-smoker

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#1 SwimmerGirl



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Posted 18 April 2017 - 09:03 AM

I haven't been on this board for a LONG time, but for some reason, my early quitting days just popped into my head, and I wanted to come share some encouragement:). I have been a non-smoker for 7 and a half years now. Friends that I've made during this time can hardly believe that I used to smoke 1 to 2 packs of cigarettes every day. Some people think I'm kidding when I say I used to be a heavy smoker. I'm so happy that I've come this far. I remember how frequently I used to think about smoking, and how I felt almost scared to even be near cigarettes in case I lost control of myself. Nowadays I never think about smoking. I can't even imagine having a cigarette. I can hardly believe that I used to feel that uncomfortable itch when out to dinner with friends, or that I'd have to go stand outside every few hours no matter the weather, or wanting to die on a long plane ride. I played the common addiction games when I first decided I wanted to quit (like only having x number of cigarettes per day for example). In the end, cold turkey was what worked for me. I really got a lot out of this forum as well. Sometimes it's just nice to talk about how hard it is with people who understand. Don't give up, and someday you'll look back on this time and hardly believe smoking was such a big part of your life.
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#2 GraceLove


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Posted 18 April 2017 - 09:25 AM

Congratulations! Thank you so much for shining a light at the end of the tunnel for us newly quitters. :)








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Posted 18 April 2017 - 10:21 AM

Congratulations on 7.5 years of freedom SwimmerGirl!    :)


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Posted 18 April 2017 - 11:42 AM

Big congratulations Swimmer Girl..

it's been around 41 days for me... But this forum has been of a big help.. I am so glad you don't crave for a smoke anymore. It's only been a month for me and I do crave smoking

but I am sure it will go away with time.

best part is i am strong enough not to smoke


#5 Hope2Nope


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Posted 18 April 2017 - 11:51 AM

Congratulations on this awesome achievement and thanks a lot for dropping by.


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Posted 18 April 2017 - 12:48 PM



Thanks so much for stopping in to say hi.  Activity here seems to be a little sporadic and it's those who quit years ago whose stories really hit home. Continued success.  Peace.






#7 beazel


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Posted 18 April 2017 - 12:48 PM

Thank you for sharing!!



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#8 johnny5


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Posted 18 April 2017 - 01:09 PM

Congratulations Swimmergirl.  Thanks for posting about your inspiring success.

If you have just one you will be right back where you started, and where you started was desperately wishing you were where you are right now. - Marvitta


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#9 Lin-quitting


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Posted 18 April 2017 - 02:35 PM

I am so grateful for your message SG. It gives us newbies hope.




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#10 Jillar


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Posted 18 April 2017 - 02:36 PM

Congratulations on seven years, that's AWESOME! Thanks too for such a positive, inspiring post :)



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#11 green meenie

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Posted 18 April 2017 - 05:19 PM

Thanks Swimmergirl! That's great that you were able to remain quit for this long and had the kindness to come back and share your success with all of us. Us newbies are always looking for encouragement to help us along the way :)


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Posted 19 April 2017 - 08:16 PM

Thanks swimmergirl was very inspiring reading your post. I'm 21 days into my CT quit and I'm starting to feel the obsession starting to fade ever so slightly, not a minute to soon either. Wish there were more post by old timers like yourself. Gives me much strength and resolve to hear exsmokers talk about what their life is like many years after putting down the sticks. Thanks again!!!!


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Posted 19 April 2017 - 09:38 PM

 WOW!!!  7 years,   Very inspiring. Thank You!!!


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Posted 21 April 2017 - 03:04 AM

Awesome! Thanks for sharing. :)




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