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#1 Mountaingirl


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Posted 09 October 2017 - 12:04 PM

I haven’t been here in so long but today I remembered that I have been smoke free for 8 years!
My life has changed for the better in so many ways, as a smoker I never realized how many situations I avoided because smoking was not an option or it was unacceptable. I really limited myself.
I did not think it would be possible to live without the thought of a cigarette and now the idea of smoking is so foreign to me that I am not even sure I would remember how to light up. The hardest time for me was that morning cigarette, it was my first thought when I opened my eyes. I live in the mountains and It is very cold in the winter so by month 2 of my quit I realized how nice it was not to have to go outside-I could stay all cozy in my cabin with my coffee! I could sit through a movie without focusing on how long til I could smoke, I could be on a car trip with non smokers. I no longer felt like a second class citizen hanging at the entrance of the store trying to get that last dose of nicotine. Well, you all get the idea.
One thing I really wanted to point out to the new quitters is this. When I first joined this site I would see those who had one year or more smoke free, they were my heros. I could not imagine how they did that because my early days were difficult. What I failed to understand was that as time passed it would become increasingly easier until it was no longer a problem.
I have never ever heard of a single person who regretted quitting and it is completely doable.
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Posted 09 October 2017 - 12:14 PM

Great post - thanks for popping in!!


Needed to hear this kind of stuff. (my morning cigarette is my hardest too)

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Posted 09 October 2017 - 01:10 PM

Mornings are when I light up... this message board. Haha. Definitely the hardest time for me, too. Thanks for the encouragement!
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#4 Smokefreetoday


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Posted 09 October 2017 - 01:15 PM


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Posted 09 October 2017 - 02:17 PM

I LOVE these kinds of stories. Thanks so much for sharing Mountaingirl.

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                  "I didn't come this far to only come this far."




I want my life back. I WANT MY LIFE BACK!

There is no try, there is only do. Failure is not an option.

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Posted 09 October 2017 - 02:21 PM

Congratulations Mountaingirl, I remember you from my first steps on this place.  

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Nov 6, 2011 I decided " I had enough with this sh*t "

I quit because I just got tired of the life under a rock, dark and with not enough air to breathe waiting for the day to get crushed!

Alcohol to a quit is like Kryptonite to Superman

Stop, Think and then React. Not React,Stop and then Think

Practice does not make it perfect, makes it permanent. Practice the right things!

Quitting is by far the best decision for the rest of your life.

If a Doctor gives you 6 months to live, would you start living after the first three? Quit now!

" I am a puff away form a pack a day"

Once you stop puffing or having Nicotine in any form, then and only then your symptoms will stop.

I quit with a frozen turkey. Once I felt comfortable with my quit,  I ate it.

Life is such a good teacher, that if you don't learn the lesson it will repeat it to you.




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Posted 09 October 2017 - 02:43 PM


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Relapse is like peeling an onion. TEARS!
"People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it"
George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950}
NOPE stands for Not One Puff EVER....
It does not stand for......
Not One Puff EXCEPT...
The minimum requirement is maximum commitment....to NOPE
It takes many good decisions to make a good quit, and  only one bad one to lose it.


Quit 2nd October 2001.

#8 Jillar


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Posted 09 October 2017 - 03:03 PM

Congratulations on eight years and thanks for your inspiring post :)
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Things began to get better when I realized I would remain quit even if things never got any better.

Christian99 15 Years Quit

We say here that it is better to be a nonsmoker with the occasional desire to smoke than a smoker with the constant desire to quit. Marciem
Being successful doesn't mean that you'll never GET to smoke again. It means that you'll never HAVE to smoke again.

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Posted 09 October 2017 - 03:56 PM

Congratulations on 8 amazing years and thanks for coming back to cheer us on!
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Making this my sticky quit since 11.48am gmt Friday 11th August 2017!!! Patches, lozenges, red wine and chocolate are my weapons of choice!



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Posted 09 October 2017 - 04:26 PM

Congratulations, Mountaingirl, on your 8 years smoke free!!


Seeing you reminds me of the old days and the old gang, You, John, Tim, Skip, Dutch, Eraser, Soul, Joyce, Kiwi, April, Diane, Lena, Stephanie, Debbie, Beth, Bobbie, Patti and many more. You never forget the ones that were there to support you in those early days.

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Posted 09 October 2017 - 04:50 PM

Eight years! Congratulations!
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Posted 09 October 2017 - 10:24 PM

Congratulations Mountaingirl!  :)

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Posted 10 October 2017 - 09:47 PM

Congrats, Mountain Girl....8 yrs is quite the accomplishment!! Thanks for sharing your story....inspiring!!  :grin:

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Posted 13 October 2017 - 12:21 AM

Congratulations! Great to have you Check In.
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Posted 13 October 2017 - 04:30 AM

Thanks so very much for stopping by to encourage us all. I love hearing your story!
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Posted 13 October 2017 - 11:03 PM

I loved your post - congratulations 😀
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Posted 13 October 2017 - 11:21 PM

Congrats. 8 years is amazing. So glad tou popped in to share your success. It helps to read these successes.
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Posted 14 October 2017 - 01:35 PM

Wow, congratulations!! Reading a success story always cheers me up. You're an inspiration.

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Posted 14 October 2017 - 08:50 PM

Congrats and thank you for sharing Mountaingirl, your story is inspiring!

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Posted 14 October 2017 - 08:52 PM

Wow congrats on your quit and thanks so much for sharing

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