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J-Wonn
Quit 1 week 2 days ago posted 1 week 2 days ago
I just turned 50 and want to celebrate my half century by quitting smoking!
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Liz S Log in or register to post comments
Quit 11 months 3 weeks ago Commented 1 week 2 days ago
What an amazing way to honour your half century J-Wonn!!! Welcome to the community and we are all here to support you however you need us to!!! 🎉🎉🎉🎉🌹
QuitCoach Katerina Log in or register to post comments
Quit 11 years 7 months ago Commented 1 week 2 days ago
Welcome J-Wonn, as Liz S has said, what an incredible way to honour your half century! A wonderful gift for yourself both physically and emotionally! Congratulations on setting a quit date and following through! Please let us know how we can best support you! Thank you for sharing your story with us and happy birthday! 🤗
Lucille Brown Log in or register to post comments
Quit 5 years 7 months ago Commented 1 week 2 days ago
You've made a wonderful decision and wether you're 50 or older, it's never too late to take that first step JW and it's a huge one but one that will take you into the next century knowing you did yourself proud. If at any time you need our help all you have to do is ask and we'll do all we can to encourage you. Welcome to the forum. Hugs, Lucille.
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Quit 9 months 3 weeks ago Commented 1 week 2 days ago
JWonn
Happy Birthday ! What did you do to celebrate?
May your next 50 years be far amd away even better than the last 50 years! May you be free from Smoking 👏👏👏👏
Pocoloco
Quit 2 weeks 4 days ago posted 1 week 3 days ago
Hey guys. Sorry I was MIA the last month. I was out of town and started smoking again until 8 days ago when I watched the Allen Carr seminar and have been smoke free since. How’s everyone else doing?
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Quit 11 months 3 weeks ago Commented 1 week 3 days ago
Hi Pocoloco 😀. Thank you for coming back! That seminar must have been a powerful experience as you are already past your first week smoke free 👏👏👏👏. Many of us are still here fighting the fight!! How are you doing and feeling? Sending you a hug today! 🌹🤗
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Quit 2 weeks 4 days ago Commented 1 week 3 days ago
Hey Liz, so far I’m feeling great. It’s been actually way easier than any of my thousand will power tries in the past. I even went to a birthday party and was fine. This time I feel way more confident. Hope everyone had a fantastic weekend. Thank you Liz for welcoming me back to the forum (though I thinks it’s my 3rd time now, lol). Hugs. Poco
QuitCoach Katerina Log in or register to post comments
Quit 11 years 7 months ago Commented 1 week 3 days ago
Hello Poloco, thank you for updating us on your quit journey. Congrats on being 8 days smoke-free! It is very normal to have multiple quit attempts before quitting completely. What is important is that we never quit quitting! We are so glad to hear that you decided to get back on track! You must be so proud. Confidence is so important throughout this process! Be sure to reward yourself for all your hard work! Quitting smoking is a BIG deal and your deserve it! Keep up the great work! 👏👏👏
Lucille Brown Log in or register to post comments
Quit 5 years 7 months ago Commented 1 week 3 days ago
Welcome back Poco, glad you found your way back through Allen Carr's seminar and that you're doing great. Relapses don't really matter in the scheme of things, but having the willpower and stamina to start over again is wonderful and you have found the strength to do so. That says a lot about who you are and how you can take control of what seemed an impossibility at one time. You should be extremely proud of yourself and deserve to be free from this addiction. You've shown us that even though quitting is a struggle, that it's still doable. Thanks for sharing your journey with us and continued success. Hugs, Lucille.
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Quit 9 months 3 weeks ago Commented 1 week 3 days ago
Welcome back Pocoloco,
That’s amazing you are feeling so
Confident and having great success you made it through Hell Week and are going strong. You are an inspiration!
sabritas@sabrosas
Quit 9 months 3 weeks ago posted 1 week 4 days ago
Hi Friends
I am feeling pretty low. I have tried lots of things to help bring it up but no luck so far. It could be a chemical change due to being indoors almost all day every day and not enough light. Could be environmental factors like stress at work and challenges with kids at home. I am taking vitamin D. And a mild anti depressant but the dr says it’s too low so he wants to switch me to a different kind. I haven’t mustered the energy to drive to the pharmacy to pick it up. I am hesitant about going through side effects. Oh well, tomorrow is a new day and at least I am not even tempted to smoke it’s not even a thought. I just want some laughter and energy.
Take care everyone! ❤️🦃
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LLD Log in or register to post comments
Quit 2 years 4 months ago Commented 1 week 3 days ago
Hi Sabrita. I sure do understand depression as I suffer from it too.

I can tell you that medication saved me. Really. I know you don’t even want to drive to the pharmacy. I get that. Just think about the relief you will get with the meds. The end goal can spurn the motivation to go to the store.

As for side effects ,,, for me it was only weight gain. But I managed it about a year later and lost the 20 pounds with weight watchers and exercise. Yes. Takes effort. But the relief with the meds made life manageable. Certainly worth it.

I’m so proud of you for protecting your quit through this challenging time. Well done! You are strong. You can do this. Take the help from the meds. Really. There’s nothing to lose.

Sending you strength and support. 💪💖

Liz S Log in or register to post comments
Quit 11 months 3 weeks ago Commented 1 week 3 days ago
Oh my friend I’m sorry you are feeling blue. LLD is right .,, there is nothing to fear from being on meds. I was on them for 7 years and was reluctant to start them, but I can tell you that the help I got from taking them was like opening the curtains and letting the sunshine into a dark room! It’s not forever just for now … go pick them up … ❤️❤️❤️❤️
Lucille Brown Log in or register to post comments
Quit 5 years 7 months ago Commented 1 week 3 days ago
Welcome back to the forum LLD, so nice to see you doing so well with your quit. Sabritas LLD has given you some excellent advice, when I was depressed I didn't have anything to fall back on. Although my family was always there for me there wasn't an escape. So please take a chance with the meds, you have an excellent outlook toward your quit and a major milestone coming up. If your doctor feels it might be helpful for your stress and anxiety listen to your concience and do what's right for you. Take care dear friend and remember it takes a lot of courage to go through what you already have and to admit you're vulnerable. Sending you strength and support as well. Lucille.
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Thinking about quitting Commented 1 week 3 days ago
Hi there. I am so sorry that you are feeling low and appreciate that you were able to share your struggles with us. The change in the season can cause people to experience a change in mood, and good for you for seeking help from your doctor. Often times it is when we are feeling sad and vulnerable that we can think about picking up a cigarette for a form of relief. You are doing amazing at recognizing the relationship between your feelings and your motivation to persevere as a non-smoker. Keep that strength alive, as this can and will likely pass. Call us if you are struggling and would like some added support. 1-877-455-2233
Liz S Log in or register to post comments
Quit 11 months 3 weeks ago Commented 1 week 3 days ago
Dear Sabritas ❤️ Happy Thanksgiving … and I hope you are feeling a bit better today 🤗🌹 love from Liz
Lavender Log in or register to post comments
Quit 3 months 2 weeks ago Commented 1 week 3 days ago
Thinking about you Sabritas!
Hope you’re okay. let us know how you’re doing when you can 💕
Stanley Log in or register to post comments
Quit 5 months 3 weeks ago Commented 1 week 3 days ago
Hi Sabrina,

Sorry about you feeling blue at this season. You might try the happy light 💡 that sold in Costco. It might help you a bit when you are feeling blue or under stress. It might be better to take the medicine.

You can overcome your moody moment. You are stronger than ever and keep NOPE.

Cheer you up and Stand firm say no to nicodemon
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Quit 9 months 3 weeks ago Commented 1 week 3 days ago
Thank you friends for your encouragement. I read the first 3 comments this morning and got dressed and went to pick up the Rx. I took the first dose. Then I spent most of today fighting tears and trying to do simple tasks that didn’t require too much effort. This blip is to blame for no thanksgiving dinner for my family this year but I did make two batches of fresh apple squares from fresh picked apples.
I will hold the course and hope that good things are in the cards soon. Take care everyone! ❤️❤️❤️❤️You are the best!
GregD Log in or register to post comments
Quit 1 year 11 months ago Commented 1 week 2 days ago
You are awesome.
Beanie57 Log in or register to post comments
Quit 7 months ago Commented 1 week 2 days ago
Hi Sabritas. Sorry to hear you are feeling so low. I know the fall affects me like that too. It’s dark and raining quite a bit of the time. I also am on an antidepressant. Sometimes you have to try more than one or different doses to finally get it right. Hope you’re feeling better soon. Try to go out even if it’s darkish and bad weather. That’s what i do and I feel so much better when I get home. I pay myself on the back for going out😯. Glad to hear you’re not thinking of smoking. It would be so easy to smoke when you’re down. You must be very proud of yourself. Will let you go. Take care.
Stanley
Quit 5 months 3 weeks ago posted 1 week 4 days ago
I just drive to little store but I choose to turn around. This is second time today. I know the 💭 thought will gone. And the little craving will pass.

Thank for Beanie your post to remind me keep NOPE always.
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Quit 11 months 3 weeks ago Commented 1 week 4 days ago
Good job resisting 🎉🤗
QuitCoach Katerina Log in or register to post comments
Quit 11 years 7 months ago Commented 1 week 4 days ago
Congratulations Stanley on not giving into those cravings!. Remember, smoking will not eliminate stress from our lives but rather add more stress! Keep up the great work and excellent job reminding yourself that the craving will pass! NOPE! 🤗
Lucille Brown Log in or register to post comments
Quit 5 years 7 months ago Commented 1 week 4 days ago
Stanley, you never have to smoke again unless you let the nicodemon back into your life. You've said NOPE and that's the only way you can keep him from interfering with your decision to quit, but be careful all the same as he can be a sneaky bugger.
joy
Thinking about quitting posted 1 week 4 days ago
I quit for 6 years, then started up during a time of crisis and haven't stopped... now my child is smoking. This is a very stressful time for my family and we are coping with some stuff.
This concerns me greatly, and therefore I need to be the change I wish to see. I am thinking that I need to quit soon, but I want to set myself up for success. Would like my child to quit too!!
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Quit 11 months 3 weeks ago Commented 1 week 4 days ago
Hi Joy 🤗. Well you have come to the right place!! If you don’t have a plan in place, you may want to connect with one of the amazing Quit Coaches and they can work with you and your child to help set you up for success!! You know what being smoke free is like, and it’s just a matter of getting the ball rolling again 💕🌹 You can do this!
QuitCoach Katerina Log in or register to post comments
Quit 11 years 7 months ago Commented 1 week 4 days ago
Welcome joy to the QuitNow Community. As Liz S mentioned, you are certainly in the right place. This Community is here to support you throughout your quit journey! The Quit Coaches can be contacted via chat or by phone at 1-877-455-2233 for free one-on-one support if you are interested. Together, we can work together to develop a personalized quit plan to set you up for success! Beside smoking, what do you turn to when you are feeling less than your best? It can be helpful to remind yourself that whether you decide to smoke or not, that stressful situations will still be there. So great to hear that you are wanting to quit to be the "change you want to see". This is a great mantra to keep in mind throughout this process. Please let us know how we can best support you, we wish you all the best in your journey to becoming smoke-free! 🤗
Lucille Brown Log in or register to post comments
Quit 5 years 7 months ago Commented 1 week 4 days ago
Joy, welcome to the Quitnow community. When you feel you're ready and have picked a date to quit, we'll be here to help you, along with your child if he or she wishes to do so. Even if he or she doesn't want to quit, you'll be setting an excellent example because by seeing you do your upmost to quit you're letting him or her know that he or she can do it as well. It's a difficult thing to do but first take good care of yourself, then concentrate on helping your child. Hugs, Lucille.
Beanie57
Quit 7 months ago posted 1 week 4 days ago
Hi everybody. I’ve gone too long without posting. I forgot my password so had to change that. It had been so long. It’s been 6 months and 18 days!! Wow. I had a dream about smoking last nigh. I really thought I was smoking again. My daughter said last night how proud she was of me. I still get the cravings. That must be habit. I know that with any appointments I always look at the clock and think ok I’ve got time for a quick cigarette. Oh brother. How are you doing Stanley? I think about you often. I know last time I posted there were no current posts from Liz S. I think that’s the right name if I remember correctly. I haven’t checked the most recent posts. How are you Lucille? Have you made your move? How is your husband doing? And Sabritas how are you? I think of you often too. And Greg are you still out there? I’m going to read the posts as soon as I’m done this post. I’m sure there are a lot of new members. I was in a specialist office the other day and one of his questions was , is there any tobacco use? I proudly said no I don’t smoke. I quit 6 months ago. He said, oh great, congratulations. That made me feel really good. Well I’ve recanted enough. Will try not to leave it so long next time. Take care everybody
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Quit 11 months 3 weeks ago Commented 1 week 4 days ago
Hi Brenda 🤗. I am still here and think of you often! We all miss your funny posts 🤣. Huge congrats on getting past the six month mark … you are amazing!!! Sending you a huge hug today and hope you get out for your coffee at MacDonalds 🤗
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Quit 11 years 7 months ago Commented 1 week 4 days ago
Always a pleasure hearing from you Beanie! Over 6 months smoke-free, WOW, that is certainly something to be proud about! Congratulations! We are glad that you were able to get back into your account and thank you for updating us on your quit journey! We love hearing success stories to keep us motivated! Great job working through those cravings and sticking to NOPE! So good to hear that you are happy and confident about your quit! Quitting smoking is such a BIG deal, we hope you have been able to reward yourself! Wishing you all the best Brenda! Keep up the great work 👏👏👏
Stanley Log in or register to post comments
Quit 5 months 3 weeks ago Commented 1 week 4 days ago
Hi beanie,

I am here often but not post too much. I am always thinking of you. You are doing great for six months and 18 days . Your determination lead you to stay smoke free. I am proud of you too. I am doing ok and get back on track. Now I need to adjust my strategy to prevent myself to visit the little store.🤣🤣🤣🤣. Don’t forget keep us updated.

Cheer you up and keep NOPE.

Stand firm to say no to nicodemon
Lucille Brown Log in or register to post comments
Quit 5 years 7 months ago Commented 1 week 4 days ago
Brenda my goodness you've done well with your quit and with keeping your health in check. You're already a 1/2 year into it, hard to believe how fast time flies when you're determined and remain positive throughout. I'm so happy for you and proud of the way you faced your addiction and beat it in the process. The last time you posted you had wished me well with our move and I appreciate that. Yes we've settled on the mainland (We however miss Qualicum Beach) and my husband is doing O.K. so far. So glad your daughter is still encouraging you and that the doctor you're seeing has commented on how great it is that you've accomplished what you did. I think, no, I know that you will meet your one year milestone with grace and happiness and I wish you continued success now and always. Do stay in touch and let us know how you're doing, I too miss your posts. Huge kudos and congratulations again, Lucille.
Lucille Brown
Quit 5 years 7 months ago posted 1 week 4 days ago
Happy smoke free Thanksgiving everyone. Enjoy this special time with your families. Have a lovely weekend.
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Quit 11 years 7 months ago Commented 1 week 4 days ago
Thank you Lucille for all your support, we too hope that you have a happy smoke-free Thanksgiving and are able to enjoy time with your family. We appreciate all the time that you devote to supporting our Community! All the best! 💖
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Quit 11 months 3 weeks ago Commented 1 week 4 days ago
Happy Thanksgiving Lucille 🤗❤️
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Quit 3 months 2 weeks ago Commented 1 week 3 days ago
Yay to spending time with family & friends and not spending money and time on cigs!
Happy Thanksgiving long weekend!
CWilky
Quit 3 weeks 5 days ago posted 1 week 5 days ago
Well made it through that week of work whhpppeewww!!! So happy it’s Friday and a 3 day weekend at that. I will be celebrating my two weeks tonight by ordering in and watching a movie with my partner and our Chi ❤️Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend 🤗🍂🍁🦃
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Quit 11 months 3 weeks ago Commented 1 week 5 days ago
🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉 have an amazing weekend CW! You have done an outstanding job making it two weeks 🌹🤗
Lucille Brown Log in or register to post comments
Quit 5 years 7 months ago Commented 1 week 5 days ago
Have a wonderful weekend, and perfect time to be thankful for your two week quit. Happy Thanksgiving C Wilky. Enjoy. Hugs, Lucille.
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Quit 11 years 7 months ago Commented 1 week 4 days ago
Congratulations CWilky on making it through the work week and on being 2 weeks and 1 day smoke-free! What a great way to reward yourself for all your hard work! We thank you for keeping us updated on your quit journey and hope you have a fantastic weekend as well! Keep up the great work! Thank you Liz S and Lucille for the supportive and kind words for CWilky! We appreciate your dedication to our Community!👏👏👏
sherdon
Quit 11 months 2 weeks ago posted 1 week 5 days ago
Hi Everyone:
It's been a moment since I've been on the forum. Liz must be past 11 months smoke-free now. Congrats to you Liz!! I've been having a bit of heavy chest feeling the past month so I'm going to get it checked out at the doctor's in a couple of weeks. I do have a puffer that helps. I can say that if I was still smoking my chest would definitely have felt a lot worse than it does right now. I continue to remind myself how much better I am feeling since I've quit! Just keep saying NOPE.
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Quit 11 months 3 weeks ago Commented 1 week 5 days ago
Happy 11 months Sherdon ❤️🎉❤️🎉❤️🎉❤️🎉❤️🎉 we are both on the home stretch to year one .. can you believe it??? I am so thankful that you continue to check in ❤️❤️❤️ You are definitely my quit buddy and having one helps get through the trying and happy times. Other than your heavy chest feeling, are you doing ok? I have had a bit of extra phlegm over the last few weeks but other than that, I seem to be ok physically. I hope your heavy chest go away soon!!! Anyhow, I’m sending a hug 🤗. And happy thanksgiving!
Frankie B Log in or register to post comments
Quit 2 weeks 6 days ago Commented 1 week 5 days ago
Congratulations Sherdon and Liz !!!!I love that you are quit buddies ❤️ Almost a year for the both of you ! I remember when you both started and now you have persevered and it inspires me to keep going ☺️
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Quit 27 years 8 months ago Commented 1 week 5 days ago
Congratulations Sherdon to being smoke free for 11 months and Liz for approaching her one year quit anniversary even sooner. Having a quit buddy can definitely provide some special support, as they can understand the motions you are going through. So happy to hear that both of you continue to be committed to your quit! Thanks for checking in, sharing your successes and inspiring all on their quitting journey!
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Quit 5 years 7 months ago Commented 1 week 5 days ago
Sherdon, you and Liz have worked so hard on your quits and deserve triple Kudos for it, so here's to you two. May success always smile upon you. Proud of both of you . Hugs, Lucille.
TerryTeo
Quit 2 weeks ago posted 1 week 5 days ago
Day 3
I am using a vape but it's zapping my energy should I quit? My friend offered me a smoke today but I will not smoke with you today buddy 😎
NOPE, odaat
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Quit 11 months 3 weeks ago Commented 1 week 5 days ago
Hi Terry. Congrats on day 3 🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉 I have never vaped so I cannot say how I felt doing it. Are you using any other NRTs? You may want to touch base with a quit coach? Big hugs for you today 🤗
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Quit 6 years 4 months ago Commented 1 week 5 days ago
Congrats, Terry! Give us a call a the QuitLine, we can discuss the benefits of being smoke free and the benefits of being vape free as well. While the long term effects are still unknown, vaping still comes with it's own risks. If you are questioning whether or not you should stop, that may be you answer. If you are looking for another way to get nicotine into your body to control cravings, you may be eligible for free nicotine replacement therapy products from the pharmacy.
Reach out if you have any questions - 1-877-455-2233
~QuitCoach Stacey
TerryTeo Log in or register to post comments
Quit 2 weeks ago Commented 1 week 5 days ago
Thanks Liz, you are almost at your breathday. Are you planning any celebrations? I can't wait till I get there. I have NRT spray gum and patches. Maybe too early to get rid of the vape. My head is a mess. I still feel good not smoking. I'll try a patch soon if I don't get used to the vape.
Lucille Brown Log in or register to post comments
Quit 5 years 7 months ago Commented 1 week 5 days ago
TerryTeo, it may be time to give up the vaping as well. There are many toxins similar to those of cigarettes in your vapour and sometimes can lead to a secondary addiction. Your lungs can withstand a lot of abuse but smoking and vaping are two that are at the forefront. Take a breather and remember you're giving yourself a chance at being free from both. What better way of staying healthy, hardy and hale. I know you have what it takes to accomplish this because of your strength and determination. Just give it a chance and take your time. Hugs, Lucille.
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Quit 11 months 3 weeks ago Commented 1 week 5 days ago
My hubby and I are planning a special night out for dinner 🤗. We don’t go out to eat very often and have been talking about it for awhile so I think that would be the perfect time to celebrate. You will get there too … I honestly cannot believe how quickly the last year has flown by as I think I was stunned for most of it 🤣🤣🤣. Too much oxygen perhaps? Oh well … I still have time to put in before I get there … stay strong Terry! There is a life without smoking!!
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Quit 2 weeks ago Commented 1 week 5 days ago
Thanks Stacey and Lucille I am trying not to use the vape unless absolutely necessary I have a couple of step 2 patches on and feel better. I can't stop eating and eating.
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Quit 5 years 7 months ago Commented 1 week 5 days ago
Terry, stick to nutritious snacks such as sunflower and pumpkin seeds, fruits and veggies, sugar free candies etc. and you'll be O.K. The cravings will come and go and you'll find that they'll diminish sooner than later. Hang in there, you're doing awesome.
Shannon C
Quit 2 years ago posted 1 week 6 days ago
Hi Everyone
Today is my 2 year Anniversary😁 if you would have told me that I would be at two years in the blink of an eye.. I probably wouldnt believe you...but when I was at the gym today...I realised I could actually breathe. My numbers make me wish I had quit sooner.
10898 $ saved (all though I dont know where it went 🤣) 18298 cigs not smoked...WOW...I did it. I made a promise to my best friend that I lost to cancer last march that I would never go back to smoking, and I am sure she is up there smiling down on me on this special day.
To all the new people on here...stay focused, stay strong...stay smokefree...You can do it. Just remember NOPE...Not One Puff Ever.
Happy smoke free day everyone

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Quit 6 years 8 months ago Commented 1 week 5 days ago
Wow Shannon, what a wonderful accomplishment! We are so happy for you. Congratulations on achieving this amazing milestone. Two years smoke-free today, yay!🤗 Happy 2-year Anniversary! We are so glad to hear that your quit is going well and you are enjoying some benefits of being smoke-free. It's great to hear that your breathing has improved and so motivating to look at your numbers: “10898 $ saved...and 18298 cigs not smoked” Wow 🤗You did it! Thank you for sharing your inspiring quit journey with us and providing encouragement and support to everyone. Yes, it can be done and you got this! Keep going strong Shannon and be sure to do something special for yourself and celebrate your achievement. You are doing fantastic! Wishing you continued success.
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Quit 11 months 3 weeks ago Commented 1 week 5 days ago
👏👏👏👏🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉 Shannon holy cow two years!!!! So so happy for you … are you doing anything exciting to celebrate? I will celebrate you today in my morning gratitude meditation … you inspire me to keep moving forward no matter what thoughts try to take me down! 🤗🌹
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Quit 5 years 7 months ago Commented 1 week 5 days ago
I'm sure your friend is always near cheering you on Sharon. Our promises always count for something and yours is in the forefront as you head into your second year. That's an accomplishment worth celebrating and a huge milestone that deserves a huge high five. Congratulations and a toast to you and your friend who'll always be by your side if only in spirit. Hugs and continued success. Lucille.
Frankie B
Quit 2 weeks 6 days ago posted 1 week 6 days ago
Hi everyone ! I have not been here for a few months. I had quit smoking for almost seven months and then summer came……. I was having a couple of drinks with some friends that smoke and wouldn’t ya know it … I asked for one. Smoked it and then went a month without any. That was dangerous because it created a thought in the subconscious saying “ look you can be a casual smoker because you only had one this month”. Soon after that month had passed I was in the same situation, having a couple drinks with the same friends. This time we were camping together. I bummed one and then the next night I bummed another . That was it . I “needed” a pack when I got home. Anyhoo went strait back to smoking full time before I knew it. So I had some real talk with myself and decided I would quit again before I was to deep into it. I quit September 30th. It’s amazing how fast I stopped working out, eating healthy and all the good stuff I was doing for myself during that seven months quit. I jUst can’t wait to be back where I was but just taking it day by day right now. NOPE is the only truth when it comes to quitting and staying quit. Last year was a test of my strength. I watched my dad die on a hallway floor In front of me , I had to put my 17 year old dog down then 6 months later put my other 16 year old chihuahua down ( they were best friends). Then my brother died from a fentanyl overdose , I lost my job , I had to get a bunch of test for a lump ( which turned out to be benign) and I stepped away from a very toxic relationship. On and on it went. I was suffering from some serious anxiety and adrenaline fatigue and I really thought there was no hope at certain points. I have taken therapy, EMDR, read a few cognitive behavioural therapy books( Mind over Mood and At Last a Life are both excellent and helped a lot) , had about 1000 lavender baths, got a puppy and have been surrounding my self with good people. Physically and mentally feeling better bit by bit. Its astounding how much of a toll anxiety takes on the body . It’s been a long road and many set backs but I just keep pushing forward until I get it.

So glad I am back on track and not smoking again. One step further to healing and saying goodbye to 2020. Thanks for always being here Quitnow and community. Good people are soooooooo important ❤️❤️❤️
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Liz S Log in or register to post comments
Quit 11 months 3 weeks ago Commented 1 week 6 days ago
Welcome back Frankie 👏👏👏. I am so sorry about all that you went through … your heart has been through the wringer 💔. I am glad you are back here with us and I am sure you will be back to where you were in no time!! Sending a huge huge hug 🤗🌹
Lucille Brown Log in or register to post comments
Quit 5 years 7 months ago Commented 1 week 6 days ago
OMG Frankie, you have been through a lot, I'm so sorry you had to go through all this, but you've beaten the nicodemon once you can certainly do it again. It's hard to say NOPE when your friends are all smoking, but next time you'll be better prepared as we all learn from our mistakes. We are so conditioned to smoke when we drink , when we face adversity or when we're just plain tired of not having something to fall back on. As tempting as it is however, your main cause for concern here is that your health will always be at risk as would mine or anyone elses if we continued on this same path. Been there, done that. By starting over again you're giving yourself a very good chance of ridding yourself of all that anxiety and stress and you certainly have the strength and perseverance to do this. Don't let it take over your life, give it " What for? " and remember you are worth so much more than a darn cigarette. I believe in you and know that you're much smarter now then when you first started on your quit. You understand the repercussions of your actions and it takes courage to admit that you tripped up. So proud of you for taking control and starting over. One way or another you're going to reach freedom once again and we'll be here to support you through it all. Glad to have you back on the forum and looking forward to sharing your journey one more time. Hugs, Lucille.
Frankie B Log in or register to post comments
Quit 2 weeks 6 days ago Commented 1 week 6 days ago
Thank you Liz and Lucille ❤️I’m always so happy to see you are still on here Lucille. You have been here helping people since I attempted my quit 3 or 4 years ago! What a wonderful thing that you do for people on this forum and I’m just so appreciative for people like you. If I look back to a year from now I was in place I thought I would never get out of and I am just so great full to be where I am now . Thank you for always being so encouraging and thoughtful Lucille. I to will enjoy taking this journey with you one last time 🤗💕I love that your here still to Liz !!! When I quit last January you had just started. Soooooooo wonderful that you are almost at one year!!!!👏👏👏👏🎂🎈🎉🎊
So inspiring and you have worked sooooo hard for it I’m sure!! Sending hugs to both of you
Quit Coach Linda Log in or register to post comments
Quit 6 years 8 months ago Commented 1 week 6 days ago
Frankie, we are so sorry to hear about the difficult times and all that you went through... You have been through a lot...Please know that we are here for you and we want to support you in any way we can. We are so happy to have you back here with us. Welcome back! 🤗 You have quit for almost 7 months and we believe that you will be successful again. You have the strength, the perseverance and what it takes to beat this nicotine addiction. You can do this! You are on your way to freedom once again and we are so thrilled for you. Congratulations on all your hard work! If you would like some support, please feel free to reach out anytime. Thank you for sharing and keep us updated on how you are doing. Take care. ❤️

Thank you so much Lucille and Liz for all your support. ❤️
sherdon Log in or register to post comments
Quit 11 months 2 weeks ago Commented 1 week 5 days ago
Hi Frankie: I am like you. If I have one puff I will be back to smoking full-time. Thinking that I could just have one smoke is the reason I failed at all my past quit attempts. I almost had one this summer when I was sitting around the campfire having a few drinks but thankfully my husband wouldn't give me one. Other than that I've stayed away from alcohol because it is a huge trigger for me. You are a strong person to have gone through everything you did and still be standing so I know you can do this!!
sabritas@sabrosas Log in or register to post comments
Quit 9 months 3 weeks ago Commented 1 week 5 days ago
Welcome back Frankie
Good to hear from you, I was hoping you were going to check in and you did. I am sorry you have suffered so much loss in the last few months. Sounds like you have set yourself up for success and surrounded yourself with supportive people (puppy included).
❤️
Frankie B Log in or register to post comments
Quit 2 weeks 6 days ago Commented 1 week 5 days ago
Thank you coach Linda, Sherdon and Sabritas!!! So nice to see all the familiar people on here fighting the good fight🥰Such great support on this forum and I never feel like I can thank this community enough.Yes Sherdon I think sticking away from alcohol is something I definitely should do. It’s so triggering and to be honest I have so much alcoholism in my family that I really shouldn’t play around with it. Next year I should be choosy about who I camp with ☺️🌄💕
My new puppy helps sooooo much Sabritas! He is just so full of love and he needs me 24/7 so I have my hands full which feels good. My house felt way to empty without some fuzzy love around 🥰 I call him my therapy dog even though he’s not registered as one.
Thanks you coach Linda and all the other coaches that help so many people . I will definitely be keeping the forum close to me . Sending hugs to you all 🤗🤗🤗
joy Log in or register to post comments
Thinking about quitting Commented 1 week 4 days ago
Hello Frankie,
So glad to hear your story. You've had some serious stress and grief and I hope the healing continues.
I've been down the road of believing that I can casually smoke too!! A complete joke for me. I cannot!! I will hold with the NOPE philosophy when I set my date. I am currently trying to kick the habit that I reignited about 10 years ago, after 6 years without. My child is now smoking, after vaping with friends got stomped on. I know that I need to be a good example, so I am at the thinking stage. Lots of stress and loss are in my story as well, but we are strong and this crutch is a killer!
Thanks for sharing Frankie, as I begin down the road to healing!!
Joy
Jeanne
Quit 3 weeks 2 days ago posted 1 week 6 days ago
I'm getting close to the 2 week mark and feeling pretty good. I feel more energetic and sometimes go for hours without thinking about smoking. The lozenges really work for me. I'm feeling happy at this moment.
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QuitCoach Stacey Log in or register to post comments
Quit 6 years 4 months ago Commented 1 week 6 days ago
Wow, Jeanne! How amazing does that feel, going periods of time without thinking about smoking?! That is freedom and what we all hope to gain from a quit. The lozenges work for you and that is awesome. Finding something to help you through the quitting process is key. Thanks so much for sharing your journey with us.
~QuitCoach Stacey
Liz S Log in or register to post comments
Quit 11 months 3 weeks ago Commented 1 week 6 days ago
You are doing fantastic!!! I’m so glad you found something that works for you … celebrate today and every day you don’t smoke Jeanne! It is truly a blessing to be free 🤗🌹
Lucille Brown Log in or register to post comments
Quit 5 years 7 months ago Commented 1 week 6 days ago
Excellent work Jeanne and 2 weeks under your belt outstanding. Just keep an eye out for the nicodemon, he can sneak up on you unexpectadly and tempt you to no end. Just keep him at bay by saying NOPE and you'll be in control once more. Hugs, Lucille.
Shannon C Log in or register to post comments
Quit 2 years ago Commented 1 week 5 days ago
Keep up the great work Jeanne😉
sabritas@sabrosas Log in or register to post comments
Quit 9 months 3 weeks ago Commented 1 week 5 days ago
Yay Jeanne! You should be so proud!
Lucille Brown
Quit 5 years 7 months ago posted 2 weeks ago
When I first started my journey I found this and shared it with many of my fellow quitters because it resonated with me, perhaps it will do the same for you.

The road to success is not straight. There is a curve called Failure, a loop called Confusion, speed bumps called Friends, red lights called Enemies, and caution lights called Family. But if you have a spare tire called Determination, an engine called Perseverance, insurance called Faith and a driver called your Conscience, you will make it to a place called Success. ( Author T.E. Boyd)
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sabritas@sabrosas Log in or register to post comments
Quit 9 months 3 weeks ago Commented 2 weeks ago
Thanks for that Lucille. ❤️
QuitCoach Stacey Log in or register to post comments
Quit 6 years 4 months ago Commented 1 week 6 days ago
I like this, thanks for sharing Lucille. It is important to realize that even family and friends can often be reasons we aren't succeeding right away. There is nothing wrong with taking time away to focus on you and focus on your quit. You are the most important right now.
~QuitCoach Stacey
Liz S Log in or register to post comments
Quit 11 months 3 weeks ago Commented 1 week 6 days ago
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Shannon C Log in or register to post comments
Quit 2 years ago Commented 1 week 5 days ago
Wise post Lucille...inspirational as usual. Love it. ❤
Lucille Brown
Quit 5 years 7 months ago posted 2 weeks ago
Missing many of the previous posters, Green Meenie, Andrea, Shannon, Sherdon, Judy the Beauty, Dianne Ellis, Dora, Pdoutaz, Joan, and many many more. Hope you're all doing well and enjoying your smoke free retirement. Thank you for your dedication and all the help given on the forum. We've seen many of you come and go and wish you every success now and into the future. As for all the new quitters, you have what it takes to take control, you just have to accept that you're human, you'll make mistakes but there is no such thing as failure here. The more you try, the better chance you'll have of beating your addiction. Be proud of yourselves for everyday you don't smoke and even if you do relapse, never give up because tomorrow may be different and a little bit easier.
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QuitCoach Stacey Log in or register to post comments
Quit 6 years 4 months ago Commented 1 week 6 days ago
I always wonder how many previous posters are doing! It's nice to send out this dedication to them so that they know we are still thinking about them.
Thanks for the support also, Lucille. I agree, there is no such thing as failure and the more you try, the better chance you have of succeeding.
~QuitCoach Stacey