Oct 2 2019
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WOW

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Its been 1 month free from smoking, free from the bondage smoking had over me, planning my next ciggi, where I would sit, would I drink coffee or tea, should I have my ciggi before my meal or after, or perhaps both. Should I have one as Im driving up the road to my destination, 5-10 mins away, and one when I get there, and another on the way back. I have that phone call to make so another coffee, my favorite seat and ciggi made that conversation even better. So much planning went in to my next cigarette.

Not only the planning, but my cigarettes were my best friend ever, they were with me on my happiest days, saddest days, angry moments, stressful moments, bored moments, my friend comforted me in some of my biggest life moments, I knew there would come a day where I had to say goodbye to who I thought was my friend, that was a month ago now, and I'm glad.

At first I missed my friend, it felt as if there was a little bit of grief and loss, that was ok, I knew I could work through that, after all, my friend was not all that good for me. With my friend came frequent headaches, coughing spasms, panic if my friend was not close by, plus my friend was expensive, I would get sick in winter, and more often than not, we were isolated because no one wanted to be around us, we would have to sneak around in social gatherings to catch up, we smelt and at times were frowned upon. My friend took my money, made me sick, and at times isolated me, "SOME FRIEND" but we stuck together no mater what.

1 month ago I made the decision that I needed better friends in my life, ones that cared about me, I read good books, I walk without losing my breath, I eat healthier foods, I treat myself to something nice, I feel empowered mentally, my skin is grateful, I feel happier, and I don't smell yucky.

I still miss my old friend at times, but never want to be involved again. This is just an analogy of my thoughts on smoking, I hope you are all doing well in Blog land, thankyou for sharing your positives, thoughts, tips etc that have encouraged me and continue to encourage me on my journey. Ill be forever grateful.

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Sep 1 2019
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Smoking to Vaping Journey

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Smokefree days: 42
Total savings: $1,344

Kia Ora,

I use to have 15-20 smokes a day. A lot of friends had made the switch to vaping (mainly to the small one available at BP or Z that rhymes with MALT, with 4% nico). After a few weeks of making the plan to quit one Monday I bought a pack and the vape. I gave myself a week grace period where I could only have that one pack and I could use the vape.

One week later I ran out of smokes and I made the full time switch to vaping. I’m happy to say that I’m 6 weeks in since I quit and I couldn’t be happier with my decision to make the change.

My next goal is to change full time to the 0% nico, which I am doing at the moment :)

By all means, please try and quit without the need to switch to vaping, but I hope my experience helps in some way to others considering the switch or going through a similar journey :)

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Aug 25 2019
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69 days smokefree

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Hey again guys, just wanted to share my excitement from last week of being over 2 months off the smokes! For those just starting out, I want to say that it absolutely gets easier. In the first couple of weeks I was a right cow to everyone, constantly wanting smokes, and begrudging seeing a group smoking on my breaks at work. I can now say that I’m confident that I’ll be off them for good. I even managed to be in a car with someone smoking and didn’t want one. I’m really glad I made the choice to quit 😊

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Jul 2 2019
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Quitline

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Yup, back on the banter Again
Why do we keep going in & out of service? It seems a small window of opportunity, NEC minute-puff, gone! Can't log in-to the point where You don't want to shut the window...in case...
May I offer 1 extra thing, that I noticed? This time, positive! I have an extra 'badge' completed!!
Even at this stage, of my Quit, that's a Thrill, so Thank You 🤗
One question-there is 1 badge left for me to collect. Can You please tell me what is for&how do I get it?
Thank You

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Jan 25 2019
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Easy way to quit

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I’m just here to help everyone who’s trying to quit and finding it difficult.
I spent years hopelessly trying, cutting down, patches lozenges etc to no avail. Until 2 months ago I read Allen Carrs easy way to stop smoking. I was recommended it by a NZ doctor and it has changed my life!!! If you’re sceptical, just try it! I didn’t believe a book can help but it has and it was SO EASY!
If you can’t afford to buy just go to your library. Most have it, I wish I could let every smoker know how easy it becomes to become free!!
Not one craving ever since! You can do it people!

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Jan 4 2019
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New Quitter

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Hi Everyone,

Im new to this and am starting my quit journey tomorrow (5th January 2019). I am quite nervous as it is my first time quitting, but as the smoke prices are going up they are getting to become something that I am needing more than I actually do.

It is difficult for me because smoking is my form of 'stress relieving' when in reality its the one thing I stress about the most, when am I going to get my next packet, how long will they last for, If i dont have enough money where what will I do? IM OVER IT!!

I would love to chat to some of you to see what your techniques to beat the craves are because I am seriously scared and nervous, BUT I WANT THIS!!

Thank you

Kaleah

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Nov 29 2018
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Slipped up

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20th of febury I started my quit smoking journey, It has been rough to say the least, especially in the early stages.
8 months or so down the track I completely fucked up with weakness and lite a cigarette after having a fight with my patner. That was last Thursday evening. As I site in my porch smoking a cigarette I realise its Thursday and that one cigarette has now turned into a week of smoking. So as the week ends and monday rises I will start my quit journey again. Give me the strength to over come my addiction.

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Nov 21 2018
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Focus

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Smokefree days: 2,937 ( 8yrs )
Total savings: $61,760
This is based on 80gm p/wk and $92 p/50gm
YOU will be saving around the same if you Quit Today.💥
More incentive to stay Quit. 😎 ✔

Focus:
Just a reminder to help with the quitting..
When we lose focus we’re forgetting our goals, were forgetting What we’re doing and our reasons Why we’re doing this, and that’s why when it's hard we’ll accept almost any reasonable suggestion that our minds give us,.. such as 🚬 smoking.
You’ve done the smoking habit for years now so it’s hardly surprising that there’s no obstruction or blockage to smoking unless you remain in Focus.
If you go off track your mind will wander and will accept many different suggestions as we forget what our Focus is, If we struggle to remember what we had for dinner 4 days ago it’s not surprising we easily forget our goals, if it’s only a mental picture that we obtained at the start of our Quit then we’re going to need to reinforce that to succeed at this Very Tough but highly rewarding Quest.

Remember the saying ‘out of sight, Out of mind’ well its true, but the good news is.. it also works the opposite way around too.
‘In my sight, In my mind’ which is why tangible items such as printed documents work really well, ie: fridge magnets, stickers or certs, postings, reminders on your fridge or bedroom wall are powerful tools.. ‘In my sight, In my mind’
Focus is a Strong, Quick and Definitive Remembrance of our goals which remind us in the hard times What & Why we’re doing this and what the rewards are in order to help keep us on track and acts as an obstruction or blockage to any wrong doing such as smoking.
Success is a matter of viewpoint, so.. what do you see today.!! 🏅
We can change the world by the way we see it with our knowledge, we can also change ourselves in the same way, stay Focused folks.

You already know this info but I just want to help you increase your chances of success.
Cheers Everyone. 👍 🍺 🍺

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Nov 4 2018
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QUITLINE You Have Issues

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Hello Quitline,
It appears that After Each and EVERY comment or Blog made by members that we can't see if our comments have been posted until we log out and log Back in again. Obviously some more changes have taken place but insufficient testing has been done, thus reflecting upon the members.
I have suggested this to you previously via email.. that your IT team needs an overhaul (Replacement)
There still isn't any moderating, this place is still very very quiet and you're still losing members including the long term experienced and valued ones due to 'Technical issues' here.
This blog post is for an example of evidential proof when we talk.
I shall be in contact with you later this week with a proposal.
Thank you

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Oct 29 2018
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For the Admin

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Kia ora Quitline Admin
My blog didn't post up until I logged out and logged back in.
I'm having to log in and out when replying on peoples blogs too.
Am I the only one that has this problem or have others noticed it too.
Gaaawww go away for awhile and come back to pakaru stuff lol

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