Aug 24 2019
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Cutting back seems to be working

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Firstly I would like to thank everyone who has commented on my posts and supporting me! I am quite a keep to myself person but thought maybe posting will help and it really does!

I can say yesterday and today I am now down to 5 rollies a day! I am starting to feel comfortable with that and the stress of must have a smoke has really cut down. It may seem strange but I also have noticed I seem to have more energy and wanting to do stuff - not sure if that sounds weird or not lol.

So I am going to keep to my "plan" and one day I will decide to miss a smoke and hopefully then cut down to four as the urge lessens. I am amazed that it is working as I thought only about one third smoking compared to what I have been doing would be really hard but found it isn't. Keeping positive! :)

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Aug 24 2019
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Stats Update 413 days smokefree

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Smokefree days: 413
Total savings: $3,657

Hey everyone!
Remember me??? (It's ok if you say no lol :-)

Just checking in and catching up with the blogs. Great to see some wonderful blogs from my support crew from last year when I joined Quitline, and lovely to see new people's blogs. Keep up the great work you guys!!!

I'm still going strong and haven't touched a smoke for 1 year, 1 month and 18 days. Yay!!! And I don't intend to ever again :-)

Wishing you all a lovely weekend.

P.s. I'm enjoying the fact that I no longer have to go outside and stand in the freezing cold to get my nicotine hit anymore. I can stay curled up under my blanket all toasty warm :-)

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Aug 24 2019
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Loving it

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Hi all,

Am enjoying seeing all the new comers and their blogs.

Its been over a year and I have had a lot of health issues that could have pushed me back to smoking. I started at the age of 5 and now I am 37 and FINELY smokefree. I tried for many years and could only stop for a short time. After a year I don't even miss them and feel it was the best thing I ever did.

Its also great to see all the old people who I got all my support from still doing the same. I love it and love my quit family.

The hubby and I are trying to start our family and me not being a smoker makes it feel like the right time for us.

Hope all is well with everyone and that your journey is going well

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Aug 24 2019
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Status report

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I have resupplied myself with new vape $19.50 for a new kit and a juice. My mate took off with old one. Even though I heard on BBC radio 100s of people getting sick owing to vape it's the only thing that works for me and it won't affect my carbon monoxide test. I don't believe the fake news anyway they once said cup of tea was a cure for cancer. Cup of tea is just refreshing. Anyhoo I am off the smokes at least. Compared to the millions who've died from smoking I'm take my chances with vape I don't chain vape or use the newer expensive ones those I can't handle. And if I was to lose it somewhere I'd be out 300 bucks for that. I have 2 full plastic bags of old vape gear you do have to renew your gear. Right now I am smoke and drug free so I am happy with my progress no way will I jeopardize my quit so I have NRT and vape on the ready. But I will try to cut down in the future. Slow but sure.

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Aug 24 2019
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Stats Update: 1,826 days smokefree

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Smokefree days: 1,826
(5 years today)
Total savings: $36,389

Hi Quit Family.

The 24th of August, 2014 was the last time that I had a cigarette.
I've taken heed of NOPE (Not One Puff Ever) since that date as I'm sure if I had just one puff I wouldn't be smokefree today.
I don't even think of smoking these days and it doesn't worry me to be surrounded by smokers.

I'd be lying if I said it was easy quitting but it was a lot easier knowing that I had the support of so many of my fellow bloggers.
I will always be indebted to all of you who supported me through these last 5 years - especially 4 years ago with the death of my father.
Knowing that I remained smokefree at that sad time in my life made me realise that nothing in the future would stop me from continuing to be smokefree.

Once again, thank you to all of my supporters.

Cheers, Dave😎😎😎

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Aug 23 2019
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Did not last 24 hours

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Right I tried the do not light up first thing in the morning and had a lozenge. I will be honest and say I was miserable and it was not going to be an instant I can do this! I need to work out a way to do it my way without doing the cold turkey.

So some may not agree with this BUT I decided to try to cut down instead. I normally would have had about 9 smokes by now (average about 12-14 rollies a day) but managed to only have 3! Yes for some that may mean a fail but to me it is a step in the right direction. I am trying a different approach and it might work or might not. I just know that going cold turkey was not going to happen.

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Aug 23 2019
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Incentive to quit

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I've just got back from smoking services and I got a mouth spray which I never before used. I blew a 27 on the carbon monoxide detector. It only goes to 30. I'm aiming at winning the $300 incentive for a 12 week quit some of you could do blind folded. I got lozenges gum and patches til next week I go to the GP to get champix.

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Aug 23 2019
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Garden gate Number 8

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Gone Fishing. Take my mind off this smoking.

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Aug 23 2019
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Feeling the Freedom

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Feeling the freedom today, nice clear head with excitement about what the day will bring. These days now remind me that the awful days are really worth it!

Have a good smoke free day everyone 🌻

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Aug 23 2019
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Forgot to blog last night

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Good morning everyone and to the new members, welcome!

So today is day 3 again, yesterday was a good day. Ive found putting my patches on my back seem to be better and not irritating my skin.

My partner has joined me on my quit so we are doing it together now, so happy about that because financially quitting together will save us $200 a week so we have decided that at least half of that will be going into the bank. Also its now a competition to see who can quit first..

I am thinking of signing up to a gym, maybe some exercise will help when my moods get low because that was actually the thing that made me want a smoke in the end. And although I managed to pull myself away from having a whole smoke the other day the thing that scared me was that I did actually enjoy the couple of puffs I had and I could see how easily it would have been to continue smoking which is definitely what I don’t want. So here I am about to redo day 3 and feeling good Im really happy today, must have been the awesome sleep I managed to get last night...

Hope everyone has a great smoke free day xo

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