Jul 2 2017


Never thought I'd make it but thanks to you all supporting me I did. Thanks to all my old quit buddies. I'll never forget you.
Love to you all. xxx
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Jun 1 2016

Add 1 more day

Great news! Daughter #2 has been Smokefree today. Happy happy happy.

Did I say I was happy?
Yes I did. Deliriously happy because she gets bronchitis and has had pneumonia twice. Yippee.
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May 31 2016

Dreams really do come true

Smokefree days: 1064 days
Cigarettes NOT smoked: 26600
Total savings: $21,280.00

Happy Smokefree Day
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May 8 2016

Cyber theft

Smokefree days: 794 days
Cigarettes NOT smoked: 19850
Total savings: $15,880.00

Hss anyone seen the 246 days missing from my total days quit?
Uh oh. I reckon it's meant to be about 1040 today. If you find them they're all mine.
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Mar 30 2016

Stats Update 1001 days smokefree

Smokefree days: 1001 days
Cigarettes NOT smoked: 25025
Total savings: $20,020.

Twice I have tried to blog off my phone. I give up. Lol.
Never give up. Keep on keeping on. You will get there if you keep trying.
Dam proud of these stats and couldn't have done it without you. xxx
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Aug 18 2015

What a difference a day makes

Smokefree days: 777 days
Cigarettes NOT smoked: 19425
Total savings: $15,540.00

For many months I've been feeling down but then, on my last visit to the outpatients arthritis specialist he said "I think I might be over medicating you." I quickly agreed to cease the meds he had me on and what do you know .. I no longer feeling worn out and fed up.
Within a day I was full of energy and happy again. In fact I'm so happy I just had to share. Then, to top it off I got a pay rise as well!

A special shout out to my old quit buddies. I have limited internet access now so I don't pop in so often. Sending you lots of love and many thanks for your support. xxx

To all the new quitters - never lose faith that quitting the smokes will be worth it. It is!!! Even if it takes longer for some than others; hang in there. It's wonderful to free from this addiction :))
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Jun 2 2015


Smokefree days: 700 days
Cigarettes NOT smoked: 17500
Total savings: $14,000.00

I’m not taking this getting older thing very gracefully. That nasty tummy bug returned last week and completely knocked the stuffing out of me (I wish, lol, I still have a fat tummy). Just got home from my first day back at work. Didn’t eat all day in case it sent me running to the loo. Oh well, think I’m on the mend now.
Was unable to take my new meds (for RA) while I was unwell. That is another challenge in itself. Thankfully I get checked by the hospital now – regular blood tests and x-rays as the meds I’m on may cause liver damage and/or osteoporosis. Very happy to be seeing a specialist and it’s free. Gotta love NZ.
It’s my birthday in a couple of days and my daughters were going to take me out for dinner, but might save that for my next day off which is Sunday. By then I should be fit enough to pig out. I moved to a new flat about 3 weeks ago and the removal men did it in 2 hrs, very impressed with that. I have a nice view but have already decided that I shall move again when I retire because I miss having my own garden. Gardens are magical places that lift the spirits.
Best news ... I can honestly say that I never want to smoke ever again.
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May 28 2015

I need a hug

Feeling very sorry for myself. Just starting to recover from the worst tummy bug ever which started last Saturday and I had to leave work. Days ago the GP said to make carrot soup but I've only just found the energy to do that. Oh well, at least I'm on the mend now. Supposed to be back at work tomorrow but not sure I will last the distance.

I told my daughter not to visit because I didn't want her to catch it. Wouldn't wish it on my worst enemy ... well ... maybe.
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Apr 29 2015


Smokefree days: 666 days
Cigarettes NOT smoked: 16650
Total savings: $13,320.00

It’s early months of 2013 and I’m gasping for breath in between racking coughing fits. It’s been so bad lately I've had to resort to keeping a bucket at my bedside; tissues are not cutting the mustard any more. My useless doctor can’t seem to find the right antibiotics to rid me of this constant bronchitis. I’m so very, very tired…
It took a new job and the humiliation of coughing in front of new workmates to make me come to the realization that this was up to me, not my doctor. With your constant help and encouragement I quit smoking. I have never had bronchitis since.
I am so very touched by the wonderful people who accompanied me on my journey to freedom from this addiction. You have restored my faith in human nature. You were always there for me when it seemed like no one else was. My confidence has been boosted (we quit smoking, we can do anything) and now I embrace meeting new people and facing new challenges.
Good news on the home front. Daughter #2 is going to counselling tomorrow, has advertised for work, hasn’t had a drink for 12 days and is looking for a flat of her own. My moving out next week may have prompted this and also her daughter, now 17, was consistently on her back about how much she drank. Not confident the good work will be maintained though.
My new flat is just across the road from my workplace so there goes all my excuses for being late due to traffic, lol. I recently purchased a new phone and made the discovery last night that I can talk to it and it will write text for me. Fascinating. Now I just have to learn how to “tether” it to my laptop. We can always live in hope. xx
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Feb 22 2015


Smokefree days: 600 days
Cigarettes NOT smoked: 15000
Total savings: $12,000.00

Ha ha, I haven't "saved" any money, but have bought a (new) second-hand car. No rust or paint chips so it looks smart, but only 1500cc. I expect it will be cheap to run and has a higher seat, which makes it easier to get in and out of. I have named it Gutless - because it is. Not at all sure it's capable of overtaking.

So, the cigs have gone and the fast car is gone, what else is there in life? Just kidding. I'm forever grateful that I can now breathe easier and very seldom cough. Before I quit I couldn't even take a deep breath without a coughing fit. No more bronchitis now and that's fantastic.

Life has been pretty rough lately (understatement) but you get that I suppose, and I haven't been supporting you all like I used to. One of my adult children is an alcoholic. I was so happy when she got off the drugs last year, but now the alcohol consumption is so bad, she is getting very abusive and lazy. Last week she promised me she would get counselling but has not done so yet. Empty promises.

This morning I went for a walk with my sister, went to the food market and got fresh veg, then went for a coffee together. It was lovely to get out, look at the scenery and have a chat. Presently waiting for my eldest to arrive as she’s taking me out for a late lunch as a treat. Really looking forward to it.

I never thought I would get to 600 days quit, but with your support and one day at a time I made it. Many thanks :)
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