Dec 28 2019

Stats Update 1300 days smokefree


Smokefree days: 1,300
Total savings: $70,200

Hi there quit family! I was sitting here with some left over Christmas paper and it occurred to me that someone may benefit from this small tip...

I have always loved popping bubble wrap (strange I know ;)) and I found that a small piece of wrap could keep my hands busy in the first days when the cravings hit. It was a way to break the habit of the hand-to-mouth motion but kept my hands occupied.

Anyway, I’m thrilled to see ,y nice shiny stats today. Not bad after smoking 40 a day for over 20 years!

Merry Christmas season to you all x

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Dec 7 2019

simply awesome


Smokefree days: 1,279
Total savings: $69,066

So in the past two weeks I’ve had two of my kids in to hospital. The first was for a short visit to confirm GP’s diagnosis. The second was to rebreak a badly disfigured broken arm in my son. He was very, dry anxious about the whole thing. It occurred to me later that day that in both cases, I would have had to nip outside in my prior life. It was a weirdly nice reminder of how far I have come because I could remain with my kids the whole time they needed me. Yes, I wanted to get out of hospital, but to leave and not to have a smoke or 10 due to the ‘stress’. See, life will always hand you some stressful times but smoking does NOT make the stress go. That is merely an illusion. I was less stressed by not having to factor in when and how to smoke and the accompanying guilt of leaving my child when they needed my support.

Apologies for the long winded post...but it was a pretty cool thing for me to consider.

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Nov 23 2019

Stats Update 1265 days smokefree


Smokefree days: 1,265
Total savings: $68,310

Hey quit family! I’m just popping in to check on my stats and send some encouragement your way. Small bio about me, I smoked 40 a day for over 20 I KNOW what it’s like to quit cold turkey and feel like I would never get where I am now. One day at a time and resolve to never pick up a cigarette. Ever.

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Aug 31 2019

Stats Update 1181 days smokefree


Smokefree days: 1,181
Total savings: $63,774

Morning lovely people! I just wanted to wish you all a fabulous smokefree weekend!

I’m just touching base with my stats for a reminder of how far I have come.

Like many of you, I smoked a pack a day, but I chose a 40pack! This went on for the better part of 20 years. Quitting cold turkey was the only way for me to beat this hideous addiction.

I received some horrific news affecting my family over the past few weeks. I seriously didn’t know how I would deal with it all, but I’m so happy to say that having a smoke didn’t even cross my mind. That crutch and ingrained habits have been broken over the past 3.5 years. And if nothing else positive happened, that was something to celebrate during a difficult period in my life.

So hang in there folks, it really is as easy as deciding to never put a smoke into your mouth, you are stronger than you will ever understand.

Kia kaha

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May 30 2019

Stats Update 1088 days smokefree


Smokefree days: 1,088
Total savings: $58,752

Queen’s Birthday marks 3 years since I managed to kick this horrid habit. I remember thinking that 3 months seemed like an eternity and I couldn’t fathom a year or beyond.

Not once have I regretted this decision. Life is soooooo much better without smokes. We are living a more full life with activities and dreams happening.

You’ve got this. Just simply don’t have another smoke. Yes, I know the journey. I used to smoke 40 a day and had a 20 year habit. You do the maths. Cold turkey was the only way for me and I’m so proud.

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Apr 7 2019

Stats Update 1035 days smokefree


Smokefree days: 1,035
Total savings: $55,890

Morning folks! I don’t come in here too often but I’m well aware that there are lots of people just starting their quitting journey and I wanted to encourage you!

I used to ignore the posts from people who had quit for longer than a year because they freaked me out! But I can tell you I know the road you’re walking. I used to smoke 40 a day for over 20 years, so I know the addiction, the withdrawal and the joy of freedom.

The simple trick is deciding to never have another puff again. Ever.

Yes, life will throw crap at you..that doesn’t change whether you smoke or not. Yes, there will be times to celebrate and that also doesn’t change whether you light up or not.

You have no idea the freedom and happiness awaiting you once you get through those initial pangs and illusions of needing a smoke to manage. You can do this! I promise you. And it’s worth it.

I returned to study last year and obtained my teaching qualification at post grad level. It was stressful. I’ve lost friends and it was painful.

This year I’m teaching and I just know I never could have done this if I was smoking. I am living my dreams. I’m also taking my kids on holiday this year because we can afford to go somewhere now I’m not burning my hard earned money!

Hang in there..the best is yet to come!

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Dec 21 2018

Stats Update 928 days smokefree


Smokefree days: 928
Total savings: $50,112

Good morning all,

I am just popping in to say Merry Christmas to everyone. If this is your first Christmas in breaking the smoking cycle, you’ve got this!

I cannot believe me statsand can say it’s simply a matter of one day at a time until it never crosses your mind.

I was watching Big, the movie, the other day with my kids, I have often explained that during my childhood, my parents smoked in the car, in the home, in airplanes, nearly movie theatres, at their desk at work, at the Dr! They finally saw a movie where smoking was everywhere, and furthermore was accepted and celebrated and used to sell sex appeal.

Our society has come a long way. Be part of the new healthy change people :)

Here’s to a fabulous smokefree Christmas and 2019! 🎄 🤗

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Jun 4 2018

2 years today


I’m so proud of myself and my kids are set to burst. 2 years ago I made the decision to finally kick this bloody awful habit. After a lifetime of smoking 40 a day, and going cold turkey, I was determined. Turns out I’m pretty bloody-minded when I choose to be.

I watched my dad pass from lung cancer. And yeah I still didn’t quit straight after I kissed him goodbye. I’ve lost all of my family because of my quit, and I’ve gained weight, but what a freedom. My kids are so proud and celebrate with me all the time.

Hang in there folks. Never stop giving up. Ever. You can do this.
Kia kaha.

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Apr 23 2018

Stats Update: 686 days smokefree


Smokefree days: 686
Total savings: $31,556

Evening folks,

I was just checking in to see how my stats are adding up...and they certainly keep on creeping up there.

To those of you who have just quit, I promise you will never regret this decision. Those initial pangs and withdrawals will decrease and get easier every time you flex that muscle which chooses to not give in. And soon your body will thank you as you realise you have stopped poisoning it. You’re not giving up anything, you’re gaining everything.

One day at a time. You’ve got this. 😊👍💪

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Jan 27 2018

600 days!


😮 600 days and $24k not spent!

Well, I haven’t saved that but I haven’t had to fork out that money simply to feeding a horrible addiction.

I started summer school a few weeks ago to do my Graduate Diploma and have completed my first paper. It’s interesting that the amount of stress that this course carries. In my previous life I would have been smoking up a storm. How lovely it is to just be able to handle life without the prop and illusion of a smoke.

If you’re just starting on this journey in your new life, keep strong. The withdrawals cease as you keep flexing that muscle of resolve. Your best times are ahead of you and life looks better and brighter than ever before x

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