May 22 2020
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Day 2019

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Hey guys, been a while since I've been on here. Hope everyone is doing well in their quit journey's. I am still going strong and smoke free. In fact I don't think about smoking at all. Such a great feeling.

I have just popped in to check on everyone.

For those who are just starting on your quit journey, stay strong, it'll get worse before it gets better but you can do it, I was what you would call a 'chain smoker' and I woke up one day and decided enough was enough, I went cold turkey and here I am nearly 6 years later. I feel great now but I know how tough it was to quit.

Remember, one day at a time and not one puff ever.

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Nov 11 2019
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Day 1826

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Officially 5 years today of being smoke free!

Never thought I’d get here but I have. It’s been such an emotional and fulfilling experience. Just want to thank the community for the support, it’s such a massive help getting advise and just having you guys encourage me in my journey.

I hope I have given someone the same support I received these last 5 years. It’s such a massive help.

I’ll continue to come in and keep giving my 2 cents worth if it will help one person remain smoke free.

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Oct 24 2019
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Day 1808

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Gidday folks! Wow haven't been on here in nearly 6 months. Good to see a lot of new quitters. In a few days I will have been quit for 5 years! Unreal to be honest, feels like yesterday that it was Day 1 and I was baring my soul to this community who are a major reason why I am still NOT smoking to this day.

I struggled in that first week, but the support from this community got me through those first 7 days, after that, it was a battle of wits. However before I knew it, I was well on my way. It's the best decision you'll ever make not just for your self but for those close around you. The main reason I quit was for my wife and kids, they were a daily reminder as to why I needed to stay the course and never touch another cigarette again.

I don't come on here as much as I want to as I really want new quitters to succeed in kicking the habit for good, however my life is pretty much full on but there is not a day that I even think about smoking. This November I can't believe I will be smoke free for 5 years.

Just remember, NOPE!!

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Apr 22 2019
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Day 1623

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Gidday folks, just been reading some of the latest posts, some people are struggling, I guess no one said it was going to be easy. I really hope you guys stay the course and see it through, it's a great feeling not being dependent on the ciggies.

I haven't been on here for a while, I've said it in previous posts, I cannot believe I once was a smoker. But it's great to come on here once in a while and try and encourage the newbies. I am well on my way, it's been over 4 years now since I smoked my last ciggie. I remember it like it was yesterday, especially the next day when I drove past my dairy, then the gas station knowing I had no more ciggies, that was the hardest thing I had to do, drive past those places I would stop off first before heading off to work to grab a pack of Marlboros, coffee and a muffin if I had the munchies or a Big Ben pie....yep, breakfast of champions.

For me, quitting smoking was trying to win the little battles every day, once you win those little battles, you reset and repeat the next day, before you know a week has passed, then a month, then a few months, then you actually forget about smoking all together. Well that's what helped me and I know everyone is built differently so whatever worked for me won't necessarily work for everyone. But I suggest you find that one thing that will motivate you and stick with it and remember it the next time that craving rears it's ugly head. For me it was my wife and kids, they were all the motivation I needed, they still are.

Remember, ODAAT and NOPE! C'mon guys, you can do this!!! I'll try and keep coming back on here to see peoples journeys and try and encourage if I can even just one person.

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Dec 22 2018
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Day 1502

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Hey folks, been such a long time since I’ve been on here. I actually forget I use to smoke, it’s been just over 4 years since I decided to be smoke free forever, I haven’t looked back and I’m only looking forward. Hope everyone has stayed the course on their journey to smoke freedom.

Looking back at my journey, it was tough at the start but the minute you are committed that’s when I knew despite smoking for over 20 years, I knew I had smoked my last ciggie! Plus the help of this site really helped me in my journey!

Merry Xmas and Happy New Years everyone, ODAAT and NOPE! You can do it!

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May 16 2018
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Day 1282

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Hey folks hope you are all well. Good to see so many new quitters on here. Sorry I've been away from the site for a while. Now and then I do come in to see how everyone is doing and hopefully you are still staying quit. I'm still going strong, it's true what they say, the longer it goes the easier it becomes. I've forgotten what it was like to smoke and the need to always have one in hand. I'm so glad it's behind me now but I'm always wary of falling off the wagon. I am determined not to because I'm enjoying my quit free life.

Are all the regulars still here Nana22 et al? So sorry it's been a while since I've been on here.

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Dec 4 2017
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Day 1119

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Good day folks. Missed my 3rd year anniversary by a few days, I just haven't had the time unfortunately to jump on here as much as I wanted!

Wow cool feeling to think it's been just over 3 years since I took my last puff of smoke! I'm so glad I made the decision, my life whilst doesn't seem any different, it has changed so much for the better. The great thing about not smoking is not having to find the exit at a function to go outside and smoke, and effectively miss the whole Xmas party! LOL I use to be one of those guys that would go to a function but stand outside unless I was going inside to grab a drink. Actually speaking of drinking, I never thought I would ever be able to have a drink without a cigarette in the other hand, it's amazing what you can do when you set your mind to something.

Oh well, I'm looking forward to hitting my 4th breathday etc, and the next one and the next one. For me, smoking is just a distant memory now, I refuse to ever take another puff!

ODAAT & NOPE

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Oct 31 2017
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Day 1085

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Hey guys, it's been a while since I've been here. Great to see many new quitters. Hopefully some of the old timers are still here?

I'm not in here as much as I want to be however I've been so busy and before you know it a couple of months have passed since I was here last. I am happily still smoke free, to be honest I don't think about smoking at all, even when I pass people in the street smoking it doesn't register to my senses at all, in fact I feel sorry for people who smoke, I know what it was like, I LOVED smoking, it ruled my life unfortunately at the time, I can see how you can become a slave to the nicotine so quitting takes time and will power. But I love being free from smoking even more, you don't realise how great it feels not to worry about smoking or whether you need to buy another packet etc.

I don't keep up with the news at all but am I correct in seeing something in the media about making NZ smoke free by 2020?? Wow, that's a big call, not sure I agree but that's my own opinion, there's no easy fix but I don't want to be one of those reformed smokers who walks around putting my nose up at people smoking because I feel for them more than anything, I know they want to quit but can't. Making people quit against their will won't work, it's tough enough they collect a lot of tax revenue from smokers by hiking up the prices, I'd hate to think how much a pack of 25's cost now?? Oh well, watch this space I guess.

But hey, at least we all want to quit and stay quit, stay motivated, stay quit and just remember NOPE and ODAAT!

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Aug 11 2017
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Day 1004

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Gidday folks! Wow finally hit over a thousand days of being free! It's been an emotional journey but one I don't regret. I think back to Day 1 and man that was a struggle, look at me now! I so cannot believe I've gotten this far, considering I use to be a heavy smoker and really loved the social aspect of it as well. For me I started at a young age thinking it was cool, then I became addicted and in turn became my 20 plus years of struggling to quit but not having the courage to give up something I so enjoyed!

Well 1004 days ago I decided enough was enough!!! Man I'm still in shock, oh well, time to move on to my next mile stone I guess! My quit journey has been all about hitting certain milestones, first it was getting through the first day, then the first week, then the first month, then 6 months, then 1st year and so it went on like this.

If you're struggling out there, don't give up, keep going, stay quit! Once again, thank you to everything that has encouraged me in my journey, without your support I wouldn't have made it this far.

NOPE & ODAAT!

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Aug 2 2017
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Day 995

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Good afternoon folks, wow it's been a while. Hope everyone's fighting the good fight and kicking the habit!

Well I'm counting down to my 1000th day!!!! Five days to go and I must admit I'm still in disbelief as if you all knew me before I quit, I loved smoking and drinking and the rest of it, it's unreal to be honest, it's still is! But I'm grateful to be where I'm at today through perseverance and a lot of will power plus reading encouraging words from everyone in the Quit community, without this site I would have failed in the first day!

I've said it all along, I will come on here for as long as I can give words of encouragement no matter whether you're on Day 1 or Day 1000 plus! I've never taken it for granted and therefore never let my guard down, smoking is a very addictive habit and a dangerous one too, Cocaine addiction kills you faster but smoking addiction is gradual but make no mistake it'll get you in the end. That is a sad fact. Just remember the reasons you are quitting, my reasons were for my wife and kids, I wanted to eliminate a lot of the things that could possibly send me to an early grave, smoking was the obvious one for me, since then I've been trying to get my health in order, I'm now over the 40 year mark by a couple of years so from here on in it's being healthy but also enjoying life with my family. Never look back is my mantra at the moment. For me it's one step at a time, so right now it's counting down to my 1000th day of freedom!

Hope everyone remains motivated and focussed on better things life than smoking, for me, I don't think about it anymore, I haven't for a while.

NOPE & ODAAT!

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