Kia Ora fellow quitters
I just thought I would pop in to see how everyone is going. Good to see some familiar names still here supporting each other. I cant speak highly enough of what this quitline community had done for me. I honestly don't think I would've made it thus far in regards to remaining smoke free. I will be approaching 8 years smokefree this year.
I must admit I am not as proactive on this site as I use to be at the early stages of my journey but my heart still remains here.
How I came to be smokefree nearly 8 years ago, I never planned to quit it was an on the spot decision. I decided to place my tobacco in the spare room bedside draw. The only time I ever when back to that draw was to flush the packet down the toilet. I practically noticed healthy changes within a week. My sense of smell taste, sinuses skin had all changed for the better. I had never quit prior and I chose to do it cold turkey. I personally recommend to go cold turkey but you do what you think is best for you. My quit journey was a lot easier then what I thought it would to be. I use to have a lot of bad dreams about relapsing in the early months. The dreams felt so real and much to my relief when I woke to realise its not real. The fear of relapsing played on my mind.
I just knew after I completed my quit programme I wasn't going to look back.
Since quitting I have been able to take up hobbies and interests I wasn't able to do before because of the extra money not spent on smokes. I can now treat myself to half a dozen fishing charters, did I mention the new sense of taste LOL.
Anyway quit family. I wish you all a successful journey.
I just read Ady's blog and endorse it 100%. I would say 110% but in the context of this blog that is not possible. 100% will do.
Here's the thing-we have some amazing supporters on this site. Blondene, NanaTurtle, Ady, Clarence to name but a few.
Blondene is an example. She supported everyone. Yet when she posted her blog to pass the baton, not one of the "newbies" said thank you. NanaT is another-a supporter par excellence. On her latest blog not one newbie commented (I was there in spirit NanaT-apologies for the belated shout out).
We tried-we really did. But, apart from old quitters (by old I mean duration not age-although for me...probably both apply) there was virtually nothing from younger quitters.
So follow Ady's exhortation (synonyms-suggestion, urging, direction, expostulation etc etc) and start commenting. He is right. We all have to continue to comment to make this site alive again.
I'm writing this post to inform you all of a Very Important point.
This support via blogging means not only writting your own post detailing your own struggles but most importantly...
It means Giving support to all the others blogging post too.
If you don't support others with your heart felt support, then don't expect others to reciprocate the same support & friendship that you're looking for.
I'm 9yrs smokefree now and this site used to be buzzing alive 24/7
I look here today and its almost dead.. I can tell you all now, Giving support is far more rewarding, self strengthening and power building in Your Own Quit than anyone here cares to realise.
Here's the proof, read thru your comments, notice how its always the same few people doing this & that they're successful long time quitters.. YEAH..
They've been trying to teach you all HOW to do this with ease and the answer is...
Start blogging, not just about yourself but SUPPORT everyone else here, keep it positive, caring & what works for you.
Everything else will fall into place, watch & see how the number of supporters change from 2 or 3 to 10 in just a matter of weeks.
Its up to you people to make this your sanctuary, your place of help, support, ideas and yes.. even offline friendships are made here too.
Changes are coming cos I'm working on them but don't wait for me, make this place what you want it to be, be that leader, be that winner, challenge yourself to take over your life of smoking, be the success that you so desire.
Tell others how well they're doing, how you got thru a hard day, welcome the newbies, remind others about the 4D's, make this your 2nd home.
At present the comments and action is zero, dead, if you want to feel good about this & get lots of positive support in your quit you will need to make some changes, starting right now.
Ready... GO ✔ 👍 😊
I am very proud of the fact that I have not had a puff for 69 days! Thanks to quitline for allowing me to blog and myself for sticking at it. I know the day will come when I am at my weakist and vulnerable but fingers x I don't tell myself a ciggie or two will be fine.
To all of you not smoking and making positive changes in your life well done and keep it up. We are such good role models to everyone around us especially our children.
I have been smashing big blocks of whittakers chocolate the last couple of days!........... oh well I can rest assured I have my taste bubs back well and truly working at 1 hundy percent lol.
Have a great day everyone :-)