Over a year!!!

I haven't posted here for many months. I just wanted to say that I quit over a year ago, on the 6th Oct 2008. It was easier than I thought it'd be. Hard at first. I always saw myself as the person who was hooked forever, who was tied to nicotine/smoking in the very core of their being. I had been hooked on the nasal NRT spray, the nicotine gum. I had despaired. I had gone from 10 at 13 yrs old to 50 at 29, 30,34 yrs old. I couldn't imagine myself without it.

I hardly think about it now. It's a great feeling. I've had a lot of shit this year but in retrospect it surprises me to look back and think: f*** I didn't smoke!!

I don't know if it was cos it was the right quit or I did it the way that was perfect for me.

By which I mean: I went to the NHS 7 week course plus patches and that was what i needed at the time.

Or. I had had a ****ing enough of all the shitty aspects of it so it wouldn't have mattered.

Or it was a combination of both. Since I had used patches before and they hadn't worked.

Anyhooooo. My point is. There is always hope. For the most hardened 50+ a day like i was, that day can come and it can carry on.

Major NRT tip: try to avoid behaviour-related NRT. I.e. gum, spray, inhalator. It just reinforces the need for that hand to mouth action. It will never seem as redundant as it is if you use those replacements.

biggest of best of luck wishes and hopes etc :)

And thanks for that early support. You are lovely people.

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  • Wow, thanks for sharing, for coming back and telling us all that it can be done. We all struggle and to know that a time will come when we will not struggle is a fab thought and I know will keep me going.

    Thank you and well, a huge well done.

  • I haven't posted here for many months. I just wanted to say that I quit over a year ago, on the 6th Oct 2008. It was easier than I thought it'd be. Hard at first. I always saw myself as the person who was hooked forever, who was tied to nicotine/smoking in the very core of their being. I had been hooked on the nasal NRT spray, the nicotine gum. I had despaired. I had gone from 10 at 13 yrs old to 50 at 29, 30,34 yrs old. I couldn't imagine myself without it.

    I hardly think about it now. It's a great feeling. I've had a lot of shit this year but in retrospect it surprises me to look back and think: f*** I didn't smoke!!

    I don't know if it was cos it was the right quit or I did it the way that was perfect for me.

    By which I mean: I went to the NHS 7 week course plus patches and that was what i needed at the time.

    Or. I had had a ****ing enough of all the shitty aspects of it so it wouldn't have mattered.

    Or it was a combination of both. Since I had used patches before and they hadn't worked.

    Anyhooooo. My point is. There is always hope. For the most hardened 50+ a day like i was, that day can come and it can carry on.

    Major NRT tip: try to avoid behaviour-related NRT. I.e. gum, spray, inhalator. It just reinforces the need for that hand to mouth action. It will never seem as redundant as it is if you use those replacements.

    biggest of best of luck wishes and hopes etc :)

    And thanks for that early support. You are lovely people.

    Amy

    OMG that is so fantastic well done :D Phew for once i am stuck ...thats brilliant really pleased for you and thanks for your good wishes in return i wish you all the best and your'e right people on here are lovely

  • Wow

    Wow...that is awesome:D....good on you Amy...Congatulations and thankyou for sharing with us:) its what we need to keep us motivated and to encourage our new quitters....Take care and best wishes to you too...Cheers Kez.

  • Well done Amy and thanks for sharing, were on our way to join you

  • Huge congrats on going more than a year.. helps alot when you prove to yourself you can do something, especially if you have failed in the past.

    1 year+ is definitely a major success, and i wish you all the best for all the days/weeks/months/years to come.. may this stay permanent..a life changing event.

    jay.

  • Hi Amy :D

    CONGRATULATIONS 1 Year + quit is great

    Love

    Marg xxxxx

  • Woot!

    Welcome to the Penthouse! What a great thing you've done! So proud of you!

    Vike

  • awesome quit, i'd love to make a year +

    im gunna do it this time, mabye time 6 is lucky for me:D

    again brilliant work

  • Amy, 1 year is fantastic!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Hope to join you in the penthouse in a couple of months! Jody

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