No Smoking Day
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Are we there yet, The Penthouse I mean :D

Well here is my 11th month post and I don’t really know what to say, do I feel fantastic for being quit this long Yes and No, am I looking forward to Christmas Day, probably more than most but for different reasons (still want pressies though) I think that getting this far in my quit has been a bit traumatic, at least when you reach the year then you can stop counting the weeks and months and maybe settle into some sort of normality.

I do have to say that my perception of life has changed completely, last year before I quit smoking I had a couple of health problems which scared the **** out of me but I still didn’t have the sense to stop smoking, it took a dose off flu to spur me on Xmas Day when I finally took a life changing decision to quit smoking for the second time in my life, only difference this time I intend to stay quit.

I was told by a good friend of mine who is in remission from lung cancer and a brain tumor that you never know what is round the corner. This saying has inspired me to grab life by the balls and live rather than exist and giving up smoking has and will I hope help me to live a longer and healthier life.

There also comes a time in your life when you walk away from all the pointless drama and people who create it, and surround yourself with people who make you laugh so hard that you forget the bad and focus on the good. Life is too short to be anything but happy.

Live every day as if it was your last.

It seems like some days the time flashes by and other days it’s like watching paint dry.

I don’t really want to wish my life away do I, so I have to still take it a Month at a time and here I am 11 months :eek: I don’t know who is more shocked, me or my OH.

I have seen many come and go from the forum, either because they have reached their 12 months milestone, which as we all know is a massive achievement or sadly because at that moment they had found it impossible to continue, lots having left have now come back which is brilliant, it shows me how strong this quit bug can be, once bitten we need to get there eventually one way or another

I wish that I had made this decision to become a non smoker years ago and stuck to it, I also hope that all those that have chosen this forum to help them quit will manage to make this a lifetime endeavour.

I again would like to thank all the great forum members on here who have given me so much help and support since I quit, I know without a shadow of doubt that I would not have managed to stay smoke free without this forum and the friends I have made on here.

Ps just to let you all know for the first time in my life I have booked with umpteen family members to go out for Xmas dinner.

What shall I wear, mm feel new dress coming on LOL

13 Replies

Well done on getting to 11 months. You are a great help on this forum and a great support to others.

Heres to your best Christmas yet :D


Thanks Sian, glad to see you are doing so well, its not easy though is it but some how we get there and hopefully without too much strain.

Its amazing to see so many new quitters on here and all doing so well and I have to say that there are some great supporters on here.

You also have a great christmas as well and thanks for your post.


Well done Jamangie. You have done sooooo well in your quit & helped many a person with their quit in the last 11 months. Your xmas will be the best ever when you can toast your 1 year milestone. You go get yourself a fab dress to wear for the occassion, you deserve it :)

G xx


Thanx's G, you aint doing too bad yourself, just wish I could shift the excess weight I seem to be carrying, must be the worst bit about the quit, want need a dress at this rate will need a bell tent and then every one else can shelter from the rain or snow as well, saves buying a brolly LOL


Hi Jam

Well done that girl on 11 months quit, thats really great, cant wait to se you in the penthouse, will reserve a seat for you next to me at the bar looking out on the blue ocean. (Well even I can dream !!!!), I am sat in frozen devon in pjs huddled by the fire but at least we dont have to go outside to have a fag.

Take care and stay strong, your words are well said.

Dee xxx:)


PJs are good but sorry you are chilly down there, its bloo*y freezing here as well and I am looking forward to some snow which is forcast for this weekend, I dont suppose we will get any as usual.

Good to see you on here and I am so looking forward to getting into the Penthouse as long as you are buying me a whacking great big wine LOL

Dont be a stranger and thanks for the post.


Great post. It's hard to explain the journey sometimes, there's often so many parts of it we want to forget. But I think what is common among us all is how life changing it is. So close to the penthouse now Jamangie, I hope they're giving it a good clean up in preparation for your arrival.

Lorraine :)


Whoop, Whoop Jam

Well done on the 11 month quit. I am so proud of you. :)

You go and get the most amazing outfit for Christmas and Hun, you have the best one ever.

Take care and heres to the Year 1 and you getting to the Penthouse ;) xx


Congrats on your fantastic 11 month quit, Jamanagie! I know you have been extremely supportive of all the early quitters and new members to the board, including myself, through the tough times of their quits.

If anyone deserves their place in the penthouse, it's definitely you. Thanks for bloating us all up with water. :) I'll switch that water to wine for you on Christmas Day!


Thanks Lozza maybe a lobotomy would be good and then I could forget I was ever a smoker in the first place.

I think that the government should award us bonuses for staying quit, ok silly idea but they do award the kids money for going to school in some areas.

Well Nutty I will be off to town in the near future to find something stunning to wear, but I need to lose maybe 10 pounds before I buy the dress so there is the incentive to lose some weight I hope, and then put it back on over Christmas which is where most of it came from in the first place, only regret in my quit is the weight gain, maybe they could move Christmas so I can keep the pud off.

Cheers Tao and sorry about the water, maybe we can all change it to wine over the festive season, big headaches here we come unless we drink plenty of water to keep us hydrated (and bloated) oops sorry


well done you for 11 months :D hope you manage to find a fab outfit to wear at least this year you wont be wearing a stinky outfit (ciggy smell not you i mean):eek:

what have you got planned?

regards carol


Thanks for the best wishes Caz, and as for what I will wear I have no idea, I am thinking along the lines of something slinky and black!!!!!!

Hows about a bin bag :D

Still find it amazing that I have been quit 11 full months and without a single puff, not bragging just stunned and after 40 years if I can quit and keep it up any one can.

So for all those thinking that they cannot sustain a quit for more than a few days I am telling you that you can and by using this site you will.


"There also comes a time in your life when you walk away from all the pointless drama and people who create it, and surround yourself with people who make you laugh so hard that you forget the bad and focus on the good. Life is too short to be anything but happy"

What a great statement jamangie - I wish I had seen this post earlier congratulations for coutnig by years now


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