Hi I'm Anja, I'm 39 years old and I quit smoking on August 23rd last year after losing two of my front teeth to smoking induced gum disease. It was easy. Honestly it was easy - I was beside myself with fury that I had actually managed to smoke the teeth right out of my head and the anger motivated me as nothing ever has in the past. I stayed true and strong until New Year's Eve! Go figure - at New Year everybody is thinking about quitting and I chose to start again. Since New Year I have been on and off the wagon more times than I've had a hot meal. This first half of the year is hugely stressful for me and that has been my excuse - but no more. Today is day 1 (again!) and I am more determined than ever. I LIKED being a non smoker. I loved the taste of my coffee in the morning and the way I would sleep at night without having to hack my cough away. I loved the smell of my own perfume and the fact that I didn't need to worry about the effects of passive smoking on my family and pets. I loved the fact that I could jog forever and not get tired legs or have to cough my lungs up afterwards. I adored being a non smoker. And I want to keep the rest of these teeth too. My gum disease stabilised because I quit and my bank account got a huge boost. I am done with it. And I was hoping I could come here to share support and tips, because the next time the worm of addiction starts telling me why it's okay to smoke again, I want to be ready for it!
I'll never give up giving up and my old friend the anger is back today - angry at myself and I hope that will give me the boost I need to finally kick this habit into touch.
It's nice to be here.