Starting Month 6 Today

Well, who would have thought I could do this?

Certainly not me, not at the beginning. But it's true, today is the beginning of my sixth month of smoke free living.

Wasn't easy at first, and there were many times during the first three weeks or so I wanted to bail.

But, after that, my mind settled down, and I stayed focused on success, rather than stress. I thought about how good it felt to knock down the occasional craving, rather than about how tired I was of still getting occasional cravings.

Just like the little engine who could, I began thinking, "I think I can. I think I can!"

And then it got easier and easier. To those who are just starting out, and who inevitably want to know, the answer is "Yes, it gets easier!"

I'm not even half way to the Penthouse, but I am not worried. I'll be there on March 14, 2013, with a big grin on my face. It will be an accomplishment that ranks as one of my greatest.

Until then, I'll keep slogging along, one foot after the other, living a beautiful smoke-free life, with my self-respect, my integrity, and my dignity fully restored.

Thanks to all who've helped me along the way. Couldn't have done it without you!

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  • Fantastic job on reaching month 6!!!

    You're well on your way toward the halfway mark, and I've no doubt you'll find the next months easier and easier as you head toward the penthouse.

    Keep it up!

    Alex.

  • Hello DGee

    So good the hear from you and really pleased you are doing so well.

    I will be seeing you in the penthouse without a doubt

    H

  • Well done DGee - almost half a year.

  • :D

    WELL DONE DGEE

    :D

    Thats a great post to be reading :)

    onwards and upwards is the only way to go

    hope you have been treating yourself with all the money you have saved :D

  • Well, who would have thought I could do this?

    Certainly not me, not at the beginning. But it's true, today is the beginning of my sixth month of smoke free living.

    Wasn't easy at first, and there were many times during the first three weeks or so I wanted to bail.

    But, after that, my mind settled down, and I stayed focused on success, rather than stress. I thought about how good it felt to knock down the occasional craving, rather than about how tired I was of still getting occasional cravings.

    Just like the little engine who could, I began thinking, "I think I can. I think I can!"

    And then it got easier and easier. To those who are just starting out, and who inevitably want to know, the answer is "Yes, it gets easier!"

    I'm not even half way to the Penthouse, but I am not worried. I'll be there on March 14, 2013, with a big grin on my face. It will be an accomplishment that ranks as one of my greatest.

    Until then, I'll keep slogging along, one foot after the other, living a beautiful smoke-free life, with my self-respect, my integrity, and my dignity fully restored.

    Thanks to all who've helped me along the way. Couldn't have done it without you!

    What a beautiful, positive, heart warming, lovely upbeat, successful, happy post. I hope all these new starters are reading this. This is exactly the sort of post that made me dare to believe. Well done DGee. So well done......and massive congratulations. I know exactly what you mean about the little engine.....I honestly remember that exciting realisation.....I think I can.....that turning point from self-doubt to.....oh my god.....I'm doing this. Amazing.

  • Massive well done DGee fantastic achievement. Have no doubt you're on your way to the penthouse:D

  • Well done!

    Well done DGee, 6 months is brilliant! I am also at 6 months so I know how it feels and what an achievement it is. It has now become part of lilfe to not smoke and I know that I will definitely be seeing you in the penthouse.:D:D

  • Nice one DGee, gives us newer ones encouragement to see how much easier it gets the longer you go....

  • To all who have commented on my original post: THANK YOU!

    You've said some wonderful things, and you've touched my heart. I'm happy about two things: that I'm not smoking, and that I seem to have touched a few others as well with a word of encouragement.

    Let's face it - we need each other (or at least, I sure do) to get through this, with advice, wisdom, encouragement, and the simple act of telling our own stories, to illuminate the path ahead for others who follow us.

    Since I can't repay those who have preceded me and helped me, I must instead reach back and offer a hand to those who are not yet as far along.

    We can all be winners - in fact, we already are!

    There WILL come a day when you'll stop, shake your head, and wonder how on Earth you ever made it that far. Just like when I'm riding my bike up a long hill, I only focus on the next milestone (such as a telephone pole) and not the whole hill.

    But then, every once in a while, I can look back at the amazing vista behind me, that I earned by taking it one day at a time and stringing those together.

    You can too. We can all be proud, winning quitters. We already are. :)

  • DGee, absoulte well done to you!! i am on day two and reading stories like this really do inpsire me, I have tried so so many times and i get so scared ofthe thought, i have smoked since 12 years old, im 33 and smoked 21 years my lungs probably never had a chance to devolp properly, smoking more than 3atrs of your life is scary and how my mind really does not know any different. I have never gone more than 2 months and always end up on them as i dont feel myself, i dont like this grotty moody person i become its not me!! what i have to try and get through and realise is, i was 12 when i was hooked my little mind does not know what life is like away from the smoking chemicals so i really want to find out!!! i know in my own mind away from the nictotine monster that it cant be any worse than what im doing now surely and it can only get better ? maybe i will be more posisitive about some things. having your stories and many others alike going so far reallyu is uplifting to think, i can do that, ican be like them, surely all these people saying how great it is it has to be, i dont want to be left beind in the dark basement...... im going to the penthouse !!!and i arrive on 19.08.2012.

  • DGee, absoulte well done to you!! i am on day two and reading stories like this really do inpsire me, I have tried so so many times and i get so scared ofthe thought, i have smoked since 12 years old, im 33 and smoked 21 years my lungs probably never had a chance to devolp properly, smoking more than 3atrs of your life is scary and how my mind really does not know any different. I have never gone more than 2 months and always end up on them as i dont feel myself, i dont like this grotty moody person i become its not me!! what i have to try and get through and realise is, i was 12 when i was hooked my little mind does not know what life is like away from the smoking chemicals so i really want to find out!!! i know in my own mind away from the nictotine monster that it cant be any worse than what im doing now surely and it can only get better ? maybe i will be more posisitive about some things. having your stories and many others alike going so far reallyu is uplifting to think, i can do that, ican be like them, surely all these people saying how great it is it has to be, i dont want to be left beind in the dark basement...... im going to the penthouse !!!and i arrive on 19.08.2012.

    opps i meant 19.08.2013