Started my 8th month smoke free

Starting yesterday, I began my 8th month of living smoke free. Got some pretty stats today:

215 days, 12 hours without smoking. 4,310 cigarettes not smoked. Just under $1,200 saved so far.

Sorta wished I'd put $5.50 in the cookie jar every day since the day I quit, because it would be nice to have a real $1,200 "rainy day" fund laying around. But it's okay - I sure appreciate not having spent the money on something that would only go up in smoke!

My "tip 'o the day" (something that worked for me, at least) for newbies is this: aim only for the next milestone, and don't worry so much about "the rest of your life."

So, if you've just quit, aim for being successful for one day. And then two, and then three. Then one week. Then two. Then a month. Then three months. Then six - and so on.

Pretty soon, before you know it (at least, that's how it worked for me) you're well on your way, and you start getting solicitations from the Penthouse (it's not too early to pick out your furniture? or, "would you like to order your drapes early and save money?")

So here I am, a day into Month 8. Feels damn good. :)

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  • Congratulations, & keep it up x

    I have started putting that money aside in my fave piggy, its over £70 already - and its not even 3 weeks for me yet (quite disgusted ive wasted so much cash now i can see it)

  • congrats dgee....not many of us marchers left...i wish i saved all my money aswel funny how it goes unnoticed lolo

  • Well done DGee. Just 5 months to go before you walk through the Penthouse door. :)

  • Congrats DGee, closer to the Penthouse with every day.

  • Great post DGee, you have done fantastic! sounds like your room will be lovely in the penthouse:) All new furniture and drapes..Love it!

  • Brilliant DGee!!! It's great to see several "oldies" making their way through the bigger milestones.

    Alex.

  • Massive congrats DGee. It's great to hear you're doing so wll:D

  • Well thats me into the 8th month too YIPEE!!! never in a million years did I think I would do it.....what was my secret...I imagined I was standing in a garden talking to a weed growing (the nicotine plant) and saying to It "why the hell am I letting a stupid weed takeover total control of my life and letting it slowly kill me" every time I got a craving I thought of a nicotine monster in my tummy...the more I gave it the more it would want, it would never stop, so in my mind I thought well if I don't give you any more nicotine YOU will be the one that will die slowly not me!!!....:D

    Here I am smoke free and enjoying every minute,my hubby and daughter still smoke around me but do you know what I just think OH I wish they could stop too.

    I read all these posts back to front when I was quitting so I hope thinking they way I did will help you :rolleyes: just imagine looking at that weed thats laughing at YOU!!!

  • Congrats, Amanda! You're doing great!!! :)

    Well thats me into the 8th month too YIPEE!!! never in a million years did I think I would do it.....what was my secret...I imagined I was standing in a garden talking to a weed growing (the nicotine plant) and saying to It "why the hell am I letting a stupid weed takeover total control of my life and letting it slowly kill me" every time I got a craving I thought of a nicotine monster in my tummy...the more I gave it the more it would want, it would never stop, so in my mind I thought well if I don't give you any more nicotine YOU will be the one that will die slowly not me!!!....:D

    Here I am smoke free and enjoying every minute,my hubby and daughter still smoke around me but do you know what I just think OH I wish they could stop too.

    I read all these posts back to front when I was quitting so I hope thinking they way I did will help you :rolleyes: just imagine looking at that weed thats laughing at YOU!!!

  • Congrates DGee 8mths done and dusted really does give us neebies summit to look 4ward to:D

    I've just joined mth 1 yipee, and the money ive not spent on fags is amazing £216 to be precise ok so i havent saved it as my kids have spent it for me, but they are happy:rolleyes:

    I love this forum as its so good to have so many different sides to the quit that makes it so worth while

    good luck Sian xx

  • Congratulations I'm a March quitter too so know how good you feel.

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