A smokefree day for every year smoked!

I have always tried not to have regrets in my Life.As I believe that to do so denies the you in the present moment (as you are a sum total of what you have done both physically and mentally) I had been doing really well in my Life with my philosophy other than my taking an A level prelim and passing and then 'rebelling' and refusing to sit the final.Until today : ( I am now on Day 44- that is a smokefree day for every year that I smoked and I feel awful! I am trying so hard not to regret smoking but I do.If I had known that you just had to stick with the hard times and that they would go I would of quit years ago.(I had had 2 failed quits before) I am now filled with remorse for all those years that I hammered my lungs and body and wish Id never started.No one puts sand in the fuel tank of a car so why smoke in the lungs? I could kick myself. I can only pray that I have done no lasting damage.The one good thing to come from all of this is I now have all the ammo and reasons and am in the position of being able to live the rest of my Life as I should of done in the first place-AS A NON SMOKER! Thank you everyone on this forum I couldnt of got this far without all your support and advice.All the best x

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  • Hey well done!!!

    Thats a really great milestone to be acknowledging too... impressed!!!

    You've done wonderfully to get so far too...

    Huge congratulations! :D

  • Well done Soosan, 44 days is a great achievement. I'm approaching 5 months. One month fo every 10 years I smoked.

  • Well done Soosan, 44 days is a great achievement. I'm approaching 5 months. One month fo every 10 years I smoked.

    I am really impressed with you Una for quitting after 50 years.Well done. I was wondering if it was harder for people who have smoked for longer as its a habit that must have got deeper ingrained than for someone who smoked for say 5years? Whatever I am really impressed with you and me! And heres to a long and happy smoke free Life.Love x Sue.

  • The ironic thing is that if you had never smoked, you wouldn't be on this site announcing to a delighted audience that you have achieved 44 days smoke free. That audience - particularly the ones like me who are just starting their quit - gain a lot of encouragement from your achievement. While you regret ever having smoked, you are helping others take the sometimes difficult steps towards quitting. That looks like turning the past round into something positive and valuable in the present, to me. Thank you for staying smoke free, and for the inspiration you provide.

  • Soosan I know precisely how you feel. At times I have been incredibly angry at "The Smoking". While craving it, of course.

    You have done and are doing amazingly well, however. Now all you need to do is..........

    NOTHING

    I promise that if you do this ALL the cravings will eventually go away! This promise was made to me also.

    Hang in there. You can do it!

    Love

    Shanita

  • The ironic thing is that if you had never smoked, you wouldn't be on this site announcing to a delighted audience that you have achieved 44 days smoke free. That audience - particularly the ones like me who are just starting their quit - gain a lot of encouragement from your achievement. While you regret ever having smoked, you are helping others take the sometimes difficult steps towards quitting. That looks like turning the past round into something positive and valuable in the present, to me. Thank you for staying smoke free, and for the inspiration you provide.

    Aw Biggrin what a lovelly post! You made my eyes water with your kind and thoughtful words Thank you! No regrets.It was what it was. If you did quit on 20th (dont say given up as implies to subconcious that youre depriving yourself of something)then you should of done your first week by now.I hope yot did it ok.The secret I think is determination, and willpower.The cravings and habit routines fade and die in their presence! All thd best x

  • Thanks SooSan. I like the tip about saying "quit" rather than "giving up" - it feels right. I'm on day 9 now, so still OK. Biggrin

  • Soo Im the same.I wish I quit yrs ago but hey what can you do?We,ve quit now and thats all that matters:DWell done on your achievement.:D

  • Well done Soosan! I have had all those regrets too after 40 years of smokiing, however I now am just grateful that I saw the light and quit for good, the rest of my life will be smoke free. I think you should be really proud of your self for quitting and give your self a pat on the back and enjoy being a non smoker now.

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