Is it really me?

I ask the question not because I have lost my marbles but because after many, many, many failed quits I have actually reached my 6 month quit :D

The longest I managed since joining the forum (a long time ago!) was a little over 3 months and that was a struggle to say the least.

When I started this quit I will be honest and say I did not want to stop smoking at that point. I felt like I really needed the cigarettes to get through what was happening in my life at the time. On the other hand my chest had become really bad again (COPD) and I knew the consequences of not stopping :mad:

I was surprised to find that it wasn't horrendous as I thought it would be this time. I think fear over my health overcame the fear of not smoking and the realisation that I could no longer keep pushing. One day, sooner rather than later, it would be too late. My switch had been found ;)

I have no inclination to ever smoke again. I know the consequences and nothing is worth picking up a death stick again. I have the odd brief moment where they cross my mind but it is gone in the blink of the eye.

I don't get chance to post here much anymore but I just wanted to say that I thought I would never get this far or feel like this and was destined to be the serial quitter I had become forever. Not so.

I am posting this to say never give up on giving up. It doesn't matter how long it takes you. Keep trying and one day you will find that switch as well and believe me, there is no better feeling ;)

Gaynor x

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  • I'm so, so happy for you Gaynor. I knew you would get there in the end. Isn't it strange... when you're in the throes of the struggle it's impossible to imagine that you will ever stop wanting to smoke. But when your subconscious catches on and you reach that place of freedom, you look back at smoking and think 'why on earth did I ever want to do that?'.

    Hope you don't disappear from here altogether - you are such a great member of the forum. You were the first person to answer my first post and I'll always be grateful!

    Huge congratulations to you. Be happy.

    Helen x

  • Thanks Gaynor, I'm a bit of a serial quitter too but this time (mind I'm only 24 days in, )I'm not going back. I have also been told I have start of COPD scared the life out of me. :eek:

    It's being great this time as I found this forum and people like yourself that inspire us to keep going, and that it does get easier

    Thank you Sian x

  • Nice going Gaynor, great post, enjoy the freedom!! :)

  • Hi Gaynor. Lovely post, really inspirational. Congratulations on 6 months, well done!

  • Such great news Gaynor - another big congratulations from a fellow COPDer. I am so pleased for you that you finally found your quit in the same way that I have found mine.

    Now we are free.

    Billy xxx

  • I too want to add my congrats to you Gaynor. 6 months free and you so deserve it for never giving up giving up. Well done! And yes it was a great post. Thanks!:)

  • Amazing. You give me hope that this time is the time.:rolleyes:

  • Aw Gaynor I am so pleased for you. You have found that magical place, I also think back to why I carried on smoking for all those years and can't comprehend why:confused:

    Good going girl xxxxxx:)

  • Yes Gaynor it is really you, and your doing soo well, i am sooo very very glad it is all happening for you now, this is the one I think, well done girl :)

  • Gaynor

    This so sounds like this is the always and forever one:)

    Well done

    Fi x

  • Hi Gaynor

    So chuffed for you - it might have taken a while but it sounds like this quit is the one :)

    Pooks x

  • Well done Gaynor!

    I'm really happy to see how well you're doing. For sure, this is it now.

    Cheers,

    Alex.

  • Gaynor you star. I'm delighted for you. It seems bloody ages ago now doesnt it? I genuinely couldnt be happier for myself than I am for you. Bloody well done. I reckon it was the wurthers that swung it. x

  • Awww, thank you everyone for your lovely replies :D

    I start a new job the week after next and was just thinking that in the olden days I would have been smoking like a good 'un to get through the nerves before I started. I also would have done the same before the interview but to a lesser extent for fear of knocking the interviewers out with the stench :eek:

    I have managed to get through the c**p in my present job without smoking and can hold my head up high when I walk into the next one without leaving bodies keeling over as I walk through because of the afore mentioned smell ;)

    I hope everyone has a brilliant day and remember today my not be the easiest to bear on your quit journey but you WILL come through it and be proud you did ;)

    Gaynor x

  • Good luck with the new job and well done on 6 months.

  • I ask the question not because I have lost my marbles but because after many, many, many failed quits I have actually reached my 6 month quit :D

    The longest I managed since joining the forum (a long time ago!) was a little over 3 months and that was a struggle to say the least.

    When I started this quit I will be honest and say I did not want to stop smoking at that point. I felt like I really needed the cigarettes to get through what was happening in my life at the time. On the other hand my chest had become really bad again (COPD) and I knew the consequences of not stopping :mad:

    I was surprised to find that it wasn't horrendous as I thought it would be this time. I think fear over my health overcame the fear of not smoking and the realisation that I could no longer keep pushing. One day, sooner rather than later, it would be too late. My switch had been found ;)

    I have no inclination to ever smoke again. I know the consequences and nothing is worth picking up a death stick again. I have the odd brief moment where they cross my mind but it is gone in the blink of the eye.

    I don't get chance to post here much anymore but I just wanted to say that I thought I would never get this far or feel like this and was destined to be the serial quitter I had become forever. Not so.

    I am posting this to say never give up on giving up. It doesn't matter how long it takes you. Keep trying and one day you will find that switch as well and believe me, there is no better feeling ;)

    Gaynor x

    Congratulations and well done Gaynor,

    You always were jampacked full of win lady!

    Lotsa love

    xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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