High Five!

Well on the 16th of July 2008 I got involved in a thread about smoking on a now defunct Martial Arts web forum. I made a comment about it being a little like high altitude training as you have less oxygen in your system and a guy that went by the name of Mule picked me up on that. Reading back what I had posted made me realise that I was basically an addict in denial and I didn't like that. I resolved to do something about it and planned a quit day a few days hence. However at lunch time on the 17th I started the final cigarette in the packet I'd opened the previous day; as I stubbed it out I decided that I didn't want to buy any more and that was it. Now 5 years on I don't miss them at all and not one single puff has passed my lips in that time.

This forum helped tremendously as did the links in my signature, learning to let go of the idea of smoking being a pleasure or reward worked along with an understanding how the addiction/compulsion takes hold of you.

These days I'm free and loving it.

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  • Thanks. I am a Ninja Emeritus. Alas I suspect my training days are over, at the end of last year a prolapsed disc resulted in sciatica and although its not painful any more I've lost some movement in my foot and experience varying levels of numbness. Its improving ever so slowly, but the doctors and physios have told me that it may never get fully better.

    On the plus side if I ever need to round kick someone Mauy Thai style my shin won't feel a thing. :p

  • Wow, five years, that's brilliant. I will be there one day and I know I will be really proud of myself.

    Thank you for still being around offering really good advice, you don't have to and it's so good of you :)

    Molly x

  • Thanks

    Max, Molly & Kat.

    Single malt time smiles.kolobok.us/standart/...

  • Five years is fab, you must have undone any damage done whilst you smoked in that time. You also give great advice and you are an asset on these forums.:D

  • Oooh, nice! Which one?

    Glen Ranoch, it was in my dads drinks cabinet. Very drinkable but not a classic. I've a couple of bottles of Jura to open but I've 2 blends and this open already, I'm not a whisky buff but I do like some.

  • Five years is fab, you must have undone any damage done whilst you smoked in that time. You also give great advice and you are an asset on these forums.:D

    Thanks Jane. I've done some checking the benefits and my risks of getting cervical cancer is now the same as a non smoker :eek:

  • Well done Nic, that's flipping fantastic :D :D

    Thanks Jane. I've done some checking the benefits and my risks of getting cervical cancer is now the same as a non smoker :eek:

    That must be reassuring and they're the same as my chance of getting prostate cancer then!! :p

  • Phew, I guess that means my chance of getting penile cancer are now the same as a non smoker.:D

  • That's a lot of cancer references for such a jolly thread.

    Well done Mr Firth.

    The forum just wouldn't be the same without you!

    :)

  • wooo hooo

    Massive well done

    on reaching 5 years hun :)

  • Congrats, Nic... Nothing more to say really, is there?

    You know how it is... That its not even a background noise anymore, but it doesn't take anything away from the celebration! Have a beer on me, but you'll have to lend me a fiver first.

  • Congrats to you Nic,

    It is sometimes said that little in life is certain, but very little could have been as certain as that you would celebrate 5 years of quitting. And more, of course, by now.

    Impressive stuff.

    Cheers

    Deke

  • haha, too true Deke. The next time I'm smoking is at my cremation :D

  • WOW! 5 years!!!! FANTASTIC! One day I am going to be just like you! Congrats!!!!

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