Thanks from a lurker

I've never been much of a joiner and take pride in doing things on my own, but to be honest, I've been lurking around this site for over a week now. I'm currently on day 19 of my quit and have been inspired by many of the comments and stories here. So I just wanted to go public and say thanks!

I have long term quits of 5 years and 3 years in my past. Yes, it's pretty sad to admit that I've gone back to this rediculous habit not once, but twice, but there are some lessons to take away. First, no one goes back to smoking after years of not smoking because of a physical addiction to nicotine. It's all psychological at that point (and much earlier). Second, having experienced the "penthouse" first hand, I know the water is good and these initial days, weeks, and months, while unpleasant, become distant memories. I've never gotten to the point that I don't still wish I could smoke from time to time, so I suppose that's the reason I've gone back to it twice. But I have gotten to the point where I didn't miss it on a daily basis and basically didn't think about my smoking days for weeks and months at a time. In other words, smoking was no longer part of my life, and I didn't miss it in the slightest. I think that's one of the reasons this quit is not terribly difficult. I know from personal experience that things will be just fine a couple of months from now.

Nevertheless, that doesn't make the first days and weeks easy. I appreciate all of the posts I've read here that have helped motivate me to stay on track, and maybe I can return the favor.

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  • Good luck :)

    Give us a shout if there is anything you need!

  • Great read and welcome lurker ;) Thought some-one was watching me ;)

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