Week one!

Right now I sit here and there is a lot of different feelings running inside of me. Happiness, eagerness, excitement, all the way down to accomplished.

I know that week one might not sound like a long time to some of you who have stopped smoking for several weeks, to months and all the way to years. But I know you all understand the relevance of this week, the first week without a single puff of a cigarette.

I know a lot of you are most likely expecting me to say that it was hard, that I had to push myself up this hill and over it. But the truth? I have been over smoking for a long time. Cancer is a sickness that runs in my family blood lines and I knew it was only a matter of time when the hand of time turned on me and I would be the one who was being mourned after. I did not want that. Not only for myself but for my entire family.

I have a 6 year old nephew that looks up to me, I have my mother that has been in my corner all the way through this cheering me on even though she lives all the way in Arkansas and myself in California. I am the youngest of the family and I am the only child who smokes and she has always told me that it bugged her. So I am doing this for her. I am doing this for a lot of people, but mostly I am doing this for myself and my health.

So the journey of stopping smoking has been an easy path for me. While yes there have been cravings from the addiction, I have been able to swat them away relatively easily and have not even thought about looking back at a cigarette.

Actually no, that is a lie. I did look back. I looked back last night because I was saving ONE half of a cigarette in the garage on the work bench. I saved it from the day before I started to stop smoking to use as a "fall back" .. I knew I had that one half of a cigarette if the cravings got too bad, I just decided each and every time that it was not the right choice. Cigarette's do not wipe away your daily problems, they don't solve ANYTHING besides letting myself and others down around me.

So yes, I looked back and I walked into the garage last night and I took up that half of the cigarette and I looked at it and thought about all the years I have smoked and all the ill effects that it has caused to my family and to my personal health. So there I was, a day before my week annivsary of not smoking and I was looking my enemy in the "eye" .... I then crushed the half the cigarette in the palm of my hand, i ground up every last bit of it until it was nothing but flakes and shredded paper of its former self. No longer will nicotine be held over my head like a solid weight, no longer will it control me, no longer will the tobacco industry get my money simply to kill me.

I will stop rambling now and simply say...Thank you...For everyone on this board who has stood by my side... I will continue forth on this journey, I have no plans on looking back and I will take each and every one of you on this journey with me.

Everybody who is walking along side me as a ex smoker on this journey, I am here for you. Lets walk this path together and beat this ugly habit one day, one week, one month, to one year at a time.

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  • *Applauds*

    You have definitely got everything set mentally to make this a forever quit, which is most of the battle - and I'm really pleased you have found it pretty easy :)

    Can empathise with being the only smoker in the family 'cos I was in mine - feels odd in a way doesn't it?

    But by stopping now, you're doing your best to avoid the crab, which is brilliant.

    Good luck :)

  • Hi Mike

    Fair play to you very positive, that's the thought process everyone needs to quit.

    Good on you very well done:D

  • Well done Mike

    You are so in the zone with this as to be unstoppable. Keep it up, continue to show that kind of resolve and you have got it truly beat.

    Good on you dude!

  • Fantastic Mike, great post!

    So good to hear how far you've come, it took a lot of strength and determination to remove your safety net like that. Congratulations!

  • Hi Mike,

    What a brilliant positive post! As we all know smoking is one of the most selfish addictions there is, by taking the plunge and quitting we are doing the most selfless thing we can for our families but more importantly ourselves... Really admire you crushing up that half of a cig.. It's definitely a positive step and hopefully made you feel empowered and will help you on ur journey, wishing you the very best of luck x

  • What a positive post Mike.

    However anyone puts it, stopping isn't easy, so really well done.

    All strength to you, and all on here. xx

  • Lovely !!

    What a lovely post .....I think most people can identify with it :D:D x

  • I know that week one might not sound like a long time to some of you who have stopped smoking for several weeks, to months and all the way to years.

    One week is an incredible amount of time without a cigarette Mike, well done.

  • Hi Mike.

    Great post and thank you for doing it.

    I'm also ONE WEEK fag free but am struggling mentally. I truly never want to breathe one of those filthy chokers down my neck ever again - and yet, the darkforce is relentlessly telling me that's EXACTLY what I want. Wish I could say stuff like 'I didn't think about smoking today' but it seems a long way off, if ever.

    Good for you though. Keep up the positive thinking. I know you will be successful. Well done.

  • Great post and well done you.

    A week is a great milestone and you sound so positive,it's so inspiring to the rest of us still in the early days.:D

  • Thank you everybody who has responded. Holy cow I didn't know so many would! :eek::eek::eek:

    What can I say? I don't think it would have been so easy as it has been if it wasn't for this message board and the constant support that I have received. I am not going to say I wouldn't have been ABLE to do it, because my will power is strong. Strong like bear! lol :D

    I just want to tell the new ex smokers that read my original message and this message to know that it IS possible. You CAN do it. You just have to WANT to do it.

    Much love guys. Now time to go write my Day 8 thread! :D

  • Right now I sit here and there is a lot of different feelings running inside of me. Happiness, eagerness, excitement, all the way down to accomplished.

    I know that week one might not sound like a long time to some of you who have stopped smoking for several weeks, to months and all the way to years. But I know you all understand the relevance of this week, the first week without a single puff of a cigarette.

    I know a lot of you are most likely expecting me to say that it was hard, that I had to push myself up this hill and over it. But the truth? I have been over smoking for a long time. Cancer is a sickness that runs in my family blood lines and I knew it was only a matter of time when the hand of time turned on me and I would be the one who was being mourned after. I did not want that. Not only for myself but for my entire family.

    I have a 6 year old nephew that looks up to me, I have my mother that has been in my corner all the way through this cheering me on even though she lives all the way in Arkansas and myself in California. I am the youngest of the family and I am the only child who smokes and she has always told me that it bugged her. So I am doing this for her. I am doing this for a lot of people, but mostly I am doing this for myself and my health.

    So the journey of stopping smoking has been an easy path for me. While yes there have been cravings from the addiction, I have been able to swat them away relatively easily and have not even thought about looking back at a cigarette.

    Actually no, that is a lie. I did look back. I looked back last night because I was saving ONE half of a cigarette in the garage on the work bench. I saved it from the day before I started to stop smoking to use as a "fall back" .. I knew I had that one half of a cigarette if the cravings got too bad, I just decided each and every time that it was not the right choice. Cigarette's do not wipe away your daily problems, they don't solve ANYTHING besides letting myself and others down around me.

    So yes, I looked back and I walked into the garage last night and I took up that half of the cigarette and I looked at it and thought about all the years I have smoked and all the ill effects that it has caused to my family and to my personal health. So there I was, a day before my week annivsary of not smoking and I was looking my enemy in the "eye" .... I then crushed the half the cigarette in the palm of my hand, i ground up every last bit of it until it was nothing but flakes and shredded paper of its former self. No longer will nicotine be held over my head like a solid weight, no longer will it control me, no longer will the tobacco industry get my money simply to kill me.

    I will stop rambling now and simply say...Thank you...For everyone on this board who has stood by my side... I will continue forth on this journey, I have no plans on looking back and I will take each and every one of you on this journey with me.

    Everybody who is walking along side me as a ex smoker on this journey, I am here for you. Lets walk this path together and beat this ugly habit one day, one week, one month, to one year at a time.

    This is a great post Mike :) Just the kind of thing that I'm sure lots of people in your position need to hear.

    It's been a while since I achieved my first week, but boy I was proud. And you should be too. Just the fact that you have chosen to get rid of that half a cigarette shows that you have come so far in such a short amount of time. :cool:

    Well done! I hope you're excited for week two!

  • As I was reading your post I was hoping and praying inside that you didn't light up that half of cancer stick!! Good stuff Mike keep it going - a really positive post that made me think about my family.

    Thank you!!

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