over 22.000 cigerettes not smoked

How blooming amazingly scary is that

another figure

1374 days not smoked

and ive not spent £9000 on those poison sticks or lined the pockets of the government

in some ways i wish i had put all that money into a jar but think i would have needed afew of them to put all that cash in:p

but then again i wouldnt have been able to have treated myself and everyone i care about especially my two grandsons one of which has never known me to be a smelly nanny and never will the other still does remember and reminds me when we are out normally in a loud voice that makes me giggle :D

i know during this time ive had some rough times when i got in the wrong mindset and actually thought i really wanted that i needed to smoke to help me [/B]through the upsetting situation i was going through

but i kept rereading my reasons and reading the posts of the newbies refreshing my mind of what i went through in the early days

plus the members that have been hooked back in by those thoughts of one wont hurt and before they knew it were hooked back into that disgusting smelly expensive harmful habib

and everyone reading this can also win the freedom back you just have to break it down to one day at a time in the early days one minute at a time if it helps distraction is the key this place is the best aid because like so many if you come and post on here that your struggling and say in your mind i will smoke once i have 3 replys by the time that happens the urge/crave will have passed or the other mindset is i will have one in an hour if i still want to smoke and when that hour passes go through the same process

i promise you the further along the path you go the easier it will become and suddenly you will realise that you have gone hours without thinking of smoking

and again never look too far into the future just concentrate on one day at a time

it is doable so many of us never thought we could do it either but we have

not only will you save money you wilbe gaining time time to spend doing things you love with the people you love without having to keep planning your day around smoking especially if your out and in a place that doesnt allow smoking

becoming a member of the Not One Puff Ever group will help too :)

onwards and upwards is the only way to go

btw that £9000 figure is higher then that as i would always spend more at the kiosk being tempted with choccy crisps drinks etc and lottery tickets scratch cards its very rare i actually do the lottery these days as i do forget

i know i have to play it to win it :rolleyes:

but never won it when i did play it either :p;):D hehe

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  • Amazing carol, a pleasure to read.

    Aside from the huge numbers you mentioned, you must be most proud of the fact that you have broken free from this horrible addiction - you have chosen not to smoke.

    Thanks for posting, an inspiration to us all!

    Have a lovely healthy weekend :D

  • Thank you for your kind words Andy :) i suppose proud is one word i could use but being FREE is the best word for me free to do whatever i want when i want without constantly having to feed that habit

  • :DCarol you are my NOPE hero and I have been amazed and encouraged at you determination to stay smoke free with all the really horrible things that have come your way.

    Isn't it scary how much money we would have spent if we still smoked - like you I was an impulse buyer and as the choccies and scratchcards are always at the counter where they keep the death sticks, I would always buy something else too :o

    And as far as the lottery goes, you've probably saved more than you would have ever won just by not buying a ticket ;) and you've won more than money can buy from giving yourself the gift of being a non smoker :cool:

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  • Carol such a inspiration to me, so amazing what you have achieved. Love this post.

    I know what you mean re cash, and kiosk, you do certainly pick bits and bobs up at the same time, but I cannot believe a pack of 20 is around £8 , that's a lot of money, and I love having a bit of cash to spend on my little buddy grandson .

    Brilliant so very well done:)

  • Ahhh thanks hun :o those words mean a lot

    sending love and hugs your way and hoping your having a great weekend lined up x

    sadly mine is just sorting i have so much to do but im going to set alarms every so often so i can have a chill out plus im going to play some of my fav tunes while im working

    shhhhhh just not too loud yet :eek:

    hehe but the volumn will increase as the day goes on :D:D:D

  • ohhhhhh didnt see the dancing cats hehe thanks Jen :D x

    Carol such a inspiration to me, so amazing what you have achieved. Love this post.

    I know what you mean re cash, and kiosk, you do certainly pick bits and bobs up at the same time, but I cannot believe a pack of 20 is around £8 , that's a lot of money, and I love having a bit of cash to spend on my little buddy grandson .

    Brilliant so very well done:)

    Thank you Tracey im sure it wont be long before your posting stats like this too :) x

    Hi Carol, WOW some big number's there, be proud of yourself as we all are here :). Really well done and you inspire us all.

    Ahhh thanks Josivi for your lovely words :) x

  • That's great Carol. Did you know that if you laid all those cigarettes end to end they would stretch for well over a mile! :eek:

  • Carol, what a lovely post! :)

    Your determination really shines out of you (as does your warmth and compassion) and I would take a bet that there are many quitters out there who have remained quitters thanks to your example and kindness.

    You really are a wonderful lady. :)

  • Awesome Carol,God alone knows how many quitters you have helped hold onto their quits by your mix of humour,encouragement and sheer caring :p

    Fantastic and amazing figures that reveal the extent of this addiction!!!

    XX

    Thanks Max those figures are scary and im so glad that all im going to be doing is adding more to each of them every day :D x

    That's great Carol. Did you know that if you laid all those cigarettes end to end they would stretch for well over a mile! :eek:

    Thanks Nic

    over a mile long :eek: yikes thats scary

    Carol, what a lovely post! :)

    Your determination really shines out of you (as does your warmth and compassion) and I would take a bet that there are many quitters out there who have remained quitters thanks to your example and kindness.

    You really are a wonderful lady. :)

    Thank you for your kind words hun and didnt you forget something in that summery :eek:

    no doubt i raise alot of groans from people when i post on the caturday thread hehe

    :p

    not that will stop me

    :D:D

  • Carol,

    AWESOME numbers!

    It's really amazing how they add up and it truly doesn't take that long. Once the daily battle is over, if you're like me you just kind of forget about it for long periods of time - and then when you check your numbers they can be staggering.

    A hearty congratulations! Good to see you...

  • Wow those states are simply amazing Carol :D we are so lucky that you continue to stay on here and support so many, including me at tough times in my quit your words have touch me and ment so much...so thank you!

    :o ahhh thanks hunny and your more then welcome :) i do hope your having a great weekend x

    Carol,

    AWESOME numbers!

    It's really amazing how they add up and it truly doesn't take that long. Once the daily battle is over, if you're like me you just kind of forget about it for long periods of time - and then when you check your numbers they can be staggering.

    A hearty congratulations! Good to see you...

    Thanks DGee and yes it sure is amazing how the numbers soon multiply very quickly :eek:

  • Great to hear from you Carol, and happy to know you're still doing fine without the smokes!

    I'm on day 1365, which I just had to calculate because I'm not keep that detailed a track. All I know is that it will 4 years this November, and that I'm extremely happy that I got rid of the habit. I feel a lot healthier (even though I'm fat, lol), and I know for sure that I will never start up again. Every once in a while the romantic nostalgia of smoking comes to mind, but I can quickly erase that thought by reminding myself of all the negatives of smoking, such as expense, smell, health etc.

    I'm working on the weight now, having given up booze a few weeks ago... Life goes on! :D

    Cheers,

    Alex

  • Hi Carol

    What a lovely, encouraging post and wow, those figures. I have said many times I would love a new car but can't afford it, funny how I managed to pay for my habit though. :)

  • Amazing, Carol!

    It's posts like these that give new quitters like myself the belief that it can be done.

    Well done on such fantastic stats, I hope one day I'm posting similar, what an inspiration :)

  • Great to hear from you Carol, and happy to know you're still doing fine without the smokes!

    I'm on day 1365, which I just had to calculate because I'm not keep that detailed a track. All I know is that it will 4 years this November, and that I'm extremely happy that I got rid of the habit. I feel a lot healthier (even though I'm fat, lol), and I know for sure that I will never start up again. Every once in a while the romantic nostalgia of smoking comes to mind, but I can quickly erase that thought by reminding myself of all the negatives of smoking, such as expense, smell, health etc.

    I'm working on the weight now, having given up booze a few weeks ago... Life goes on! :D

    Cheers,

    Alex

    OMG giving up booze as well :eek:

    ohhh i couldnt do that :rolleyes: not that i drink that much these days or as often but fair play to you hun :)

    hehe and your not fat your cuddly

    i only know about my stats because i have a programme on my computer that sends me a message when im reaching anew milestone but its scary how much those figures soon add up

    Hi Carol

    What a lovely, encouraging post and wow, those figures. I have said many times I would love a new car but can't afford it, funny how I managed to pay for my habit though. :)

    Thanks Nicky it is amazing how paying out that amount of money each week we didnt bat an eyelid and how some days had to scrap around the spare change jar to pay for them

    i now actually bag the money up and put it in my bank account which gives me alot of great feelings :D

    so start saving up and im sure you wilbe able to afford to buy your new car

    Amazing, Carol!

    It's posts like these that give new quitters like myself the belief that it can be done.

    Well done on such fantastic stats, I hope one day I'm posting similar, what an inspiration :)

    Thanks for your kind words hun when i first joined this amazing place and reading the posts of those that had gone before me about how long they had quit it used to help inspire me to keep going

    plus all my previous quits had failed because i thought i needed/wanted to smoke to help me get through a rough day or an upsetting time and didnt really think about it being an addiction that i was infact just answering that inner nicodemon and feeding that disgusting habit

    sooo glad i found this place and also found that i wasnt going mad with those thoughts and the main one was i wasnt alone anymore that i had support when i needed it :)

    that was like a comfort blanket to me

    as long as you never give up giving up and just focusing on one day at a time you will get there

  • Inspiring!

    Love this post!

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