Who'd have thought? Not me :): So, here I am... - No Smoking Day

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Who'd have thought? Not me :)


So, here I am 13 weeks smoke free. There have been ups and downs but for the most part it's been easy using the patches although I almost caved a couple of weeks ago and I'm not sure why I didn't just go buy some when I had decided that was exactly what I was going to do, something stopped me and I'm so glad.

I used to hear people say "if I can do it anyone can" and it used to really annoy me because I would think they just weren't as adicted as I was. I'd been smoking for over 30yrs and averaging 40 a day for the last decade or so (at one point I was on 60 a day for around 2 years), I would get up at least twice through the night for a smoke and it was the first thing I done when I woke in the morning.

I'd tried to quit a gazillion times and recently each time I quit I would put on around a stone then start smoking again but not all of the weight would come off, then I stop smoking again and another stone on......... rinse and repeat. So, I was already a fair bit over weight when I quit this time and I've put on over a stone and a half on top of that, I feel like a beached whale but I'm over the crazed eating thing now (I hope) and this week I plan on joining Slimming World.

I wanted to come on and thank everyone on here who helped me through the early days and weeks, it really helped me to get where I am :) You guys are great.

I also wanted to tell a wee bit of my personal story in the hope that it might help someone starting out or just thinking about quitting because I would say to them............If I can do it anyone can :)

7 Replies
Canwes1000 Days Smoke Free

How inspiring Anake, thank you for sharing your story and I wish you continued good luck and strength when it gets a little tough. You've come so far and deserve a big round of applause. Well done.

Yes, really good Job Ananke, thanks for sharing, thats brilliant.........so what was your secret to being successful this time?

HercuValued Contributor

Ananke...Thank you for sharing not only your story but your excellent persistence and willpower.

You are a good example to follow.

Ananke my dear quit buddy:) Well done!! I'm glad to hear your doing well and I'm so very proud of you!!!! Your post brought tears to my eyes because I wish I could say the same :-~

I've had some rough times lately - where I questioned everything going on in my life. As you know I recently said goodbye to my father in-law, but I also had to put down my beloved Winston, my 12 year old German Shepherd, and that literally broke my heart. It was the hardest day of my life and I was a freakin' mess – I kid you not. I didn't know what to do with myself and my brain kept telling me it was okay to smoke, its what I needed!!! Sure, it won't change whats already happened, but you'll certainly feel better!! Well I have to say I was such a disaster that I actually believed it and finally gave in - I was so broken I just didn't care about anything anymore. I smoked and I hated it, It did nothing for me except make me despise life even more.

I told my husband about it, said I felt like a failure and cried a river – I just wanted to die. But he was so kind and told me I wasn't a failure, that I just made a mistake under emotional stress – he said stop right now and you'll be okay. Wise man he is - although I hate to admit it!!! but I took his advise and I got back on track right away with no problems - just a stupid wrong turn along the way (where the hell was my gps when I needed it!!!:-) Anyway I never craved after that hiccup, still sad about that and my losses, but learning to deal with them in a healthy way. I'm 3 months (minus 1 stupid moment) but still quite proud of myself because I'm not giving up this quit!

I hope your still willing to walk beside me down the hall to the penthouse - But before you answer please note, based on my calculations, we still have 9 months to ditch those extra pounds we both have gained!!!:-) so I have anticipated success and have per-ordered new skinny jeans and a fitted blouse, not to mention new shoes too:-) But if it doesn't work out for us – we can still be stylish, smoke free beached whales – maybe dressed in a nice matching hawaiian muu-muu :-)))

Oh dear, I think I hijacked your thread again - Damn, I do have a tendency to cross the boundaries....:D

so wonderful to read your going strong in your quit, you are doing amazing. i so enjoy these inspiring posts. in my book it fantastic how far you have come.

i so hope you are having the odd treat

very well done you

Incy_Wincy4 Years Smoke Free

Ananke! Well done you wonderful wonderful quitter :) I'm really pleased for you. Thanks for giving us an update/background. Anyone out there lurking - take inspiration :)

And Que! How lovely to hear from you, too. Your husband is very wise, I agree with him entirely! Sorry you had such a rubbish time - you're still doing brilliantly though - a hiccup is just a hiccup, you didn't let it beat you. Hold tight to your quit lovely lady.

And I bet Ananke doesn't mind sharing a post or three with you Que! x

Really fantastic achievement Ananke. The post is great because loads of people get caught in the cycle and i know it helped me to see its not all hopeless. Small steps day to day and suddenly you're doing it and it's great. Well done x

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