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Not Another Puff

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Re: Half a year
« Reply #15 on: February 13, 2019, 06:54:44 am »
Hey, 7 months.

A massive wobble yesterday while out with smoking work colleagues, craving was so bad I had to travel home on my own from Cowes to London. I am not entirely sure why I did not have a tab, it would have been only one, I deserve it and no one would have known.

Oh god when does this ever end, enough already.
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Re: Half a year
« Reply #16 on: February 13, 2019, 08:31:29 am »
I remember those 'just one won't hurt' thoughts, then 'just while I'm out drinking with smokers followed by 'just while I'm out drinking then finally 'I can just smoke at weekends'.  I have failed two good quits (26 and 7 months!)  so can pretty much guarantee it doesn't stop at one.  It is very hard so I totally understand how you feel but it's really best to avoid being near people smoking.  My Mum and son both smoke and while I don't avoid either of them I won't stand outside with them while they smoke because I know I would be tempted, more so if I have had a drink (which is most weekends for me).

You did so well to not smoke this time, before you know it the cravings will stop and it'll all feel worth it.  :hug:
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Re: Half a year
« Reply #17 on: February 13, 2019, 11:33:12 am »
@Not Another Puff , if it is any consolation to you, I had a mega-crave at a similar stage in my quit (it was at the wedding of one of my best friends, when the groom, best man and bride's son all lit up after the service). I had to lock myself in the bog until it had passed. I'd not had a craving like that for a fair old time and it right knocked me for six.

The important (only) thing is that you didn't give in. I didn't either, and I can tell you that I never did experience another crave like that. So pleased and chuffed for you...  :hug: :hug: 007 007 :foundbeer: :foundbeer: :vader:
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Re: Half a year
« Reply #18 on: February 13, 2019, 06:09:29 pm »
@Not Another Puff I can't tell you when but it will and you probably won't notice it until you're past it and you realise that you are completely free of it. Then you'll have a eureka moment and realise it's all over. But blummin well done for kicking it in the pants on that journey.

I do always say HALT; am I hungry, angry, lonely or tired. For me those cravings were often about being frustrated and angry and needing to learn how to manage that. Angry is still the one I've not quite mastered; I don't know how to dissipate angry and be one of those zen people.
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Re: Half a year
« Reply #19 on: March 14, 2019, 08:41:07 am »
8 months (243 days, not that I am counting) into my quit.

I have some cool milestones to look forward to in the near future, 9 months 14/4/19 and then 300 days 10/5/19.

I have spent a lifetime romantisizing smoking and at last I am coming out the otherside and debunking some of those myths.



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Re: Half a year
« Reply #20 on: March 14, 2019, 10:46:00 am »
Great going there. Also to see you look forward to further milestones, so positive. :D  007
 

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Re: Half a year
« Reply #21 on: March 14, 2019, 04:39:31 pm »
I was not looking forward to 10.5.2019 but now it's not going to be such a bad day  :foundbeer:. It sounds trite but I have to do something not so pleasant at work that day, but now I feel like I have a reason to have a celebratory glass of wine that evening  008. I only like to have a glass for special occasions.

I'm that confident that we will be celebrating with you that day that I shall buy the wine at the weekend so that I have it ready.
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Re: Half a year
« Reply #22 on: March 14, 2019, 10:02:05 pm »
Well done, @Not Another Puff. Half a year is an amazing achievement and you need to have a little mini celebratory party.

Just keep remembering, "Not one Puff Ever" and you will get through this and it does get easier. I was told today, by my quite counter, that I am 1300 days clean. Yes it does get easier but that Gremlin will still occasionally try and persuade you to have a puff. ALWAYS be aware.
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Re: Half a year
« Reply #23 on: March 15, 2019, 09:00:55 am »
Well done @Not Another Puff Milestones are great goals to aim for, I think they help keep you focused on your quit.  :foundbeer: :foundbeer:
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Re: Half a year
« Reply #24 on: March 15, 2019, 12:58:53 pm »
That really is splendid progress @Not Another Puff !! Delighted for you mate...  ;D 008 :foundbeer: :foundbeer: :foundbeer:
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Re: Half a year
« Reply #25 on: March 19, 2019, 07:48:04 pm »
Nice work @Not Another Puff keep going and nope is the way forward. Your doing great and it will be more than worth it  008
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