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1 Year + / Re: A decade quit next week/
« Last post by markmcclean1980 on July 15, 2018, 08:00:44 pm »
Enjoy the holiday @Phil Coulson.  I know you don’t really count anymore but you are an inspiration to those of us who are not yet at a year. Well done and thank you.
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1 Year + / Re: A decade quit next week/
« Last post by Skiddaw on July 15, 2018, 12:54:33 pm »
Sunny Devon sounds like the perfect place to reflect on your epoch anniversary @Phil Coulson . Hope you have a fantastic break and many, many congratulations  ;D 008 007 :foundbeer: :foundbeer:
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1 Year + / Re: A decade quit next week/
« Last post by tea on July 15, 2018, 12:42:37 pm »
Well I think that it is a very big achievement on many levels. Partially because as well as your own achievement you have inspired so many others over those 10 years.

I shall do celebrating  008   :foundbeer:   008 
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1 Year + / A decade quit next week/
« Last post by Phil Coulson on July 15, 2018, 03:10:17 am »
So next week I'm away for a week's holiday with the family in Devon; I'll be lucky to get mobile reception let alone 4G but lunchtime on Tuesday marks a decade since my last puff on a cigarette.

These days it's no big deal other than I haven't set fire a load of cash and I'm way healthier than I used to be. I don't miss smoking, I enjoy the freedom quitting has given but the whole thing seems quite alien now.

I'll be otherwise occupied having a great day but it won't be to do with the Quit Anniversary so I probably won't even remember, I certainly won't be having a party or doing anything to mark it as not smoking is normal for me now.

For those in the early stages of their quit journey I'm proof that its very doable. I was a stead fast smoker, a massive nicotine addict. I would stop for a week or two and reward myself for my efforts.....with a smoke! I would wake up in the middle of the night and go outside for a smoke. I would smoke 4 or 5 before I got to work in the morning. I did so many drives out to 24 hour garages at 1am so I had enough ciggys to get me to work the following morning. When I went out with the family I spent half the time away from them so I could feed my addiction. But now I am free from the control that nicotine had on me, I know that I will never smoke again because I know that I never want to be beholden to a substance, like that, ever again.

Smoking is a choice, just keep on not doing it. Most of us smoked for the majority of our adult life so its a big part of who we were but as every day that goes by you learn better how to live without a cigarette, eventually not smoking becomes the norm and while you might get the occasional nostalgic pang about how you once lived while smoking (which in reality probably had nothing to do with smoking) those too eventually fade as new great memories and experineces are buit, but without a ciggy in hand.

Anyway I thought I should post something to "mark" a noteworthy chunck of time but I'm struggling to feel as though its a big deal. These days it's just who I am, a non smoker.

The price of freedom is constant vigilance.
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Jokes / Re: One liners
« Last post by Phil Coulson on July 15, 2018, 02:36:12 am »
I saw the Avon Lady was walking funny, I guess Max Factor.
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Week 3 / Re: I am a legend, end of, fact
« Last post by Skiddaw on July 14, 2018, 10:42:56 am »
Absolutely fantastic @Not Another Puff  :foundbeer: :foundbeer: :foundbeer: :foundbeer: ;D ;D ;D

You're SO right to tell yourself you never, ever want to go through it again. It was what took me through more than a few rough patches. It'll get much, much easier from here onwards and without doubt there's a palatial suite awaiting you at the Penthouse   :hug: :hug: :hug:
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Week 3 / Re: I am a legend, end of, fact
« Last post by Burners on July 13, 2018, 11:12:10 pm »
You're doing great!

One equals another 10 years' smoking but i only have to not smoke today is what i always tell myself.

Definitely through the toughest bit - might be worth trying or finding a new interest (or rediscovering an old one) if you're bored so you can feel the benefit of adding to life!

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Week 3 / Re: I am a legend, end of, fact
« Last post by Sally on July 13, 2018, 06:04:42 pm »
Welcome to Just Quit and congratulations from me too! 
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Week 3 / Re: I am a legend, end of, fact
« Last post by Lostie on July 13, 2018, 04:40:27 pm »
Congratulations from me too. You are doing so well  006   I agree with you that the thought of repeating your first few weeks should keep you going on your journey to being smoke free.
 
You are not cheating if you have to use aids along the way. I had to take Champix for me to quit, it worked.  ;D
 
I regard myself as a 'reformed' smoker. 
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Week 3 / Re: I am a legend, end of, fact
« Last post by tea on July 13, 2018, 01:39:03 pm »
Congratulations on being a legend @Not Another Puff and long may your legend reign.
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