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Title: Half a year
Post by: Not Another Puff on January 14, 2019, 06:29:58 am
6 months ago I was a smoker but no more.

I have literally been Not Another Puff Ever.

Was discussing smoking with friends yesterday and I do miss it, but not enough to want to start again.

Title: Re: Half a year
Post by: tea on January 14, 2019, 09:34:15 am
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Room upgrade!!! Bring out the good biscuits and the nice toilet roll!  008

Title: Re: Half a year
Post by: Nicky40 on January 14, 2019, 10:00:29 am
Well done @Not Another Puff , halfway to the penthouse  :foundbeer:  008

I think most (if not all) ex smokers occasionally miss smoking but like you said, not enough to want to start again. :)
Title: Re: Half a year
Post by: Max414 on January 14, 2019, 11:04:50 am
Excellent, NAP- as you very shrewdly describe, at this point the desire to smoke still remains but it is not overwhelming and can be put back in its box  :hug:
Be assured that over time, the desire to smoke literally evaporates like the morning dew-a thing quite magical and awesome   :foundbeer:
Title: Re: Half a year
Post by: Skiddaw on January 14, 2019, 12:16:52 pm
Oh what a fantastic milestone @Not Another Puff !!!  ;D 007 :foundbeer: :foundbeer: :foundbeer:

The steepness is beginning to level off and the summit looks so much nearer than it did 6 months ago. The views are opening out nicely and I bet you can see the flags waving in the wind up there on the Penthouse roof. So close now! Just keep going, one foot in front of the other (you've got it off to a fine art now) and 6 months from now it'll be party time!!!  008 008 008

Max is spot on by the way- that desire to smoke continues to fade and eventually it rarely (if ever) happens.

Well done you. You're a complete star.... :hug:
Title: Re: Half a year
Post by: Lostie on January 14, 2019, 06:05:06 pm
Gee, doesn't time fly ;D    Congratulations  008 008   007 007
 
Yes craves  do disappear over  time. I learn to just go with the flow when I got them.
Title: Re: Half a year
Post by: Enough42 on January 15, 2019, 06:30:39 am
Yayyyyyyyy for our @Not Another Puff! Keep that “not another puff” mantra handy for the next few months and you will breeze through the second half of your first year. I’m 14 months out and I’m now like....yeah, whatever.....when a crave rarely pops along.  You’ve got this. Well done!!
Title: Re: Half a year
Post by: LAST CHANCE SALOON on January 16, 2019, 01:14:38 am
Very well done N.A.P.,your sounding very positive and it does get easier and time will go much faster as you get nearer to 12 months and beyond. im only around 13 months but no craves anymore and just the odd weird dream.Stay positive. :)
Title: Re: Half a year
Post by: Not Another Puff on January 16, 2019, 05:35:15 pm
While I will always have to be vigilant as a recovering nicotine addict, my quit is feeling pretty strong.

200 days on the 26th January is my next goal.



Title: Re: Half a year
Post by: Not Another Puff on January 28, 2019, 11:01:53 am
Boom, 200 days.
Title: Re: Half a year
Post by: tea on January 28, 2019, 11:39:35 am
200 days ago did you think you could do that @Not Another Puff ?
Title: Re: Half a year
Post by: Skiddaw on January 28, 2019, 12:42:06 pm
You rock @Not Another Puff !! Congratulations  ;D 008 007 :foundbeer:
Title: Re: Half a year
Post by: Nicky40 on January 29, 2019, 08:43:27 am
Brilliant @Not Another Puff  :foundbeer: :foundbeer:
Title: Re: Half a year
Post by: Not Another Puff on January 29, 2019, 09:11:35 am
Thank you everyone.

I got tipsy on Sunday afternoon at my son’s rugby club and it is here more than anywhere else that I associate with smoking. A couple of Irish wines (Guinness) with the other coaches and dad’s in the bar after and there are out of 8 of us 4 smokers. This week I so wanted to step outside and have a tab with them because it is only 1 and I deserve it after 200 days, instead I went home in a filthy mood.

I am 50 on Thursday and I have meant to give up from the age of 30 so at last I have done it.

I will be giving the father of the bride speech in a few years time and I will watch my son play for Harlequins, the British and Irish Lions and lift the World Cup with England in 2033 because I am alive and not died a painful early death from a smoking related disease.
Title: Re: Half a year
Post by: Skiddaw on January 29, 2019, 01:22:43 pm
Lovely post @Not Another Puff  ;D

Like you, I smoked for years after I intended to and like you I was determined to quit before I turned 50 (I made it by just over 6 months).

What you doing for your first smoke-free birthday?  008 007 :foundbeer:
Title: Re: Half a year
Post by: Not Another Puff 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.
Title: Re: Half a year
Post by: Nicky40 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:
Title: Re: Half a year
Post by: Skiddaw 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:
Title: Re: Half a year
Post by: tea 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.
Title: Re: Half a year
Post by: Not Another Puff 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.



Title: Re: Half a year
Post by: Lostie on March 14, 2019, 10:46:00 am
Great going there. Also to see you look forward to further milestones, so positive. :D  007
Title: Re: Half a year
Post by: tea 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.
Title: Re: Half a year
Post by: Indigo Warrior 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.
Title: Re: Half a year
Post by: Nicky40 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:
Title: Re: Half a year
Post by: Skiddaw 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:
Title: Re: Half a year
Post by: AndrewG 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
Title: Re: Half a year
Post by: Not Another Puff on April 22, 2019, 08:24:17 am
Happy Easter and happy 9 months of being cigarette free.
Title: Re: Half a year
Post by: Lostie on April 22, 2019, 01:06:25 pm
9 months?  WOW you're 3/4's of the way to the Penthouse :D   007 Are you getting excited to see what awaits you?
 
Title: Re: Half a year
Post by: Skiddaw on April 22, 2019, 01:42:40 pm
Goodness @Not Another Puff , time really has flown hasn't it? Wow!!!  :foundbeer: :foundbeer: :foundbeer:

Your Penthouse suite is already in the process of being decorated and the bunting is in the wash. Won't be long before I'm firing up the oven for the traditional arrival cake. Best start planning your party....  ;D 008 007 007 007

Well Done That Man!!!  :hug: :hug: :hug:
Title: Re: Half a year
Post by: tea on April 22, 2019, 08:23:44 pm
Oh this is one of my favourite bits.....the party plans!! I always stick to the dress code as well.
Title: Re: Half a year
Post by: Not Another Puff on May 10, 2019, 07:33:01 am
300 days no smoking.
Title: Re: Half a year
Post by: Skiddaw on May 10, 2019, 09:38:57 am
 :foundbeer: :foundbeer: :foundbeer: :foundbeer: :foundbeer: ;D

Well Done That Man!!!!  :)
Title: Re: Half a year
Post by: tea on May 10, 2019, 05:41:01 pm
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Title: Re: Half a year
Post by: Lostie on May 11, 2019, 04:40:19 pm
@tea did you have some time to spare?   ;D
 
Congratulations @Not Another Puff    008
Title: Re: Half a year
Post by: tea on May 11, 2019, 07:05:41 pm
I was commuting home in Friday traffic @Lostie, I had time on my hands and no wine.
Title: Re: Half a year
Post by: Not Another Puff on June 17, 2019, 12:00:34 pm
That is 11 months ticked off.

My 16 year old daughter smokes (having smoked for 35 years I find it very difficult to chastise her as this would make me a hypocrite) I bought her a bag of tobacco at the week end and am now constantly fantasising about asking if I can roll a tab.

So I cannot smoke myself but I also cannot buy tobacco for other people, as it triggers my cravings?


Title: Re: Half a year
Post by: tea on June 17, 2019, 05:41:29 pm
Hmmm.....it's all about the consequences really isn't it.

See I have a wheat allergy. If I eat wheat there's some nasty pain and consequences that can last a few days. I've bought cakes for people and I think it looks nice and that I think I would like it. I don't eat any because of the consequences. Same with pizza. I buy pizza for Mr T and Mini Me. If I just had one bite the consequences won't be as serious as if I rubbed my face in a loaf of bread and then ate a whole birthday cake; but after you gave one bite then how do you justify not having another bite. Where is the line?

In one month you will have done a whole year. I hope your daughter is proud of you.

Title: Re: Half a year
Post by: Lostie on June 17, 2019, 09:05:43 pm
You're too far along in your quit now to go back to the beginning. :D
 
Not long to go now for your big celebration.  Be proud of yourself hold your head up high and don't yield to temptation
Title: Re: Half a year
Post by: Skiddaw on June 28, 2019, 05:06:31 pm
A bit late (just returned from holiday) but wanted to say a big WELL DONE to you @Not Another Puff . The Penthouse Countdown has commenced!!  ;D 008 007 :foundbeer:
Title: Re: Half a year
Post by: Nicky40 on July 09, 2019, 02:40:48 pm
Sorry, another late reply as not logged in for a while.  Well done @Not Another Puff , you are doing so well and coming up 12 months now.  My son smokes, as do my Mother and Grandmother.  I just bought my son a load of baccy duty free and briefly thought I missed smoking it, but I don't, not really as I was reminded at work recently when I had to speak to someone who was in a packed smoking area - it was unpleasant.

Those craves will go in the end.  :)
Title: Re: Half a year
Post by: LAST CHANCE SALOON on July 10, 2019, 11:17:40 pm
Well done @Not Another Puff, your doing great. I still buy my old band mate a pack of 20 when i see him as he only has his gov. pension to live on but it doesn't bother me, i feel more guilty for giving him the dreaded weed but its all he lives for since his wife died so i don't mind. I will have to say nope for the rest of my days as 40 years of smoking will take 40 years to forget for me anyway but i'm staying smoke free and won't break the quit date i put on this forum. Your almost there.008
Title: Re: Half a year
Post by: tea on July 30, 2019, 07:51:50 am
@Not Another Puff I’m sure it has been Bastille Day 2019. Did you celebrate?