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Old 07-11-18, 06:10 PM
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TOOT...TOOT!!!!

So once a year on July 11 I always look forward to tooting my own horn. Coming somewhere online and publicly congrating myself! lol

July 11th 2010 was the day I put my foot down and told myself I was done with smoking. I went cold turkey though I had an army of support online there walking with me 24/7 at quitnet.com (the site has changed drastically since I use to be a regular).

8 years guys!
That's pretty big!
That's a real achievement!!

A few things...

I think a big part of my quit has been the fact that I've never treated my quit like an enemy. I've seen it over and over with people...they treat their quit like it's something horrible that they hate and fight it. And I've seen so many of these people lose their quits.
From the start I never treated my quit like an enemy I had to fight. I never fought my quit. I fought...and I fought HARD...I still fight...but it's certainly not fighting my quit. I fight my addiction...the craves, and the stinky thinking. No...I love my quit and cherish it.
That's how I knew early on this was gonna be my forever quit. My love of my quit. I hated the cravings, but man do I LOVE my quit.

And that's another thing...I've held onto my love...and I've held on tight! Quitting wasn't something I did and was done with. No...quitting is a lifelong commitment. There is no end to it. And I'm so okay with that and I think it's very important for me to be aware of this. All it takes is just 1 single puff and I'd be done. I wont even begin to entertain the thought that I could just have 1 puff. I live by a little saying that I've fallen back on time and again over the years:
N.O.P.E.!
Not One Puff Ever.
And dang does that little saying mean a lot to me. It's actually made my quit easier for me...it's an absolute in my mind. Like a law. Something written in stone. There's no questioning it, no debating it. N.O.P.E.! It tells me that even if I'm having a craving..even if I think I want one...N.O.P.E.!! And it's like right then and there my decision is made. I can't smoke, not even a single puff! It's that black and white. So it's okay for me to crave...it's understandable and I'm well aware that I'll get ocassional craves throughout the rest of my life. But N.O.P.E.!
One day, One crave at a time.
Not One Puff Ever.

And you know...I was thinking. Quitting smoking and staying quit is a lot easier when I was doing good in life and didn't have anything big happening in my life.
But dang...I've been through some things these past 8 years.
I went through a re-occurance of cancer...complete with months of chemotherapy that left me sicker then I'd ever been and bedridden. I put myself into college and got through over a year of that. I obtained 2 incredible jobs...and survived the dark times they brought after quitting both. The loss of my mom. It's with no doubt the hardest thing I've ever gone through in my life...the hardest thing I continue to go though. Oh man how I miss her. But you know? I never felt my quit was in jeopardy from my mom's passing...or from losing my dad from him moving 1500 miles away.
No, through it all...the highs and the lows and all the inbetweens in life...through it all I've always held on tight to my quit and loved and cherished it.

I don't fight my quit. My quit is NOT an enemy.
I cherish my quit. I hold on tight. My quit is an absolute friend.

I can't promise you another year guys. Heck...I can't even promise another week.
I can however very confidently (though not with a cocky attitude) promise you today. I'm highly confident on this day that I will remain N.O.P.E.
After that? Well I'll get through...1 day at a time. Thinking anything past that can just lead to anxiety that doesn't need to be.

One day at a time.
Not One Puff Ever.
I really do love my quit.

(((((((HUGS))))))))

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Originally Posted by quitnet.com

Quit Stats

Quit date: 7/11/2010
Medication: None
Life saved: 2Y 1M
Money saved: $17,897
Unsmoked nasty sticks: 102,270
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