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Quit 287 days ago
Good afternoon everyone,
First off, I want to tell all of you folks on the forum, that you are simply awesome. You make this forum great, you make this forum work, and because of all of you this forum is one of the best quitting smoking tools that we will ever have use of. And a big thanks to the forum members, who, at the beginning of my quit got me through the early and toughest part of this journey. I would never be able to count 100 days, if not for this forum and I will be forever grateful for all of the encouragement and support. I also have to thank all of the quit coaches. They are an amazing group of people. And, although, I’ve never spoken to a coach, every once in a while, one of them will comment on of my posts. And when they do, it makes my heart feel ten times larger, knowing that there are strangers in the world that are so willing to help and encourage others and give their time so freely.
To the new quitters on the forum, please know this, that you are not alone, the ups and downs, the tears and negative mood swings, the wanting to give up and just have that “one” last cigarette are part of the process that we all have to go through. The thoughts of wanting a cigarette can be all-consuming at the beginning, but with time, you can easily push those thoughts aside and it simply becomes a nuisance.
Have faith in yourselves, and know that you can do this! I never ever thought I could and for forty-two years I always said I would never quit. People around me were and still are, getting sick (and dying) from smoking-related illnesses. In October 2018, I gave myself a quit date, and I never looked back. I believed that I had one shot at this, so I had better make it a good one. Anyone who is having doubts or struggling, know this, there is no one or nothing that can stop you from quitting or that can jeopardize your quit. Except you. Ultimately, it is we ourselves that are doing this. It is our determination, our strength, our resolve that carries us through this journey. Our minds are our greatest ally. Or they can be our greatest foe, but only if we allow it to be so. Once we have made up our minds to do something, and we do not let anything stand in our way, there is nothing that we can’t do. Believe in yourself. You have every single thing that you need to succeed. Do not allow a small tube full of poisonous substances rule your life, dictate your actions and possibly take your life. Most of us thought cigarettes were our friends, they are not. We thought they relaxed us, they did not. We thought they consoled us when we were sad, they did not. They robbed us of being able to participate in physical activities and they were slowly killing us. All of we quitters now know how much that “friend” has been lying to us. All of us now know that we matter and we have what it takes to fight back and take control of our lives again.
Have a great smoke-free day and life!
  • j
    Quit 515 days ago
    January 17 @ 11:28 am
    Wow Dianne, look at you go, 100 days!  Congratulations, it is definitely well deserved.  How time flies!  What a thoughtful post, and we need to thank you as well, for your dedication to this forum, and the huge number of people that you have stopped to help and put before yourself with all of the encouragement you have had to offer.  Too bad I do not live closer, I would take you out to celebrate.  Once again, congratulations, you did it, and I have so much faith in you that this is only the beginning of your new smoke-free life.
  • DianneE
    Quit 287 days ago
    January 17 @ 12:13 pm
    Thanks Judy, 
    I hope this post helps too.  And I also wish we lived closer!  We will celebrate together one day, that is a promise!
  • Lucille Brown
    Quit 1,232 days ago
    January 17 @ 12:18 pm
    Dianne, a huge congratulations on 100 days.  You worked so hard to come this far and we really appreciate you.  Not only have you fought to get where you are but you've also shared your journey with this forum .  In doing that you helped many other smokers get to where they wanted to be with their quits.  And you continue to help by answering so many posts and encouraging people to stay on the path to achieve their goals.  That my friend is worth its weight in gold. I am so happy that you joined our quit smoking family and welcome you as an official non smoker to the forum.  It takes courage and guts  for doing what you did and you deserve to be rewarded for your efforts.  Enjoy every minute of the rest of your smoke free life, and we look forward to reading your future posts.  Much love, Lucille. 
    • DianneE
      Quit 287 days ago
      January 17 @ 3:22 pm
      Thanks Lucille,
       I'm so happy to be a part of this forum and to help as many people as I can with their own successes.   I will never be able to give back as much as I have received, but I hope to keep trying!  
  • o
    Quit 202 days ago
    January 17 @ 2:04 pm
    amazing! inspiring! 
  • DianneE
    Quit 287 days ago
    January 17 @ 3:24 pm
    Thanks Overitchef,
    And way to go, 15 days!  Gosh I can't say it often enough, but time is just flying!   How's it going for you?  Still watching your smoking pals from the window?  
  • QuitCoach Ken
    Quit 14,098 days ago
    January 17 @ 5:52 pm
    First of all Dianne, Congrats on your first 100 days it is just great that you have come this far and are so determine to maintain your smoke free status. It is also our pleasure to read such inspiring information that you share. In your time with us on the forum I have count it a privilege to make comments on your post and appreciate what a great caring individual you are not only for your own quit but for fellow members on the forum. You are so right that a cigarette is not a friend but a killer and it is a relationship no one deserves.  Congrats again and thank you for sharing your inspiration.
  • J
    Quit 205 days ago
    January 18 @ 7:12 am
    Thank you for sharing and your encouragement - it means a lot and inspiring for me to continue as a person who respects my health and loved ones to take of my of my body so I can be around for them.  Smoking kills and for me to die of a premature death directly related to smoking is unfair to my kids and loved ones.  I also think of the message I give them - it makes me feel really bad - Your story is a reminder that smoking is not my friend and will make me feel worst than the cravings I have endured. 
  • Pinkz
    January 19 @ 6:13 am
    Wow Dianne WTG on over 100 days, you are amazing !!! and an inspriation !!! 
    • DianneE
      Quit 287 days ago
      January 19 @ 11:24 am
      Thanks Pinkz.  And you are too!  Honestly, I'm so in awe that you have one little relapse and could get right back to your quit so quickly.  That is so inspiring my friend!