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DianneE
Quit 374 days ago
Hi Everyone, 1 year tomorrow, way to go me!  And way to go all of you that are quitting, have quit, or are going to try to quit.  We all deserve huge high fives for beating down this damn addiction.  I had originally thought I would post tomorrow, as a celebration.  But I've changed my mind.  I am going to take the time to mourn my past life as a smoker and mourn my last cigarette.  It's going to be really hard to list what I miss, so I'll start with what I don't miss.  
1.  I don't miss killing myself each and every day.  
2.  I don't miss worrying about what type of horrible illness I am creating by smoking.
3.  I don't miss the two puffers I had to use, in order to smoke.  
4. I don't miss running outside, no matter the weather, to relieve my anxiety to have a cigarette.  
5. I don't miss spending all that money on something that didn't make any sense and that I actually did not have a need for.  
6. I don't miss that God-awful reek (my boss confirmed it again today, I stunk!  Always!) that I carried on my body each and every single day.  
7. I don't miss the constant coughing.  
8. I don't miss feeling apologetic when smoking around my (mostly) non-smoking friends.  
9. I don't miss planning/curtailing and sometimes even cancelling plans because of "having" to smoke.  
Now, the feelings I do miss.  I do miss the feeling of having that "me" time.  The getting away and just thinking about nothing.  I still can't manage to do that.  And even though there's been a lot said that cigarettes will make you more anxious, I still can't fully embrace that.  When I smoked, I felt like I was more relaxed and had less anxiety.  These last two I know I have to work on, however, I know I will never ever smoke again.  I know that if I wanted to quit once, there will come a time where I will want to quit again, and I am not going through the hellish first few weeks ever again!  So, 365 days ago, one year, I had my last cigarette.  This will be the first and only time that I will ever mourn or miss the fact that I smoked.
Cheers and all the best to everyone in their quits.
  • Cbythesea
    Quit 330 days ago
    October 8 @ 9:05 pm
    Way to go! Congratulations to you. I am very grateful for your honesty in sharing. A lot of us feel the same and though we will never smoke again, still have a lot of work to do adjusting to this new life. But it is worth it hey? There is more plus than minus I find, and I discover new plus everyday. Thank you again. Christine.
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    Shannon C
    Quit 11 days ago
    October 9 @ 12:49 am
    Congrats Dianne, you have achieved a huge milestone. Good work
  • Green Meenie
    Quit 992 days ago
    October 9 @ 1:20 am
    Dianne is 1 Year Smoke Free 🚭!!!
    That calls for a huge celebration 🥳 🙌 🎂
    Huge congrats to you Dianne for all the hard work done over this past year to discover all the things you listed above about what you don't miss. The list is sizable and applies to any smoker. Learning the truth about nicotine addiction vs the lies we tell ourselves as smokers is key to living life smoke free. Never forget that struggle to get here. Always protect your quit with your life. It's so much easier to stay quit rather then to have to quit again!
    You are at 1 year now but there are many more to come. Trust me, the healing will continue although almost unnoticed. I believe you will get to that place in this coming year where you will find ways to "be alone" for some me time and not miss having a smoke connected to that. I also believe you will live quite comfortably as a non smoker. We all miss certain things about our lives as smokers I suppose and always will to a degree because we spend most of our lives surrounded by that cloud of smoke. After having quit for awhile we learn that there are so many benefits to not being a smoker, that there becomes only one logical choice as to how we want to live. You made that choice 1 year ago and for that .... I applaud you 👏
    Now, go celebrate wildly and spend some of that saved money 💰 on something really nice for yourself on this monumental occasion!
  • Lucille Brown
    Quit 1,319 days ago
    October 9 @ 6:21 am
    Dianne, I remember the first day you joined the forum.  It really doen't seem that long ago. 1 year has come and gone, hard to believe that the days are just flying by.  I am so proud of the way you pushed yourself to remain quit all this time and for sharing your long and arduous journey with us.  We all have a common bond in that we are forever bound as friends and colleagues who have been through a lot and have been honest with our vulnerability and through the difficult times.  You've said it all with your list and that is something that we all shared together.  I also thank you for taking the time to help other quitters like yourself in the process.  I know how hard it is to leave this addiction behind,  I still think of sneaking one in every now and then but that would be the end of me as I know it.  The addiction stays with us for the rest of our lives,  it doesn't just go away but we are much stronger than we let on and will fight it to the very end.  We may not win against the huge tobacco companies but we'll have done our part in reducing smoke related illnesses and saving our planet.  Feels good doesn't it.  I congratulate you my friend and hope that you have continued good health and success.  Now go out and celebrate and enjoy your smoke free life. Don't ever let it be said that it's not possible to reach,  because you've proven that it is.   Much love and hugs all around, Lucille.
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    P
    Quit 18 days ago
    October 9 @ 7:13 am
    Congratulations Dianne!!! I am now on my 10th day and have to say reading your post just now sure is motivating. I dream about a year from now but can’t even imagine how you feel. Good for you and please try to keep on motivating us newbies😍
  • Paul123
    Quit 277 days ago
    October 9 @ 10:29 am
    Yay Dianne great job!!! You are an inspiration 😀 thankyou for sharing your advice and helping so many... i hope you have something special planned 😘
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    judythebeauty
    Quit 602 days ago
    October 9 @ 10:30 am
    DianneE, wow congrats to you on your one year anniversary.  Way to go, so glad you were able to hang in there, and so happy to have met you on the forum so that we can share so many similarities.  Love all of your reasons, and great that you give back to the quit now community.  However, I am with you on the anxious bit, and not buying it either.  I still can't figure that one out.  I know Pistacho has, and so has GM, but I'm like you and can't get there yet either.  I do hope for today, that you have done something huge, like skip out on work, and go treat yourself to something huge, knock your socks off, hek we deserve it.  Congrats once again, and hope you will be part of this quit now community for some time.
  • DianneE
    Quit 374 days ago
    October 9 @ 10:59 am
    Thank you everyone.  I'm so happy to be a part of this community/family, I promise I won't be going anywhere anytime soon.  
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    Shamrockgreen123
    Quit 39 days ago
    October 9 @ 11:51 am
    Big congratulations to you Dianne.. what an admirable awesome achievement to celebrate!  A beautiful reward  for yourself is definitely in order!
  • Rocket48
    Quit 290 days ago
    October 9 @ 6:30 pm
    Love your DON'T MISS list.   Congratulations!  
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    Mukul
    Quit 34 days ago
    October 9 @ 9:47 pm
    Congrats Dianne.
    1 year -  very sweet milestone to achieve. Any quitter know what it means.
    For sure you inspired many of us.
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    Quest
    Quit 359 days ago
    October 12 @ 11:23 am
    Congratulations Dianne 1 year.  Enjoy the new you and the freedom you have achieved. You worked hard to get to this celebration, you have inspired so many of us to just keep going ,thank you. 🌈🎉😘
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    Bsl
    Quit 548 days ago
    October 16 @ 3:14 pm
    Sorry  I missed your big day. A huge congratulations  to you. I also never had issues with anxiety  til I quit. I guess we just live with it as  none of us want to start again  just to rid us of anxiety . We just smell too damn good .lol.  Keep up all the hard work  you have put into this quit , oh ya  hope you celebrated .
  • DianneE
    Quit 374 days ago
    October 16 @ 4:04 pm
    Thanks again everyone.  You still have anxiety Bsl?  I agree, might have to live with it, but please not indefinitely.  Lol about the smelling good part.  First time ever, and I mean ever, a relative at Thanksgiving (once we had hugged) said I smelled nice!  Woo hoo!  That's why we quit?  Lol.