Welcome to DU! The truly grassroots left-of-center political community where regular people, not algorithms, drive the discussions and set the standards. Join the community: Create a free account Support DU (and get rid of ads!): Become a Star Member Latest Breaking News Editorials & Other Articles General Discussion The DU Lounge All Forums Issue Forums Culture Forums Alliance Forums Region Forums Support Forums Help & Search

myrna minx

(22,772 posts)
Tue Dec 6, 2011, 03:53 PM Dec 2011

On January 25th, I will be smoke free for two years.

For a woman who would smoke and swim at the same time, this is quite a triumph for me.

I went cold turkey when I came down with a cold and never looked back. I never wanted to experience withdrawal ever again. I had no idea that the triggers would be the most difficult obstacle to overcome. Two years in, I don't even think about smoking, but I do dream that I've relapsed, much to my horror. I still get a brief "hello old friend" tingle when I smell a small amount of smoke on the wind, but I don't care for it at all when I'm in a confined space. Smokes were $5.50 when I quit.

Any other success stories?
Do you miss it?
Do you dream about smoking?
Does the wafting smell still have an allure or do you find it disgusting?
What was the most difficult trigger to overcome?
How much were cigarettes when you quit?
How much money do you think you've saved?

http://www.quitnet.com/qnhomepage.aspx
From Quitnet:
Time Smoke-Free: 680 days, 11 hours, 32 minutes and 22 seconds
Cigarettes NOT smoked: 20414
Lifetime Saved: 5 months, 5 days, 22 hours

Money Saved: $5,610.00

20 replies = new reply since forum marked as read
Highlight: NoneDon't highlight anything 5 newestHighlight 5 most recent replies
On January 25th, I will be smoke free for two years. (Original Post) myrna minx Dec 2011 OP
Good for you Vincardog Dec 2011 #1
Thanks! myrna minx Dec 2011 #12
I will be smoke free 3 years on Jan. 15. sinkingfeeling Dec 2011 #2
Congratulations! myrna minx Dec 2011 #3
Thanks. Here's my thoughts and stats. sinkingfeeling Dec 2011 #4
I do get a little nostalgic when I smell it on the wind (coffee and cigarettes!), but then I think myrna minx Dec 2011 #11
Here. Bonobo Dec 2011 #5
Good for you for quitting again. myrna minx Dec 2011 #8
Yes, it is really amazing! Bonobo Dec 2011 #13
Bonobo, think N.O.P.E. : NOT ONE PUFF EVER Skittles Dec 2011 #15
Congratulations, myrna! racaulk Dec 2011 #6
Thanks! It was the hardest thing I've ever done, but worth all of the agony. myrna minx Dec 2011 #9
Congrats!! PeaceNikki Dec 2011 #7
Thanks! myrna minx Dec 2011 #10
Good on you myrna, congrats! SirRevolutionary Dec 2011 #14
8 years oldhippydude Dec 2011 #16
In the wee hours of January 25, I became smoke free two years ago today. myrna minx Jan 2012 #17
Spam deleted by William769 (MIR Team) Nicole_Jasmine Apr 2012 #18
Message auto-removed Name removed Jan 2019 #19
) codysartony Jan 2019 #20

sinkingfeeling

(51,834 posts)
4. Thanks. Here's my thoughts and stats.
Tue Dec 6, 2011, 04:04 PM
Dec 2011

I still miss smoking. Love the smell of cigarettes! For a while, I'd light one kind of like incense!
I smoked from 30 to 40 cigarettes a day for about 39 years. Had a couple of cartons in my house when I went into the hospital for surgery and smoked my last cigarette there.

myrna minx

(22,772 posts)
11. I do get a little nostalgic when I smell it on the wind (coffee and cigarettes!), but then I think
Fri Dec 9, 2011, 02:38 PM
Dec 2011

about trudging out in below zero Minnesota weather in search of a new pack and I get over my tingle fast.

Bonobo

(29,257 posts)
5. Here.
Tue Dec 6, 2011, 10:38 PM
Dec 2011

I smoked on and off from the age of 20 to about 38, only quitting for about 1 year. I averaged a half pack/day.

I quit for 4 years between the age of 38-42 and then picked up smoking for 1 year after my mother died from the stress.

I recently quit again on Aug. 25th -so I am about 3 and 1/2 months smoke free.

I started a big change jar where I toss all my change now. It is always full since I don't buy cigs.

Cigarettes here in Japan where I live are now about $5.00 or so.

The most difficult trigger to overcome for me is when I am away from my family and drinking in a bar or similar recreational situation.

myrna minx

(22,772 posts)
8. Good for you for quitting again.
Fri Dec 9, 2011, 02:32 PM
Dec 2011

It's amazing how much money we can save from not smoking, isn't it?!

Bonobo

(29,257 posts)
13. Yes, it is really amazing!
Fri Dec 9, 2011, 08:43 PM
Dec 2011

It feels great but I still am feeling an occasional twinge.

For me, I was smoking in secret, so it feels like I was giving myself a secret pleasure when I smoked.

So now, when I am away from the family I sometimes still feel the twinge as if the desire is offering me a secret pleasure. You know?

But then I smell it and think about it and say...nah.

Skittles

(155,018 posts)
15. Bonobo, think N.O.P.E. : NOT ONE PUFF EVER
Mon Dec 12, 2011, 05:33 AM
Dec 2011

keep NOPE in mind when you get triggered - yes INDEED

myrna minx

(22,772 posts)
9. Thanks! It was the hardest thing I've ever done, but worth all of the agony.
Fri Dec 9, 2011, 02:34 PM
Dec 2011
I went from thinking I couldn't live without them to not thinking about them at all.

SirRevolutionary

(579 posts)
14. Good on you myrna, congrats!
Sun Dec 11, 2011, 03:39 PM
Dec 2011

It's just about two years for me too. I used ecigs/vapes and didn't really try to force myself to quit. The vapes were so good it just sort of happened and I really didn't miss smoking anymore.

myrna minx

(22,772 posts)
17. In the wee hours of January 25, I became smoke free two years ago today.
Thu Jan 26, 2012, 01:52 AM
Jan 2012

Time Smoke-Free: 730 days, 1 hour, 42 minutes and 36 seconds
Cigarettes NOT smoked: 21902
Lifetime Saved: 5 months, 17 days, 7 hours
Money Saved: $6,022.50


On Edit- Need to add that I was watching Eddie Izzard in the Riches when I quit. For those in the know, he has a hilarious and passionate stand up bit about pro-smoking (Even though I think he's quit too).

Response to myrna minx (Original post)

Latest Discussions»Support Forums»Smoking Cessation»On January 25th, I will b...