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The Reward.....

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  1. atp
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    I'm onto my 3rd week of quitting (Quit Jan.01) and I am really starting to feel a lot better about myself. 

    I have gone 17 days without a smoke. I beat down that addiction and told it who's boss. 

    It feels so much better now. The withdrawals are fading, I don't stink like an ashtray, I'm not running out at midnight to get a pack of smokes, freezing my ass off on the porch trying to suck back at least half a smoke on the commercial break during the Leaf game.  All the things I did as a smoker are starting to look so pathetic.

    I still have moments where I really just want to sit back, relax, and have a smoke. But that is not what smoking was like. It was running out the door after a movie to light up. Sad.

    My overall health is improving. I didn't believe that stuff all the quit smoking site said about that. But it is so true. More than I would have thought. 

    I wish I could go back in time and tell my younger self to stick with my earlier quit attempts. That the pain and suffering I think i'm going through is minimal and temporary. 

    I feel free at last. That's my reward. 



    Last modified on 17 Jan 2019 22:00 by atp
  2. efreeman75
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    Way to go atp!!!!

    You've got the mindset to beat this.  The behavioural and physical changes are realized very quickly.  They are also incredibly positive.  I think most of us wish we could go back in time and kick our younger selves in the ass.  But, the important thing is you've done it when you have.

    Keep looking forward.

    E
  3. sarah, quit coach
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    Freedom is such a powerful motivator - and an amazing feeling! 
    So thrilled for you, atp!
    There are many reasons for you to stay quit, and the benefits will keep popping up - no more running out of anywhere to smoke.
    As efreeman said, continue to look ahead! 
    We are here to support you.
    Warmly,
    Sarah
  4. quitfriend
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    Good for you atp!!
    I love all the benefits you are recognizing. They are good reminders for me too, to not give up when the going gets tough because the freedom from addiction is what I’m working for. 
    Keep the quit!
    quitfriend
  5. atp
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    Thanks everyone for your supportive responses. 

    My post was really a 'cleansing' for me. I had to throw the habit and addiction down to the ground and give it a piece of my mind. Felt good.

    I needed to be honest to myself about the ugly side of smoking. 
    Last modified on 18 Jan 2019 16:30 by atp
  6. shazzan
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    Yes i quite agree, by quitting smoking we benefit by rewards every day. We do not feel like a slave to the vile stick. We can look in the mirror and see visible changes, our smile , our eyes,our palour and we definitely take more pride in ourselves. Our taste buds have come back to life so we enjoy food. Our smell allows us to detect those delicate scents. And we do not smell like an ashtray. 

    Because we have quit, we encourage others to quit. Who knows how the butterfly effect will change lives. Our children , grandchildren and other friends and loved ones may be spared undue misery if they see us an an example. 

    So many reasons to quit and so many truly wonderful rewards.
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