Did you quit smoking nicotine cold turkey?
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I year ago today I smoked my last cigarette ...smoke and nicotine!
One year without a single puff of smoke. I feel great knowing I don't have to rush to the store anymore to buy cigs whenever I run out, or frantically look for places where I can smoke, or feel dizzy, tired and out of breath, or hiding my nasty addiction to my loved ones.
Feels great to be finally free.
Carmichael Keane C. See
This week marked my 2year no smoking anniversary. I quit cold turkey using a lot of info on the WhyQuit site. I quit after realizing that I could not quit for life, but I could quit for 4 days......4 days got the nicotine out of me and that THEN I could think rationally.
I stayed no smoking by facing every trigger I had face on. ASAP There were hundreds of them. I won't say it was easy but I can say it is incredibly do-able. Ask me anything ... except to borrow a cigarette.
Thanks Joel and John for your magnificent free internet resources to assist nicotine addicts. I smoked on and off for 50 years, in my student years up to a pack a day but averaging about 12 a day for extended periods of years with intermittent times of not smoking, up to three years, but always taking it up again. I used to say "giving up smokes is easy, anyone can do it, it's staying off them that's really hard." But as Yul Brynner famously said after being diagnosed with fatal lung cancer "Whatever you do, don't smoke."
Reading your books and understanding something of cognitive behaviour therapy finally tripped the psychological switch for me. Admitting I was clinically a nicotine addict was the key. I've been smoke three for four months and although I've given up many times before only to resume, this time it feels completely different. For anyone reading this wanting to quit, if I can do it, you too can do it, admit you're an addict, then just NEVER TAKE ANOTHER PUFF.
The desire to smoke may still sometimes arise when "trigger" states of mind or some social circumstances occur but I always break through with a simple mantra of my own : "sucking poisonous fumes is not going to help, it'll only make things worse." Hope this helps.
Congratulations to all the Turkeys who have beaten Big Tobacco and Big Pharmaceutical without it costing you anything except self-education and willpower. Going Cold Turkey is cool!
Just over a year for me. I tossed the butts December 29th 2013. I never thought I could do it, but It was done!
1 year ago I quit smoking. NTAP. Never looked back. If I did it you can do it!!!!
Even after 24 years of smoking, I'm now 1 year smoke free, 10,000 cigarettes not smoked & $2200 saved. I still have cravings from time to time, but what a sense of accomplishment! I can now run 5 miles without feeling winded, my senses of taste and smell are so much better, circulation to my fingers and toes has improved, and my teeth are visibly whiter. A much better trade-off than the fleeting sense of (false) relief offered by cigarettes. For those of you quitting this New Years, I wish you the best of luck - it's SO worth it, so hang in there!!!
Today I am one year nicotine free. If I can do it anyone can.
I passed one year on 28th December 2013. It feels so good.
One year... Never thought I'd make it, never say it was easy, but the pride I feel inside tonight made it sooo worth it!
yeeeeeeey 1 year today ....365 days nicotine free..10,935 cigarettes not smoked.........thanks for all the support and encouragement throughout the year ........so one day at the time bring on year 2
A year ago I had just past 11 days. I celebrated my success silently as I was closet smoker or so I thought. More accurately I was a smoker who lied to myself and others. I some how thought I didn't smell.
If you are a closet smoker and are starting your quit realize that others do know you are a smoker. If ready to admit to those around you then use this forum. I don't think I would have made it without the support and education of this forum. I'm still an addict but will always remember NTAP
This 63 year old man who smoked for 49 years is proud to say that today I turned GOLD! Thanks to the knowledge on this site I knew what was coming and how to fight it. I am proof that age or length of time smoked doesn't matter. An addict is an addict at any age. My quit went pretty much according to the book. I read the new members starting out and I remember how hard it was for me also. I can only say please watch the videos and read some articules. Most importantly take advantage of the support here; it will get easier. 16000 cigarettes I did not smoke this year. 40 a day, it is possible! NTAP one day a a time, Thanks Turkeyville!
It's half an hour into the new year here & I am a year into my quit!! Woohoo!!! A whole year of healing! x
Well, it is a few days short of one year since giving up and I would just like to think Joel who, after all, gave me the ability through understanding to quit. Thank you Joel, I hope that you are well and happy and that 2014 is wonderful for you.
I am a golden smart turkey!!! One year smoke free!
I want to encourage those of you just starting the journey to freedom. Hang in there just a little longer and BELIEVE what they say - it IS better on the other side. When you are still in the midst of the physical and/or psychological addiction it is almost as if you are in a smoky mist or fog - unable to see things as they really are, kinda like the addiction has hijacked your mind. So take on faith what the veterans say - and you'll be able to see the illusion for what it really is... very soon.
I know that I don't want to or need to smoke, but I am still encountering situations where I think about lighting up. Then I remember the information you gave me about triggers and I realise that.... Yes, this is a new situation in my smoke free life where previously my impulse would have been to light up. Now I can let the thought go.
Sharon Louise Pearce
I have reached the milestone ... it was a year on 26th. A big thank you to all that have given me support, it is a great help. Thank you, thank you. To all trying to give up, just keep at it, NTAP. You will feel so much better.
I fell asleep last night before I could post this: 1 fabulous year without a puff!!
I went to your website in August of 2009 and have been smoke free ever since. While I was quitting I used the website extensively and it is the only reason that I made it cold turkey; it has been over 4 years since I have quit and I have zero desire to go back. I went to the website today for the first time in a long time after referring it to a friend of mine. I just wanted to reach out to someone at the site and thank you for saving my life (Most probably literally as I am a 30 year old with inherited high blood pressure).
Thank You ...
Curtiss L King
Hi all and well done on your achievements. I am 53 and had been smoking 20/day since I was 17. This time last year my head was in the right place (probably for the first time ever) to give up for financial and health reasons. So I went cold turkey, and am amazed at how easy it was, I really don't miss it! Gob smacked really?
Benefits? I thought I was ok whilst smoking but I can now walk further without puffing, my pulse rate is better, more frequent and I DON'T STINK OF FAGS anymore. I also have £150/month more in my pocket. Guys - it's been an all round win win. DO IT.
I made it!!! One year today!!! Thank you so much to all of you for all of your loving support and the tough love on the days I thought I would cave. To all the newbies, stay on this site this is by far the only reason I have made it this far by everyone's support so keep following - it does get easier even in the darkest moments when u feel like just giving up! Stay strong
And just breath....... Xo
I wrote this on the a magnetic white board on my fridge last year. It still remains today, a little wore off, but still there, reminding me ...
365 days nicotine free! Collecting my gold feathers. NTAP :-)))
Thank you for your website, you were instrumental in saving my life. Your website was my life line for those first few months. I never even logged off, I just kept it running. As of today I have not had one puff ... zero puffs. I know I can never have another puff. And it is still sometimes hard.
Three months after I quit cold turkey, on the date above, I had a series of 3 heart attacks, had a triple bypass, died once on the table, and in ICU 2 more times, had an out of body experience, went to the next life (yes, it does exist), came back, in a coma for 5 weeks, and lived to tell about it.
All of this before my 50th birthday. Had you not helped me quit smoking just 3 months before, Im sure I would have died and not come back. Because of my 30 years of smoking a pack a day, 70% of my heart is damaged and beyond repair. I'm grateful every day for my 30%, and for your website that I give all the credit to in helping me quite smoking cold turkey. I had never tried to quit before, but you helped me quit the first time, and even though I didn't know it at the time, you helped to save my life, literally.
It does not seem like enough, but please accept my sincere thanks.
Gold in the air! Yup today marks a year. Thank you all! I am no longer a slave and will always be grateful To the newbies, I can honestly say that in the past six months I can count on one hand how many times I have actually desired nicotine. What a blessing that is. NTAP
One year without touching a cigarette today!
Ok, I made it!!! Today is ONE YEAR without smoking!!! Thank God for this site!!!! NTAP!!!!
1 year ago...I slain the dragon!!! I've never looked back except to acknowledge the quit. I remain forward focused...the future is mine...not my addiction. I'm free...NTAP . Thank you to all who supported me...it was a team effort!!!! The fight continues...but I'm armed and ready...onto Gold x 2!!!!!
Today I am GOLDEN! I thank everyone for the encouraging support for the past year. I look forward to my new free life. If I can give just one piece of advice to anyone that is new, coming back, or just struggling, BELIEVE! Believe in yourself because YOU CAN do it. This is an amazing site to come to when you are wagering. The information and people sitting on the ready to help you thru are phenomenal! If you are here you are in the right place. Thank you everyone!
Tricia Varner Clark
Thank you so very much Joel, John, Joy, Joe and Sallie and all the rest of you Wonderful Turkey's for Sharing your Knowledge and your Amazing Support without you all I would not be here today Celebrating my Gold Anniversary. NTAP
One year today. After 40 years of smoking and at the end nearly 3 packs a day.
I was just reading through some of the posts in Turkeyville and trying to remember how I was feeling at that stage. Three days... I was sweating it big time. I remember one of my tactics back then was to try and get to bed as early as possible hoping that I could escape the cravings through sleep. At one week it was somewhat easier I suppose because the nicotine was gone, but I still thought about cigarettes constantly. At 1 month I was probably just a little better than at 1 week. By 3 months I started to feel stonger. At 6 months I was pretty confident that I had it beaten. I know that for the first 6 months I always thought about smoking during my morning shower. It dawned on me today that somewhere in the last 6 months that stopped. And I haven't woken up in a cold sweat because I had just lit up in my dream (so real!). So thanks to Joy and John and all my other fellow turkeys for sharing. And thanks so much to Joel for making the educational materials available on-line at no charge. If I can make it a year you can too!
Well I made it!! One year free and clean today!! I really never had a doubt. Something is different this time, I really do not even have a thought about smoking anymore. Don't misunderstand, I know without a doubt that I am a recovering addict and will ALWAYS be in recovery and for that reason I will guard my quit like Fort Knox. But I think I am OK.
Thanks for all the help in getting me here I know that in the beginning I could not have made it without your help! For all the newbies, hang in there, read, read and read some more and don't forget to take deep cleansing breaths. You too will be here before you know it!!!
Today is my one year smoke free anniversary.
Today is exactly 365 days since I quit smoking. One whole year! Feeling healthy, happy, calm and quite proud of myself.
As of 8-8-12 I officially became a Never Take Another Puff non-smoker. I relapsed prior to that date because, just like Joel says, if you have a drinking problem other than being a true social drinker it will interfere with your resolve. It was when I realized I had a drinking problem and never took another sip lol that I remained a non smoker and non drinker for a year plus.
I recently got certified as a wellness coach and want to focus on helping others who want to quit. I still can't believe I achieved this but your website was a pillar in this change, equipping myself with the truth has really set me free! Thank you xoxo
... Non-smoker since 8-8-12
Wow I can't believe another year has gone by without the controlling powers of nicotine. I am so thankful I found this site. Not only did it change my life but it has added such quality to it - it's so hard to describe. Many many thanks to Joel and all the people here. I couldn't have done it without you. I still live by 1 = ALL and that is a commitment to myself I WILL NOT BREAK. I check in every week to keep my quit strong but I know it unbreakable. I can't thank WhyQuit.com and Freedom enough for showing me the way out of my addiction.
If you are at the beginning of your quit stay strong because it's incredible living your life without being a slave to nicotine.
NEVER TAKE ANOTHER PUFF!!!!
It's been over 1 year 7 months since I last smoked and according to my tracker 17,352 cigarettes not smoked. I just wanted everyone to know that it is possible, to take one day at a time and to one day wake up and not think about smoking even once!!!
What really helped for me was accepting that I wanted a cigarette but not all the others that came with the one. It was the best piece of advice ever. By not trying to deny how I felt or what I wanted made me finally able to rationally look at my smoking (after the first few days!!).
I don't know what made me think to post on this site today, its not an anniversary, or any particular event in my life. I guess I felt an overwhelming need to say a sincere thank you to the site, for all the videos, for everyones stories with their struggles, thoughts and hopes. You all inspired me. I hope someone can read this and be inspired too, to realise that quitting is possible, but also that quitting and being happy day to day is possible too!!
I have to say that while I've thought about smoking on occasion, I have not had the desire to smoke in a very long time and the physical and emotional changes are amazing. Thank you all again.
Happy at Gold
Today I've been a non-smoker for 1 year. Never dreamed I'd get this far, but here I am. Now I feel like a non-smoker, and not just someone who's trying to quit. Anyway, thanks for all the good advice given by everyone here, and good luck to all who are struggling to quit. Just stay positive and strong willed and you can't fail to succeed.
I can't believe I've been smoke and nicotine free for 12 months today ... it's gone so fast !! NTAP
I do believe I may have turned GOLD today!! One Year Free and Healing!!! Eternal thanks to all of you here for your unending support - every singe one of you!! :) x
One year today!!!! Never never never going to go through that again!!!! NTAP
365 Days!! Gold!! Today 1 year of quitting smoking cold turkey. I quit September 20, 2012 at 6:50 pm. I went & searched the internet & found this site. Thanks everyone for the support. NTAP!! My daughter Christine Walters Walls 101 Days!! Have a great weekend!!
Cynthia Kay Conner Pursel
Today I celebrate 10 years of Freedom! Thanks to WhyQuit.com and to Freedom!
I am so comfortable in my non smoking life that sometimes I just forget that I used to smoke. I did for 21 years of my life. I had a rough process at first, caused mainly by problems not associated to smoking that seemed bigger, felt bigger, for having to deal with them in the middle of the quitting process. But I did it...
Knowledge is Power - that's one the most important lessons learned; it is important to read and know why you smoke, because you like it? No way! Because we are addicts and the chemicals in cigarettes affect our brain. Is that obvious? Not to an addict! So reading about it, reading about constant withdrawal, about what helped others to overcome triggers, that gives you the most important tool to remain nicotine free.
In my case, having the support and solidarity of a wonderful community helped me walk this path ONE DAY AT A TIME.
So don't you ever think you are alone, or that this addiction is smarter than you. You are the smart one, educate yourself! And know that quitting is possible....just don't take a puff, not today....everyday.
Thanks, Joel, John and each one of you who lead the way and walked beside me. God bless you!
Woohoo!! So proud of myself!
- Free and Healing for Ten Years, One Day, 14 Hours and 9 Minutes, while extending my life expectancy 380 Days and 13 Hours, by avoiding the use of 109608 nicotine delivery devices that would have cost me $22,372.68
1 year ago today at 8:00 PM I smoked my last cigarette. The journey hasn't always been easy, but it's been incredibly rewarding. When I started this I weighed almost 200 pounds and would get winded climbing a flight of stairs. I snored loudly at night, in fact I probably had sleep apnea and my blood pressure was dangerously high for someone my age. Now I weigh 170 pounds, I run between 4 and 7 miles 5 days a week, I'm in the best shape I've been in since I was in my 20s and I feel great.
I don't post much but I would like everybody to know I grateful I am for the education I received from this site during the early day's of my quit. IMO this is the most important stop smoking cession instruction you can receive any where in the world. When I find out somebody is quitting the first thing I do is point them to Freedom, it will literally save lives.
Big milestone for me today, I'm now at one year.
Flowers from my hubby to celebrate my first YEAR nicotine-free today! Yay!
Catherine Van Aken
You guys are the only ones who truly understand. Yesterday the 14th I celebrated one year of quit. It was a high day for me turning Gold. I could n't have made it without 1 = ALL.
Thanks for all of your support. I couldn't have done it without you. I remember I was so addicted to nicotine at one point I would search around the entrances of malls looking for cigarette butts when I was down and out.
The first time I tried to quit I threw out nearly an entire pack of cigarettes and told myself that was it. I only made it 3 hours before I was back at the corner store buying more. I kept trying though. I'd fail, then I'd try again. It took a month before I made it to the 72 hour mark where it starts to get easier. Then it turned into a week, a month and before I knew it I made it a year and I hardly ever think about smoking now.
You are doing the world a great service with your website. Keep doing what your doing.
Happy Birthday to me!
I'm 2 years puff-free!
But I look 10 years younger,
And many more.....
I quit smoking one year ago, as of today. This feeling, it is not unlike pride.
A year of life free from nicotine, and to celebrate we have ordered a new boat - can't get much better than that! A big thanks to all the supporters over the year.
Be encouraged all you newbies - just remember - never take another puff - and you'll get there.
Day 365 for me today. Finally on the podium for my first Gold! Thanks all!
Day 365 for me - If I can do it, you can too!
Mary Chatterson Perham
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