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I decided to not keep the quit meter on the site all the time. It works better if I think of myself as a non-smoker rather than someone in the process of becoming a non-smoker. But people ask - and thank you for inquiring - so I'll post this every once in a while to let you know how I'm doing.

I feel great. In fact, this is the best I have felt physically and mentally in many years. Not smoking is just part of that.

I think this is the time I never go back.

QuitMeter Counter courtesy of www.quitmeter.com.


Congratulations on keeping on track. I quit more than a few times, but this last time was "it," and I could tell. One of the keys, I think, is to regard yourself as a non-smoker, not a former smoker.
I spent a LOT of time telling myself that I controlled my reactions to frustration and anger (two of my main "I need a smoke, dammit" triggers.)
I knew I'd won when I could no longer remember the day I quit.

I quit Oct'02,at the beginning of my divorce.We were both smokers and she gave me shit for not keeping smokes and lighters in constant stock.So to pis her off I went cold turkey on nicotene,alchohol and caffeine,told her they're her problem now.I still yearn fo a puff now and then,but de monkey,he be gone.And my olfactory party is full tilt.OOH lala.


Way to go!

BTW, did you see Rosie on Donahue tongight on MSNBC? Interested in comments.

Good job.

I tried the quitmeter out, mine says: 37 weeks, 2 days, 8 hours, 35 minutes, 21 seconds, 2,613 cigs not smoked, S$731.64 saved.

Keep it up.

I hope you're gonna spend that $84 on something worthwhile, like toys or Playstation games or something.

My mom said the first two weeks were the hardest part of quitting for her. She said after that it got a lot easier. However, she said she had two or three significant challenges in the next six months, and then occasional ones for the next five years.

But from her perspective these were just single cravings, over quickly. She said it was nothing like the first two weeks.

I'm at almost 12 hours. Not great but a start. The quit meter might be a good idea for me but you make a good point.

I'm glad I'm not alone here.

Good luck although luck has nothing to do with it.

Break a lung?

holy shit! GO GIRL!!!

Keep up the good work, Michele!!

So, are you keeping track of the $$ not spent on cigarettes, so you can go buy yourself something truly extravagant?

You could always take your sister to dinner to celebrate. 11 years and 1 month for me!

Good for you. I was hoping that the quitting of the clock was the quitting of the clock, not the quiting of the smoking. Best advice I can give you now is to go get your teeth cleaned soon; any tartar you have has been absorbing nicotine, and will now slowly leech it out, causing some of your current cravings.

You'll know you've "really quit" when you notice the old-smoke smell on others (and in your closet.)

Oh yeah, the old smoke smell. When that starts gagging you out, you know you've kicked it. I walked past someone in the grocery store the other day and I could not believe how repulsive the smell was. This woman smelled like the bottom of the world's oldest ashtray. Eeuuuwwww.

According to the quitmeter, I've saved over ten grand since May 3rd of 1998.

Not that I'm keeping track.

Of course I am. Problem is, I need to average out the price of cigs from five years go and the price today. I put down four bucks a pack (former carton-a-week smoker, and God, I still miss it today).

Ten grand. That's some heavy-duty savings. It's coming on near to half what my 2001 Jeep Wrangler cost.

(Yeah, I'm an SUV slut, too.)

Good for you! I've quit more times than I can count and keep coming back for more. If you can quit for good, it's the best thing you can do for yourself. Maybe your quitting will give me an incentive to quit for good, too.

what's the old saying: "quiting smoking is easy...I've done it a dozen times"

keep up the good work! after a while you really will come to despise that stale old smoke smell...yecchh!! (or is that yrch!)