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  1. You were always supportive, and a huge inspiration mate :-)
  2. You're very welcome You're very welcome
  3. 6 years ago I smoked my last ever cigarette. Had I have continued I'd have smoked a further 87,600 cigarettes! If my chain smoking hadn't cut short my life. The turnaround in my life has been tremendous since quitting. I also quit drinking and got myself a BlackBelt in Karate amongst other personal triumphs :-) When you set your mind to it, there's nothing you can't achieve. Your life, your choices, your successes and consequences.
  4. Thanks TAC :-) yes I got my Black Belt in Karate on 12th December. Just in time for my 5 year quit anniversary :-)
  5. 5 Years ago I put out my last cigarette and went to bed, I didn’t realize that it was my last one, I only knew that the next morning, when I woke up and decided that I wasn’t doing it anymore. Little did I know of the amazing journey upon which I was about to embark, or of the people I would meet, the friends I would make, and the adventures that I would have. I was 37 Years old, and had been “Trying” to stop smoking for as long as I could remember. I was a 40+ per day chain smoker. My health was poor, and my self esteem was low. I was a prisoner to my addiction, I was old before my time, and I felt hopeless and helpless. My big revelation happened when I realised the most simplest of truths. I realised that nothing was going to make me not want to smoke anymore. Nothing was going to suddenly make me a non smoker and erase my cravings and longings and habitual behaviours. There was not a single product on the market that could do that. I realised that to stop smoking I had to really honestly want to stop smoking, not want to not want to smoke, but I genuinely had to mean it. I realised that it’s hard to force yourself to do something you don’t really want to do, but easy and simple to stop doing something that you don’t want to do. To stop smoking, you just stop smoking. And that’s pretty much it, nothing terrible would happen to me if I didn’t smoke, but a future of uncertainty and ill health awaited me if I did. 5 years later and I have saved myself from spending approximately £35,000 by not buying 73,000 cigarettes, and I have turned my life around. Quitting smoking was like a catalyst that unlocked my mind from self doubt and empowered me to find self realisation. I have subsequently Quit Alcohol, and I’m currently 4 years and 8 months sober. And just last week I was awarded my first Dan Black Belt in Karate. It’s your life, and your choices. Dare to dream and become whatever you want to be…. I’m Jon, and I’m a non smoker :-)
  6. I love the sentiment Rez, personally for me, I had to move on from "try" to "do" I found it too easy to say I tried, it still gave me too much wriggle room, I had to pin myself to a commitment to Do :-)
  7. Every new chapter is a step further away from your former smoking life. Hope tomorrow is better :-)
  8. over the last few weeks I've had some interesting experiences, which threw up some observations about triggers. I was on a photography job, and took my camping stove, it was not stressful, and there were no emotions attached, other than a little reminiscing that the last time I used the stove was while touring europe, and that my coffee stops were also smoking stops... and a trigger hit me, it annoyed me more than anything, I recognised the feeling and ignored it. a few days ago I went to the English Open Karate Championships, it was a very exciting but also nervous, and at times frightening experience, I was up against fighters from around the world, including the current world champ. but no triggers hit me at all. there were tons of emotions but no trigger at all. Now bear in mind that the last big tournament I fought in was before I became a smoker... my conclusion personally was that triggers occur when you do something that you done previously as a smoker. it's the brain remembering the sequence of events, and reminding you that it's time to smoke, based upon what you used to do. therefore it is not a desire to smoke, or a crave as some may call it, but instead just a fading memory, and autocue. I have used the stove since, and the trigger did not reappear. I also conclude that had I have started smoking earlier than I did, then more life events would be attached to smoking and triggers, likewise had I continued to smoke and not quit till later years, I would have accumulated more smoking related experiences. Therefore I believe that it would be easier to quit had you smoked a shorter time, than if you had smoked a longer time. and easier if you had smoked less cigarettes than if you had smoked more. I still think that the physiological change when we quit is similar in anyone who has smoked long enough to get addicted to nicotine, but it's the emotional part of the quit that I think is different in all of us. therefore be patient with yourself if you see someone appear to be doing the quit easier than you, chances are that they have less relearning to do, and be patient with your loved ones and peers who aren't doing as well as you, they may have a lot more relearning to do :-)
  9. I can see everyone's view, it's a personal observation rather than a rule, and it's based on many things. Personally I do not miss smoking. Maybe it's because I group all of the side effects as a whole package, or maybe it's because I know that My enjoyment was only the relief of my withdrawals. And although my logic suggests that we all had the same physiological reaction to smoking and withdrawals, I can't say what it was for anyone else, as we all attach different emotional connections to cigarettes. What I'm sure we all agree with is that we all know that we can not go back to cigarettes. We know that they are no longer an option that we can afford to choose. So maybe finding a way to remove the romantic memories of smoking is a good mental strategy? I think my hate of cigarettes is extreme in reality, but it works for me :-)
  10. make it a living choice, not a dying one.

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