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  1. Thank you so much everyone! I'm really happy to have made it to six months smoke free, it's been a hard six months with many Covid lockdowns but the more I hear about Covid the more I am glad that I have quit the cigarettes. The state where I live will start to open up again soon and then the chance of catching it will rise, but I am double vaccinated now so hoping that I am protected to some degree. I feel like a non-smoker now, it takes a while alright and can't imagine going back to my 'stinky' self again! I think I have put on some extra weight since being a non-smoker (and through Covid lockdowns) but I'm not too worried as I can breathe and exercise much better now. Thanks again everyone, I never thought that I would make it this far as I was quite a heavy smoker but....if I can do it anyone can!!
  2. Thanks so much everyone! Yes I have to say I am pleased with myself for getting to five months smoke free. Even my doctor congratulated me recently and said that all the Covid lockdowns we have endured must have made it even harder. Well it has been more challenging during these times of course, but quitting smoking seems to have lead to other good things opening up in my life! We are just about to emerge from our 7th lockdown tonight at 11.59pm, the sun is shining and Winter is behind us. Feeling good.
  3. Kris, during lockdowns single people are allowed to spend time with one other single person, to reduce social isolation. We are allowed to visit each others houses etc. where as others aren't allowed to visit. I have two 'bubble buddies' although we are only supposed to have one...but I'm comfortable with that.
  4. Yes Kris, outrageous price for cigarettes, I was paying around $63 for a pack of 40...most of the money goes to the Government. Luckily we are allowed to have a 'Bubble Buddy', but it's still very tough for those of us who are on our own.
  5. Not too good here in Victoria, Australia either. Another strict lockdown has been announced and it starts in one hour! Again for two weeks. Seems to be the only time I struggle with being quit these days...but I'll get through it once again I'm sure. At least the sun is shining and it's a little warmer outside.
  6. Well done Katgirl........3 months is wonderful!!
  7. Gus, yes I sure do remember the early days of my quitting, hell! That's why I don't want to go back there! Hope that you are doing ok too.
  8. Thanks everyone! Jordan7 lockdown has been bad at times as I'm on my own...especially when the weather is rainy, but I just keep going. Haven't slept through it but very hard to get going in the mornings when there's not much to do during the rest of the day. Our current lockdown is likely to be extended too. We all just have to keep going...somehow.
  9. Well I just clocked up four months of not smoking! Feeling pleased with myself as a lot of that time has been spent in strict lockdown...which we are in again at present. It's been tough at times but there have been plenty of rewards. I have heard that many people have gone back to smoking because of the hardships of lockdowns, but I'm doing ok!
  10. Damn, damn, damn we are back in lockdown again; less than two weeks of freedom this time! In fact a large part of Australia is in lockdown at present. The Delta variant is really taking off here. I struggle with loneliness and boredom at times during lockdowns, am not a home body at all! Have an occasional thought of smoking but no serious craves thank goodness. I had a pleasant weekend planned, concert, movies and visiting a friend, all cancelled. It would be so much easier if the sun was shining...hopefully in the next day or two. This is the sixth lockdown and I feel that the effects on ones mental health are cumulative, but there really is no alternative. Just glad that I don't have a job to lose and sorry for all those that do. Hoping that my favourite live music venues can survive another lockdown.
  11. I'm happy that I can taste and smell properly again...had no idea what I was missing out on all these years! Also my clothes, house and car no longer smell of smoke...it's great!
  12. I have been watching a lot of movies as we have been in strict lockdown for 12 days...just got 'let out' today...and I've been noticing how many people smoke in them! I watched a French movie last night and part of it was about a woman who runs out of cigarettes and has no money to buy them. She is chasing cigarettes all over the very beautiful countryside! Everyone seems to be smoking. Then today I watched a wonderful Israeli movie about a cooking competition and all the chefs seemed to be smoking all the time. Maybe I'm noticing this more because I have quit, I'm not sure. I know that smoking is so much part of these cultures and in Europe or the Middle East it is not 'looked down on' the way it is here in Australia. I seem to remember smoking being phased out in the movie industry a few years ago, but it certainly has made a huge comeback. I didn't expect to be confronted with these images so much, so I guess I was surprised. Luckily it doesn't set me off craving, but I can't help noticing. I don't see it on everyday TV, but in many movies. Anyone else noticed this?
  13. It has become bad here again in Australia too. Lockdowns everywhere. We have had our lockdown extended by seven days...some times I find it almost unbearable as it's freezing cold with heavy rain, so can't even go out walking. Also, the days of not communicating with another human being are soul destroying for those of us who live alone. I speak to people on the phone, but it is just not the same. Depression and anxiety rates must be very high in these situations, I have experienced both during this lockdown and I fear that there are many more lockdowns to come. It's as if we have to invent a new 'lockdown life' but I really have no idea how that looks....
  14. There is a lot of community pressure to get vaccinated here I find. People ask each other if they have had it all the time and discuss their experiences with side effects etc. I have only come across one 'anti-vaxer' so far and he will probably find it difficult to get employment without it, down the track. There is some concern about blood clots with the Astra Zeneca but the risks are low compared with the health risk of catching Covid. I don't think I would survive Covid if I caught it as my lungs are damaged from years of smoking. Another good reason to be avoiding smoking....must add that to my list!
  15. Have just started another 5 days of strict lockdown statewide. I'm not 'SOS' craving but thinking about smoking again on and off...definitely that old comfort thing again. Also felt like smoking after my Covid vaccination last Wednesday. It's probably because I do all this stuff on my own and it's tough. I was quite anxious about the Covid vax as one person I know was sick after it for four days. Anyway, I've been mostly ok with minimal side effects so far. As for smoking, well it's just a thought that comes and goes....so last night I went and bought ice cream again and ate quite a lot! Ha Ha! Strawberries and cream this time...it seemed to help.
  16. I had a very vivid dream last night that I was smoking cigarettes! I also was aware in the dream that I had quit, so I felt terribly disappointed in myself. Very interesting experience. I was so very relieved when I woke up and found that it wasn't real! Phew!!
  17. Katgirl, very cool that you're doing this too!
  18. I replaced my old car this month and I'm sure I have more money which went towards that! I used to smoke in my old car and it smelt bad, took me lots of cleaning and air freshener to get it reasonably ok...luckily the buyer wasn't too fussy! It's so good to have another car that smells clean and fresh; I want to keep it that way always.
  19. Thanks so much Jillar, yes it is so much easier now...I often go a few days without even thinking about smoking. It still feels like a miracle sometimes! I celebrated yesterday as there is a time difference of course!
  20. Well personally I'm not worried about using Quit Train as a crutch at this stage in my quit. (I just watched the video). We all depend on technology these days...some people are seriously addicted to Face Book for example, but I'm not one of them. I was just curious about why it was down and yeah, I would miss the site, but I have other strategies too for dealing with my nicotine addiction now thankfully!
  21. Hi everyone, the Quit Train was off line for quite a few hours, maybe for maintenance? Went to check in on everyone and the page just had error 500. Anyway, looks like it's all ok again...I realised that I would miss it if it disapeared!
  22. Kate, I felt that cigarettes lifted my mood too, but I'm convinced that it's only a 'quick fix' and that long term, cigarettes only add to one's depression. I am on anti-depressants and I pretty much cried for the first three weeks of quitting smoking, but now I find that I feel generally a lot better. Being a smoker is depressing in its self, feeling controlled by nicotine, the smell, the expense, the long term health effects etc. etc. and all those chemicals must surely mess with the brain! I am in the middle of Winter here in Australia and there isn't much sunlight so I tend to suffer from seasonal depression too. For me, I know that I would be coughing all through Winter if I was still smoking and that alone has been worth the difficulty of quitting. I hope that you can find an alternative to nicotine to lift your spirits. Try not to add to your misery by smoking again after more than one year quit! All the best.
  23. Ice cream was also my 'go to' when I had cigarette cravings during a Covid lockdown! Even in the middle of winter it seems to help sometimes. Blood orange with dark chocolate or Queensland mango with coconut and white chocolate! Yum! Sorry you've had such a bad time Kate18, I suffer from depression too and it can come over you at any time. Going for a walk definitely helps as it gets the endorphines moving and also calms the cigarette cravings. So glad that you stayed strong, it would be heart breaking to lose a twelve month quit. All the best.
  24. Thanks so much everyone, you are a great support and I really appreciate it! I'm now heading for 90 days which is 3 months...woo, hoo! I've been warned about 3 months though as it can feel like we have it under control and maybe could be tempted, so I'm very wary. I was talking to a woman last weekend who is three weeks quit and she said "Oh I can just have the occasional one." and I said "No, it doesn't work like that, you just can't smoke! One will lead to many." So it's the same for me. NOPE. I'll post again here when I have reached the 3 months mark. Cheers everyone!
  25. Great work Steven, two weeks is excellent! Yes it doesn't take long for the benefits of quitting to show. I'm still amazed at how much better food tastes and I enjoy smelling lovely things everyday...this didn't happen when I was smoking. You will notice that too! And knowing that you don't stink of cigarettes is a great feeling. Here in Australia, cigarettes are outrageously expensive; I was paying $63 for a packet of 40 and it made me want to cry! (Have a look at my counter). Not even good quality either, rubbish cigarettes from overseas. Welcome to the Quit Train and freedom from that horrible addiction.

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