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fansince'76
01-07-2009, 08:47 AM
Well, I never thought I'd make it this long to be able to post this, but as of today, January 7, 2009, I have been smoke-free for a full year after being a pack-and-a-half-a-day smoker for 22+ years (and as I'm about to turn 41, that's over half my life up to now). It really feels good to no longer be a slave to the nicotine. :party: :drink:

Best of all, by a very rough estimate, and based on my former pack-and-a-half-a-day habit, I figure I've saved about $1,500 - $2,000 in the last year by not smoking as well. :thumbsup:

LambertIsGod58
01-07-2009, 08:50 AM
I commend you Gary.....even though I have never been a smoker, I have enough family members who are. And have watched them struggle with this nasty addiction. You're strong, you'll be fine.

revefsreleets
01-07-2009, 09:13 AM
Congrats, dude! My 4 year anniversary is coming up April 25th.

HometownGal
01-07-2009, 09:39 AM
Won't you all join me in congratulating our very own fansince'76 today as it marks the one year anniversary of him being smoke-free! :banana: :applaudit::hatsoff::drink::hug:

http://i249.photobucket.com/albums/gg225/ab17z/congrat/30.gif

stlrtruck
01-07-2009, 09:59 AM
Congratulations For You!!!

Woo Hoo!

I should send you some smiley face cookies!

TailgateMel
01-07-2009, 10:18 AM
Great Job!!!

lamberts-lost-tooth
01-07-2009, 10:35 AM
Congratulations brother!!!! This smilie is for you!!! :dualies::smoker::m16:

fansince'76
01-07-2009, 11:22 AM
Thanks to everybody! :cheers:

HometownGal
01-07-2009, 11:23 AM
I've tried really hard to quit and was successful for a few weeks, but with all of the stressors in my life, it's almost impossible to give up my crutch right now. I am going to try again when my life calms down. :thumbsup:

Thank you, Gary, for all of the encouragement and support you have and are continuing to give me to kick the coffin nails to the curb once and for all! :hug:

fansince'76
01-07-2009, 11:26 AM
I've tried really hard to quit and was successful for a few weeks, but with all of the stressors in my life, it's almost impossible to give up my crutch right now. I am going to try again when my life calms down. :thumbsup:

Thank you, Gary, for all of the encouragement and support you have and are continuing to give me to kick the coffin nails to the curb once and for all! :hug:

Any time, Marianne - remember, never give up! I also have full confidence that you will kick them! :hug: :hug: :hug:

GBMelBlount
01-07-2009, 12:17 PM
That's awesome Gary! Congratulations!

MACH1
01-07-2009, 01:17 PM
CONGRATS :applaudit:....What you should do is take your smoke money and save it up for a trip to the Burgh for a game next year. 2nd anniversary gift to yourself. :laughing:

HometownGal
01-07-2009, 01:22 PM
Smoking is EVIL. Had I known back then what I know now, I never would have picked one up. :banging: Funny thing is - that ciggy has the ability to calm me down when I'm stressed but there isn't one ingredient in them that has "calming" effects, as nicotine is a stimulant! :doh:

El-Gonzo Jackson
01-07-2009, 01:29 PM
Congrats on quitting!! What did you use....patch...gum....drugs???

fansince'76
01-07-2009, 01:41 PM
Congrats on quitting!! What did you use....patch...gum....drugs???

Thanks! I didn't use anything - I went cold turkey, completely. The first two months were absolute hell, but after that it wasn't so bad.

El-Gonzo Jackson
01-07-2009, 02:05 PM
Thanks! I didn't use anything - I went cold turkey, completely. The first two months were absolute hell, but after that it wasn't so bad.
:salute:

steelreserve
01-07-2009, 02:24 PM
Congratulations. I've been there, and it's hard as hell to do; don't think I could've made it without the patch. You, sir, are made of sterner stuff than I.

The Duke
01-07-2009, 06:35 PM
Thanks! I didn't use anything - I went cold turkey, completely. The first two months were absolute hell, but after that it wasn't so bad.

Impressive. That shows a lot of strength

Congrats man :drink:

GutterflowerSteel
01-07-2009, 08:11 PM
CONGRATULATIONS!! I've been there too - I quit back in 2000. The only thing that ever worked for me was acupuncture. It was great because I didn't jones and more importantly - I wasn't b!tchy :thumbsup: I recommend it to anyone who's tried to quit - I was amazed. Plus it was so relaxing, I dozed off during treatment lol

stillers4me
01-07-2009, 08:31 PM
Awesome!

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/sueincinci/Congratulations/applause.gif

Polamalu Princess
01-07-2009, 08:58 PM
That is wonderful! I am so happy for you!!!

Hammer Of The GODS
01-08-2009, 12:09 PM
Congrats bro!

To anyone who has quit I say bravo!

To those who are trying.. keep at it.

Nicotine is pound for pound the MOST ADDICTIVE DRUG KNOWN TO MAN!

Yet it is totally legal!

Gotta love our governments ability to keep the really harmful drugs outlawed! cough cough ......BS!

Crushzilla
01-08-2009, 12:22 PM
Awesome stuff, Gary.

Keep up the good work. Unfortunately, I haven't been able to kick the chew yet.

I have a good role model, though, when I'm ready.