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Well today I turned 60!  I thought that it might bother me a bit, but it doesn't.  I am very proud of every year!  And I am thankful to have good health (at least as far as I know) in spite of my almost 40 years of smoking.  

 

On Tuesday, I was delivered a beautiful bouquet of roses and lilies.  The card was not signed....I knew that it must be from my sister and/or niece.  My niece called - yes they were sent by them but was not supposed to be delivered until Thursday.  She called the florist and they insisted that they were not delivered.  But how can that be - I am looking right at them .....

 

 

And guess what happened today.....the flowers that they did not deliver on Tuesday were delivered today!!!!  I started to tell them but my niece had already told them so now I have two beautiful bouquets!  I am blessed!

 

 

I was taken out to lunch!  A computer/accounting problem that I have been dealing with all week was easily fixed!  I received an essential oil diffuser with an assortment of oils!  And some The Pioneer Woman bowls (I love dishes)! On top of all that my boss (he is a character) told me that I look pretty good for a 60 year old (compliments from him are a rare thing).

 

So a big Thank-you to Marilyn.H.July.14.14. for posting about my BD and thanks to all who wished me well! 

 

Five years ago I was smoking like crazy - and not enjoying it one bit.  I only smoked to get the nicotine.  I am so happy that I wised up and put them down for good.  If you are on the fence about quitting - take the plunge and do it!  It is absolutely the very best thing that I ever did for myself!

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1,700 Days Ago

Posted by Jennifer-Quit-05-01-14 Dec 26, 2018

1,700 days ago I made a decision that completely changed my life.  I am not sure if I was very serious about it in the beginning because I had so many failed attempts.  But I discovered this site and the many wonderful people here who dedicate so much of their time and energy into helping others, and I was inspired.  I thought if they can do it, so can I! 

 

I am  wishing for everyone struggling with the decision to become inspired!  It is a decision that you will never regret!  So read and educate yourself about this addiction.  Stay close, and don't be afraid to ask for help.  And most of all be willing to give it the time it takes to get to a better place.  It is not always easy, but it does get better with time.  

 

Best wishes to all those just beginning their journey and to those who are struggling with their quit!

Please join me in wishing Marilyn.H.July.14.14.a very Happy Birthday!

 

The last couple of months has been very stressful at work - faced with developing new procedures, submitting information to potential buyers in a new format, and dealing with a boss who has had a "itch" to fire someone.  Luckily I have (so far) stayed out of the line of fire.    

 

I would be a liar if I said that smoking had not entered my mind.  But I am pleased to say that the thoughts have been easily dismissed.  

 

I visited one of our properties last Thursday.  I caught a ride with a co-worker from lunch back to my car.  She is my age.  She has a new vehicle (very nice) that she bought in January.  It literally reeks of cigarette smoke - really makes me happy that I no longer smoke.  I am sure that she does not even notice it.  Just one of the many benefits of quitting - everything smells better!  

 

OK  Newbies!  Make a list of the "pros" off quitting!  There really are no "Cons" - so don't even go there!  Review that list daily - and do whatever is necessary to remain smoke free!  It is truly the very best thing that you will ever do for yourself!

It saddens me so to hear of a long time quitter's relapse.  The stories are usually similar.  Very often they distance themselves from the Ex community.  And then they fall for the voice of temptation that says "just one won't hurt."  But that one cigarette almost always leads to another one - maybe not immediately - but at some point they feel another one won't hurt since they "got by" with the first one.  Many times alcohol is involved but not always.

 

So my advise to all quitters - old and new - stay close!  Ask for help if you need it.  Read your old blogs to help remember where you have been, and use them  as a reminder of a place where you don't want to return.  Even after 1500 plus days quit and being on this site almost daily, it still  helps me to keep it fresh and to keep my quit solid. 

 

Bless you all and hope that you have a relaxing Sunday afternoon!

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1,500 Days!

Posted by Jennifer-Quit-05-01-14 Jun 9, 2018

It is hard for me to believe that I have now been smoke-free for 1,500 days, and I owe so much of my success to the wonderful members of this community, many who no longer participate here. The education about this addiction, along with the support, encouragement, and sometimes tough love that I receive here made all the difference this time.  I am thankful for all who played a part, small or large, in my recovery.

 

To those who are just beginning or may be struggling, please remember that it is not over in a couple of weeks.  It takes time to relearn living life without nicotine.  It also takes time to figure out your new normal.  Work each day and try to focus on the positive rather than the negative.  Be willing to give your quit the time it takes to get to a better place in life - because this freedom is truly a beautiful thing!

 

Much love and appreciation to you all-

 

Jennifer 1,500 DOF

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Four Years!

Posted by Jennifer-Quit-05-01-14 May 1, 2018

It’s hard to believe that I have not had a cigarette in 4 years!  When I first started my journey, I am not sure that I had made up my mind completely.  My decision was a spur of the moment thing.  I knew that I needed to quit and wanted to quit, but I am not sure that I had decided to. 

 

Even though I knew that I was dealing with an addiction, I didn’t fully understand this addiction and how to break the cycle.  I believe that it was the morning of my 4th day that I discovered this site.  I was more than surprised to see all the current activity here.  I spent most of the day reading and learning about nicotine addiction.  The more time that I spent reading on EX, the more that I realized that quitting is possible.  I had so many good examples of people who had quit and still spent a good deal of time here helping others.  Even though these good people didn’t always agree, they were friends all working toward the same goal – to quit, remain quit, and help others to quit.   I was impressed!

 

My plan was pretty simple:

 

  1. I decided to use nicotine patches to take the edge off.  Originally I planned on using the patch for 8 weeks – but shortened it to 6 when I felt ready to step down a little early. 
  2. I drank lots of water to flush out my system. Also tried to eat a little healthier and have lighter portions because smoking after a big meal was a major trigger.
  3. I avoided people who smoke in the beginning.  I announced to the world that I had quit and instructed my smoking acquaintances to not give me a cigarette if I asked for one.
  4. I made a short list of things to do besides smoke – have a snack, take a short walk, read a book, take a bubble bath, sing along with the radio, etc.
  5. I spent a lot of time here reading and educating myself about this addiction.  Also encouraging and congratulating others helped keep my attitude positive.
  6. And lastly - I did not smoke – no matter what!

 

It wasn’t easy – but it was doable!   My make it or break it time was the period around day 80 for me.  When I made it through that week-end, I knew that I was an ex-smoker and never wanted to fall into the cycle of being a serial quitter.  When I accepted the fact that “one” is not an option for a recovering nicotine addict, I felt like I had won the battle.  There were still tough times after day 80 – but I knew that I could make it through.

 

At four years quit, I still protect my quit.  That is one reason that I spend time here.  It is not only to help others, but also keep my quit strong.  As a wise friend once said, “We are all nicotine addicts just one puff away from a relapse”.

 

Thanks to everyone who helped me along the way!

 

Jennifer

1461 DOF aka 4 years!

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Quit?

Posted by Jennifer-Quit-05-01-14 Apr 13, 2018

I quit smoking May 1, 2014 - that is my quit date and will be forever.  Even though I used the patch for 6 weeks - May 1, 2014 is MY quit date and no one will ever convince me otherwise.  You quit begins when you put your last cigarette out - and has nothing to do with using a prescription drug or NRT as an aid.

 

Do not let anyone make you feel that your quit is diminished in any way because you did not go cold turkey.  I admire folks that are able to quit going cold turkey, and I will never get on this site and push NRT on anyone.  Cold turkey is good - but it is NOT the only way.  

 

If NRT is in your plan - include in that that plan a step down schedule.  

 

Wishing you all a happy smoke-free day!

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A Big Thanks!

Posted by Jennifer-Quit-05-01-14 Apr 11, 2018

We are a group of unique individuals with one main purpose - to quit and/or remain quit.  It is not really important to me the method you choose - NRT, Cold/Smart Turkey, or prescription meds.  I used the patch and also elected to "count my days".  There really is no wrong way to quit - except to smoke after you have quit. 

 

Some do not find counting the days useful but for me it helped.  I remember early in my quit seeing others relapse - they would smoke "just one" and then struggle with resetting the clock and more often than not - struggle with getting started again.  They would often blame others or circumstances in their life for having "just one".  This, in part, kept me moving forward in my quit  I did not want to ever have to "struggle" with the decision to reset my clock or look for others to blame for my mistake.  That is why I count the days and check my numbers often. Not every day like I did in the beginning but often enough to know that I never want to see it at Zero.

 

Having this group of people to be accountable to also kept me honest.  Many times early on I would hear the little voice that said "You can have just one - no one will ever know."  And I would say to myself "But I will know - and I never want to have to write my confessional blog".   So THANK YOU  to everyone here (past and present) that inspired me to keep moving forward - I could not have done it without you all!

 

Jennifer 1,441 DOF

Had some errands to do after work yesterday and ended up close to the C-store where I bought most of my cigarettes just before I quit.  It was close to where I lived at the time and every couple of days I stopped in to get my supply.  They would have my 2 packs of Marlboro Light 100's on the counter before I could even say anything - they knew me....and that is really kind of sad.  

 

I have not been inside that store since I quit over 1,200 days ago until yesterday.  I went in to buy some powerball tickets because you know - someone is going to win!  It stirred up some memories of smoking - but only memories.  No urges, no desires, no wants....only memories.  Give it time new quitters - you will get to a point where you have memories but no real desire to smoke.  Time is the healer.  

 

BTW - I didn't win the $700 million - too bad - I was going to treat us all to a EX-reunion on me....

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Who Am I?

Posted by Jennifer-Quit-05-01-14 May 1, 2017

Who am I to judge those of you who have relapsed and restarted?  I cannot judge you because I used to be just like you.  I remember wanting to quit almost from the time that I first started smoking.  Back in those days it was considered a "habit", much like biting your fingernails so I thought that quitting should be easy.  I would make an attempt to quit but kept going back to the nasty and disgusting habit of smoking.  Many times years would pass between my attempts to quit.  

 

Three years ago I started on the journey once again.   A man that I work with had quit, and I suppose that got me to start thinking about quitting.  I didn't really prepare much.  I did a little reading on the internet.  I was down to my last few cigarettes and decided that when they were gone - I was through.  On April 30, 2014 around 10:00 PM, I smoked my last one.  I threw away all ashtrays and lighters, went to bed and woke the next day an Ex-smoker.  On the morning of my 3rd day, I found this site and the rest is history.  It was not always easy but I kept pushing through and adding days - one at a time. And that really is how we all do it.  No matter if you have a 1 day quit or 10,000 - we all do it one day at a time. 

 

For those of you struggling, I want more than anything for you to feel the way that I feel today!  I want for you to experience the feeling of being free from the ball and chain of nicotine addiction.  That  ball and chain does nothing but drag you down.  Find it in yourself to let this be your final and forever quit!  Freedom feels wonderful! 

 

Jennifer 1096 DOF - aka 3 years!!!!!

Life really gets better when you get away from the burden of smoking.  It gets better in big ways and in small ways.

 

Here is my list of benefits of quitting:

 

  1. My health has improved.
  2. My risk of developing smoking related health conditions has decreased.
  3. I feel better physically.
  4. I feel better emotionally.
  5. My sense of smell improved.
  6. My appetite is good and food tastes better.
  7. Hopefully my breath, body, and hair all smell better.
  8. My home is cleaner and smells better.
  9. My car is cleaner and smells better.
  10. I have a little more money in the bank.
  11. My self-confidence has improved.
  12. I am more productive at work.
  13. I am more productive at home.
  14. I actually enjoy my morning cup of coffee more.
  15. I don't worry about offending anyone with my smoke.
  16. My clothes smell better.
  17. I don't worry about running out of cigarettes.
  18. I don't worry about finding a place to smoke where it is not allowed.
  19. Going on a trip is more fun if you are planning your next adventure rather than your next smoke.
  20. Movies or TV shows are not interrupted by smoke breaks.
  21. I actually eat slower and enjoy my meals more rather than rushing through it to have a smoke.
  22. No more special trips to the store in bad weather just to buy cigarettes.
  23. My fingernails are no longer yellow.
  24.  No more missing out on things at parties or family gatherings.
  25. No more burn holes in clothing.
  26. My teeth are whiter
  27. My health insurance premiums are lower.
  28. I no longer expose others to second hand smoke.
  29. I am a better influence on my nieces and nephews.
  30. I have made many new friends here at EX!