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No big updates here since 50 days.  Nothing much has changed other than the frequency I think about smoking which is almost never.  Really the only time I think about cigarettes is when I walk by the smoking area at work, not about wanting one though and yes the second hand smoke still smells great to me for some reason, and when I come on this site to see how everyone is doing. Being on this site in no way makes me want one, but makes me realize how far I've come in only 80 days.  No looking back now and will be at a 100 in no time.  


To all you new quitters out there....  Just get through that first week! Yes it sucks, but you will not regret it I promise you that.  

Mark just posted the celebration that mentioned my 50 days and I looked to see who was there with me.  Not one other people in the 50 club has logged on within the last month it looked like.  


Then I looked at the 100 and 150 club too and same thing.  Almost everyone signs up and then within a week or two disappear.  Kind of depressing how many people can't get through hell/heck week. Out of 30 people total I am the only one still active on here. I hope that doesn't mean I am the only one still quit out of them.  I do not want to deter any new quitters either.  You will be so much happier after a few weeks of no smoking! 


Definitely makes me cherish how far I have come and gives me more motivation to keep going.     


51 Days and counting!

Posted by MDR_BDel Sep 16, 2019

Still going string.  Crazy how long 51 days seems now and I have no intentions on ever going back.  So far no-man's-land hasn't given me any problem, but I know I have quite a few more days to get through it. 


Some days I might get a small craving or two but they pass quickly and most days I do not even think about cigarettes.  Yesterday I was at a BBQ with some friends and a few were smoking.  Again noooo desire to take even one puff, but the second hand smoke actually smelled good to me.  Is that strange?   


Day 30 - Feeling Great!

Posted by MDR_BDel Aug 26, 2019

Almost a month now and feeling great.  It's surprising how little I think about cigarettes and I am only 30 days in. I do get the occasional crave, but it is much easier to look the other way now.  To all the new quitters.  Get through the first 10 days (which are not fun) and then it gets so much better from there.  I sound like a broken record, but still I am shocked on how I feel 30-days in.  


It's also been great that I am able to be more active with my little kids and I don't have to "take a smoke break" every 45-60 minutes and tell them they need to stay inside. They are too small to really notice, but I am sure they are happier now too.   


Hope everyone has a great week!  Thanks for all the support through this first month.


First Smokemare.  Scary

Posted by MDR_BDel Aug 13, 2019

Last night I had a dream that I went out partying with friends and said "screw it" and had a few cigarettes.  After the first one I was crying about losing my quit and then decided since it is already lost might as well have a few more.  


Then I woke up.  THANK GOD it was a dream.  Was incredibly happy when I realized it didn't really happen.  Wow how real it felt in my dream though.  Scary.  Hopefully they are few and far between.  I remember them from my last quit of 2-years and didn't happen very often but they happened. 


17 DOF.

Through heck week now and getting much better.  Crazy how much my habits have changed in only 16 days.  Meaning figuring out something else to do with my time since I don't go outside for 5 minutes every hour.  My wife has been happy since I am getting a lot of stuff done around the house.  


Feeling great and sooooooo happy I am haven't been smoking for over 2 weeks now.  I know craves will still come at me and I will be ready, but will not smoke no matter what. For all the people in the first few days it will get much better pretty quickly.  Just hang in there.  


Hell Week Over!!!

Posted by MDR_BDel Aug 5, 2019

On day 9 and got through the first week.  It wasn't too bad, but definitely had my moments of extreme frustration/anger for very little reason.  


Need to be strong when those little craves come and tell me "just one is okay".  As a serial quiter I know just one is not okay after the 50th time.  I will not have a 51st time!  Here is to NOPE.  Happy Monday everyone.  I actually enjoy being at work all day to occupy my time early in my quit.  

So I have been struggling to quit again since I lost my quit of almost two years last October.  I have been on and off smoking since and went all of January without a smoke.  I go 1 week here, 2 weeks there and currently I am on day 4 for what seems like the 50th time quiting this year and need to keep off smoking for good.  With sooooo much experience in going through the first 3-5 days of quiting it really is not that bad for the people here ready to start their quit.  Definitely have some mental debates with the nicodemon trying to convince me to go get a pack, but doesn't last long and a little aggravated at everything as well.  The hardest part is staying quit when you have that mental debate and you think you can have "just one". I do not get much in the form of physical withdrawal other than the digestive track learning how to deal with no tobacco which doesn't last more than 1-2 days.  


Posting on here for a little accountability from the group so I see this one through for good.  I am really over smoking and do not enjoy anything about it.  I come to the site and read other blogs/posts but rarely post myself.  My dad is coming in town this weekend to see my kids, and I do not smoke in front of him, so I 100% will be good through the 1st week. Funny how I am in my late 30's, but still feel ashamed to smoke in front of my parents.  Good thing though for this weekend as it will assist me early in my quit.  


I will check in every once in a while to give updates.  One last thing - with my vast experience in quiting I have found that exercising every day early in my quit has helped cope with not smoking.  


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WOW! 335 Days and Counting.

Posted by MDR_BDel Dec 4, 2016

Hello Ex's,

We are coming into the new year and I know there will be a lot of resolutions this year to stop smoking.  I happened to quit on Jan. 4th 2016 and used this site to see what others were going through and it helped quite a bit.  I never really posted but I would always check other blogs and it helped quite a bit.  The Elders were always awesome and offered great advice as well - thank you all for that.  

Here are a few key things that helped me with my quit and maybe it will help someone else as well:

1)  I read and understood my addiction before my quit.  Here is a great link:  I spent a lot of time going through the links on to learn about this addiction.  

2)  The worst part of the quit is the first 2 weeks.  Everyone on here can attest that the first 2 weeks are not fun, but after that it gets better every day.  After smoking for 15 years being uncomfortable for only 2 weeks to rid myself of those nasty cigs forever didn't seem so long when you put it in perspective.  ITS ONLY 2 Weeks to get through the worst of it!!!!!  When you put it in that perspective it doesn't seem so bad.  

3)  A month after I quit I decided to start running to get my lungs back in shape and signed up for a marathon.  That was a little aggressive and don't recommend that, but maybe finding a 5K or 10K to train for and get your lungs back in shape even if you have to walk most of it.  There are some great couch to 5K apps out there to start running.  Once I started running I knew I was done smoking forever and I haven't looked back.  

I feel SOOOOOOO much better and healthier now since I have stopped and I am upset it took me so long to finally decide NOPE.  I hope everyone stays quit throuhg the holidays and for the resolutions coming - IT IS POSSIBLE.  Get through the first 10-14 days and it gets better every day from there.  That is such a small amount of time when you put it in perspective!