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8 Years and Going Strong

Posted by Rick_M Apr 3, 2017

8 years ago today I quit lighting up and burning cigs. I was getting bronchitis every winter because my lungs were burned up from 37 years of smoking and no longer could they fight off infection. The lectures about smoking from my Doc were getting real old and no way to argue back....he was right. I used Chantix and their support site they provided initially but the Chantix site was a daily post but went to weekly at my 6 th week. Really missed the daily pep talk and support from that site so I went surfing and found BecomeAnEX.  I am convinced I would have had that 'just one' eventually without the education and support EX provided. 

 

In retrospect quitting was not as hard as I always imagined it would be back in '09. I envied for years people who did not smoke, now I am one of them. If you have quit stay with it. You will get stronger every day you do not smoke. If you want to quit talk to your Doc and read all you can here on EX and stay in touch with the support this site provides. Quitting is only as hard as you make it.....Oh and BTW I have not had bronchitis since I quit and I have saved $15,000. A Win Win folks...

Rick_M

New EX

Posted by Rick_M Jan 25, 2017

I remember when I first joined EX in May '09. I was total lost at first but I learned to navigate the site just like we all will with this new EX. Patience my  friends and let us support our EX administrators

....all will be well...

Rick_M

2,557 Days No Smoke-1

Posted by Rick_M Apr 3, 2016

 7 years ago today I woke up grabbed some coffee and headed out with my dogs and did NOT light up a cig something I did every morning for close to 37 years. After two winters of fighting off bronchitis it was time to quit something I was going to do at 30 then at 40 then at 50. Now at 55 Doc said my lungs were burned up and I might as well plan on fitting in an oxygen tank into my wardrobe before I turned 60. He had a way of getting under my skin. One of the reasons I quit was shut him up. Quitting is not losing your best friend it is you getting your life back from an addiction that is slowly sucking your life away.  Stay with your quit, it is not the other person who is going to suffer some smoking related illness, it will eventually be you, count on it. The best thing about quitting is I just don't have to do it no more and it just gets better........

Rick_M

2,557 Days No Smoke

Posted by Rick_M Apr 3, 2016

 7 years ago today I woke up grabbed some coffee and headed out with my dogs and did NOT light up a cig something I did every morning for close to 37 years. After two winters of fighting off bronchitis it was time to quit something I was going to do at 30 then at 40 then at 50. Now at 55 Doc said my lungs were burned up and I might as well plan on fitting in an oxygen tank into my wardrobe before I turned 60. He had a way of getting under my skin. One of the reasons I quit was shut him up. Quitting is not losing your best friend it is you getting your life back from an addiction that is slowly sucking your life away.  Stay with your quit, it is not the other person who is going to suffer some smoking related illness, it will eventually be you, count on it. The best thing about quitting is I just don't have to do it no more and it just gets better........

Rick_M

6 YEARS AND GOING STRONG

Posted by Rick_M Apr 3, 2015

Feels oh so great to celebrate another year with out smoking cigarettes. I am not on EX as much as I want to but I will never forget me checking in daily for probably my first 3 yrs of my quit.  Quitting for me was not easy but it was not as bad as I expected. I do believe quitting is only as hard as you want to make it. Accept the fact you are now an exsmoker and cigs are not your friend and you can live a normal life with out burning one every hour.  

I see many new names here on EX and I see much support going on.....That is how it works folks we are all in the same boat nicotine addicts and we got to stick together. Guard your quit everyone, your life does depend on it.

Rick_M

3 YEARS FOR LISA 11209

Posted by Rick_M Aug 20, 2014

A celebration is order today here on EX. Three years ago today, after 35 years of smoking there was a showdown at the Malboro corral and our Lisa turned her back to cigs and never looked back. I had the pleasure of meeting Lisa at EX2 in Orlando earlier this year and she told me I was the first one on EX to reach out and offer her support when she first joined. I don't quite remember being the first one but I am sure glad she took my hand. I do remember she was a very determined quitter, just what it takes. She became a gym rat, almost turned into a carrot and read EX blogs, Allen Carr and Whyquit just like she was told to do by many here on EX, she was a textbook quitter and look at her success story now. I am sure proud of you Lisa and I am sure glad I was along for the ride. Congrats to you my friend......  

Gosh hard to fathom it's been 5 yrs since I quit. I am sure I would not have made it thru my first six months with out this site. Someone was watching over me when I stumbled onto it back in May '09. I just want to mention two people who were most helpful back then. Giulia and HWC, thanks to both of you. For me quitting was not as hard as I was always told.  The negetive effects of smoking was slowing showing it's ugly face when it came to my health.  So quitting was a no brainer, It was a choce of smoking or breathing.....I think I made the right choice. Thx to all on EX for your positive comments today. It means allot to me.... 

Rick_M

Birthday Weekend

Posted by Rick_M Jan 7, 2014

I wanted to stop by and thank Shawn my Ohio friend for posting a blog over the weekend to help me celebrate my 60 th birthday. Shawn it is people like you who make me glad I have stayed in contact with the EX site after over 4 1/2 years. I really appreciate the attention and all the positive comments from my fellow EX'ers. I am always humbled by the recognition. I never feel I've done enough to help others quit the addiction. This site back in '09 helped me get over the hump early in my quit. I would never had made it stick had it not been for the EX support. I choose breathing over smoking. Make that choice if you still smoke and if you quit....never look back. I am looking forward to the EX get together to Florida this February....turn the heat up down there in Florida for that weekend Tommy....us northern folk are freezing our butts off... 

It don't seem that long but April 3 rd 2009 I got up poured a cup of coffee and took the dogs out and did NOT light up the first cig of the day. I was on my 8 th day of chantix and my plan was to just give it my best shot, just one time at not smoking a pack a day. I was really tired of getting chewed out by the Doc and getting bronchitis every winter was a warning sign future health problems were going to get worse if I continued to smoke. I, like all of us knew smoking was bad but the illusion of the addiction is I won't get sick that is always someone else. Not true, if you smoke you will suffer some kind of illness eventually.  So here I am 4 years later and I do not miss smoking nor do I ever plan on lighting one up. There is no pleasure from smoking. When you accept that, quitting is easy.

Rick_M

WTG SHAWN !

Posted by Rick_M Jan 11, 2013

I think we need a little more EX hoopla for our friend Shawn who has 300 no smoke days today. I've know her since she joined and she was then and still is a determined EX'er. She has always been humble about her successful quit and now I see her on here helping others. Shawn you are a sweetheart and you are loved on here and we are all oh so proud of you. Congrats to you. Stay with us....one whole year for you soon....  

Rick_M

PARTY TIME

Posted by Rick_M May 5, 2012

It is Cinco de Mayo and sickofit Nancy's bithday....she can now drink legally

Rick_M

THANKS

Posted by Rick_M Apr 4, 2012

Thanks to all for the congrats for me making it to 3 yrs no smoke. I did forget the day was here but Karen had my back and reminded me. Thanks for the ride Karen, it was cool.

Also a big thanks to Lady H for her blog about Spike passing on. All the kind comments from many really helped. Spike caught kennel cough and went down hill fast. He was 14 yrs old and frail and he could not fight off the infection. He was a fighter till the end.......  

Rick_M

Quad Squad-1

Posted by Rick_M Dec 29, 2011

It's a big one, 1000 days of no smoke. Thanks to all for the congrats and kudos for this milestone.

There is no magic to quitting. It is just a decision to take control of your only life and leave the death sentence smoking provides behind. I chose breathing over smoking. Not a hard call.....

Rick_M

Quad Squad

Posted by Rick_M Dec 29, 2011

It's a big one, 1000 days of no smoke. Thanks to all for the congrats and kudos for this milestone.

There is no magic to quitting. It is just a decision to take control of your only life and leave the death sentence smoking provides behind. I chose breathing over smoking. Not a hard call.....

Rick_M

900 Days

Posted by Rick_M Sep 21, 2011

Thx for the train ride Marcie and thx to all for the congrats on another milestone.

 I do appreciate all this attention.

Ok onto a thousand, I'll be at the station Marcie waiting for ya then......