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Posted by kristen-9.7.15 Mar 5, 2020

My precious baby girl passed away tonight. She would have been 16 in June.



Big News!!

Posted by kristen-9.7.15 Feb 29, 2020

I’m engaged!!!!



Merry Christmas

Posted by kristen-9.7.15 Dec 22, 2019

Oliver and I wanted to make sure to wish you all a Very Merry Christmas! We will be pretty busy the next few days as I’m sure all of you are. Everyone enjoy your holidays!



Posted by kristen-9.7.15 Dec 11, 2019

I’m not sure if the power of prayers works but I’m going to ask anyways.  I had my first mammogram 2 weeks ago and they saw two spots.  Had a second mammogram and an ultrasound last week. Today I am going for a biopsy. I am only 38 years old.  I went young due to my family history. My aunt passed away at 49 years old from breast cancer and my 39 year old cousin was diagnosed about 6 months ago.  Please pray it is not cancer and just a cyst or fatty deposits.


Thank you.




Happy Life

Posted by kristen-9.7.15 Nov 22, 2019

Hi Friends! 



It’s been awhile since I’ve posted. Not much has changed.


I still have the cutest dog. He is almost 9 months old and growing. Hopefully not too much more. I think he’s about 35 pounds.


I still have the tallest boyfriend. He is 6’6”. Perfect for my 6’0” self.  We are going on 7 months.


Most importantly, I still have my awesome quit! 4 years, 2 months, and 15 days and a ginormous savings of $32,285 bucks! 



Welcome to all the new people here!


Love to my old friends!


Happy Thanksgiving!


~Kristen 1,537 DOF




Four Years and one day Smoke FREEEEEEEE! Thanks to all here for getting me this far! Oliver decided to wear a bow tie for this special day! 



Kristen ~ 1462 DOF

$30,705 dollars saved


Life is Great!

Posted by kristen-9.7.15 Jul 8, 2019

Hi Friends!


My heart is about to burst out of my chest! These last 3 months have been hectic yet amazing! I have purchased my first home, new boyfriend and a new pup! I adopted a beagle, coonhound mix puppy from a rescue shelter. They think he is about 1 years old.  The first time I layed eyes on him I knew he was meant for me.  I have a lot of work to do but it will be worth it!  Meet Oliver “Ollie”. 






This wouldn’t have been possible if I was still smoking! All my money was going towards the nasty cigarettes. 


~Kristen 1,399 DOF


Busy Bee

Posted by kristen-9.7.15 May 19, 2019

i have not been around much lately.... I’ve been a busy bee buying my first home! AND, I closed on my birthday! How cool is that?? While a bunch of you were having fun in Virginia Beach this weekend, I was moving, getting my beach body by running up and down the stairs.... up & down, up  & down...... No way I could have done that while still smoking! I’m exhausted. I am never moving again!  When I first moved into my apartment 11 years ago, I had like 3 pieces of furniture! Lol... Now I have big girl furniture.  My definition of big girl furniture is heavy, MATCHING, good furniture... not random pieces from your parents basement. HA! Anyways, I’ve been smoke free for 3 years and 8 months and I’ve saved $28,400!!! Nice down payment, eh?? So, hopefully once I get settled in I can hangout with my peeps here at EX more regularly. I look forward to seeing more pictures from the EX reunion!


~Kristen 1,350 DOF


How's Your Day?

Posted by kristen-9.7.15 Mar 8, 2019

I just got my hand stuck in the laminator machine at work today.  I was changing out the empty rolls and my ring got caught.  I had to yell out to the other secretary for help.  She tried to take my ring off.  She was unable to reach it.  We finally maneuvered the bar thingy and I was able to pull my hand out.  Another coworker just stood and watched for his entertainment.  We were dying of laughter!  I have not had a good laugh like that in a long time.  Really needed it.  



How is your day?



~Kristen ~ 3 years, 6 months, 1 day, 2 hours, & 1 minute DOF



Posted by kristen-9.7.15 Feb 27, 2019

I run all the continued education classes for professionals in the special education field.  I have a group of about 50 today.  The place I was catering lunch from just called me at 9:57 AM to let me know they do not have our lunch order that was supposed to be delivered today at 11:15 AM!!    @#%$%^%$%#$@$#%$%^#%^%!  We were going to have a nice spread and now I have to serve pizza.  I would have had to leave and smoke probably 5 cigarettes in a 15 minute span if I was still smoking.




Rant over!  Not smoking over it!


~Kristen ~ 3 years, 5 months, 20 days & 15 minutes


3 Years

Posted by kristen-9.7.15 Sep 7, 2018
I quit! It's been 3 years and 8 minutes since my last cigarette and I've saved $23,016.12.
I have not smoked 43,840 cigarettes, 26.3 g nicotine, 394.56 g carbon monoxide and 263.04 g of tar.
Wooohoo!  Yippeeee!

Early 3 Year Quit Gift

Posted by kristen-9.7.15 Jul 30, 2018

Hi Friends!


I am back from my vacation.  I think I need a vacation from my vacation.  I am tired!  Anyways, I just wanted to share my early gift to myself for my 3 year quitaversary.  My 3 year celebration is not until September 7, 2018.  So I chose the blue sapphire for my quit month.  My mom insisted on paying for it and would not let me.  She wanted me to have a memory of our vacation.  I feel guilty because I was a closet smoker so she didn't know my intention for wanting this for myself. The picture does not show how sparkly it is though. It's blinding in the sun! 


1,000 Days

Posted by kristen-9.7.15 Jun 3, 2018

I never really have anything profound to say (LOL) but I wanted to share my stats on my 1,000 DOF according to my app “Quit It”. 


It's been 2 years, 8 months, 27 days and 39 minutes since my last cigarette AKA 1,000 Days! 


I've saved $21,000.57. This would have been a nice down payment for a house!! This money did not go to waste though. I have been putting it towards my debt and will be debt free in 7 months....if all goes according to plan  Then perhaps I can join you guys on the next EX trip! 


I have not smoked 40,001 cigarettes.  BLECH!! So gross!


I truly believe I owe my quit to all my friends here and the EX site. Yes, I did the work but I could not have done it without you guys. I still come here everyday and will continue to do so as long as I live and as long as EX is around.


Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you!



~Kristen 1,000 DOF



Posted by kristen-9.7.15 May 10, 2018

I had the strangest feeling today. My nephews volleyball game was at the high school I attended. I haven’t been back since I graduated in 1999. As I was driving there I had a sudden strong craving and I was a bit anxious. This craving lingered for quite some time. I knew I would not smoke but it really bothered me.  What is that about?? 


Side note: My high school used to have all the athletes pictures hanging in the hallways. They had taken them down and saved them electronically on this huge touch screen device. I’m not sure what they call it. Anyways, I showed my niece and nephew my pictures and they were laughing hysterically! What the heck?! I grounded them. LOL


~Kristen 976 DOF


Super Happy Quitter

Posted by kristen-9.7.15 May 8, 2018

Good Morning!


I am so happy I do not smoke anymore! I will be watching my 1.5 year old niece from Thursday - Sunday.  Mom and dad are going to a wedding in Florida.  I tried to get them to take us to Florida and I would watch her there.  Didn't work.  LOL.   I don't have to worry about when I can have my next cigarette or feeling guilty sneaking out for a smoke. This will be the first time she is away from Mom so it should be interesting.  We are going to have so much fun!! Thank you EX!


~Kristen 974 DOF