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!
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.
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
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!
i just got home from an amazing and emotional night. I volunteered at a homeless shelter and gave haircuts to the homeless. They were so appreciative and so grateful. I think I got more out of it then them. I’ve always did haircuts for St. Baldericks but I have never first hand seen who I was helping on such a personal level. I didn’t know what to expect as this was my first time at a shelter. It broke my heart yet at the same time swelled my heart to see all the mattresses on the floor and all the people; men, women, and children, young and old. I shed tears on my way home due to happiness, sadness, gratefulness, gratitude....I think I experienced every single emotion. I hope to continue to volunteer with this amazing organization.
Have I told you lately how much i enjoy being an ex smoker? I went on a last minute road trip to North Carolina over Thanksgiving week, you know, since I just went through a break up. Perfect Timing! We climbed some mountains and let me tell you i was out of breath even as a non-smoker for 2 years and 3 months! Now, can you imagine if i was STILL smoking??? I might very well still be out there unable to breathe!! We stayed in a nice little cozy cabin. It was a much needed get away. The other nice part about it is we brought my 1 year old niece and NO WAY would i have been able to smoke with the baby in the car. I probably wouldn't have gone for that reason and because i was a closet smoker. Life is good....besides being single... again. LOL
Our lil cabin
Going down is SO much easier
Me in the mountains as a HAPPY Non-Smoker! Please excuse my no make up look...I'm hiking!! LOL
About 2 years ago I wrote the blogs below. I was at 38 DOF and I was not confident at all that I was going to remain smoke free while camping. Well, I'm off to my annual Halloween Campout tomorrow and have no doubt I will not smoke. So nice to feel completely confident. If your new in your quit, hang in there, it gets easier!
Kristen 759 DOF
Blog Post created by kristen-9.7.15 on Oct 5, 2015
Oh boy, this going to be a toughy!! Halloween camping trip this weekend. Need to definitley mentally prepare for this.
Blog Post created by kristen-9.7.15 on Oct 15, 2015
Just checking in real quick. Back to my busy schedule! Made it through my camping trip without smoking. Hallelujah!! Listening to other 'smoking' campers morning smokers cough really reinforced my desire to quit!!
645 days smoke free and I had the BIGGEST urge to go buy a pack today! Work has been crazy and am just frustrated. This was the first time in a LONG time I really wanted cigarettes. How scary is that???
I'm sad I will not be joining my EX friends in Virginia Beach but I will be flying to Savannah, GA. My boyfriend booked us a trip; just the two of us. This will be my first plane ride as a non-smoker. I don't know why but thinking about not smoking before a flight is giving me a little anxiety. What will I do with all that time? How will I calm my nerves? Wait! I know... I'm going to sit back and relax and patiently wait to board my flight. No scurrying around to find the smoking spot to suck down 5 cigarettes because I know I'm not going to be able to smoke every half hour. No anxiously staring at the clock counting down landing time so I can have my next cigarette. After writing this, I realize my anxieties are not due to not smoking! It is just the excitement in general. I'm finally going on vacation!