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Hi Friends,


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


Kristen 820 DOF


Halloween Campout

Posted by kristen-9.7.15 Oct 5, 2017

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!!

1 month, 8 days, 1 hour, 36 minutes smoke free



Posted by kristen-9.7.15 Jun 13, 2017

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??? 



Posted by kristen-9.7.15 May 10, 2017

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!


Kristen 611 DOF


What's a Girl to do?

Posted by kristen-9.7.15 Mar 31, 2017

Hi all! I needed to take a break. I'm going out swing dancing tonight and of course my hair won't do anything, feeling fat, my outfits not cute, yada yada yada. Girl problems. Lol.


BUT.... I am smoke free. 571 days smoke free to be exact! I probably would have smoked about 10 in the  hour I've been getting ready out of frustration.


Have a good night all!




Gorgeous Day in Chicago

Posted by kristen-9.7.15 Feb 18, 2017


Enjoyed a lovely walk around the lake. Mark I hope you are enjoying our weather today!


530 DOF


Let's Remember

Posted by kristen-9.7.15 Jan 30, 2017

Let's all remember why we are here:


To Quit Smoking

To Stay Quit

To Support Others


Good Night

Posted by kristen-9.7.15 Jan 24, 2017

Good night everyone. My eyes and brains need a rest.


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Kids workouts

Posted by kristen-9.7.15 Jan 15, 2017

Phew! Just did some kids workouts with a 5 year old energetic little guy for about an hour! Dancing around and being silly! No way could I have done that if I was still smoking! 

Oh yeah... Tomorrow my boyfriend and I will be celebrating one year together! 


Beautiful Fall day

Posted by kristen-9.7.15 Nov 5, 2016

If I was still a smoker, I probably would pass up a walk outside and stay inside and smoke my life away. Happy Smoke Free day friends!


Happy weekend

Posted by kristen-9.7.15 Oct 10, 2016

I am excited to say I have become an aunt for the 3rd time on Saturday. My sister had her first baby at the age of 38. She quit smoking when she found out she was pregnant.  I told her I hope she doesn't go back to smoking. She sadly said "I'm just going to smoke a couple and then get pregnant again right away." She did say it in a joking way but I don't know. My response was your an older mom, you need to stay healthy so you can be around for a long time. Your daughter will need you. Hopefully that hit a spot and she won't light up again.

So... I had a busy weekend... Camping and becoming an aunt :)



Have a great day!


Well, its that time of year again when i go on my annual Halloween camping trip.  Last year I was TERRIFIED to go.  I was only about a month into my quit!  Last year I was sad because I didn't have someone special to take camping with me.  Now I have two special someones; my boyfriend of 9 months and his son!  I am excited to say I am not nearly as nervous this year.  Of course, smoking will always be in the back of my head, but i know I can handle it. 

Look at all the wonderful things happening as a non smoker!!  If you read my past blogs, I was sad and depressed because I'm not married and have no kids.  Well, I am still not married with my own child but I feel I do have a family now. How exciting!

Keep at it Newbies!!!!


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It's Time

Posted by kristen-9.7.15 Jul 1, 2016

Hi Friends!

I just want to give an update and a little inspiration to the newbies.  I work 3 jobs; 7 days a week, 5 nights a week.  Yesterday I put in my 2 week notice for my 3rd job!  I will finally have a social life and be able to spend time with family and friends.  If I was still smoking, I would not be able to afford to quit that job.

My life is GREAT as a nonsmoker!!!!  Never thought I would say that! At times, I catch myself thinking a cigarette would be nice. Then i rattle that brain of mine around and shake that thought out of my head.  I can finally say with confidence I will never smoke again. I will always have to protect my quit but I can never see myself as a smoker again!

Happy 4th of July!

297 DOF.  Saved $6,255!


Just Thinking...

Posted by kristen-9.7.15 May 16, 2016

Hi Friends!

I  hope everyone had a great smoke free weekend and a great time in Vegas if you went! 

I was catching up reading blogs this morning and it occurred to me I am so grateful that i am not in the beginning stages of my quit!  I am 252 days quit and I sure don't miss the anxiousness, anxiety, and longing for a cigarette!  I don't mean to rub it in to the newbies but my smokefree life is AWESOME!  See what you have to look forward to??

Keep it up!  It is so worth it! 


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