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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, foxhound 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


Amazing Night

Posted by kristen-9.7.15 Apr 28, 2018

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.  


Kristen 964 DOF

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!